Our Program

Our Program

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.

At Quest, you won’t declare a major. You will create your own Question, which will drive your final two years at Quest as you design a personalized academic program with guidance from your faculty mentor. On the Block Plan, you’ll delve into one course at a time for about a month, and learn in small, interactive classes that foster both independence and collaboration. You’ll also acquire transferable skills that work in the real world.

Below is our program in a nutshell. At the bottom you’ll find two examples of how Quest students designed their personalized degrees. Our Viewbook contains more info. You can also hear directly from parents, students and alumni in videos or read their stories. To stay connected, we invite you to subscribe to The 3200, Quest’s newsletter.

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.

The Question

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. In Quest’s history, no two students have written the same Question.

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 Focus courses.

The Keystone

The culmination of your Quest degree, your Keystone Project will reflect your passion, your research, skills, knowledge and experience. Keystones come in all forms. You might submit an original research paper, a documentary video, a play, or a collection of paintings or poems. Whatever you create, your Keystone will be unique to you, just like your Question. 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.

No matter what path you pursue at Quest, here are the transferable skills you’ll take with you.

Jon’s personalized degree

Jon Farmer ’14

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Bria’s personalized degree

Bria Mele ’16

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