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Core Curriculum

core curriculum

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. The program encourages students to investigate and debate broad, critical topics by examining them from multiple perspectives. Academically rigorous and personally challenging, Core leads to intellectual growth and, often, breakthroughs. Scripps students emerge from Core as critical thinkers and effective writers who question assumptions.

Core I

All first-year students begin Core I the fall semester of their first year. This is where students challenge how they view the world through an examination of communities. Starting with the question, “What is a community?” Core I looks at both large and imagined communities such as modern nation-states and religious groups, and smaller, more intimate groups we regularly label as “community.”


Core II

Core II follows in the spring semester. Students 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

Core III is taken the fall semester of students’ sophomore year. Here, students engage in innovative and collaborative projects with others in Core III, and dive into individualized, self-directed research with professors in a small, seminar-style course. The work students complete in Core III culminates in a self-designed project where they delve into a particular topic of interest.


FULL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS