Undergraduate Academics

  • The Curriculum

    Bard's undergraduate curriculum gives students a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as depth of study in a chosen academic program. Bard's undergraduate curriculum gives students a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as depth of study in a chosen academic program. MORE >>
  • Exceptional Faculty

    Today and throughout Bard's history, members of the faculty have effected change in medicine, the arts and letters, international affairs, journalism, science, and education, among other endeavors. Today and throughout Bard's history, members of the faculty have effected change in medicine, the arts and letters, international affairs, journalism, science, and education, among other endeavors. MORE >>
  • First-Year Programs

    First-year students participate in Bard's common curriculum-the Language and Thinking Program, First-Year Seminar, Citizen Science, and first-year advising. First-year students participate in Bard's common curriculum-the Language and Thinking Program, First-Year Seminar, Citizen Science, and first-year advising. MORE >>
  • Dual Degrees

    Dual-degree programs in the United States and abroad, offered through Bard College and its affiliates, give students flexibility in both undergraduate and graduate study. Dual-degree programs in the United States and abroad, offered through Bard College and its affiliates, give students flexibility in both undergraduate and graduate study. MORE >>
  • Study Abroad

    Bard College students who wish to study abroad choose from Bard programs, student exchanges, summer language intensives, or programs sponsored through other institutions. Bard College students who wish to study abroad choose from Bard programs, student exchanges, summer language intensives, or programs sponsored through other institutions. MORE >>
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Academic Calendar

Upcoming Dates


Monday, April 28, 2014 – Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Advising Days

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Last Day to Withdraw from a Class

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Senior Projects Due

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Registration for Fall Classes Opens

Undergraduate Academics

Bard students are held to the highest possible standard of intellectual achievement.

They are challenged and encouraged to take risks. They are exposed to some of the finest minds in every field and discipline, and to the newest developments and ideas in their areas of study. At Bard it’s understood that education, like life itself, is a continuous process of growth and effort.

Academic Mission

Since its founding in 1860, Bard College has maintained a firm commitment to the liberal arts and sciences, along with a readiness to innovate that has enhanced the undergraduate experience with compatible intellectual and artistic ventures at its Hudson Valley campus and at affiliated institutions around the world. Bard seeks to provide a challenging academic program; a supportive environment that fosters a collaborative interchange of ideas, as well as the ambition to achieve excellence; and access to world-class scholarship and research.

The Curriculum

At Bard, students take ownership of their education. Instead of choosing from standard departmental majors, Bard students pursue interdisciplinary, individualized programs of study. In addition, Bard's core curriculum ensures that students receive a broad academic foundation with particular emphases on writing, the sciences, and mastering the tools of scholarly inquiry. Faculty advising combines with program milestones—such as Moderation and the Senior Project—as students chart their course of study.

Academic Programs

Bard students choose from among nearly 50 programs in four academic divisions—Arts; Languages and Literature; Science, Mathematics, and Computing; and Social Studies—as well as Interdivisional Programs and Concentrations, which enable students to pursue a multidisciplinary course of study or major in more than one program. Joint majors offer students an exciting opportunity to work on projects that cut across disciplines, while double majors allow students to focus in depth on more than one subject.