Undergraduate Degrees

Field Studies

Undergraduate Degrees at Prescott College

We live in an interconnected world, which is why we provide an education that spans areas of study and brings together knowledge from various fields.

At Prescott College, education is personal. Forget a standard, one-size-fits-all degree. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to craft a degree plan that is as unique as you are. You won’t be limited to a single area of study in building your plan either, so let your passions and interests guide you. Regardless of your area of study, all Prescott College programs have an experiential component—giving you valuable experience in your field. 

Are you looking for more flexible degree options? We offer online bachelors degrees through our limited-residency format. You come to campus for an orientation and then complete your coursework in your community. You’ll have the opportunity to design your degree within several study areas.

Whether you are seeking a traditional on-campus experience or the flexibility of an online undergraduate learning experience, we have an option to fit your needs and future goals and game-changing faculty. 

We offer field based courses like Marine Studies in Kino Bay, Grand Canyon Semester, Cultural and Regional Studies in Kenya at the Dopoi Center, Border Studies, etc.  

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Prescott College has identified six learning outcomes for general education in undergraduate studies. Each learning outcome identified is a commitment to Prescott College’s mission.
• Humanities and Arts Knowledge
• Global Cultural Literacy
• Civic Engagement
• Ecological Literacy
• Skills for Inquiry, Analysis, and Synthesis
• Skills for Self-Direction and Lifelong Learning

Humanities and Arts Knowledge
An appreciation of literature, language, and the arts provides the foundational knowledge needed to pursue critical and creative approaches to reading, writing, problem solving, communication, performance, and the making of art. A well-rounded understanding of the humanities and the arts supports the development of an informed aesthetic, effective communication and performance skills, and insight into different cultural and artistic sensibilities, forms, contexts, and histories. 

Global Cultural Literacy
Global cultural literacy involves both an academic and a personal understanding of the depth of our interdependence as human beings and communities. It involves an awareness of the challenges that we face and must address as a global community. It requires the ability to critically analyze the ways that power is distributed within regions and societies and to trace the historical roots and current reality of social, political and economic inequality. It involves knowing about diverse cultures of the world, about differences of gender and sexuality, race, religion and ethnicity, and developing a relationship with oneself and one’s own position within larger systems of privilege. To be literate in this area is to learn to listen, share and reciprocate, to reach across borders of unequal power with critical awareness, humility, and commitment.

Civic Engagement
Civic engagement requires a combination of knowledge, skills, and motivation that are applied with the intention of creating positive social change in communities ranging from local to global. It may involve political or non-political activities of individual or collective
concern that demonstrate personalization of learning, ethical reasoning, and social action of potential benefit to the community.

Ecological Literacy
Ecological literacy is based on an understanding of unperturbed natural systems and an examination of human impact on the integrity of those systems and the diversity of life. Ecological literacy involves exploring humanity's historic and current relationship with the natural world and the processes that sustain all life. It ultimately fosters healthy relationships between human communities and the natural world.

Skills for Inquiry, Analysis, and Synthesis
Inquiry is a systematic process of exploring issues, facts, or works through the collection and analysis of evidence that result in informed conclusions or judgments. Analysis is the process of breaking complex topics or issues into parts to gain a better understanding of them; synthesis is the dynamic assembly of discrete elements into new wholes or systems. Skills for inquiry, analysis, and synthesis include the capacity to use research techniques, mathematics, and other qualitative and quantitative scholarly methods as tools for learning in the competence and the breadths.

Skills for Self-Direction and Lifelong Learning
The skills and dispositions involved in lifelong learning are curiosity, transfer, independence, initiative, and reflection. Lifelong learning depends on the ability to be a self-directed learner who integrates and applies these skills and abilities to improve her or his knowledge, skills, and competence to meet new challenges throughout life.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificates
Students can enroll in coursework to obtain their certificate in Environmental Education, Elementary Education, or Secondary Education while completing their bachelor’s degree. If you’ve already earned your bachelor’s degree, you can earn your certificate in just one year!

Graduate Certificates
Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree may enroll in any of our unique, innovative graduate certificates in Adventure-Based Psychotherapy, Ecotherapy, Equine Assisted Mental Health or Expressive Arts Therapy.

Wilderness Orientation

Desert Mountain or Canyon Expedition
Students can choose to enroll in Wilderness Orientation: a three-week backpacking expedition in the remote desert mountains and canyons of Arizona. Students develop a sense of place and make connections to the Southwest through rigorous backcountry travel, map and wilderness navigation, and by studying the natural and cultural history of their route.  Students become functional and valuable members of the community through curriculum that focuses on interpersonal communication, group process, and most importantly, compassion and respect for others and themselves. Through individual research projects, a solo experience, leadership training, and service projects, students participate fully in this interdisciplinary Liberal Arts course.  Additionally, Wilderness Orientation satisfies the foundational field prerequisite that students will need for field-based courses.  With our history as a pioneer of outdoor orientation programming since 1968, you can rest assured that our backpacking routes are achievable and accessible, our staff of outdoor education instructors are experienced guides and adventure educators, and our extensive risk management and safety practices are well vetted.  

