Build Your Degree
Build Your Degree
We offer a single degree, the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, which gives you the best of both worlds: a basis for advanced studies if you want to go on to specialize, with the flexibility of a multidisciplinary background that equips you with broad knowledge and skills.
Combined with the Block Plan and Quest’s inquiry-driven program, we believe the BArts&Sci represents the future of liberal arts education.
Below is our curriculum in a nutshell. At the bottom of this page, you’ll also find the course plans of two Quest alums, with their Question, Keystone, and the classes they took to build their personalized Quest degrees.
The Foundation Program: Years 1 and 2
A Solid Base for Inquiry
The first two years of your degree consist of 16 courses, a multidisciplinary curriculum that spans the liberal arts and sciences, tackling themes from the classic to the contemporary. Toward the end of your second year, you will write your personalized Question, developed with faculty guidance in a dedicated course called Question Block.
Your Question will drive your final two years at Quest, and can range from narrow to broad. Every student writes a unique Question. “How should we create general artificial intelligence?” “What is the relationship between symmetry and beauty?” “How can we effectively eradicate infectious diseases?” “How can art transform conflict?” “How does mathematics model the physical world?” “What is a sustainable food system?” “How can biotechnology affect the quality of human health?” “How do the colonized heal?” The possibilities are endless.
The Concentration Program: Years 3 and 4
Depth in the Topics You're Passionate About
In the Concentration Program, you design your own academic path while working with a faculty mentor. Inspired by your Question, you’ll pursue what you’re most passionate about, taking 16 courses that include Electives and Experiential Learning along with your Concentration courses. You’ll cap your undergraduate education with a Keystone project after taking the Keystone course.
The culmination of your Quest degree, your Keystone Project will reflect your passion, your research, skills, knowledge and experience. Keystones can take a myriad of forms: a scientific paper, a documentary video, a portfolio of poems…the format is yours to create. Each year, several Keystones are awarded Distinction, and some are chosen as Showcases that the authors present in front of an audience that includes the Quest community and beyond.