What Makes Us Unique
- Innovative thematic curriculum
- Extended internships through various professional institutions
- Close mentorships between students and faculty
- Joint-degree programs
- High placement rate graduates into chosen careers
- Location in the rural, yet culturally rich Hudson Valley
Our interdisciplinary approach to curriculum involves more than requiring students to take classes in different disciplines during a period of study. We believe that in order for students to gain the full benefit of seeing issues from an integrated perspective, classes must all concurrently address the same environmental themes. Faculty from the disciplines of science, law, policy, and economics meet regularly to coordinate their syllabi and plan integrated approaches to specific issues. The curriculum enables students to examine one particular environmental area at a time in a comprehensive and realistic manner.
For example, when studying biodiversity, students examine ecosystem health and effects of habitat fragmentation on biological diversity in the Environmental Science class; valuation techniques for species and ecosystems in Natural Resource Economics; and legal regimes for species protection and habitat restoration in Environmental Law and Policy.
4-6 Month Internship
In many schools that require an internship, those internships last only 2-3 months. We feel that 4-6 month internship allows students to really integrate themselves within an organization and understand how it works, furthering the likelihood that they will acquire real ownership of a project. Often these projects form the nucleus of a student's Master's thesis. Longer time spent in the professional world also allows students to make contacts and start building their network.Read More About the Internship
Students move through their first-year classes as a tightly knit group. Their friendships, forged in the crucible of intense first-year coursework, are a source of tremendous support during the school year. The genuine community that develops is often much harder to obtain on a large university campus. As students graduate, these friendships burgeon into professional relationships, helping to create a strong alumni network.
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High Placement of Graduates
Bard CEP graduates are prepared to enter a wide variety of professional careers in government, NGOs, private corporations, and development, advocacy and conservation organizations. The curricula, the extended internship, and the graduate thesis come together to give our students the knowledge and the practical experience to gain meaningful jobs in their chosen arena -- the majority of students graduate from Bard CEP already employed.
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Qualified candidates have the unique opportunity to incorporate the internationally focused, hands-on experience of Peace Corps service into the Bard CEP Master's degree program. Read More
Students interested in both environmental policy and public school teaching can earn an M.S. from Bard CEP and an M.A.T. degree from Bard's Master of Arts in Teaching Program. Read More | Video: Christie Ferguson '08 on M.S./M.A.T.
In the 3+2 program, highly qualified undergraduate students enter Bard CEP before they complete their college degree, enabling them to earn both their bachelor's and master's degrees in five short years. Read More