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 gamechanging 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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Wilderness and Community Based Orientations
Director: Cecil Goodman

Each fall and spring, all new Prescott College students find themselves on Orientation as they begin the unique journey of developing relationships with their new home, community and academic career.  

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.

 

First Year Students will choose from an array of immersive semester courses - like Water in the West, Art and Ecology, Foundations of Leadership, and Introduction to Psychology and Yoga - which continue to build community, forge relationships with faculty advisors, and develop academic inquiry.

In their first semester at Prescott College, transfer students participate in Crises of the 21st Century: Research Methods & Theories. Students from environmental and social disciplines, the arts, and humanities will be introduced to theoretical and research approaches that foster ways of integrating their questions through class discussions and personal research.  Students enrolled in this course will be given individual support in creating a degree plan organizing courses they are transferring with into a pathway for graduation in their chosen fields.

 

Degree Plan

During the first semester of their junior year, students create a degree plan, with the assistance of their faculty adviser, which sketches the academic map of their journey.  It includes an overview of courses and credits earned; brief descriptions of competence, breadth, and liberal arts areas; lists of courses completed and those to be completed; a tentative Senior Project plan and description; and additional honors or experience that contribute to competence or breadth.  The Degree Plan is a living document that continues to evolve throughout the student's final three terms.

Senior Project

Prescott College requires every student, not just designated "honors" students, to design and carry out an ambitious Senior Project.  This Project functions as both a demonstration of competence and a culmination of the undergraduate experience.  It may take the form of an ambitious research project, a collection of original creative writing, a curriculum plan and implementation, a studio art exhibition, a performance, a case or field study, or a challenging internship.  Another way of thinking about the Senior Project is as a bridge between a student's undergraduate career and work after graduation. 

 

At Prescott College, you can “make a living while you make a difference” even faster with an accelerated master’s degree. All of Prescott’s graduate degrees - Master of Science in Counseling, Master of Arts, and Master of Education- are available in a unique format that allows you to graduate with a bachelor’s and a master’s in as little as five years, and the last year of your master’s could be tuition free!

Students interested in an accelerated master’s degree apply to the program in their junior year. Once accepted, they take courses that complete their undergraduate degree and begin their graduate degree. 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.

Whichever you choose, study for four years at Prescott and the final year of graduate program is offered tuition free. Students who transfer in and complete fewer than four years at Prescott receive their final semester tuition free.

Empowered with an advanced degree (and less debt), you’ll be ready to make a difference in your community and the world.

 

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.

Feature signature courses across the curriculum: Marine Studies in Kino Bay, Grand Canyon Semester, Cultural and Regional Studies in Kenya at the Dopoi Center, Border Studies, etc.

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! (confirm with Centae, Add link to Degree Directory)

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. (Add link to Degree Directory)

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Cecil Goodman

Instruction|Faculty / Director, Orientation

cgoodman@prescott.edu

Game Changing Faculty
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Cecil Goodman

Instruction|Faculty / Director, Orientation

cgoodman@prescott.edu