Division of Social Studies

Division of Social Studies

Contact Us

For more information about the Division of Social Studies, contact:

Robert Culp, Division Chair
Phone: 845-758-7395
E-mail: culp@bard.edu

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About the Division of Social Studies

Additional courses are available in Latin American and Iberian studies, social studies, and theology. Students are advised to take courses from a range of fields in the division in order to develop a comprehensive perspective on humanity in both contemporary and historical contexts. By applying what they have learned of general philosophical, historical, and scientific methods and of particular research methods and interpretations, students will be able to focus on some aspect of the diversity of human cultures and civilizations, institutions, values, and beliefs.

Our Programs:

The Division of Social Studies offers concentrations in the following areas:

Course Work and Requirements

Although the main emphasis in the division is on a liberal arts curriculum, students are encouraged to design programs to satisfy personal needs and interests in preparation for work in graduate or professional school or a profession requiring no further training.

Typically, courses in the Upper College are seminars, in which the student is expected to participate actively. Advisory conferences, tutorials, fieldwork, and independent research prepare the student for the Senior Project.

The Senior Project may take any form appropriate to the student's field, subject, and methodology; most are research projects, but a project may take the form of a critical review of literature, a close textual analysis, a series of related essays, or even a translation.