Program Structure

Each student entering the program will have an academic plan outlining your transfer units, degree requirements, and your courses for the year, so that you know exactly when you will be graduating. Students need a minimum of 60 transfer units in order to be admitted to the program, and generally complete the program in 3 to 4 semesters (depending upon the number of transfer units). The academic plan ensures that you are guaranteed access to the courses you need to take in order to graduate on time and lock in the tuition rate.

All students in the program engage in a core curriculum that consists of in-person class meetings on 6 weekends per semester (Friday evenings and all-day Saturdays) and online learning via an online learning platform, which allows students to continue their learning, collaboration, and discussions between in-person meetings.

Core Curriculum

The core curriculum is comprised of a three-semester sequence of courses that build on each other. Students are exposed to particular themes and critical frameworks that enable them to build intellectual and practical skills and to examine themselves and their relationship to the world. In the three semester sequence, students remain with the same group of students, a group of peers called a cohort, building relationships and collaborating on co-creating knowledge.

The core curriculum follows this sequence:

Semester Core Curriculum (36 units) Sample Electives
1st Semester

BIS 1211 Self and Society (4 units)
BIS 1212 Integral Learning (4 units)
BIS 1213 Modern Perspectives (4 units)

BIS 1309 Sacred Geometry (3 units)

BIS 1332 Bioethics and the Body (3 units)

BIS 1412 Counseling Skills (1 units)

BIS 1418 Infographics: Telling Stories with Data (3 units)

BIS 1504 The Art of the Essay (3 units)

BIS 1603 Ancestral Healing Traditions (3 units)

BIS 1605 Building Autonomy in Chiapas (Study Aboard) (3 units)

2nd Semester

BIS 1221 Culture and Community (4 units) 
BIS 1222 Knowledge and Inquiry (4 units)
BIS 1223 Research and Writing (4 units)

3rd Semester

BIS 1231 Global Studies (4 units)
BIS 1232 Social Change (4 units)
BIS 1233 Senior Project (4 units)

Each semester's themes are taught from an interrelated and interdisciplinary perspective. A faculty team facilitates the students' learning and brings in different disciplinary perspectives. The specific curriculum evolves each semester according to our students, faculty, contemporary culture, and emerging scholarship.

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