Academic Excellence

Academic Excellence

Each Champlain College degree is built on a foundation of uncompromising academic excellence. We're committed to teaching that matters, results that work and successful career outcomes for students. This spirit of integrity informs every aspect of our educational experience.

Your Classroom Experience

Small class sizes and a 12:1 student/teacher ratio create an intimate learning environment. You'll never join faceless crowds in cavernous lecture halls. Instead, you'll work closely with professors who offer individualized attention and address your personal areas of interest. These relationships often result in exciting internship and employment opportunities that come from your teachers' connections.

Your Major

Our majors are not static programs but living platforms of applied learning. Each program is refined annually to ensure that it continually reflects the evolving needs of its field and remains focused on today's issues and tomorrow's challenges. Emerging trends in communication technology and industry best practices are constantly integrated into the architecture of each program to keep the fundamentals similarly aligned.

Our Upside-Down Curriculum presents courses in your major in your first semester so you can devote four full years to developing the skills and instincts an exceptional career demands. You'll couple this experience-based learning with extensive fieldwork that further expands your capabilities and keeps you ahead of the curve.

The Core Curriculum

Every undergraduate participates in Champlain's Core curriculum, a four-year course of interdisciplinary study that cultivates the intellectual leadership prized by a complex economy and a rapidly changing world. This inquiry-focused learning examines important questions from multiple perspectives and explores Western traditions and the global experience through history, science, culture and other disciplines.

Champlain College Competencies

Technology and Information Literacy

The ability to find, store, evaluate and synthesize information to answer questions, develop new ones and create new content and knowledge in an ethical and socially responsible manner; the ability to use, manage, assess and understand technology

Science and Quantitative Literacy

The ability to interpret quantitative information, apply appropriate mathematical methods to solve quantitative problems and communicate solutions in the appropriate context; the ability to apply scientific methods to understand the natural world, to identify scientific aspects of daily life, and to evaluate the quality of scientific information on the basis of its source and the methods used for its generation

Inquiry

The ability to identify, formulate and communicate questions that guide investigation and reflection toward discovery; the ability to critically and thoroughly examine one's own assumptions and the assumptions of others

Analysis

The ability to separate and organize complex topics or issues into their component parts, and through a systematic process, to identify and differentiate those components to gain an understanding of the topic or issue

Integration

The ability to move from making simple connections among ideas, disciplines and experiences, to synthesizing and transferring learning and data to new, complex situations

Creativity

The ability to think, work and respond in ways characterized by a high degree of originality, divergent thinking and risk-taking; the ability to combine or synthesize existing ideas, images or expertise (or aspects of these) in ways that are original or that lead to unexpected results

Communication             

The ability to use reading, thinking, writing and speaking to convey ideas, information and intentions effectively and in a manner that is appropriate to the topic, situation and audience; the ability to interpret accurately and critically the messages produced by others, and to respond appropriately

Collaboration

The ability to work inclusively and productively with a group toward a collective outcome; the ability to create an environment where each perspective is considered for the cooperative purpose of making progress toward common goals

 Global and Cultural Understanding 

The ability to interact respectfully and effectively in a variety of cultural contexts, to understand how one's actions affect both local and global communities, and to approach the world's most pressing and enduring issues thoughtfully and collaboratively

Learn more about Champlain's Core curriculum