Minerva Baccalaureate Curriculum Overview
High school courses should be far more relevant and interdisciplinary.

Building upon the best in contemporary high school curricula, the Minerva Baccalaureate (MBacc) is a three- or four-year college preparatory program that teaches students essential skills, across disciplines.

The Minerva Baccalaureate emphasizes interconnected ideas that span disciplines. By interweaving related concepts throughout the curriculum, MBacc courses foster a more coherent view of related fields—like the physical sciences—as well as an ability to apply these ideas to new contexts. These interconnections are a complement to students’ focused learning within four core subject tracks: science, social studies, literary arts, and math. A unique fifth subject track, Personal Skills, addresses critical maturational, and social-emotional abilities rarely addressed in high school.

While the entire curriculum is aligned with applicable national U.S. standards, each subject builds upon these basic requirements. For example, the mathematics curriculum is appropriate for the vast majority of students and extends into modern areas such as algorithmic thinking, computer and data science. This integrated design enables institutions to readily adopt the curriculum, providing students with a modern alternative to teach-to-the-test curricula like the AP and IB.

The optional fourth year Cornerstone courses offer extraordinary, university-level learning with transferable college credit.

Five core subjects are integrated with standard high school courses.

Fully Integrated with Existing Curricula

The first three years of the Minerva Baccalaureate are designed to fully integrate with existing high school subjects, complementing and enhancing standards-based U.S. curricula. The optional fourth year is devoted to college-level coursework, which focuses on four key competency clusters, and includes a final Cornerstone Project.

Class sessions in each course are 50-minutes long and meet twice per week, with the remainder of time available for guided self-study, electives, and other required high school courses. This blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning makes more efficient use of class time and provides ample opportunity for other educational and personal pursuits.

Graduates of the program will receive a fully accredited high school diploma, as well as the Minerva Baccalaureate diploma. Those participating in the fourth year will also receive 32 units of college credit.

Three Years with an Optional Fourth

The first three years of study are aligned with the core high school courses, with the addition of a personal skills track:

  1. Science: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
  2. Social Studies: World Cultures, World History, and Comparative Government
  3. Literary Arts: Literary Arts Fundamentals, Literary Arts in Context, and Literary Arts in Comparison
  4. Math: Geometry, Algebra II, and Pre-Calculus & Algorithmic Thinking
  5. Personal Skills: Social & Emotional Learning (SEL), Collaboration & Community, and Global Residency

The fourth year includes college-level courses offered by Minerva University for transferable credit:

  • Empirical Analyses: Scientific methods, research, problem definition, hypothesis development and testing, and informed conjecture
  • Complex Systems: Systems thinking and dynamics, causal relationships, interpersonal interactions, negotiation, and leadership
  • Multimodal Communications: Communication theory and practice, conveying information, eliciting emotion, visual and nonverbal communication, persuasion, and public speaking
  • Formal Analyses: Logic & rationality, fallacies, statistical analysis, computational and algorithmic thinking, and formal systems

Cornerstone Project

Students unify their learning across courses to envision, plan, and produce an integrated solution to a challenge of their choosing.