Mitchell Ability Model
We’ve recreated our academic model to give you the tools to crush it out there in that rapidly changing world — to reinvent yourself limitlessly throughout your career and life. Teaching adaptability is the cornerstone of the Mitchell Ability Model, and it’s this adaptability that will give you the edge…in your future employability and in leading a fully engaged life.
As a Mitchell Mariner, you get a college education that will transcend the trends.
Why teach adaptability?
Very simply, the jobs of the future have yet to be created. Mitchell College teaches the ability to be flexible, capable and adaptable in the face of rapid change. Students tailor their education to their strengths, interests and academic goals and learn 7 essential abilities they will need to adapt to live and work to their potential:
- Critical and creative thinking
- Analysis and problem-solving
- Information and communication technology literacy
- Diversity and global perspectives
- Values, ethics and social responsibility
- Social interaction
Students then learn core information about a field of endeavor—Human Services, Leadership and Management, Sciences, or Teaching and Learning—with room to explore other interests while building skills through courses and work experience from day one.
The student journey at Mitchell is all about transitioning:
- Into college through:
- First Year Experience for freshman or
- Thames at Mitchell – the only program in the country that supports the transition to college on a college campus, with deeper individualized academic and social support for students with learning differences and those seeking additional college preparation or
- Seamless Transfer Experience where we personally recruit students into an educational environment that meets their specific needs
- Through college with:
- Our signature success network led by a centralized advising team to help students navigate the complete college experience, and find the support and challenge needed along the way.
- Out of college through:
- A pioneering career immersion model that links coursework to career work, from the first day on campus, through practical experiences with over 35 local partners.
Human Services Core
Diving into the fascinating topics of human behavior, psychology, social policy, and criminal justice, you will learn to analyze and solve for challenges across the societal spectrum with a degree in Human Services. Concentrations include:
- Behavioral Sciences/Psychology
- Criminal Process
- Liberal & Professional Studies
Leadership & Management Core
We prepare business leaders to not only solve problems, but to think critically and lead creatively. And with flexibility built right into the program, you’ll be able to concentrate in an area that turns your passion into a fulfilling career. Concentrations include:
- Communication (Graphic Design/Video Production, Performance & Technology)
- Hospitality & Tourism
- Sport Management
Whether you’re interested studying our local marine and estuarial life, the complexities of global environmental issues, or the biology, chemistry and psychology of human health, the Sciences Core opens the door to numerous career options. Concentrations include:
- Environmental Science
- Health Science
- Marine Biology
Teaching & Learning Core
Tapping into your passion and compassion is the hallmark of the Teaching & Learning Core. Through high-interest courses, innovative approaches in curriculum and teaching, and opportunities for professional on and off campus career experiences, you’ll be fully prepared to make a difference in the lives of learners as an educator or professional. Concentrations include:
- Early Childhood Studies (with optional Teacher Certification)
- Human Development & Family Studies
- Sport Fitness
In our 12-3-3 Pacing Model, students set their own pace. Each semester begins with a 12-week multi-course schedule.
The 12 week session is followed by one intensive 3-week course.
To add even more flexibility, students may add in up to 3 MiniMester intensive sessions—January, May and June.