Develop Essential Capabilities
Simmons PLAN (Purpose Leadership ActioN) prepares each student to become their own kind of leader. You'll customize a program to meet your goals.
We'll help you master the skills that lead to personal and professional success.
The PLAN curriculum changes with each year of your Simmons experience and is personalized for your major and goals.
Choose from over 50 majors, and customize your PLAN to make the most of yours.
See all the options for building your PLAN curriculum!
Find out which courses meet your Key Content Area and Quantitative Literacy requirements.
An open mind can open doors. Learn to think in news ways.
Each category represents a way of thinking about the world and approaching complex topics.
How PLAN WorksFAQs
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), which accredits colleges to grant undergraduate degrees, requires that "one-third of all of your course work must be in general education." This is true for any college granting bachelors' level degrees. In the development of the PLAN, faculty sought to design such requirements to allow you to integrate general education into your chosen majors, minors, and fields of study. Credit structures and relationships to courses of study are detailed below.
The PLAN was designed to work with all courses of study. Faculty from across the departments and schools were integral to the development of PLAN requirements. The PLAN facilitates students fulfilling general education requirements in intensive, credit-heavy courses of study.
Yes. The PLAN was designed to facilitate students’ pursuit of the fields of study, including more than one major. After the first year courses, PLAN courses may be counted within majors, minors, and courses of study. See “The PLAN Requirements” table for details.
Yes. As with all Simmons College courses, PLAN credits are transferrable based on the policies of the receiving college as part of Simmons's national accreditation through New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The Registrar’s Staff has coded PLAN courses for easy legibility for other colleges. The guidelines and standards followed by accredited institution allow for straightforward acceptance of courses for transfer credit.
Beginning in 2014, the Simmons College faculty undertook the process of revising our general education curriculum. According to the Faculty Policy Manual (the contract outlining the roles and responsibilities of faculty at Simmons), the faculty is responsible for any and all components of the curriculum, including general education. The faculty had been working in earnest to revise the general education program at Simmons since 2011 – in 2014; we received administrative support to do so.