Bard College Student Handbook

The Curriculum

The undergraduate curriculum creates a flexible system of courses that gives ­coherence, breadth, and depth to the four years of study and helps students become knowledgeable across academic boundaries and able to think critically within a ­discipline or mode of thought. 
The pillars of the Bard education are the structure of the first year, including First-Year Seminar; the program- and concentration-based approach to study; Moderation; the concept of distribution by modes of thought; and the Senior Project. Students move from the Lower College (first and second years), which focuses on general education and introduces the content and methodology of the academic and artistic areas in which students may specialize, to the Upper College (third and fourth years), which involves advanced study of particular subjects and more independent work.