Academic Requirements and Regulations
Bachelor’s Degree Requirements
Candidates for a bachelor of arts degree from Bard must meet the following requirements:
- Completion, by entering first-year students, of the two-semester First-Year Seminar. A student who enters in the second semester of the first year must complete that semester of the seminar. A student who transfers into the College after the second semester of the first year is exempt from the seminar.
- Promotion to the Upper College through Moderation
- Completion of the requirements of the program into which they moderate
- Completion of the courses necessary to satisfy the distribution requirements in effect at the time of their matriculation into the College
- Accumulation of 128* semester hours of academic credit. At least 64 credits must be earned at the Annandale-on-Hudson campus of Bard College or at a program run directly by Bard College. At least 40 credits must be outside the division of major; First-Year Seminar counts for 8 of the 40 credits.
- Enrollment as full-time students for not less than two years at the Annandale-on-Hudson campus of Bard College or at a program run directly by Bard College
- Completion of an acceptable Senior Project
*Note: 128 credits are required for students matriculating in the fall of 2011; students who entered Bard prior to fall 2011 must earn 124 credits. The minimum graduation requirement for five-year, dual degree programs is 160 credits.
A student who fulfills the above Bard College requirements also fulfills the requirements of the Regents of the University of the State of New York and of the New York State Education Department.
Evaluation and Grades
Every student receives a criteria sheet in every course. The criteria sheets contain midterm and final grades and comments by the instructor about the student’s performance.
The divisions of Languages and Literature; Science, Mathematics, and Computing; and Social Studies, and the Conservatory of Music regularly use a letter grading system. The Division of the Arts and creative writing workshops sometimes use honors/pass/fail or pass/fail in addition to letter grades. An honors grade (H) in the Arts Division is the equivalent of an A. Unless the instructor of a course specifies otherwise, letter grades (and their grade point equivalents) are defined as follows. (The grades A+, D+, and D– are not used at Bard.)
- A, A– (4.0, 3.7) Excellent work
- B+, B, B– (3.3, 3.0, 2.7) Work that is more than satisfactory
- C+, C (2.3, 2.0) Competent work
- C-, D (1.7, 1.0) Performance that is poor, but deserving of credit
- F Failure to reach the standard required in the course for credit
Incomplete (I) Status All work for a course must be submitted no later than the date of the last class of the semester, except in extenuating medical or personal circumstances beyond a student’s control. In such situations, and only in such situations, a designation of Incomplete (I) may be granted by the professor at the end of the semester to allow a student extra time to complete the work of the course. It is recommended that an incomplete status not be maintained for more than one semester, but a professor may specify any date for the completion of the work. In the absence of specification, the registrar will assume that the deadline is the end of the semester after the one in which the course was taken. At the end of the time assigned, the I will be changed to a grade of F unless another default grade has been specified. Requests for grade changes at later dates may always be submitted to the Faculty Executive Committee.
Withdrawal (W) from Courses After the drop/add deadline, a student may withdraw from a class with the written consent of the instructor (using the proper form, available in the Office of the Registrar). Permission to withdraw is not given after the withdrawal deadline specified in the academic calendar. In all cases of withdrawal, the course will appear on the student’s criteria sheet and grade transcript with the designation of W.
Registration (R) Credit Students who wish to explore an area of interest during a semester may register for an R credit course in addition to their regular credit courses. To receive the R credit, a student’s attendance must meet the requirements of the instructor. An R course is entered on a student’s record, but it does not earn credits toward graduation. You may only audit 4 credits per semester without extra cost. Students must submit a request before the end of the drop/add period.
Pass (P) Fail Students may request to take a class pass/fail instead of for a letter grade. Students must submit a request before the end of the drop/add period. Professors may accommodate requests at their own discretion.