Adult Studies Majors and Programs

Simpson University's Adult Studies, ASPIRE (degree-completion) program offers a wide range of majors and flexible program structures. Depending on your chosen major, you can attend classes one night a week, every other Saturday, or completely online.

If you are interested in continuing your education once you complete your bachelor's degree, be sure to check out the master's programs Simpson has to offer.

Are you prepared and motivated to take online courses? Take the self-assessment quiz and see if you're ready today!

New or Prospective Students please contact Admissions.

Current/Continuing Students please contact the ASPIRE Staff.

  • Adult Studies (ASPIRE) Admissions
  • Admissions Front Desk

    530.226.4606


    Owen Student Services

    Stephens Suite 107
    Phone: 530.226.4606
    Fax: 530.226.4861


    Rebecka Renfer

    Rebecka Renfer - Assistant Director of Admissions- ASPIRE

    rrenfer@simpsonu.edu
    530.226.4961

  • Adult Studies (ASPIRE) Staff
  • Angie Hurtado - Academic Advisor

    ahurtado@simpsonu.edu


    Shannon Carpenter - Director of Distance Learning

    scarpenter@simpsonu.edu


    Wendy Bramble - Distance Learning Coordinator

    wbramble@simpsonu.edu


    Mary Schneider - Operations Coordinator

    mschneider@simpsonu.edu


    Andrew Jesson - Assistant Dean

    ajesson@simpsonu.edu


  • Adult Studies (ASPIRE) Faculty
  • John Ayabe, Ph.D.

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    Joan Bestor, M.S.N

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    Michael Borgaard, Ed.D.

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    Wendy Bramble, M.A.

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    John Burson, Ed.D.

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    Brooks Clark, B.A.

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    Leta Cox, RN, M.S.N

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    Jan Dinkle, M.S.N

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    Robin Dummer, Ed.D., M.Div.

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    Julie Gee, M.S.N

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    Margaret Giovanetti, JD

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    William Griffin, Ph.D.

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    Diana Hamar, M.A.

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    Sarah Herring, M.A.

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    Robert Hughes, Psy.D.

    Adjunct Professor of APIRE


    Cathe Ledford, M.S.N.

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    David Lopez, JD

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    Rebecca Luff, M.A.

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    Conni Mendonca, M.A.

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    Daniel Morrow, M.S.

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    Richard Myers, M.S.

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    Kori Oechsli, PHR-CA

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    Francis Patmon, M.S.N

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    David Peek, M.A.

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    Susan Perez, M.P.H.

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    Myra Perrine, D.Min.

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    Leslie Purdue, M.S.

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    R. Wally Quirk, M.A.

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    R. Curt Rice, M.A.

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    Dawn Richardson, M.A.

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    E.D. Schneider, M.Min.

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    Jessica Skropanic, M.A.

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    Gary Strickler, M.B.A.

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    Renee Thompson, M.S.N.

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    Cindy VanSchooten, Ph.D., MFT

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    Timothy VanSchooten, M.A., MFT

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    Aaron Wardle, M.Div.

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    Fred Wichman, M.Ed.

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


    Peter Young, Ph.D.

    Adjunct Professor of ASPIRE


  • Adult Studies Office
  • Owen Center 2nd Floor
    Hazlett Suite-Room 200
    Phone: (530) 226-4515
    Fax: (530) 226-4868

Accreditation

  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Association of Christian Schools International
  • California Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • California Council on Education of Teachers
  • Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

FAQs

  • Q: What majors are offered?
  • Q: How do I register for classes?
  • A: ASPIRE Students are automatically registered for all Simpson courses after signing their registration schedules at Orientation. If a student has an owing balance for a previous semester, he/she will not be registered for the next semester until the account is settled.

  • Q: If I start with less than 88 units, how do I complete the remaining units?
  • A: If you have remaining units to complete, you will need to take classes at another institution while taking your ASPIRE courses. You can graduate only after you complete your outside 88 units and your 36 ASPIRE units.

  • Q: Can I work full-time and still attend?
  • A: YES! The ASPIRE Degree-Completion Program is designed specifically for working adults. The typical ASPIRE student balances school work with work and family responsibilities. Classes are held either in the evenings, one night each week, or on alternating Saturdays (your schedule depends on the major you choose). While you will work hard in the ASPIRE program, you can do it!

  • Q: When are classes held?
  • A: All evening classes are held from 6 - 10 p.m. The night of the week you will attend depends on your major and the semester you started. In most cases, you will stay on the same night of the week throughout the 12 courses in the ASPIRE program (16 months). (Saturday classes are held on alternating Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

  • Q: How many classes do I take at once?
  • A: ASPIRE students take one class at a time for five weeks. This allows students to focus on one subject, rather than trying to study three different topics simultaneously. Three five-week courses make up one semester.

  • Q: When can I start ASPIRE?
  • A: You can start the ASPIRE program at any of our three semesters: fall (September), spring (January), or summer (May). You should plan to complete the application process at least one month before your desired start date in order to have your acceptance and financial aid finalized before orientation!

  • Q: How do I apply?
  • A: Call 1-888-9-SIMPSON and speak to an admissions counselor. You can complete the application on the Simpson University website. Most students will need to submit an application and application fee, professional reference, purpose statement, and official transcripts from all schools you have attended (transcripts must be received sealed from the school of attendance). Some majors (i.e., Nursing) may have additional requirements. Call your counselor today!

  • Q: How much does it cost?
  • A: For students starting the ASPIRE program during the 2011-2012 academic year (fall 11, spring 12, summer 12), the total tuition cost for all four semesters is $16,560 ($4,140 per semester).

  • Q: How long does it take?
  • A: The ASPIRE program is designed to be completed in 16 months (four consecutive 15-week semesters). Classes continue through the summer.

  • Q: How do I get my books?
  • A: Books are usually available for sale in the campus bookstore one week before the start of the next course. The bookstore labels books by the course and cohort. Textbooks will also be listed on the syllabus for each course.

Locations

  • Redding Campus
  • Siskyou Campus
  • In 2004, Simpson University began partnering with the College of the Siskiyous in Weed to offer a convenient weekend program through ASPIRE in Siskiyou County.  In as little as 16 months, you could have a bachelor’s degree from Simpson University, which is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.  To learn more about the current program offerings in Weed, please call 1.888.9.SIMPSON and ask to speak with an Enrollment Advisor for the ASPIRE program.

    More Information

    Please check with admissions for future degrees offered in Siskiyou County.