Faculty members at the University of California, Los Angeles have voted to require future undergraduates to take a course on ethnic, cultural and gender diversity.
The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that the school's largest academic unit, the College of Letters and Science, voted narrowly to start the requirement for incoming freshmen in fall 2015.
It would kick in for new transfer students in 2017.
Two other faculty and administrative review panels must approve the requirement before it takes effect.
UCLA Chancellor Gene Block says such classes would help prepare students to live and work in a multicultural society.
Opponents say students are overburdened with other requirements, and question if such classes improve ethnic relations.
The move Friday comes after several previous attempts to approve similar requirements failed.