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 2017-18

Bard College Catalogue 2017-18

Professional Education

The following programs provide preprofessional advising and curricula for students preparing for postgraduate study or employment. Additionally, Bard offers several early admission plans, combined study plans, and joint-degree options to qualified students who wish to pursue particular professional careers.

Professional Preparation

Prelaw Preparation  Admission to law school is governed by the student’s college record, including the grade point average and letters of recommendation. In addition, the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is required and is a large factor in admission decisions. No standard prescribed curriculum of undergraduate study specifically prepares students for a law career or is required by law schools, although most consider a broad liberal arts program desirable. For further information, contact the Career Development Office or one of the two prelaw advisers, Peter Rosenblum and Roger Berkowitz. Interested students can subscribe to the PreLaw Listserv by composing an e-mail message addressed to

Health Professions Preparation  Admission to medical and other health profession schools is governed by several factors, including the academic record, experience in the field, results of standardized tests, letters of evaluation, and an interview. Nationwide, students accepted to medical schools in recent years had an average GPA of 3.5. Early preparation and planning are important in order to fulfill health profession school requirements and to do well on entrance exams. For medical school, typical minimum requirements include general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, laboratory courses in biology, physics, mathematics, and statistics. Competencies are also required in language, psychology, and sociology. Early in their academic careers, interested students should discuss their plans with the health professions adviser, Professor Frank M. Scalzo ( For more information, visit

Professional Options: Joint-Degree Programs

The professional option allows exceptionally qualified students to combine undergraduate study at Bard with graduate or professional work in an approved participating program and, through the option, to qualify for a Bard B.A. degree and a degree from the participating program. Students wishing to apply to any of the joint-degree programs listed below must first receive permission from their academic adviser and from the dean of studies. Those accepted into a participating program complete three or four years of study at Bard (according to the terms of the program) and then do further work at the other institution. To qualify for the B.A., students must successfully complete their distribution requirements at Bard, the degree requirements of their major program at Bard, and the degree requirements of the other institution; students who are not at Bard for their senior year may be exempt from the Senior Project as a B.A. requirement.

Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture  Beginning in 2018–19, the Bard Graduate Center in New York City will offer a 3+2 B.A./M.A. option. Bard undergraduates in the programs of history, art history, and anthropology will pursue an integrated course of study as well as professionally oriented graduate training. 

Economic Theory and Policy  In 2014, the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College launched a master’s degree program in economic theory and policy. Through a 3+2 option, qualified students may proceed directly from three years of undergraduate study to the two-year graduate program, which draws on the expertise of Levy Institute scholars and select Bard College faculty. Students earn a liberal arts degree (B.A.) and a professional degree (M.S.) after completion of the joint-degree program. Interested Bard students should apply in their junior year. Successful moderation into economics as a program of study is required to qualify. Qualified non-Bard undergraduates may also apply to the 3+2 program with permission from their undergraduate institution. For additional information on the Levy Economics Institute Master of Science in Economic Theory and Policy, including program requirements, faculty, and scholarships, visit or contact

Engineering  In affiliation with the schools of engineering at Columbia University and Dartmouth College, Bard offers several programs of study leading to a degree in engineering. Under the 3+2 program, a student transfers to the school of engineering at the end of the junior year at Bard and, upon completing that two-year program, qualifies for both a B.A. from Bard and a B.S. or B.E. from the other school. Columbia also offers two 4+2 programs, in which the student completes a B.A. at Bard and, after two years at Columbia, qualifies for a B.S. or M.S. degree from Columbia, depending on the program to which the student was admitted. Dartmouth offers a 2+1+1+1 B.A./B.E. program, in which the student spends the senior year at Bard; the Senior Project is optional. Approval from the dean of studies is required for participation in the 3+2 and 2+1+1+1 programs.
Admission to both Columbia B.A./B.S. programs is guaranteed, contingent upon fulfillment of Bard major and distribution requirements, completion of courses required by Columbia with grades of B or higher in each course, and achievement of a grade point average of 3.3 or higher in the required courses and overall. Columbia offers financial aid to U.S. citizens and residents admitted to the B.A./B.S. program; students who complete a B.A. prior to entering Columbia are ineligible for federal financial aid, though they may receive aid directly from Columbia. Admission to the Dartmouth program is competitive and contingent upon fulfillment of Bard major and distribution requirements and foundational courses. Dartmouth does not offer financial aid in the first year. Interested students should consult Professor Simeen Sattar, the pre-engineering adviser, early in their Bard careers.
Environmental Policy / Climate Science and Policy  The Bard Center for Environmental Policy (CEP) offers master of science degree programs for aspiring environmental leaders. The Center offers qualified Bard undergraduates a 3+2 option that allows them to proceed directly from three years of undergraduate study at Bard to a two-year master’s degree program in either environmental policy or climate science and policy. The graduate program includes a full-time professional internship designed to facilitate entry into the job market. Graduates of the 3+2 program receive a B.A. and an M.S. from Bard in five years. Interested students should consult with the Bard CEP Office of Admission early in their careers. For more information, visit

Forestry and Environmental Studies  Bard offers a 3+2 program allowing students to obtain a master’s degree in forestry or a master’s in one of seven types of environmental management at Duke University. To plan appropriate course work for these programs, interested students should consult with their adviser early in their Bard career.

Teaching  The Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program offers undergraduates a five-year combined program leading to a B.A. degree, a master of arts in teaching degree, and New York State teaching certification for grades 7–12. The program includes graduate study in a subject area and extensive student teaching during the fifth year. To learn more about the MAT 3+2, students should contact Cecilia Maple, assistant director for admission and student affairs, at