Core Curriculum in Interdisciplinary Humanities

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.

What Is Core?

A Scripps education begins with Core, 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” — and hard work. So what is it?

Simply put, 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 encourages a passion for inquiry and multidimensional thinking and often leads to intellectual breakthroughs. Scripps students learn to think critically, write effectively, question assumptions, and be comfortable with ambiguity. They also find their outlook on the world changes.

The most rewarding, frustrating, and enriching academic experience you’ll ever have

Nancy Neiman AuerbachThe Core Curriculum reflects important changes in the goals and techniques of education that have emerged since the school’s founding. More important, they have done so without sacrificing what has always made this requirement at Scripps so remarkable.

The fact that Scripps retains a general education requirement when other schools are dismantling or replacing them with generic first-year seminars attests to the unique status of the Core Curriculum. While other schools may focus on disciplinary specialization and skills-based learning rather than pursuing a vision of broad and innovative learning and writing, Scripps’ Core unleashes the power of the liberal arts education.

Who teaches Core?

Guiding you through this exceptional curriculum are remarkable Scripps faculty. They are accomplished scholars, researchers, and leaders in their fields — and they love to teach. You will find they are supportive and, like many Scripps students, you will develop friendships and professional relationships with your professors that continue well beyond commencement.

Community-building and Core

A shared Core experience means that, among other things, help is never very far away. With a common set of readings and assignments, Core I students often discuss key themes from the course over dinner, form study groups before exams, and brainstorm for papers together.

During your first semester at Scripps, your Core I discussion leader is one of four key people who will support you as you make your transition to college life. Your faculty adviser, your peer mentor, and your resident adviser will also act as your “go to” people who know you well. These interlocking spheres of support can answer almost any question you have, from academic requirements, to balancing your schoolwork load, to the location of the nearest Target. Combined with the care and diligence of the entire faculty and staff, you will be well supported during your time at Scripps.