Extend your knowledge with flexible units

Benerd College offers extended education credits for Pacific and non-Pacific students to earn academic units to accelerate time to degree completion. Extension units are undergraduate-level, elective, academic units that cannot be applied toward a major requirement or an area requirement. Undergraduate students may take these courses to earn elective units adding to their total unit count required for completion of their academic degree. Students should check with their academic department regarding the total number of extension units counted toward the degree or full time status.

Our extension courses are one-fourth the cost of a traditional Pacific unit. In addition, our extension courses are open to individuals in the community looking to take classes for personal enrichment or just for fun. The majority of our extension courses are online, so students can join anytime and learn at their own pace. Additionally, Benerd College offers classroom courses that take place on the Stockton Pacific campus.

Want to Create Your Own Course?

Pacific staff and faculty can propose their own extension courses by filling out the linked form. A representative from Benerd College will reach out after submission.

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Apr 1 - 2, 2023
The Southeast Asian American Experience

The Vietnam War ushered in an era of immense suffering throughout Southwest Asia, leading to the displacement of millions of refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. As the communists found their champions in the Viet Cong, Khmer Rouge, and Pathet Lao, those who favored the west were forced to flee for their lives. This course will chart the experience of those who fled to the United States and how they struggled to establish themselves in a new land despite facing immense hardships and numerous obstacles.

Academic Unit: 1

Course Cost: $300

Apr 22 - 23, 2023
The Chinese American Experience

Nineteenth century China was a tumultuous place, as wars and eventually revolution forever changed the lives of its people. Amid this internal struggle, many looked across the seas to restore family fortunes and seek a better life. Lured by the promise of riches at Gold Mountain, numerous pioneers crossed the Pacific and became miners, railroad workers, and farmers. Some would permanently settle, establishing the first Chinatowns, including Stockton’s very own ‘Samfow.’ The Second World War would dramatically alter the situation again, and finally open the door to immigrants who were previously unwelcomed.


Academic Unit: 1

Course Cost: $300

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Apr 29 - 30, 2023
Life in the Trenches: The Horrors of the First World War

The First World War was one of the most brutal conflicts during the twentieth century. This was largely due to the modernization of warfare as machine guns, airplanes, tanks, and mustard gas made their battlefield debuts. Consequently, the order to go over the top and leave the safety of the trenches was equivalent to a death sentence. Through a series of films, lectures, and eyewitness accounts this course will offer you a frontline glimpse of the horrors of "The War to End All Wars" and also its terrible cost.

May 15 - July 18, 2023
Human-Centered Learning Design

This course provides understanding and application in the design, development, and evaluation of learning experiences in various sectors, particularly in creating innovative and immersive learning experiences.

Human-Centered Learning Design is a graduate-level course. Pacific and non-Pacific students may earn graduate-level credit from this course. Be sure to discuss with your academic advisor to see if Human-Centered Learning Design can help advance your degree.

Students at Sacramento Residency
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May 15 - July 18, 2023
Organizational Coaching

Development of skills and knowledge to partner with others in their professional development, to help people reach their goals and enhance performance through exploring ideas and dialogue. Focus on theory, research, and applied techniques to facilitate an evidence-based coaching process.

Organizational Coaching is a graduate-level course. Pacific and non-Pacific students may earn graduate-level credit from this course. Be sure to discuss with your academic advisor to see if Organizational Coaching can help advance your degree.

Course Units Cost
Introduction to Critical Thinking 1 $179
Introduction to Criminal Justice 1 $300
Leading Change 1 $179
Leading Teams 1 $179
Marketing Essentials 1 $300
Understanding Individual Organizational Change in the Workplace 3 $900


Connected courses

Some courses offered by Benerd directly build off of one another or have other prerequisites. Explore these courses below.

Introduction to Personal Creativity

You'll be surprised at how creative you can be! You'll review the major academic thinking on creativity, as well as learn how to unlock the creativity within yourself through a series of fun activities and techniques. See how high creativity can take you! 

Academic Units: 1  
Course Cost: $179

Creativity in Teams and Organizations

Prerequisite: Introduction to Personal Creativity

When you work in groups, do you have a hard time coming up with new ideas? Drawing on the latest academic thinking, you'll learn the key factors for developing creative teams that generate fresh ideas. Discover what creativity can do for you and your teams!

Academic Units: 1
Course Cost: $179

Innovation in Organizations

Prerequisite: Introduction to Personal Creativity

Apple, Google, and 3M are companies that often lead the way in corporate innovation. How do they do it? You'll review the latest academic advancements on innovation, including Clay Christensen's seminal thinking on disruptive technology and the proper response. Come learn the tools needed for innovation and see how far you can go!  

Academic Units: 1
Course Cost: $179

Day at the Museum, Part I - Honing Your Non-Profit Skills

Interested in doing good work in the non-profit sector? Through readings, video, and exercises, you will explore leadership, strategic planning, fund raising, volunteer development, budgeting, and marketing. Take this class to learn the key management issues and latest thinking needed to become an effective, productive, and strategic nonprofit leader.  

Academic Units: 2
Course Cost: $358

Day at the Museum, Part II - Nonprofit Simulation

Prerequisite: Day at the Museum, Part I

Put your new nonprofit skills to work at the Courtney Museum! After Day at the Museum Part I, this eSimulation is designed to challenge you while exploring real-world issues encountered by nonprofit managers. Assume the role of executive director of the troubled Courtney Museum and handle a series of personnel, marketing, financial, and community relations issues. As you make decisions an adaptive scoreboard reflects the impact of your actions and video commentary will explore the consequences of choosing different paths for reviving the Museum. 

Academic Units: 1
Course Cost: $179

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