Through our program at San Quentin State Prison, we offer an Associate of Arts degree in General Education, through our accredited university parter, Patten University. To earn the AA Degree, students must complete 61 semester units (20 classes) in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Math, and Science. Most courses are introductory and lower division, and are transferable to 4-year institutions. The list of course requirements is below. Many can be fulfilled by similar or related courses.
The Prison University Project is driven entirely by volunteer faculty and instructors, who demonstrate a deep commitment to building an academically rigorous, radically inclusive, student-centered liberal arts college that just happens to be located in a prison.
Our Volunteer Faculty demonstrate a high level of mastery and professional experience in their field, holding Masters degrees and/or PhDs. Many are professors at area universities such as UC Berkeley, Stanford, SF State, or from area nonprofit, business, and tech companies. Learn more about our Volunteer Faculty.
In contrast to widely-available correspondence courses available at a cost at most prisons, our courses are in-classroom and discussion-based, and offer transferable credits.