Academic Programs


SCPS Academic Programs


Chestnut Hill College offers 13 diverse learning programs in which you can earn a degree or receive a certificate. To download Academic Fact Sheets about each of the following degree programs, click on the links below. 

The Chestnut Hill College ACCELERATED Degree Program's design focuses on the adult learner and provides a holistic overview of components required in pursuit of a liberal arts degree. The degrees offered respond to the needs of adult students seeking practitioner's majors in areas of career interest.


All ACCELERATED curricula is reviewed and approved by the faculty of Chestnut Hill College. The academic work required in all courses is equivalent to Chestnut Hill College's fifteen-week semester. The curriculum adheres to the mission of the college and provides academic excellence in flexible, shorter eight week sessions.


The completion of the degree requires 120 credits or 40 courses. Depending on the major, the number of credits may vary in either the Core Liberal Arts, Major Requirement, Major Elective or Free Elective courses.


The Core Liberal Arts courses are designed to encourage critical thinking processes of intellectual activity. The courses answer the following questions:

  • What information is important?
  • How is data processed?
  • What conclusions can be reached?
  • What are the values and limitations of the discipline?

These courses develop an appreciation for human culture and intend to diversify the student's educational experience. The cultural studies component exposes students to snapshots of foreign culture through literature and to the practitioner's application of foreign language for the workplace.


Religious Studies courses evaluate human action and decisions and encourage moral choices and the associated responsibilities.


Major courses are designed to offer a systematic study of a subject area and provide an integrated grasp of its contents and methodologies.


Elective courses are designed to strengthen courses in the major, provide opportunities for learning in academic areas of special interest, supplement academic areas where a student's background is deficient, and provide additional required courses in preparation for graduate study.