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.

Bard College Catalogue 2016-17

Bard College Catalogue 2016-17

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: Al-Quds Bard (AQB) College for Arts and Sciences and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program. AQB and the 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. To learn more, see “Bard 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 “Bard 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. To learn more, 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 20th 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 or contact Marina van Zuylen at

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, 9-credit program in Russian as a Second Language. 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, see “Bard Abroad” in this catalogue. To learn more, see “Bard Abroad” in this catalogue or visit

Longy School of Music of Bard College  The Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, merged with the College in spring 2012. Longy serves approximately 250 undergraduate and graduate students, at its main campus and in Los Angeles, where it offers a program leading to the master of arts in teaching (M.A.T.) degree. For more information, see “Graduate Programs” in this catalogue or visit