Academic Calendar

Upcoming Dates

Saturday, August 9, 2014

First-Year Students Arrive

Check-in and Financial Clearance, First-Year Student Orientation Monday, August 11, 2014 – Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Language and Thinking Program

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 – Friday, August 29, 2014

Academic Orientation for Transfer Students

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Transfer Students Arrive

Check-in and Financial Clearance for Transfer Students

Distribution Requirements

The undergraduate distribution requirements at Bard are a formal statement of the College's desire to achieve equilibrium between interdisciplinary breadth and depth of study in a single mode of thought. Distribution exposes students to unfamiliar academic areas and approaches, helping them discover the field on which they want to focus, putting their specialized study in a wider perspective, and expanding their intellectual horizons.

Course Categories

Each student is required to take one course in each of the nine categories listed below. No more than two requirements may be fulfilled within a single disciplinary program. High school Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses may not be used to satisfy the requirements. Nonnative speakers of English are exempted from the Foreign Language, Literature, and Culture requirement.

  • Analysis of Arts a course in the analysis of nonverbal art
  • Foreign Language, Literature, and Culture a course focused on language acquisition and/or the analysis of literature or culture via an engagement with a non-English language
  • History a course focused on historical analysis
  • Humanities a course focused on the analysis of primary texts in philosophy, religion, or social thought
  • Laboratory Science a laboratory course in the physical or life sciences
  • Literature in English a course focused on the literary analysis and explication of texts in English, in either the original or translation
  • Mathematics and Computing a course in mathematics, computing, statistics, or logic; all courses require passing the Q-test, a mathematical skills evaluation exam
  • Practicing Arts a studio course in the visual or performing arts, or creative writing
  • Social Science a course in an empirical social science other than history

In addition, all students must fulfill a "Rethinking Difference" requirement. Courses with this designation focus on the study of difference in the context of larger social dynamics. A single course may simultaneously fulfill both the "Rethinking Difference" requirement and another distribution requirement.