Bachelor’s Degree Graduation Requirements

Earning one degree with one competence

  • 120 total credits
    • 60 credits in the Competence (30 of these credits must be Upper Division coursework)
    • 30 credits in an area specific breadth or Liberal Arts Breadth
    • 30 credits in supporting coursework
  • Minimum of 36 credits must be Upper Division coursework
  • Core Curriculum (Orientation; On-Campus Undergraduates: CC1, 2, 3 and 4 (Senior Project); Online Undergraduates: PASS1, CC4 (Senior Project) and Core Seminar
  • Approved Degree Plan
  • Requisite coursework for competence and breadth based on degree plan
  • Documented assessment of all college wide learning outcomes through course work
  • Completing Core Curriculum along with complete assessment of all college wide learning outcomes demonstrates completion of the general education requirement
  • Writing Certification I, II and III (Research Paper for online undergraduates is WC3 equivalent)
  • Math Requirement

Earning one degree with double competence

  • 120 total credits
    • 45 credits in each Competence (22 of these credits must be Upper Division coursework in each Competence)
    • 30 credits in supporting coursework
  • Minimum of 45 credits must be Upper Division coursework
  • Core Curriculum (Orientation; On-Campus Undergraduates: CC1, 2, 3 and 4 (Senior Project); Online Undergraduates: PASS1, CC4 (Senior Project) and Core Seminar
  • Approved Degree Plan
  • Requisite coursework for competence and breadth based on degree plan
  • Documented assessment of all college wide learning outcomes through course work
  • Completing Core Curriculum along with complete assessment of all college wide learning outcomes demonstrates completion of the general education requirement
  • Writing Certification I, II and III (Research Paper for online undergraduates is WC3 equivalent)
  • Math Requirement

Earning two degrees (BA and BS; BA and BFA; BS and BFA)

  • 150 total credits
    • 60 credits per each degree/Competence (30 credits in each degree/Competence must be Upper Division coursework)
    • 30 credits in supporting coursework
  • Minimum of 60 credits must be Upper Division coursework
  • Core Curriculum (Orientation; On-Campus Undergraduates: CC1, 2, 3 and 4 (Senior Project); Online Undergraduates: PASS1, CC4 (Senior Project) and Core Seminar
  • Approved Degree Plan
  • Requisite coursework for competence and breadth based on degree plan
  • Documented assessment of all college wide learning outcomes through course work
  • Completing Core Curriculum along with complete assessment of all college wide learning outcomes demonstrates completion of the general education requirement
  • Writing Certification I, II and III (Research Paper for online undergraduates is WC3 equivalent)
  • Math Requirement

In Prescott College’s undergraduate programs, “competence” is the term for major, and “breadth” is similar to minor. Informed by advising documents (see appendices), the degree plan specifies the courses making up the competence, the breadth, and any additional courses taken to satisfy the College’s general education requirements.

Competence

The major area of study is called a competence for a reason. The student is expected to demonstrate competence in this field at the baccalaureate level by the time of graduation. A competence is normally comprised of at least 60 credits, and includes a Senior Project.

Specific requirements for the undergraduate degrees below are found in departmental advising documents located in the appendix;

  • BA in Adventure Education
  • BA in Arts and Humanities
  • BFA in Arts and Letters
  • BA in Social Justice Studies
  • BA in Education
  • BA in Environmental Studies
  • BS in Environmental Studies
  • BA in Human Development and Psychology
  • BA in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • BS in Sustainable Food Systems
  • BA in Sustainable Food Systems
  • BA Sustainability Management

Self-designed Competence

Students may elect to work closely with advisors in order to develop their own competence title housed appropriately within any Prescott College academic department. This opportunity is well suited for ambitious students who choose to work in independent and interdisciplinary ways. Self-designed competences often draw upon transfer credits, domestic and international exchange opportunities, as well as self-designed mentored study courses.

Breadth

The minor area of study is termed the breadth. The breadth is an intentionally constructed set of courses that broadens the student’s academic background. A breadth should not overlap with the competence area to the extent that it duplicates it. A breadth consists of at least 30 credits for online undergraduates and at least 24 lower-division and 6 upper-division credits for on-campus undergraduates.