All first-year students participate in a common curriculum— the Language and Thinking Program, First-Year Seminar, Citizen Science—and take elective courses.
The Language and Thinking Program
The Language and Thinking Program is an intensive introduction to the liberal arts and sciences with a particular focus on writing. All incoming first-year students attend the program during the last three weeks of August. Students read extensively, work on a variety of projects in writing and other formats, and meet throughout the day in small groups and in one-on-one conferences with faculty. The work aims to cultivate habits of thoughtful reading and discussion, clear articulation, accurate self-critique, and productive collaboration. Satisfactory completion of the program is required for matriculation into the College. Students who fail to meet this requirement must defer matriculation for a full academic year.
Begin in Berlin
Entering students may spend their first year or a semester of their first year at Bard’s campus in Berlin, Germany, joining a global student body of 140 from more than 40 countries. Begin in Berlin
students take Language and Thinking and the first-year core sequence at Bard College Berlin, and may choose electives from courses in (among others) German language, practicing and performing arts, social studies, literature, art history, aesthetics, philosophy, and social engagement—many of which use the city as a classroom. All credits transfer automatically to Annandale.