The permanent theme for the Core Program is the four cornerstones of the Mission of the College: "Excellence, Equity, Community and Service." The annual Core Program focus for the 2020-2021 academic year is "The Struggle For/The Struggle Against."
The Core Program’s signature component is the CSP, which consists of first-year writing seminars, capped at 16 students each, focused on introducing students to college-level academic discourse in the form of critical thinking, writing, reading and discussion. The intention is for the Core Program's annual theme to be weaved into the content of the CSP seminars as well as any events sponsored by the Core Program, such as the CSP Lecture Series.
Past Annual Themes
2019-20: The four cornerstones of the Mission of the College: "Excellence, Equity, Community and Service"
2018-19: Global Cities / Local Realities
2017-18: (Eco)Systems of Power
2016-17: Re-Envisioning Metropolis: Los Angeles and the Urban Arts
2013-14: Water & Power
2012-13: Communities and Justice
Past Summer Reading Selections
2019-20: An online multimedia collection of texts selected to inspire students, prompt awareness of social (in)justice and illustrate multiple views of equity and adversity.
2019-20: An online multimedia collection of texts addressing white supremacy, racism and (mis)representations of Black people.
2018-19: How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid
2017-18: Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neil
2016-17: Chávez Ravine, 1949 by Don Normark
2015-16: The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
2014-15: The Speech by Gary Younge
2013-14: The Big Thirst by Charles Fishman
2012-13: The Barbarian Nurseries by Héctor Tobar
2011-12: Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 by Anna Deavere Smith
2010-11: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
2009-10: Angels and Ages by Adam Gopnik
2008-09: Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
2007-08: Choosing Civility by P.M. Forni and Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
2006-07: Flirting with Dan by Siobhan Darrow