Interdisciplinary Opportunities

Multifaceted students are the rule at Scripps, rather than the exception, and our interdisciplinary approach to education plays perfectly to their strengths. Here are some of the special interdisciplinary opportunities available to Scripps students.

Interdisciplinary Majors

  • Africana Studies*
  • American Studies*
  • Asian American Studies*
  • Asian Languages & Literatures+
  • Asian Studies*
  • Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies*
  • Environmental Analysis**
  • Environment, Economics and Politics**
  • European Studies
  • Gender and Women’s Studies*
  • Humanities Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Culture
  • International and Intercultural Studies+
  • Jewish Studies*
  • Latin American Studies
  • Legal Studies*
  • Media Studies*
  • Middle East Studies*
  • Neuroscience**
  • Organizational Studies+
  • Philosophy and Public Affairs+
  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics+
  • Public Policy Analysis+
  • Science and Management**
  • Science, Technology and Society*

* Intercollegiate
+ Cross-registration
** Offered through W. M. Keck Science Department

Humanities Institute

The Humanities Institute is a lecture, film, and exhibition series that is coordinated around a common theme each semester. Events are held at Garrison Theater on the Scripps campus and are free and open to the public. Scripps students have the opportunity to apply for the Humanities Institute Junior Fellows program, a unique seminar that prepares them to engage in discussions with the featured speakers who come to campus.

The Fall 2013 Humanities Institute program, titled “Re-visioning Food Sovereignty: U.S. Supply and Consumption” includes lectures, workshops, and film screenings that address the problems of food production, distribution, and consumption in contemporary U.S. society.

Past Humanities Institute Programs include:

  • Social Media, Social Change
  • Performing the Body Politic: Transgressions, Interventions, and Expressive Culture
  • The Future of Higher Education: Gender, Geography, and the Humanities
  • Engagement: Mind, Body, and Soul
  • Recombinant Families: The Science and Culture of Contemporary Kinship
  • Secrets in a Democracy
  • Muslim Women: Contemporary Realities

Accelerated Integrated Science Sequence (AISS)

Scripps, in conjunction with Claremont McKenna and Pitzer Colleges, offers first-year students the option to enroll in an interdisciplinary introductory course in the natural sciences. The Accelerated Integrated Science Sequence (AISS, pronounced “ace”) emerged from a realization that resolving the major issues we face as a society will require interdisciplinary approaches and perspectives. With that in mind, faculty members in the W. M. Keck Science Center, with support from the National Science Foundation, developed AISS to integrate biology, chemistry, physics and some computer modeling in a year-long double course.

AISS, which is team-taught by a biologist, physicist, and chemist, appeals most often to students with strong backgrounds in science and math who plan to major in one of the natural sciences. It is also a great course for students who are fascinated by the study of science when it is presented in a new and highly interconnected way. Interested students apply to AISS during the summer prior to enrolling at Scripps.