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, 2018–19

Bard College Catalogue, 2018–19

Classroom to Careers

Engaged Liberal Arts and Sciences  Engaged Liberal Arts and Sciences (ELAS) courses are designed to link academic work and critical thinking skills from the classroom with civic and other forms of engagement activities that contextualize course materials and enhance learning. A significant portion of the learning takes place outside of the classroom: students learn through involvement with different organizations and programs in surrounding communities or the national and international venues in which Bard is involved. ELAS courses emphasize reflective learning and challenge students to develop creative approaches to social, cultural, and scientific issues. Community engagement is not based on “service” but on respect and reciprocity. Such an emphasis encourages open exchanges, collaboration, and the potential to produce new forms of knowledge. Learn more at

Bard-Sponsored Internships  Bard offers a number of internship programs for students. On campus, internships are arranged through several offices, including the Center for Civic Engagement, Career Development Office, and Human Rights Project; the Environmental and Urban Studies Program; and election@bard. Bard also sponsors off-campus programs, in the United States and overseas, that feature internship opportunities. These include the Bard Global and International Affairs Program in New York City, Bard College Berlin, and Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. The Bard Center for Environmental Policy, a graduate program based on Bard’s main campus, also helps students obtain appropriate internships.

Community Action Award (CAA) is a fund that supports approximately 50 Bard students who participate in unpaid or underpaid internships that address issues impacting people around the world. Internship placements include local community organizations; local, state, and national government agencies and offices; international governmental and nongovernmental organizations; media, public policy, and nonprofit organizations; and educational projects and programs.

A sampling of organizations that have sponsored Bard internships includes Amnesty International, Asia Society, Broadmoor Improvement Association, Bronx Defenders, CNN, Council on Foreign Relations, Dutchess County Board of Elections, El Museo del Barrio, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, Global Justice Center, Hudson River Heritage, Human Rights Watch, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, International Center for Transitional Justice, International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, Namibia Water Corporation, The Nation, Public Interest Law Initiative, Roubini Global Economics, Saathi Kathmandu, Save the Children, the White House, and World Policy Institute.