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Academics at Prescott College

Concentration:
Arts & Cultural Studies

Concentration:
Arts & Cultural Studies

In all Prescott College programs, undergraduate students have the option of creating their own student-directed competence or concentration.  Students in Arts & Cultural Studies explore the many ways that humans relate to each other and their environments through a political, economic, social, cultural, historical or aesthetic lens. As active, even activist, artists or scholars, they increase awareness and participation in intercultural dialogues while they examine their own and others’ beliefs and make contributions to existing and emerging bodies of knowledge and practice. Individualized programs in Arts & Cultural Studies prepare students for graduate study or careers in areas that include:

  • Anthropology
  • Cultural and regional studies
  • Expressive Arts
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Journalism
  • Public administration
  • Art
  • Writing and Literature
  • Social advocacy and education in non-profit organizations

Arts & Humanities for Limited Residency Undergraduate

In all Prescott College programs, undergraduate students have the option of creating their own student-directed competence or concentration.  Limited-residency undergraduates explore the many ways that humans relate to each other and their environments through a political, economic, social, cultural, historical or aesthetic lens. As active, even activist, artists or scholars, they increase awareness and participation in intercultural dialogues while they examine their own and others’ beliefs and make contributions to existing and emerging bodies of knowledge and practice. Individualized programs in Arts & Cultural Studies prepare students for graduate study or careers in areas that include: Anthropology, Cultural and Regional Studies, Expressive Arts, History, Humanities, Journalism, and Public Administration. 

Arts & Humanities for Limited-Residency Master of Arts

The Limited-Residency Master of Arts Program provides opportunities for students to develop individually-designed, interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary studies in three major academic areas: Traditional Humanities (Arts and Letters), Cultural Studies, and Social Sciences

Graduate students are encouraged to develop individualized study areas that incorporate cultural, historical, philosophical, political, and social aspects of their disciplines and work.  Numerous options are possible within the large framework of philosophy, mythology, and spirituality, including religious studies, ecofeminism, cosmology, dialogical ecology, spiritual studies, comparative religions and theology. It is also possible within Humanities to focus a degree on some nonclinical areas in psychology such as wellness, gerontology, ecopsychology, depth psychology, forensic psychology, spiritual psychology or psychology of women.

Arts & Humanities for Resident Undergraduate

Students at Prescott College may pursue the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA) in Arts & Letters designating competence areas in Creative Writing, Visual Arts, or Interdisciplinary Arts and Letters. They may also pursue Bachelor of Arts degrees (BA) with competence areas in Creative Writing, Photography, Studio Arts, Interdisciplinary Arts, or Writing and Literature.  Some students, working closely with advisors and mentors, design individual competence tracks that allow them to combine their studies of painting, photography, writing, or dance with their studies of nature, education, social justice, human development, or adventure education. Several have graduated with competence titles such as Nature Writing, Travel Writing, Photojournalism, Environmental Art, and Nature and Dance.  All students working toward degrees housed in the Arts & Letters Department engage in courses focused on rigorous, hands-on acquisition and application of skills and theory.

Program Components - Limited-Residency Undergraduate

Program Components - Limited-Residency Undergraduate

Orientation

All incoming Prescott College students are required to participate in New Student Orientation at the beginning of their first semester. During Orientation, you will receive information and experience activities designed to guide you through your specific program.  Orientation is a time during which students and faculty from diverse cultures, different areas of study, and with a variety of expertise can come together to build friendships, exchange ideas, and develop cohorts or informal networks to support you through your distance learning journey.  Students typically come away from Orientation inspired, energized and ready for the next phase of independent scholarship.

Prior Learning Assessment

Prescott College’s commitment to student-centered, experiential learning includes a respect for the adult student’s prior learning, whether that learning occurred in non-college settings, recognized Massive Open Online Courses, or in extended, demanding professional experiences. After the first semester, Limited-Residency Undergraduate students may apply to begin a process in which they document and request assessment of their prior learning in order to earn Prescott College credits. 

Mentored Study

Our mentored study program is the special ingredient that makes our distance program a high-touch, face to face experience that is customizable for each student, and a proven success across the country. Mentors are experts in their field and are vetted by our faculty. You can work with your mentor in your home community, virtually, and even abroad. The mix of mentored studies and online coursework allows you to achieve your educational goals while maintaining your personal schedule.

Life & Career Outcomes

Life & Career Outcomes
  • Art Administator
  • Art Critic
  • Graduate School
  • Journalist
  • Non-Profit Manager
  • Professional Writer

Faculty & Mentor Guides

Faculty & Mentor Guides

Academic Resources

Academic Resources

Prescott College Library

Library From Above

The Prescott College Library supports the curriculum with a variety of print and electronic resources. Our library catalog  reflects not only our collection but that of more than 30 other libraries in Yavapai county. A system-wide library card allows borrowers to request books from any library in the county.  Online resources include millions of full-text articles available through our article databases, and over 130,000 e-books available through ebrary.  

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