The majors and minors at The American College of the Mediterranean reflect the site-specificity of our campus in Southern France and the Mediterranean and build upon ACM's academic tradition as a leader in international education. ACM offers fifteen different bachelor's programs, as well as the option to self-design a field of study from a wide range of course offerings. ACM's flexible and individualized curriculum allows students to design their own major, in conversation with their academic advisor, to fit individual academic interests.
Art History / Business Administration / Communication Studies
French Studies / History / International Business / International Relations
Management / Marketing / Mediterranean Studies / Painting / Political Science
Psychology / Self-Designed Field of Study / Visual Arts / Wine Studies
Art History / Business Administration / Communication Studies / Environmental Science
French Studies / History / Hospitality Management / International Business
International Relations / Liberal Studies / Mediterranean Studies / Peace & Conflict Studies
Philosophy / Political Science / Psychology / Religious Studies / Visual Arts / Wine Studies
In order to complete a bachelor's degree at The American College of the Mediterranean, regardless of major or program of study, students must complete the requirements outlined in the General Education Core Curriculum. The Core Curriculum aligns with the mission of ACM, which is to provide excellence in international education, inspire intercultural awareness, and prepare students for success in a global community through the study of European and Mediterranean history, languages, cultures, and contemporary issues. Core courses are in the academic areas considered by ACM faculty to be necessary for a well-rounded liberal arts education. The purpose of these courses is to provide students with a chance to explore diverse subject matter, to think critically through a variety of lenses and viewpoints, to make connections across disciplines, and to become informed and thoughtful global citizens. About 55 units of students' total of 124 units of undergraduate study will be Core courses. Certain classes in the student's major area of study may also count toward Core Requirements on a case-by-case basis.
Field Study Component: Field experience is woven throughout all courses at ACM, giving students the ability to make real-world connections, to immerse themselves in the French and surrounding Mediterranean Basin culture, and to learn outside the classroom.
Social Issues in the Global Community: As part of its mission, ACM strives to create global ethical leaders and policymakers in an increasingly interconnected global community. The site-specificity of ACM allows students to engage in classroom discussions on European, French, Mediterranean, and North African topics facilitated by accomplished and well-traveled faculty. As a part of ACM’s "Social Issues Across the Curriculum’’ initiative, students and faculty weave topics related to race, class, and gender into everyday discussion both in and out of the classroom.
Core Curriculum Requirements
- Foreign Language (French, Arabic, Spanish) - 12 units or fourth-semester competency
- Composition (English) - 3 units
- Literature (Language of choice) - 3 units
Arts and humanities foundations
- History - 6 units
- Philosophy Ethics (does not include Business Ethics) - 3 units
- Fine Arts (Photography, Sculpture, Studio Art, Creative Writing, Art History) - 6 units
- Religious Studies - 3 units
Social sciences foundations
- Behavioral Science (Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology) - 3 units
- Political Science (International Relations, Economics) - 3 units
Math and Sciences foundations
- Mathematics - 3 units
- Physical Science (Geography, Chemistry, Environmental Science) - 3-4 units
- Life Science (Biology, Ecology) - 3-4 units
Global diversity requirement
ACM requires that students take one course (3 units) that is marked with a Global Diversity (GD) distinction during their time at ACM. These courses explore and analyze typically underrepresented groups of people on the global stage, and incorporate international and cross-cultural studies.
Tuition and fees
All students are required to pay in US dollars.
*Depending on course selection, some additional fees will apply:
Art $260 - Wine $150 - Photography $150 - Marchutz Trip $820 - Marchutz Materials $260
*J-Term fees include tuition for three-semester credits, housing, continental breakfast every day and some evening meals, activity fee, orientation, health, liability, and repatriation insurance, intra-European transportation, and scheduled cultural activities. Additional student costs include round-trip airfare, lunches, textbooks, and personal expenses.
Undergraduate application instructions
Admission to the ACM BA program is based on a review of the following items:
- Online Application Form
- *Official Transcript
- Personal Essay
- Extracurricular Activities
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- Proof of English Language Proficiency (if applicable)
- $60 Non-refundable Application Fee
*For students who have completed coursework at institutions outside of the United States, a Course-by-Course Evaluation report of your transcript/s from World Education Services (WES) must be submitted as part of your application.
Fall Start Dates: Applications are reviewed on a Rolling Admissions basis, with financial aid and housing priority given to those who apply by April 15th. Decisions, along with a $1,000 non-refundable enrollment deposit, are due by June 1st. For those submitting applications after June 1st, the non-refundable $1,000 enrollment deposit normally required post-acceptance will be required at the time of application. Please contact the U.S. office before submitting the enrollment deposit to discuss student visa processing deadlines in relation to your application submission date.
Spring Start Dates: Applications are reviewed on a Rolling Admissions basis, with financial aid and housing priority* given to those who apply by September 15th. Decisions, along with a $1,000 non-refundable enrollment deposit, are due by November 1st. For those submitting applications after November 1st, the non-refundable $1,000 enrollment deposit normally required post-acceptance will be required at the time of application. Please contact the U.S. office before submitting the enrollment deposit to discuss student visa processing deadlines in relation to your application submission date.
*Please note that the availability and allocation of housing preferences and financial aid awards may be limited due to a mid-academic year start date.
To be considered, applicants must have (or will have earned) a high school diploma or its equivalent. Please note that a phone/internet conversation with an ACM admissions team member may be required to gather additional information from applicants.
Please note that financial aid priority is given to those who apply for aid with their application for admission. Scholarship and Financial Aid packages will be sent to students along with their admissions decision.