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Academics

Follow your intellectual and personal path in the nurturing, rigorous learning environments we’ve established at Simpson

Diverse options to discover your passion

Guided by knowledgeable professors and mentors, you can take classes from across our range of programs to choose an area of study. Already know what you want to major in? We’ve likely got it.

Small enough to change your world, big enough to connect you to everyone else’s

Simpson’s small class sizes mean your professors, most of whom hold the highest degrees in their field, will have the time to get to know you and create a successful learning environment for your needs and professional vision—whether that’s in Indianola, Des Moines, Washington, D.C., or halfway around the world. We know how to get you where you want to go.

Our curriculum builds skills that employers and graduate schools want

In such a highly competitive market, your success depends on more than simply earning a degree. Employers and graduate schools are looking for students who are effective communicators, innovators and problem solvers. Our Engaged Citizenship Curriculum is designed with that in mind. When you graduate, you’ll be ready and confident to reach the next level of success.

Explore our Academic Experience

Embedded Skills

You learn more than subject matter in our courses. Our students also work on professional skills, including critical thinking, information literacy, collaborative leadership and written communication. This provides Simpson graduates with a competitive advantage.

Areas of Engagement

You’ll take seven Areas of Engagement courses that address issues of citizenship from a variety of vantage points—including civic engagement, global perspectives and scientific reasoning.

First-year Colloquium

Your first semester Simpson Colloquium (SC 101) will ease your transition to campus life and give you tools like a peer mentor, a classmate community and a writing tutor. 

Senior Capstone

The Senior Capstone is a culminating project in each student’s major that will demonstrate a proficiency in a chosen field of study.

Enhance your education with real world study

Our academic year consists of two, four-month semesters and one three-week term in May, which allows for specialized study on or off campus. We encourage this experiential learning and help facilitate several opportunities for research to help you to gain new personal and professional perspectives.

May Term is a time for students to dig deep and study one course without distraction. Faculty members have the experience and corresponding curriculum to make your month of May an unforgettable success, whether you stay on campus or embark on international research.

Helpful resources right on campus

The benefits at Simpson include a fully-staffed library, a center dedicated to engaging in public policy, as well as a program for real-world entrepreneurial experiences in start-up businesses and nonprofits.

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We celebrate academic achievement

The President's List and Dean's List are published each semester and recognize the success of our highest-achieving students.