Welcome to Core

June 1, 2016

Dear New Scripps Student,

Welcome to Scripps College! I congratulate you for the achievements that have brought you here and look forward to meeting you at the end of the summer. As you may already know, a central part of your experience during your first year at Scripps will be the Core Curriculum in Interdisciplinary Humanities. The first semester of Core is a foundational interdisciplinary course that examines the relationships between the historical production of knowledge and contemporary issues and debates. In the Core I lectures and discussions, we explore how our contemporary self-understandings emerge, and we critically examine seemingly obvious concepts that affect the way we see the world. This coming fall, we will take up this task through a study of community. We will examine how communities are created and transformed, critique practices of belonging and exclusion, and explore how individuals and communities define and represent themselves.

The materials for Core I include a course reader and several books. The course reader will be available during New Student Orientation, and there will be a small charge applied to your student account for it. The books will be available in August at the Huntley Bookstore on campus, or you may choose to purchase the books from other vendors before coming to Scripps. It is very important that you purchase the particular editions and translations that we have specified since editions (by different publishers or at different dates) can vary widely; use the ISBN, the publisher’s book number, in order to purchase the correct edition. Throughout the semester, we repeatedly refer to particular passages and specific page numbers during lectures and discussions. In short, even if you already own a different edition of an assigned book, it is crucial that you have the specified edition for class.

There is no required summer reading, but please note that the first reading, selections from Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson, will be due during your first week on campus. Additional book information is on the following page. If you have any questions about Core I, please contact Katie Karaiscos, Core Coordinator and Assistant to the Director of the Core Curriculum at core@scrippscollege.edu or (909) 621-8326.

I look forward to seeing you at the Orientation to the Core Program on Friday, August 26 at 1:15 p.m. in Garrison Theater. Until then, enjoy your summer.

Best wishes,
YouYoung Kang
Director of the Core Curriculum