CEP Class of 2012
The heart of our program lies in our thematic approach to curriculum. We believe that science, economics, law, and policy are not mutually exclusive subjects, but must be consciously integrated so that any single environmental theme or issue can be examined from multiple perspectives at the same time.
First Year: Workshops
Incoming students are introduced to the faculty and Bard CEP's interdisciplinary teaching approach through orientation week workshops held in the first week of each academic year. During this time, the historic Hudson Valley is used as a forum to discuss critical policy issues, as well as to illustrate features of the natural environment. Read More
First Year: Courses
The first-year courses link natural ecosystems and their functioning to the impact of socioeconomic activities, and to the political, institutional, and legislative responses that address environmental problems. Courses emphasize analytical frameworks and basic principles through examples and case studies. Read More
Final Year: Courses
Students learn how to communicate clearly and accurately about environmental problems, and how to target information for different purposes and to audiences in multiple sectors. Students hear from industry leaders and become familiar with fundraising, foundations, and grant writing.
First Year: Thematic Curriculum
First year courses move progressively through several topics, all concurrently addressing the same environmental theme. The curriculum's organization enables students to examine one particular environmental area at a time in an integrated, comprehensive, and realistic manner.
The internship provides hands-on experience working with professionals in the field and facilitates entry into the job market. Internship arrangements with public, private, and nonprofit institutions offer a wide range of choices, providing real benefits to the student and to the collaborating organization. Read More
Final Year: Masters Thesis
The Master's Thesis consists of original research with practical application to a specific environmental problem. Normally linked to some part of the student's internship, the thesis should reflect the multifaceted nature of an actual environmental issue.