Turn your ATA or AAS Degree from community college into a full Bachelor of Arts Degree.
The usual route to a BA degree calls for general education in the first two years and specialization in the last two years. Fairhaven's Upside-Down BA program gives selected students an option to reverse this process. Graduates of Washington state community colleges who hold the ATA, the AAS or other approved two-year technical degrees may apply to transfer their specializations to Fairhaven as the completed major. Stages 1 and 3 of Fairhaven's Core Curriculum and a minimum of 90 credits are then required for graduation. Students are expected to complete as much as possible of their elective credit at the upper-division level (course numbered 300 or above).
Applications for admission to the Upside-Down Program are reviewed on an individual basis, considering appropriateness for the BA and support available for upper-division enhancement of the technical degree's area of study.
Upside-Down degrees have been awarded recently from Fairhaven College in the following areas:
- Early Childhood Education
- Environmental Conservation Technician
- Graphic Design
- Human Services
- Paralegal Studies
Humanities and the Expressive Arts
Society and the Individual
Science and Our Place on the Planet
Stage 2 is typically "Concentrated Studies," when Fairhaven concentrators file a self-designed Concentration.
Since Upside-Down Degree students have already completed specialized study, Stage 2 is not required.
Information regarding how to build a plan for your studies at Fairhaven, the Core Curriculum, Independent Study, and helpful questions to guide career and graduate school planning.
A minimum of 90 credits is required for graduation with the Upside-Down BA, to include: