Bard College Student Handbook

Language and Thinking Program

The Language and Thinking Program is an intensive three-week writing program that begins in early August. Students read extensively in several genres, work on many different kinds of writing projects, and meet in small groups to discuss their reading and writing. Through these activities, they learn to read and listen more thoughtfully, to articulate ideas, to review their own work critically, and, most basically, to recognize the link between thought and expression. The program is also an introduction to college-level instruction and exchange and to the Bard community. Satisfactory completion of the Language and Thinking Program is required. Students failing to meet this requirement will be asked to take one year’s academic leave.