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.

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

Explore other standalone courses

These online courses are open anytime for students to enroll in. These courses also have no prerequisites.

This course provides students with an introduction to the complexities of professional collaboration and teamwork. Coursework focuses on the advantages, challenges, and best practices with particular focus on conflict and communication.

Academic Units: 1
Course Cost: $300

This course provides students with fundamental communication competencies to enhance professional success in the modern business world. You will focus on skills such as professional interaction, business writing, and communication in groups. 

Academic Units: 1
Course Cost: $300

This course is an introduction to global and intercultural knowledge. Coursework focuses on the need for increased cultural awareness and cultural intelligence in students' professional lives.


Academic Units: 1
Course Cost: $300

Come put your critical thinking skills to work! This fun and interactive course gives you background for understanding the role of applied reasoning and logic in problem solving. You'll be able to assess your own critical thinking aptitude while learning how to define critical thinking and identify what's been stopping you. 

Academic Units: 1  
Course Cost: $179

Any study of American Criminal Justice must begin with an understanding of its structures and functions. Thus, ‘intro’ to Criminal Justice is a study of the system and its component parts. Major emphasis will be placed on police, courts, and correctional components of the CJ system. The course will emphasize how the legal concept of Due Process supports the entire American justice system. Throughout the course, students will learn many of the basic words and terms used in the CJ system.

Academic Units: 1
Course Cost: $300

This course is for members of the community who are interested in improving their equine skills and experiences. All sites are off campus and attendees must have access to transportation. Please contact the instructor at mciccolella@pacific.edu for more information. Instructor permission is required for enrollment.


Academic Units: 2  
Course Cost: $300

Is there a change that you would like to see occur in your organization? Are you tired of waiting for changes that you expect but never happen? This course addresses the key issues people face in a dynamic environment when trying to enact change. By understanding the steps needed to affect change and through learning how to overcome resistance, a person can successfully lead change at various levels of an organization.  

Academic Units: 1
Course Cost: $179

Teams are everywhere. How well they work depends on you. Discover the key issues surrounding leadership in a team and how leaders account for the special and unique circumstances surrounding different types of teams. When responsibility, accountability, communication, and leadership are shared amongst members of the group everyone needs to know how to lead. Come discover how you can make teams work for you!  

Academic Units: 1
Course Cost: $179 

This introduction to digital marketing course introduces concepts and best practices for digital marketing strategy, implementation and executional considerations. This class provides an overall understanding of the most relevant digital channels and platforms in today's online environment. You will complete the course with a comprehensive knowledge of and some hands-on experiences with how to develop an integrated digital marketing strategy. 

Academic Units: 1
Course Cost: $300

You will be introduced to the principles of individual and organizational change management theory and practices. The nature of change, individual and organizational change management, and relevant change management models are explored. Students will be expected to read The Six Secrets of Change and other relevant articles. Students will also interact virtually via discussion boards and are expected to write short essays and complete one final assignment.

Academic Units: 3
Course Cost: $900