Social and Environmental Humanities

Explore the many ways that humans relate to each other and their environments through a political, economic, social, cultural, historical or aesthetic lens. As an active artist or scholar, you'll increase awareness and participation in intercultural dialogues while examining your own and others’ beliefs.

Students at Prescott College may 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.

As a Prescott College student, you'll have the opportunity to build a competency in an area that matches your interests, past examples include: Nature Writing, Travel Writing, Photojournalism, Environmental Art, and Nature and Dance.


As an Arts & Humanities student, you'll gain 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.

  • Identitify and explore the contribution of the arts and humanities to the human experience including historical, social, environmental, religious, orcultural contexts.
  • Apply the language and techniques of their chosen disciplines.
  • Produce original artwork or a critical analysis of art or literature thatcommunicates effective with an audience.

Common learning outcomes across all of our undergraduate degree programs: 

  • Development and analysis of the most current terms, concepts, techniques, and approaches shaping the field of knowledge; 
  • Focus on inclusion of divergent, synthetic responses and/or products as assessment/evaluation tools that are produced with minimal input from the instructor; 
  • Application of techniques and approaches toward divergent assignments or projects that are potentially novel to the field, or that represent the most current approaches in the field; 
  • Increased focus on inclusion of primary scholarship in the as material for students to analyze and critique constructively; 
  • Independent application of the standards of the field toward writing assignments, oral presentations, performances, etc. 



  • Art Program Director
  • Art Critic
  • Art Theorist
  • Choreographer
  • Dance Director
  • Dance Educator
  • Dance Performing Artist
  • Dance Studio Director
  • Dance Therapist
  • Elementary Art Teacher
  • Graduate School
  • Health & Fitness Professional
  • High School Art Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Museum Curator
  • Professional Writer
  • Travel Writer  


Application materials 

Review our list of required supplemental application materials before starting your application process. All application materials should be submitted through the online application portal. You must mail official transcripts and materials to Prescott College, Office of Admissions 220 Grove Avenue, Prescott, Arizona, 86301

  1. Autobiographical Essay: Submit a two to four-page autobiographical essay reflecting on your past academic experiences and your educational goals
  2. One letter of recommendation: First-time Freshmen must have a letter written by a teacher or counselor; transfer students may have a letter from anyone except family or a significant other. Please note you will have an opportunity to gather letters of recommendation by email through the online application.  
  3. Test Scores: Prescott College does not require applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores for admission. Applicants are welcome to submit their scores as part of their application. Our SAT code is 0484 and our ACT code is 5022.
  4. Official transcripts can be submitted electronically by the issuing institution via Parchment or through the mail at:

Office of Admissions
Prescott College
202 Grove Avenue
Prescott, Arizona 86301

All transcripts submitted by mail must arrive in an official sealed envelope from the issuing institution.

Please note: unofficial transcripts may be submitted for the admissions committee to begin a preliminary evaluation of an application. Official transcripts will be required to provide an official offer of admission.

We are here to support you during the admissions process. If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-877-350-2100 or admissions@prescott.edu for assistance. Start your application, apply today

Your Faculty

Paul Burkhardt

Presidents Office|Faculty / Executive Vice President and Provost




Ellen Greenblum

Instruction|Faculty / Director, BA/BFA in Arts and Humanities




Gary Stogsdill

Instruction|Faculty / Director, Online Undergraduate Programs




Nicholas Weiss

Library|Faculty / Director of Library & Learning Commons