Academics at Scripps

Scripps College students thrive in an intellectually rich community, and at the heart of it is a faculty of distinguished teachers, scholars, and researchers who are accessible, knowledgeable, and committed to success.

At Scripps College, you will experience an academic journey where undergraduate research and critical-thinking skills are top priorities. Classes are purposefully small (an average of 16 students or fewer) to promote discussion and debate; our largest lecture classes top out at only 50 students.

Limitless Opportunity

With more than 60 majors available, Scripps offers a world of opportunities to explore and the academic breadth of experience found at major universities. The most popular majors are: art, biology, economics, English, French studies, mathematics, politics and international relations, and psychology. Twenty-one percent of Scripps students choose a double or dual major.

Don’t see a major that’s an exact fit for you? Scripps students are free to design their own by coordinating with professors in the subject areas they are interested in. The faculty are always willing to help you reach your academic goals.

Core Curriculum

The hallmark of a Scripps education, the Core Curriculum in Interdisciplinary Humanities is a sequence of three courses exposing students to some of the major concepts and dialogues shaping modern intellectual thought, and challenging them to investigate and debate those issues by drawing from multiple perspectives. Core advances the research and analytical-thinking skills you will use during your studies at Scripps and long after graduation.

Science at Scripps

If you’re trying to imagine the rigorous pursuit of science in a liberal arts setting, look no further than Scripps. Thanks to its collaboration with Claremont McKenna and Pitzer Colleges, Scripps has crafted an unparalleled scientific opportunities through the W.M. Keck Science Department. The department shares funding, faculty, and resources to provide a state of the art science education you won’t find anywhere else.

Off-Campus Study

Off-Campus Study is a unique academic opportunity for Scripps College students to extend the critical inquiries begun on campus to a semester of learning in one of 44 countries. Studying and living in a new environment helps to develop the global competence and innovative leadership required of today’s college graduates in our increasingly interdependent world.

Senior Thesis and Capstone Day

While the Core sequence is the launching point of your Scripps education, the senior thesis marks the culmination of your four years at Scripps. A senior thesis or project is required of all students and allows them the opportunity to do significant independent work in their chosen major while advancing their undergraduate research capabilities.

A senior thesis can range from a music or dance performance to a report on a scientific study.

On Capstone Day, the College celebrates the accomplishments of the graduating class. Students become teachers as they share what they have learned from their senior theses and projects through a presentation or performance for the entire community. A relatively new tradition at Scripps, about 100 students participate each year.