Jul 13, 2024  
2019-2020 Scripps Catalog 

Core Courses

Core I: Histories of the Present: Truth

The search for truth is often taken to be one of the goals of academic inquiry, as well as a touchstone for making political and social decisions. Yet despite it being something many of us seek, we do not all agree on what is true. This course examines some methods that are seen as offering access to universal truth, while also proposing additional ways of knowing that challenge such claims. Who decides what is true and false? What do we do when dominant powers insist on a version of truth that we do not believe? Is there such a thing as truth, and, if not, what does it mean for something to be a lie? In addressing these questions, we consider how institutions, socially constructed categories such as race and gender, and other cultural frameworks influence ways of evaluating truth.

Core II: Histories of the Present

Core II continues—with sharper focus and through an array of course offerings—the interdisciplinary investigations begun in Core I. Core II courses are taught by a faculty member with interdisciplinary research interests and may be team-taught by faculty whose complementary research interests make for fresh interdisciplinary dialogue. Consult the Scripps Portal for CORE II offerings for the current semester. Core II offerings vary each year and may include: 

The Aesthetics of Justice: Race, Space, Architecture and Music   

The Art of Medicine, Medicine in the Arts: the body in Italian Literature  

The Arts and Literature of Zen Buddhism  

Becoming Someone Else in American Culture  

Communities and Faultlines: Militarism and Building Anti-Racist Feminist and Queer Solidarities  

Communities of Hate  

The Construction of Kinship  

Constructions of (Dis)Ability  

Contract Enforcement: Histories of the Mafia, Past and Present  

Convergence: Women, Work and Alternative Media  


Decolonizing: First Nations Musics and Literatures  

Desire and Decadence: Interdisciplinary Contexts in Fin-de-Siecle Europe  

The Detective in the City  

Discord and Dialog  

Eat the Rich! Capitalism and Work  

Ecological Justice  

Gender, Science and Knowledge  


Incentives Matter: The Economics of Gender and Choice  

Investigating Humor in Literature and Mass Media  

The Language of Music  

Lights, Camera, Murder! Crimes and Trials in France and the U.S  

Marginalized Communities  

Making Sense of Power  

Metropolis: Imagining the City  

Misrepresentation of Women in Society and Science  

Nerds and Geeks  

Old New Media  

Plantation Empires: Gender, Labor, Race and the Construction of “Difference”  

Poetry of the Revolution: The Manifesto  

The Question of the Animal, Ancient and Contemporary  

Riotous Americans: Los Angeles and the Poetics of Unrest  

The Self and the Origins of the State in the Western World  

Shakespeare Then and Now  

Subversive Selves  

Terms of Modernity  

Travel, Encounter, and the History of Religion  

Urban Nights: Gender, Work, and Experiences  

Why Punish?  

Core III: Histories of the Present

Core III courses are small seminars designed to foster innovation and collaboration among students and faculty. The seminars involve considerable student participation and afford the opportunity to do more individualized, self-directed scholarship in association with a single faculty member working in the area of expertise from an interdisciplinary perspective. The work of the seminars culminates in a self-designed project exploring a particular topic through the lens of “histories of the present.” Exceptional student work will be disseminated to the wider College community. Depending on instructor and subject matter, the Core III seminars involve research, internships with fieldwork, exhibits, performances, conferences, and multimedia projects. Consult the Scripps Portal for Core III offerings for the current semester.  Core III course offerings vary each year and may include:

Animal Rights and Speciesism   

Antiracist and Transnational Feminist Coalitions      

Bad Writing  

Blues Jazzlines: Past and Present Tense  

Bodies in Motion: Representation and Simulation  

Building Los Angeles  


Caribbean Women’s Literature  

Challenges from the global south - “America”  

Collective Songwriting: Theory and Knowledge Production  

Creating and Recreating Genji  

Cyberculture and the Posthuman Age  

Democracy in Theory and Practice  

Domestic Life and Political Activism in the 19th-century U.S.  

Dream Factories: cinema in theory and in practice  

Education and Inequality  

Embodying Illness  

Encountering the Middle East: Representations of Race, Gender, and Violence  

Fame & Happiness: French Women as Case Study  

Foreign Language and Culture Teaching Clinic  

History and Memory 

Home/Politics/Activism 19thC US  

Landscapes of Plunder  

Making Radical Sense of Power  

Mathematics in Our Culture  

Mobilizing Art  

Narratives of Memory: Spain and Latin American  

Postcolonial Anxieties: Unpacking Europe/Unyoking Africa  

Prescriptions and Debates on What Contributes to Health  

Radical Cartographies  

Realism and Anti-Realism  

Regarding the Pain of Others: Ethics and Documentary Representation  

Representations of the Male Body in Contemporary Art and Culture  

Representing LA: rock ‘n’ roll  

Resilience and Resistance: Women of Color in the United States  

Sites of Seduction: Aesthetic Contexts of the French Garden and its Others  

Snapshots, Portraits, Instagram  

Southern California and Hollywood Film: Human Dreams, Human Difference and Human Desire  

The Detective in the City 

The Life Story 

The Meaning(?) of Life 

The Mechanical Eye: Photography from Science to Art 

The Twentieth-Century Music Schism  

United: Women’s Work and Collective Action  

VIR/GYN GODDESS: The Virgin and the Femme Fatale  

Walls, Borders, Fences  

What is Happiness?  

Wilderness in American Life  

Women, Girls, and Mathematical Superstitions  

Women’s Rights: Does it Matter?