The Core Program is the backbone of an Oxy education. Implemented through a series of requirements and expected proficiencies, the Core Program encourages critical thinking and problem solving across multiple academic disciplines. Specifically, students will be exposed to different modes of knowledge production in the modern liberal arts: arts and humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.
The Core Program begins with the required Cultural Studies Program (CSP) seminars taken by first-year students. The CSP seminars are designed to achieve three student learning outcomes: strengthen the ability of students to express and analyze content and ideas in writing, prepare and acclimate students to college-level intellectual engagement and academic participation and expose students to critical analyses of identity, difference and power in American culture.
As a result of taking the courses that lead to the successful completion of the Core Program requirements, Oxy students will become culturally competent individuals capable of thinking critically about difference and diversity, both local and global.