Creation of Third College


Creation of Third College


Clio was the history muse in ancient Greece — and the name proposed in 1965 for UC San Diego's third college. . . . College III — slated to open in 1970 — was to focus on historical and classical studies. But history-making events intervened. . . . On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King was assassinated — and Clio wound up on the cutting-room floor.

Talk turned to founding a college in Dr. King's memory — with programs for recruiting disadvantaged students, tutoring local children and promoting the integration of majority and minority students. By 1968, the UCSD student body of approximately 3,600 included 33 Blacks and 44 Mexican-Americans.

In fall 1968, [Provost Armin] Rappaport asked [the Black Student Council and Mexican American Youth Association] for suggestions regarding possible ethnic studies programs. Their joint response in March 1969 was the Lumumba-Zapata College demands, which blindsided the provost and infuriated Chancellor William J. McGill (Tiersten, 2007).


Tiersten, Sylvia. (2007, May). What's In a Name? The Long Saga of Third College. @UCSD, 4(2). Retrieved from




1960s - 1980s


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