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2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fairhaven Upside-Down Program, BA

Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies


Upside-Down Program: The usual route to a BA degree calls for general education in the first two years and specialization in the last two years. The Upside-Down Program, BA gives selected students an option to reverse this process. Graduates of Washington state 2- and 4-year 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 the 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 (courses numbered 300 or above). Each application for this program is reviewed on an individual basis. Students are urged to contact Fairhaven College early in the admissions process.

Why Consider the Fairhaven Upside-Down Program Major?

For students with a two-year technical or pre-professional degree, this is an opportunity to put those studies at the center of a four-year BA degree.

 Contact Information

Fairhaven College Admissions Coordinator
Kasandra Seda

Fairhaven College Advising Coordinator
Anna Blick

 Sample Careers

Early Childhood Education, Environmental Conservation Technician, Graphic Design, Human Services

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies has a selective admission process for The Upside Down, BA program and enrolls first-year students, transfer students, and students from other WWU programs fall, winter, spring and summer quarters. New applicants to Fairhaven and to the University complete the WWU Undergraduate Application (available online or in print form). Indicate interest in Fairhaven College in your application. Send the standard application, transcripts, and required test scores to: Office of Admissions, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 98225-9009.

In addition to the WWU application, Fairhaven requests a personal statement, two letters of recommendation and an interview (in person or by telephone). For more information or to make an appointment, please call 360-650-6680.

Visitors are welcome and with advance notice, appointments can be arranged with Fairhaven advising and admissions staff, students or other WWU staff.

Grade Requirements

A grade of ‘S’ in Fairhaven courses or C- or better in courses in other departments is required for this degree.

Fairhaven Core Curriculum

Exploratory Studies (Stage One)

Concentrated Studies (Stage Two)

❑ The technical 2-year degree coursework forms the bulk of the concentrated studies for this degree.

❑ Transfer coursework will be complemented by a set of primarily upper-division coursework determined in consultation with The Upside Down Program advisor.

Advanced Studies (Stage Three)

Fairhaven Graduation Requirements

Fairhaven Core Curriculum  
Completion of at least 25 credits at Fairhaven and 50 credits outside Fairhaven
180 Minimum Total Credits 
60 Minimum Upper Division Credits 
Residency Requirement 
Final Quarter Requirement 
Writing Proficiency Requirement (WP)