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Great Books is at Occidental College - NEW for Summer 2021!


Los Angeles, CA

One-Week Programs: July 4 - 10, & July 11 - 17

Two-Week Program: July 4 - 17

For students in the Intermediate Program (grades 6-8) and Senior Program (grades 9-12).

Due to local restrictions, this program is open to CA residents only.

Great Books is excited to bring our summer program to the campus of  Occidental College, the alma mater of former President Barack Obama.

Enjoy learning with Great Books while living on the campus of Occidental College!

Nestled in the hills of Los Angeles’ Eagle Rock community, the Occidental campus is both peaceful and a place of palpable energy just miles from downtown.

Long considered one of the top colleges in the country, Occidental College  fully integrates the liberal arts and sciences with the cultural and intellectual resources of a global city. Occidental is also ranked as one of the most beautiful with 120 acres of century-old oak and eucalyptus trees, graceful arches, and halls built in the Spanish Colonial style.  

Founded in 1887—before Los Angeles had its first paved street, saw its first automobile, or made its first movie—Occidental is L.A.’s first and only liberal arts college. 

Academic History

Planned in 1911 by noted California architect Myron Hunt, the Oxy campus reflects a rich history; today, state-of-the-art science facilities are just down the path from beautifully preserved historic buildings. Between the Academic Commons and the Johnson Student Center, the Academic Quad is the heart of campus, where trees provide shade for study, conversation, and contemplation. 

Oxy alumni helped create the computer disc drive and streaming audio and video; pioneered the use of the EKG; and developed more effective treatments for multiple sclerosis. They helped overthrow China’s Manchu dynasty, negotiate the SALT treaty with the Soviet Union, invent the system of simultaneous translation used at the U.N., and pioneer a system to protect the Earth from asteroids. Oxy alumni have won Pulitzers, Oscars, Tonys, and Emmys; the National Medal of the Arts, the National Medal of Science, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the O’Hara Poetry Prize; the Navy Cross, the Distinguished Service Cross, and even the Nobel Peace Prize.

Tuition and Fees

  • One-week Tuition: $2895
  • Two-week Tuition: $5790

Materials & Events fees of $225 for one week and $425 for two. Covid testing fee of $125.  All on-campus programs have a registration fee of $250.

Join us for the summer of a lifetime with Great Books on the campus of Occidental College!

A Typical Day On-Campus

8:00 a.m.Breakfast
8:45 a.m.Poetry Cup & Camp Meeting
9:15 a.m.Seminar One: Shakespeare's Hamlet
10:00 a.m.Snack Break
10:15 a.m.Seminar Two: Langston Hughes' poems
11:15 a.m.Discussion Groups
12:15 p.m.Lunch
1:00 p.m.Literature Elective (i.e. Hurston, Kafka, Plato, etc.)
2:00 p.m.Applied Arts Elective (Art, Music, Theatre, and Creative Writing)
4:00 p.m.Free Time (field games, swimming, etc.)
5:30 p.m.Dinner
6:15 p.m.Reading Time
7:00 p.m.Scavenger Hunt
8:00 p.m.Trivia Night
10:00 p.m.Pod Reading
11:00 p.m.Lights Out

Add More Literary Adventure:

You can add one or more of our online classes to your on-campus program. Just tell us the weeks you would like to attend. We also have on-campus programs at Mount Holyoke, Haverford College, The University of Edinburgh, and University of Oxford. 

Learn More:

For further information on Great Books at Occidental College, please call or text 203-612-9470, or email

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