Special Programs Webinar (Recording) - For First-Year Students


A webinar recording of immersive semester options for first-year students held on the evening June 7, 2022

Hello Incoming First-Year Students!

As you already know, registration for First-Year Seminars will open at 9 a.m. PDT on Monday, June 20 and close at noon PDT on Friday, June 24. These courses are graduation requirements and cannot be waived or deferred. While all of the First Year Seminars have the common goal of developing students' writing skills and encouraging critical analysis, they focus on a broad range of topics—you can check out the seminars being offered in the fall here

You are also most likely aware that in addition to the standard 4-unit FYS courses, there are two special programs in the fall that offer the opportunity to explore a topic in greater depth in a pedagogically innovative and immersive setting. The first of these programs is the California Immigration Semester (CIS), a 16-unit program that will allow students to spend their first semester at Oxy studying immigration and immigrant communities in an integrated set of courses, which are designed and implemented collaboratively by three professors from three different departments, satisfying three Core Program requirements (Global Connections, United States Diversity, and Regional Focus). 

The second special program, which also satisfies three graduation requirements, is the Envisioning and Enacting Health Justice immersive course. This 8-unit course will help students conceptualize what justice looks like within the realm of health and medicine, and it will also give students the opportunity to begin enacting that vision. The course is open to all students—those planning to pursue health professions and anyone interested in the centrality of health to a just society. Seats are limited, so please fill out the interest form linked here by June 10th in order to have the best chance of getting into this course!

To give you all a better sense of what these two programs will look like, we held an Occidental Special Programs: California Immigration Semester and Envisioning and Enacting Health Justice immersive course information session on June 7, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. PDT. You can find a recording of that information session below if you were unable to attend, or if you would like a refresh of the information. 

For all of those who were in attendance, thank you for your participation and questions! 

Best wishes,
Oxy Admission