Occidental College - Bachelor's Degree

The college’s proximity to Hollywood makes it one of the most filmed campuses in the country. Founded in 1887, Occidental offers 31 majors from 40 departments and programs, ranging from theater to cognitive science.

  • Average Tuition USD 49,278

School Description

Oxy provides a gifted and diverse group of students with a total educational experience of the highest quality -- one that prepares them for leadership in an increasingly complex, interdependent and pluralistic world. Among the College’s esteemed alumni are President Barack Obama '83, Jack Kemp '57, federal judge Jacqueline Nguyen '87, and director Terry Gilliam '62.

Bachelor Programs

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    American Studies

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    This program offers courses that focus on the study of American history, society, literature, and culture

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    Applied Cognition and Neuroscience

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Applied Cognition and Neuroscience. The program offers courses that focus on cognition, artificial intelligence, human-computer interactions and neurological diagnosis and monitoring.

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    Art History

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Art History. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the historical development of art; the theory of art; art history research methods; the conservation of works of art; and the study of specific periods, cultures, styles, and themes.

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    Biology

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Biology. The program offers courses that focus on the study of cell growth, DNA expression, botany, parasitology and recombinant DNA technology.

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    Chemistry

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Chemistry. The program offers courses that focus on the study of general chemistry, organic chemistry, and chemical analysis.

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    Chinese

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    The program offers courses that develop students' Chinese conversation, reading, and compositional skills.

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    Classics

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the concepts of Classics. The program offers courses that focus on the study of literature, history, philosophy, languages, and archaeology of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds.

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    Computer Science

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual and practical knowledge of Computer Science. The program offers courses that focus on the study of artificial intelligence, cyber security, the blockchain, and big data.

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    Cultural Studies

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the concepts of Cultural Studies. The program offers courses that focus on culture; racial and ethnic issues; gender and popular culture; culture and media; and culture and globalization.

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    Economics

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Business Economics. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the systematic and efficient allocation of resources; economic theory; micro and macroeconomics; comparative economic systems; banking systems; international economics; quantitative analytical methods; and public policy.

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    Education

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the concepts of Education. The program offers courses that focus on the study of research, and administrative and support services related to learning and teaching.

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    English

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with critical, practical, and analytical knowledge of the fundamentals of English. The program offers courses that focus on three major objectives; reading, writing, and literature.

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    English Literature

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the concepts of English Composition. The program offers courses that focus on the principles of writing in effective sentences, paragraphs, and essays.

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    French

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    This program offers courses that develop students' French conversation, reading, and compositional skills.

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    History

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with comprehensive knowledge of History. The program offers courses that focus on developing an awareness of differing political, cultural, social, and economic structures in past societies and their interrelationship.

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    Jurisprudence

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical study of law.

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    Languages

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    This program offers courses that focus on the study of language development, and the relationship between languages and language groups from a humanistic and/or scientific perspective.

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    Mathematics

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Mathematics. The program offers courses that focus on algebra, calculus, functional analysis, geometry, number theory, logic, topology and other mathematical specializations.

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    Media Studies

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual and practical knowledge of Media Studies. The program offers highly interdisciplinary courses that combine the study of communications, technology, sociology, history and journalism.

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    Music

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual and practical knowledge of Music. The program offers courses that focus on the study of medieval, renaissance, classical, romantic, jazz, pop, and rock music.

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    Neuroscience

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Applied Cognition and Neuroscience. The program offers courses that focus on cognition, artificial intelligence, human-computer interactions and neurological diagnosis and monitoring.

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    Philosophy

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and conceptual knowledge of the fundamentals of Philosophy. The program offers courses that focus on the study of Eastern and Western philosophy, aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, logic, metaphysics, and contemporary philosophy.

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    Physical Education

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    This program equips students with the knowledge of exercise and physical activities that promote physical fitness. The program combines coursework that includes professional education and physical education, offering courses that focus on the study of kinesiology; exercise psychology; and motor skills development.

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    Physics

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Physics. The program offers courses that focus on the study of matter and energy at a fundamental level using mathematics as the primary language to communicate concepts.

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    Psychology

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Psychology. The program offers courses that focus on understanding and analyzing human behavior.

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    Public Affairs

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical, conceptual, and practical knowledge of Public Affairs. The program offers courses that focus on the study of government relations; media communications; issue management; corporate social responsibility; information dissemination; and strategic communications.

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    Public Health

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Public Health. The program offers courses that focus on the study of public health biology and management, behavioral sciences, biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental science, and communications and informatics.

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    Religious Education

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theological and practical knowledge of Religious Education. The program offers courses that focus on teaching the fundamentals of religion and different belief systems; doctrines; rituals; customs; rites; and religion in society.

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    Sociology

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical, conceptual, and practical knowledge of Sociology. The program offers courses that focus on the study of family; religion; media; global development; and methods of research.

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    Spanish

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    The program offers courses that develop students' Spanish conversation, reading, and compositional skills.

  • 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, USA

    Sports

    USD 48,690 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Sports. The program offers courses that focus on sport specific skill development; sport specific strength training; cardiovascular conditioning; agility work; speed training; and flexibility exercises.

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    US News (Liberal Arts) 44
  • Forbes (USA)
    Forbes (USA) 77

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    Established in 1887

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    In 1992, with the nation's eyes on Los Angeles during the largest riots the country had seen since the '60s, Occidental was recognized on the front page of The Wall Street Journal for its forward-thinking stance on diversity.

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          • Testimony
            1981-1985, Advanced Bachelors

            Oxy provided me, and others, with both a world-class liberal education as well as fantastic leadership opportunities. Both were essential to my career successes.

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            1965-1969, BA, History

            Oxy is intimate and personal, beautiful and serene, and yet part of a bustling city in which the student body and faculty are involved in the issues of this great urban place. There is a genuineness about people at Oxy. Friendships for life can be made here. The instruction is first rate and professors are very approachable and interested in your concerns. You come away with a fantastic liberal arts education which prepares you for life and career. I just wish everyone could have an education at Occidental College! It does a fantastic job of outreaching to many communities and people of all backgrounds to make this college as diverse and culturally rich as possible. And LA is one of the most culturally diverse and fascinating places on earth. Can't go wrong electing to coming to Oxy if you are admitted. If you are someone looking to donate money or your time to support a great educational institution, Oxy is the place to do that!

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            1976-1980, B.A., Communications, Theater, Film

            My time at Occidental was very positive. Dedicated and world-class professors who taught all their own classes, even down to the introductory level (no TAs teaching classes here) and made themselves available for outside-class advise and counseling. I was given the flexibility to construct individual studies geared to my specific needs and challenged to do my best at every turn. The campus itself is a secluded garden tucked into the middle of a bustling city, providing a safe and comfortable environment for learning and play while making the incredible cultural, educational and entertainment offerings of Los Angeles accessible with ease. I am a strong believer in the liberal arts education, and all that it implies about lifelong learning and the skills necessary for success, and found them all well supported at Oxy.