Core Curriculum in Interdisciplinary Humanities


A Scripps education begins with the Core Curriculum in Interdisciplinary Humanities, the College’s signature interdisciplinary approach to learning. Our students say the program is one of their most valuable experiences, calling it “eye-opening” and “mind-expanding.”

The hallmark of a Scripps education, the Core Curriculum is a three-semester interdisciplinary program that provides a common academic experience for all students. All first-year students begin Core I the fall semester of their first year, Core II follows in the spring semester, and Core III is taken the fall semester of their sophomore year. Here is a taste of what you can expect during the series:

Core I

The search for truth is often taken to be one of the goals of academic inquiry, as well as a touchstone for making political and social decisions. Yet despite it being something many of us seek, we do not all agree on what is true. This course examines some methods that are seen as offering access to universal truth, while also proposing additional ways of knowing that challenge such claims. Who decides what is true and false? What do we do when dominant powers insist on a version of truth that we do not believe? Is there such a thing as truth, and, if not, what does it mean for something to be a lie? In addressing these questions, we consider how institutions, socially constructed categories such as race and gender, and other cultural frameworks influence ways of evaluating truth.

Core II

Continue with a sharper focus—and through a variety of course offerings—the interdisciplinary investigations begun in Core I. Core II courses are taught by a professor with interdisciplinary research interests and may be team-taught by faculty whose research interests make for fresh dialogue.

Core III

Engage in innovative and collaborative projects with Core III students, and dive into individualized, self-directed research with your professor in this small, seminar-style course. The work you complete in Core III culminates in a self-designed project where you delve into a particular topic of your interest.