Degree Requirements

Scripps students benefit from a structured, yet flexible, liberal arts and sciences curriculum. Our academic program ensures that students are well-rounded in their knowledge of a broad array of topics, as well as confident in their depth of experience within a more focused subject area. This approach offers students the freedom to explore and, at the same time, provides them with critical thinking, writing, and analytical skills, as well as specialized knowledge that will help them in their future careers.

The Bachelor of Arts degree at Scripps College is earned by satisfactory completion of a minimum of 32 courses, to include the following:

General Requirements

Core Curriculum in Interdisciplinary Humanities

  • Core I to be taken fall semester of the first year;
  • Core II to be taken spring semester of the first year;
  • Core III to be taken fall semester of the second year.

Visit the What is Core? page to learn more about these courses.


  • Writing 50, Critical Analysis, to be taken fall semester of the first year.

Breadth of Study

  • Fine Arts (one course)
    Options include art, dance, music, and theatre courses.
  • Letters (one course)
    Options include art history, literature, philosophy, classics, and religious studies courses.
  • Natural Sciences (one course)
    Options include biology, chemistry, neuroscience, physics, and engineering courses.
  • Social Sciences (one course)
    Options include anthropology, economics, history, politics, and psychology courses.
  • Race and Ethnic Studies (one course)
  • Gender and Women’s Studies (one course)
  • Foreign Language (three courses, should be completed in an uninterrupted sequence)
  • Mathematics (one course)
    Options include math, statistics, and logic courses.

All of the above General Requirements must be completed by the end of the first semester of the senior year.

Major Requirements

Nine or more courses—a minimum of eight courses plus the required senior thesis—as defined in the catalog.

Visit the Majors & Minors page to view available fields of study.

Elective Courses

Added to the above requirements to bring the credit total to 32 minimum.