Resources for New Students

Moodle Course Enrollment

When you register for your regular academic courses, you will be automatically enrolled in your Moodle course site. Your list of enrolled courses will appear in the Navigation block in the upper right. If you are not able to view a course in which you are currently enrolled, ask your instructor if he or she has made the course visible to students yet.  If the instructor has published the course and you are still unable to see it, please contact the Technology Helpdesk.

For other courses however, you will need to self-enroll. These courses may include:

Card Office ID submission

Placement Exams

Note: if you qualify for extended time accommodations, please contact the office of Disability Services via or (323) 259-2969 for a link to the appropriate placement exam.

To self-enroll...

Click on the link above for the "course" you would like to enter.

Moodle will prompt you to log in. Use the same username and password as your OxyConnect username and password.

After you log in, you will next see a page that says "Enrollment options" that may also contain a list of professors.

image of self enrollment button

On this page, click the button "Enroll me"

You will then be enrolled in the course and able to view its contents. If you experience difficulty enrolling in the card office ID submission or a placement exam "course," please contact the Technology Helpdesk.

Cultural Studies Program (CSP) Common Reading

The 2019 summer common reading discusses race, racism, white supremacy and intersecting forms of oppression. This collection of texts is prompted by this Spring’s national conversation about blackface. As you may recall, many colleges and universities around the country, including Oxy, uncovered troubling images from the past that featured blackface or other racist tropes. The analysis of these issues around racial representation as presented in the summer common reading are connected to the 2019-2020 Core Program theme of "excellence, equity, community and service," the four cornerstones of  Oxy's Mission. We understand there are many other issues and ideas around identity and representation that are connected to the Mission, we have decided to focus on race in this year's summer common reading. 

Please select on the title of each piece to access it. In most cases, you will be required to login to your email account in order to do so. Most of these items are provided by subscriptions paid for by the Occidental College Library and/or are also available in print in the Library.

Newspaper Editorial


  • Baldwin, James. "On Being White... And Other Lies." Excerpt from Black on White: Black Writers on What It Means to Be White. (Ed. David R. Roediger), New York: Shocken Books, 1998. [5 pages].
  • Haney López, Ian. "White Lines." Excerpt from White by Law: The Legal Construction of Race, New York: New York University Press, 2006. [26 pages+9 pages of footnotes]





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