The Upside-Down program at Fairhaven College gives students the unique opportunity to continue their education by expanding on the academic skills provided from a Washington state two-year college A.A.S or A.T.A. degree program. The usual route to a BA degree calls for general education in the first two years and specialization in the last two years. Upside-Down students reverse this process by expanding on the specialized skills they received in two years from their technical degree with upper division coursework combined with interdisciplinary liberal arts course work. Admission to Fairhaven College and admission to the Upside-Down Program requires supplemental application materials.
Western’s Upside-Down Program is part of the Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies. Fairhaven College is a small interdisciplinary, liberal arts college within Western Washington University that provides students with an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning. Students take an active role in the design and content of their education by building strong working relationships with their faculty to explore new ideas within a supportive educational structure. Students enjoy a small learning community while also drawing from resources within the larger university. Fairhaven College offers students a small, interactive classroom of 15-20 students within a college of 400 students. Fairhaven’s interdisciplinary curriculum is shaped around inquiry, creativity, leadership, and scholarship. Fairhaven emphasizes critical inquiry with a focus on social and environmental justice and diversity.