Community-Based Orientation

Students can also choose to enroll in Community-Based Orientation.  This Orientation course is intended to orient new students to the college’s unique educational philosophy, structure, and community in a non-wilderness or expeditionary format.  Instead, through the context of, individual research projects, service learning opportunities, day hikes, field trips, and a possible solo experience, students develop a sense of place and explore the ecological, political, and cultural histories of their new home. By building connections to the Southwest, one another, and Prescott College, students strive to become functioning members of an invaluable community while learning interpersonal communication and leadership skills, and most importantly, compassion and respect for others and one's self. To help accommodate those students with physical, familial, medical, or other needs, this course is based in Prescott with frequent field trips and possible extended field-based overnights. Please note however, that this course does not satisfy the requirements for a field prerequisite required for many field courses at Prescott College. Enrollment is dependent on Orientation Director approval.

Regardless of the type of Orientation you are engaged in, successful completion of this intensive experience requires a high degree of commitment. You should plan on blocking out this time for exclusive focus on your education.

Students have opportunity to study in immersive field courses and at exciting field stations. The Kino Bay Center offers both one-month and semester courses in Marine Studies, Marine Biology, Marine Conservation. The Dopoi Center in Kenya allows students to use various social science lenses to understand sustainability, conservation, and cultural paradigms and develop real life solutions through academic activism.

Students can also register for full field semesters such as: Grand Canyon Semester, Border Studies out of our Tuscon K-20 Changemaker campus, Ecological Design with Ecosa, community-based (bottom-up) approaches to the conservation of natural and cultural resources in Costa Rica. 

Because Prescott College participates in CIEL and EcoLeague, our students also have the opportunity to participate in exchange semesters with other member institutions. 

All bachelor’s degree-seeking students at Prescott College have the opportunity to pursue an accelerated master’s, which shortens their time to completion of both degrees.

Students interested in an accelerated master’s degree apply to the master’s program of their
choice in their junior year. Options include: 

  • Masters of Arts Limited Residency in Adventure Education, Environmental Studies, Arts
  • and Humanities, and Education
  • Masters of Arts in Social Justice and Community Organizing Online/On Campus
  • Masters of Arts Online
  • Masters of Science in Counseling Online
  • Masters of Education Limited Residency
  • Master of Business Administration - Sustainability Leadership
  • Master of Science:
  • Environmental Studies
  • Sustainable and Resilient Communities
  • Sustainable Food Systems

Once accepted, they take master’s level courses that complete their undergraduate degree and
begin their graduate degree. Undergraduate students should consult with their academic advisor
as well as the Chair of the Graduate Program prior to applying.

 

Key benefits: 

  • You'll save time and save on tuition for your master's degree.
  • Students with master’s degrees are often more desirable candidates for employers.
  • You may earn more money.

Students pay the undergraduate tuition rate for accelerated coursework

  • One full year tuition free for first time students 
  • One semester tuition free for transfer students

​​The Master of Arts and Master of Education degrees can be completed in the fifth year. The Master of Science in Counseling may take an additional semester.

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Prescott College is a member of two major college consortia, the EcoLeague and the Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning (CIEL), as well as having access to the Consortium for North American Sustainability, giving students access to vastly different campus cultures.

The Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning (CIEL) is an 11-college consortium of “alternative” colleges and universities. A common emphasis on innovative teaching unites the schools in the CIEL. The wide range of schools in CIEL makes available to Prescott College students a significant array of offerings to enrich their undergraduate experience.

CIEL Schools

  • Evergreen State College
  • Fairhaven College at WWU
  • Hampshire
  • Marlboro
  • New College at Alabama
  • New College of FLorida
  • Prescott College
  • Bennington College
  • Westminster College
  • School of Individualized Studies
  • Quest University
  • Universite' de Hearst

The EcoLeague Student Exchange offers undergraduate students access to study in environments ranging from the Pacific to Atlantic coasts and from the subtropics to the subarctic. Students in any field can take advantage of working with talented faculty in a broad array of disciplines at other institutions. The six small, student-centered colleges in the EcoLeague share the goals of seeking solutions to contemporary environmental problems and of raising environmental awareness. The institutions also share similar missions and values regarding social change and in preparing students to build sustainable communities.  The Student Exchange, which is for a maximum of two, non-consecutive semesters, is open to any student who has successfully completed at least his/her freshman year and who can clearly articulate in the application how he/she would benefit from this opportunity.

EcoLeague Member Institutions

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Game Changing Faculty
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Gretchen Gano

Instruction|Faculty / Director, Core Curriculum

gretchen.gano@prescott.edu

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Cecil Goodman

Instruction|Faculty / Director, Orientation

cgoodman@prescott.edu

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Sebastienne Grant

Instruction|Faculty / Director, MA in Critical Psychology

amanda.grant@prescott.edu

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Forrest Schwartz

Instruction|Faculty / Director, MA in Graduate Adventure Education

forrest.schwartz@prescott.edu