CORE: A Unique Scripps Experience

By Anna Pickrell '14Sports & Activities Editor

Whether we love it or hate it, the Scripps College Core Curriculum takes up a fair chunk of our early academic college careers. With three consecutive semesters of all things humanities, one has to wonder if all of this, plus Writing 50, is what we really signed up for when searching for a liberal arts education.

Before I go any further I must clarify one thing: I am not anti-Core. Coming from a small high school with a subtle emphasis on the humanities, I couldn’t wait to get to college and sit in a 200-person lecture hall and talk about Foucault. Core has filled this fix for me and the material covered in class is often—though not always—relevant in our everyday lives.

Here’s my main problem: three semesters of Core seems excessive, and the angsty, undeclared major side of me cannot help but wonder if such an extensive Core Curriculum is really necessary. When speaking with high school classmates at similar liberal arts colleges across the country, I get a sense that while Scripps is not alone in requiring a sort of intro to humanities course, we are somewhat unique in the duration of said course. Being on the semester system, we only have so much time to seek out options for a possible major. While I am hardly saying that it is impossible to do both, I am saying that it would be a load off the average underclassman’s shoulders to formulate the Core requirements in a less time consuming manner.

Maybe I’m alone on this one, but I know that I plan on taking a boatload of humanities classes outside of Core anyway—the distribution requirements make sure of that, as they should. So wouldn’t our time be better spent focusing on what we want to do with our lives? I’m not saying we should get rid of Core entirely, for there is too much valuable information taught in the first semester. However, if we can’t major in Core, we may want to consider cutting it down just a bit.