Career preparation and planning are natural extensions of the Scripps commitment to the long-term needs of women. One of the challenges open to a select group of highly qualified women is the opportunity to combine the Scripps Bachelor of Arts degree on an accelerated basis with one of seven master’s degree programs offered by The Claremont Graduate University: American politics, business administration, economics, international studies, philosophy, public policy, and religion. Scripps also offers to qualified students the opportunity to combine a BA degree with the BS degree in engineering at a large number of institutions. All eight programs provide the Scripps student with a superior foundation for specialization after college in professional training.
Because the eight joint degree programs are accelerated, the student must fulfill the general requirements for a Scripps degree early. In the case of The Claremont Graduate University program, the student should plan to fulfill at least half of the major courses by the end of the third year; in the fourth year the student normally completes the requirements for the Scripps degree, including the senior thesis, and begins graduate study.
Guidelines for Selected Programs in Engineering
Students interested in the a BA/BS Program in Engineering should consult with the appropriate Scripps adviser at the earliest possible opportunity. A petition to the Scripps Committee on Academic Review for entry to the program is necessary no later than mid-fall semester of the junior year.
This combined degree program allows highly qualified students the opportunity to pursue a dual bachelor’s degree. On this 3-2 program, the student spends three years at Scripps and transfers to the second college or university for two years, receiving two degrees in five years. Scripps has articulated agreements with both Columbia University and Harvey Mudd College, but students have also completed engineering requirements through other programs in recent years.
Students in the program must satisfy all the Scripps general education requirements. In addition, as a prerequisite for transfer, the student must complete up to four mathematics and six science courses as well as a course in computer science. This program allows students to pursue an engineering career while obtaining the breadth and exposure of a liberal arts education.
The Scripps/Harvey Mudd program guarantees Scripps students admission to the HMC engineering program contingent on a 9.5 or higher overall GPA (B/B+) with no grade lower than a B-minus in mathematics and science courses, and no grade lower than C in other subjects. Other students not meeting these requirements for guaranteed admission may also be considered. Upon successful completion of the five-year program, students would receive a BA from Scripps and a BS from HMC.
Careful planning and advising are necessary to structure a 3-2 engineering program successfully. Professor James Higdon is the Scripps adviser who should be seen for specific course planning, prerequisites, admissions procedures, tuition, and financial aid. Any student who, having entered a 3-2 program, decides for any reason to withdraw from it should return to the Scripps adviser for counsel and plan to complete all requirements for the Scripps BA, typically with a mathematics, physics, or other science major.
Guidelines for Programs with the Claremont Graduate University
Students interested in joint Scripps/The Claremont Graduate University programs should consult with the appropriate Scripps adviser at the earliest possible opportunity. A petition to the Scripps Committee on Academic Review for entry to the program is necessary no later than mid-fall semester of the junior year for BA/M.BA and no later than early in the spring semester of the junior year for BA/MA in American politics, economics, philosophy, public policy, international studies, or religion candidates.
Students apply to The Claremont Graduate University according to CGU’s normal procedure during the pre-registration period in May of their junior year at Scripps. Students admitted to the Graduate University will have demonstrated a level of achievement indicative of success in graduate work, particularly in their majors, as shown by supportive letters of recommendation and, as necessary, personal interviews and submission of written work. Admission depends upon approval of the chairperson and faculty of the given master’s program with concurrence of the Graduate University’s dean.
Candidates for the MA in American politics, economics, philosophy, and religion, the M.P.P., and the MS degrees are required to take the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) no later than November of their fourth (or senior) year. Candidates for the combined BA/M.BA program are required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Career Planning & Resources can offer detailed information about both the GRE and the GMAT tests.
Scripps does not penalize the student who, having entered a joint program, decides for any reason to withdraw from it. Such a student should return to the Scripps adviser for counsel and, in consultation with the dean of the faculty if necessary, plan to complete all requirements for the Scripps BA.
While officially in residence at Scripps through the fourth year, a student participating in joint programs with CGU may wish to petition to the dean of students to live off campus. It is assumed that the student will not live in the College’s residence halls after the fourth year.
Program in Business Administration
The Drucker M.BA program at The Claremont Graduate University is a strategy and leadership program designed so that students can earn an M.BA with one additional year of course work beyond the BA A student in any major may participate in the Drucker M.BA program with The Claremont Graduate University. A total of 15 courses (60) units is required for the M.BA degree. Application to this joint accelerated program should be made by November 1 in the student’s junior year. For more information, contact the Drucker M.BA program at (909) 621-8073.
