CSP & Oxy Immersive Semester

Both the Cultural Studies Program (CSP) and Oxy Immersive Semester allow you to dive deep into a specific topic of study to create a first-year academic experience that is uniquely Oxy.

Cultural Studies Program

All first-year students are required to enroll in a Cultural Studies Program (CSP) seminar during both the fall and spring semesters. CSP seminars are offered on a wide variety of topics, but all of them are highly interactive classes intended to prepare students for college-level critical thinking, essay writing and intellectual discussion. 

In addition to the standard 4-unit CSP courses, the College offers CSP Plus courses that provides an opportunity to explore a topic in greater depth. Both CSP 1 and CSP 2 have limited enrollment capacity so there is a special registration process that is detailed on the CSP Plus webpage.  The deadline to sign up for either of these courses for the Fall 2021 semester is not yet available.  

Oxy Immersive Semester

As the name suggests, Oxy Immersive Semester programs were an immersive educational experiences that included a cluster of coursework and community-based/internship components, all focused around a specific topic of study. 

Students enrolled in Oxy Immersive Semester programs had the opportunity to dedicate a semester to a focused, multidisciplinary engagement with a topic. Because of the small class sizes, they built a robust, close-knit intellectual community with peers and with Oxy faculty in their program. And they paired academic study with action in the world, exemplifying the vitality and promise of liberal arts.

Enrollment Information

In Fall 2020 enrollment in Oxy Immersive programs was open to all first-year Oxy students, with enrollment preference given to students who are unable to reside on/near campus. Stay tuned for Fall 2021 course information.

Each program is taught by a team of Oxy faculty and meets multiple graduation and core requirements. For Fall 2020, we offered the following four programs: