Bard College Catalogue

The Bard College Catalogue contains detailed descriptions of the College's undergraduate programs and courses, curriculum, admission and financial aid procedures, student activities and services, history, campus facilities, affiliated institutions including graduate programs, and faculty and administration.

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Bard College Catalogue 2013-14

Bard College Catalogue 2013-14

Off-Campus Programs and Partner Institutions

The following affiliated campuses offer credit-bearing and degree-granting programs to local residents and underdeserved populations across the United States and throughout the world. Many of the international campuses offer study abroad options for Bard undergraduates and students from other universities and colleges.

Al-Quds Bard Partnership  In 2009, Bard College joined forces with Al-Quds University, an institution located in the West Bank, to establish several new programs aimed at improving the Palestinian education system: The Al-Quds Bard Honors College for Arts and Sciences and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program. The Honors College and MAT Program offer dual degrees from Bard and Al-Quds—the first such initiative between a Palestinian university and an American institution of higher education. Additionally, Bard students can spend a semester or a year abroad at Al-Quds Bard. For more information, see “International Programs and Study Abroad” or go to

American University of Central Asia (AUCA)  Bard’s partnership with this liberal arts college in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, allows AUCA students and visiting students to receive Bard-approved credit for their completed course work. The AUCA-Bard Study Abroad Program offers students interested in Central Asian and Russian ­studies and languages a unique opportunity to study side by side, in English, with peers from 25 different countries. To learn more, see “International Programs and Study Abroad” in this catalogue or go to the AUCA website at

Bard College Berlin: A Liberal Arts University  Bard College Berlin students who complete the four-year B.A. program may earn German and American bachelor’s degrees. Flexible programs allow students, including matriculated Bard undergraduates, to study at Bard College Berlin for a semester, a year, or longer. For more information, see “International Programs and Study Abroad” or visit

Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities  The Clemente Course provides college-level instruction, for college credit, to economically disadvantaged individuals aged 17 and older. Begun as a pilot project on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Clemente Course is currently in its 17th year, with approximately 300 students matricu­lated at 14 sites around the country. Overall, the program has enrolled more than 3,000 students, of whom approximately 2,000 completed the course, 1,800 earned college credit, and 1,500 transferred to four-year colleges and universities or planned to do so.

The program is based on the belief that by studying the humanities, participants acquire the cultural capital, conceptual skills, and appreciation for reasoned discourse necessary to improve their societal situation. Clemente students receive 110 hours of instruction in five humanistic disciplines and explore the great works of literature, art history, moral philosophy, and U.S. history. Instruction in critical thinking and writing is also offered. The program removes many of the financial barriers to higher education that low-income individuals face: books, carfare, and child care are provided, and tuition is free. Bard grants a certificate of achievement to any student completing the Clemente Course and 6 college credits to those completing it at a high level of academic performance. Bard also provides information sessions on applying to colleges and offers a two-semester sequel program in New York City, Chicago, and Boston, for graduates who desire to continue their education but are unable to transfer ­immediately into a regular college program. For more information, visit

Bard College at Simon’s Rock: The Early College  Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the nation’s only four-year residential college specifically designed to provide bright, highly motivated students with the opportunity to begin college after the 10th or 11th grade, without earning a high school diploma. At Simon’s Rock, students experience a challenging, transformative education in the liberal arts and ­sciences. All classes are taught as seminars and led by pedagogically innovative, accomplished faculty members. Simon’s Rock enrolls approximately 400 full-time students, and awards both the associate of arts and bachelor of arts degrees. The Simon’s Rock campus is located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Founded in 1966, Simon’s Rock joined the Bard system in 1979. While Simon’s Rock maintains a separate program, campus, and mission, partnership with Bard has added to the texture and depth of its academic experience, shaping intellectual hallmarks of a Simon’s Rock education such as the First-Year Writing and Thinking Workshops. In addition, in their junior and senior years, Simon’s Rock students are able to pursue course work at the main Bard campus. To learn more, visit the Simon’s Rock website at

Bard Early College in New Orleans (BECNO)  Bard Early College in New Orleans is founded in the belief that the opportunities for critical inquiry offered by the best colleges in the country should be available to younger students who have the ambition to learn and the curiosity to engage difficult questions. The program acts on this belief by offering 11th- and 12th-graders a unique opportunity: Bard Early College students spend the second half of every school day as undergraduates of Bard College, completing the first year of a Bard College education during the last two years of high school. BECNO runs two half-day college campuses in New Orleans in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education, enrolling more than 100 students from public high schools across New Orleans. For more information, visit

Bard High School Early College (BHSEC)  Founded in 2001 by Bard College and the New York City Board of Education, BHSEC was singled out by President Obama in a 2009 speech as an example of the kind of innovative reforms needed to raise academic achievement and bring 21st-century standards to our schools. BHSEC is the first public early college established to allow high school students to complete an associate’s degree during their four years of high school. Premised on the belief that many adolescents are ready and eager for the greater scope and rigor of a liberal arts college while still in high school, BHSEC’s mission is to provide bright, highly motivated students with an intellectually engaging four-year academic program that includes a two-year college degree. At BHSEC, students can progress from ninth grade through the first two years of college, graduating with both a high school diploma and an associate in arts (A.A.) degree from Bard. Graduates may transfer BHSEC credits to four-year programs at colleges and universities.

Through fulfilling this mission, the three BHSEC campuses seek to ensure that diverse students, particularly those who are low income or traditionally underrepresented in college, can succeed in completing a four-year college degree. In the process, the BHSEC schools re-envision the traditional high school by encouraging and supporting adolescents in developing their full intellectual capacity. At the same time, BHSEC provides students and their families, as well as the taxpayer, with significant financial savings that come from transferring college credits earned in high school—at no cost to the student—to four-year college degree programs.

The first Bard High School Early College is located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side; a second BHSEC campus opened in 2008 in Long Island City, Queens. In September 2011, BHSEC Newark opened in Newark, New Jersey, as a partnership between Bard College and the Newark Public Schools. Together, the BHSEC schools enroll approximately 1,400 students. Each year, over 95 percent of BHSEC graduates enroll in the nation’s best colleges and universities to complete their four-year degrees. BHSEC students can choose from a rich array of classes across the disciplines, including the arts, and engage in a variety of independent studies under faculty tutelage. To date, more than 55 percent of BHSEC alumni/ae have earned or plan to earn a graduate or professional degree (compared to 10 percent of the adult population nationally) and more than 31 percent of BHSEC alumni/ae earn math, science, or engineering degrees.

All BHSEC schools are tuition free. To learn more, visit

Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University (Smolny College)  Smolny is Russia’s first liberal arts institution, and it is the only college in Russia to offer visiting North American students a broad range of courses along with a unique, nine-credit Russian as a Second Language program. Graduates of Smolny receive a bachelor of arts degree from Bard College and a bachelor of arts and humanitarian sciences degree from St. Petersburg State University. To learn more about Smolny visit

Longy School of Music of Bard College  The Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, merged with the College in the spring of 2012. Longy serves approximately 225 undergraduate and graduate students, and nearly 1,000 children and adults from the Greater Boston area. In addition to classes, lessons, and degree programs, Longy offers community programs and a public concert series. For more information, see “Graduate Programs” in this catalogue or visit

Soochow University  Soochow University in Suzhou, China, entered into a comprehensive partnership with Bard in 2013 that will result in a joint program with The Bard College Conservatory of Music, a student-exchange program, and the creation of the Bard College Liberal Arts Academy at Soochow.