Programs with the Center for Politics and Economics
Politics and Public Policy
Students may apply for admission to one of three joint BA/MA programs in public policy (MAP.P.), international studies (MAI.S.), and politics (MAP.). Requirements for the program include:
- Three graduate courses (four units each) in the senior year:
- CPP 480 The Nature of Political Science Inquiry.
- A core course in the student’s chosen track.
- An elective course selected in consultation with the student’s undergraduate and graduate advisers.
- After graduating with their senior classmates, joint BA/MA students spend their fifth year completing 24 units of graduate course work and directed study.
- During their final semester, students prepare and defend a master’s research paper, using a three-member faculty committee.
Contact Professor Nancy Neiman Auerbach at Scripps for information about the programs detailed below.
American Politics: The Program in American Politics is designed to provide a stimulating intellectual environment in the fields of American political institutions and processes, political philosophy, public administration, and constitutional law. This provides background for careers in government, public affairs, and law. Scripps students of any major can apply. Undergraduate preparation in politics and economics should be undertaken.
International Studies: The Program in International Studies may focus on international political economy, on problems of North-South relations and development, and on defense and security issues. The emphasis is on a blend of analytical skills and substantive expertise in particular areas of international relations. The opportunities for careers and public service in foreign policy, administration, international organizations and international business activities are broad because the master’s degree is being increasingly recognized as specialized professional training for careers connected with world affairs. While the program is particularly appropriate for politics and international relations majors, students of any major can apply. Undergraduate preparatory courses in government and economics should be completed.
Public Policy: The Program in Public Policy prepares students for careers in government, community and public organizations, and the private sector. It focuses on the analysis of public policy problems and their relationship to theoretical and methodological constructs of the disciplines of administration, economics, education, government, public law, and psychology. A policy clinic, internship, or workshop is required at the graduate level to provide practical experience in public policy analysis. A student in any major can participate. Although the student need not take an undergraduate major in a social science, it is advised to take preparatory courses in politics, statistics, and economics.
Program in Economics
The Program in Economics at The Claremont Graduate University offers qualified undergraduate students at The Claremont Colleges the opportunity to obtain an accelerated MA in one year instead of the usual three semesters. Undergraduates who have completed economics courses that would otherwise qualify them for admission may begin their graduate study in economics at CGU through cross-registration in their senior year whereby four CGU graduate courses will receive joint undergraduate and graduate credits. The fifth year is spent entirely in residence in CGU Economics completing the MA requirements. Requirements for the accelerated MA are the same as for other students enrolled for the economics master’s degree (see the CGU catalog). The BA and MA are awarded separately when the respective requirements are met.
Undergraduates interested in the accelerated MA in economics should see the graduate student adviser of CGU Economics as early in their junior year as possible, since students normally begin the program in fall semester of their senior year. Applicants must complete admissions forms for CGU and submit recommendations from their professors, at least one of whom should be an economist at The Claremont Colleges. Professor Kerry Odell is the Scripps adviser for this program.
Program in Philosophy
The program offers Scripps undergraduates the opportunity to obtain an accelerated MA in philosophy at The Claremont Graduate University. Applicants must be recommended by the department and usually enter the joint program in their senior year. The MA requires a year of study beyond the BA For details concerning course requirements, see the catalog of The Claremont Graduate University. The BA and MA are awarded separately when the respective requirements are met. Professor Dion Scott-Kakures is the Scripps adviser for this program.
Program in Religious Studies
This joint program with The Claremont Graduate University allows students to continue their academic study of religion in Old Testament, New Testament, Philosophy of Religion and Theology, Ethics and Society, Theology and Culture, and Women’s Studies in Religion.
Students may complete a terminal MA, which will prepare them for careers with a religious focus in not-for-profit or church-related agencies and for teaching positions at the high school and community college levels. They may also organize an MA program which is preparatory to the PhD if they are interested in specialized research or in teaching at the college or university level.
Before entering the program, students must complete 28 courses, including all general requirements and six courses toward the religious studies major at Scripps. It is recommended that students have reading competency in either French or German and be familiar with any other language needed for their special area of concentration in religious studies.
Application for admission to the program should be made at least one semester in advance of the semester in which the student intends to enroll in the program.
Students must complete a minimum of 30 units of graduate work in religious studies or in an area of specialization offered by the graduate religion department. The BA and MA are awarded separately when the respective requirements are met. Professor Andrew Jacobs is the Scripps adviser for this program.