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. At the end, you will write your personalized Question, developed with faculty guidance in a dedicated course called Question Block.

The Question

Your Question will drive the rest of your undergraduate education, and can range from narrow to broad. One student asked, “What is the relationship between symmetry and beauty?” Another asked, “How can we effectively eradicate infectious diseases?” 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.

The Keystone

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.

Jon’s personalized degree

Jon Farmer ’14

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Bria’s personalized degree

Bria Mele ’16

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