LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of California, Los Angeles faculty has approved a new policy that requires most future undergraduates to take a course on diversity.

The university announced late Friday that the faculty voted for the requirement by a large margin, ending an effort that began two decades ago and was defeated three times before.

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UCLA Chancellor Gene Block says in a statement that he’s pleased with the outcome because he thinks the course will help prepare students to live and work in a multicultural society.

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Opponents have said students were overburdened with other requirements and that the budget-strapped university couldn’t afford extra classes.

The Los Angeles Times reports most other UC campuses already require diversity courses.

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