Other Study Opportunities

Archaeology Field School

For a month in the summer, students in the Archaeology Field School earn four credits for excavation in pursuit of past cultural ecosystems in the Hudson Valley and the eastern woodlands. The field school emphasizes basic excavating techniques (digging with a trowel, recording field notes, drawing, and photography) and the initial steps in laboratory analysis. Previous projects have included the prehistoric Grouse Bluff campsite on the shore of the Hudson River and the foundation of the A. J. Davis–designed Gardener’s Lodge at Blithewood on the Bard campus. Recent archival research has located the community of Guinea, which comprised a large population of fugitive and freed slaves from the late 18th through the mid-19th century, in a rural area of what is now Hyde Park, 20 miles south of Bard. The Dutchess County Historical Society, the Town of Hyde Park, and Bard College are collaborating to research and preserve this endangered site and, through archaeological and historical research, to develop educational programs for students and the general public.

Academic Calendar

Upcoming Dates


Saturday, August 9, 2014

First-Year Students Arrive

Check-in and Financial Clearance, First-Year Student Orientation Monday, August 11, 2014 – Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Language and Thinking Program

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 – Friday, August 29, 2014

Academic Orientation for Transfer Students

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Transfer Students Arrive

Check-in and Financial Clearance for Transfer Students