• A class meets outside on the grass

    We keep our class sizes small – indoors and out.

  • Kevin Kuwata '15 works on his research

    Summer vacation for Kevin Kuwata ’15 includes an all-nighter to work on his research project “Commissioning of Drift II-e Detector.”

  • A student talks about her research at the Autry National Center

    What better place to discuss “Reimagining the Art of the West” than the nearby Autry National Center?


Think for yourself. Decide what you care about. Then do it.

Occidental offers 34 majors across 40 departments and programs as well as countless opportunities for independent research and experiential learning.

Major in economics and intern at a downtown L.A. community organization, or in physics and build a dark matter detector. Study diplomacy and world affairs and spend a summer in Spain investigating globalization and the multimedia revolution. As a music major, work at the Grammy Museum or compose a score for a student film or theatrical production. Or break the mold and design your own major.

As esteemed scholars and teachers, our professors open doors and champion student work. They drive an approach to the liberal arts at Oxy that encourages students to venture outside of their comfort zones.

Don’t confine yourself to a classroom or a stack of books. Explore ideas, take risks, and look past the easy answers. If you need help, there’s support along the way.