Bard Undergraduate CurriculumThe 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.
All members of the faculty serve as academic advisers. Students meet with their advisers throughout the academic year to design plans of study suited to their academic interests, select classes, find opportunities outside of the curriculum to explore their interests, and discuss their adjustment to the demands of college work.
Students with Disabilities
Students who claim learning, psychological, or physical disabilities should register with Disability Services upon admission or as soon as the diagnosis of disability is made. The student will be asked to complete the disability registration form and present documentation that verifies the disability, details the impact of the disability, and provides suggested accommodations to mitigate the impact. Registration forms are available at bard.edu/admission/accepted/forms.
Bard offers its students a wide range of opportunities to engage in international dialogue, both on campus and abroad. The College believes that such engagement is critical to a liberal arts education and global citizenship. A significant percentage of Bard undergraduates participate in at least one international program. Some students spend a year, a term, or a summer studying abroad. Others work with leading international organizations or on social action projects outside the United States.