Bard envisions the liberal arts institution as the hub of a network, rather than a single, self-contained campus. Numerous institutes for special study are available on and off campus, connecting Bard students to the greater community.
The Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College embodies the fundamental belief that education and civil society are inextricably linked. In an age of information overload, it is more important than ever that citizens be educated and trained to think critically and be actively engaged with issues affecting public life.
Marina van Zuylen (director), Matthew Amos, Katherine M. Boivin, Odile S. Chilton, Christian Crouch, Laurie Dahlberg, Tabetha Ewing, Peter Laki, Justus Rosenberg, Alice Stroup, Karen Sullivan, Éric Trudel
Students in French Studies are expected to reach a high level of competence in the French language. The program emphasizes in-depth study of literature, history, philosophy and theory, art history, and cinema.
The program allows students to choose one of three areas of specialization: French and francophone literature; civilization, culture, and history; and translation. For students beginning the study of French, an intensive program (one semester of study followed by four weeks in France) is offered every spring.
Prior to Moderation, students must take at least five courses (20 credits) that are accredited by the French Studies Program. Over four years, students must take 14 program-accredited courses (56 credits), including the 8-credit Senior Project. At least six of the 14 courses must be conducted entirely in French.