Recognizing the existential challenge presented to young people, their families, and their communities, as well as to institutions of higher learning by the pandemic and its aftermath, the College is committed to meeting the COVID-19 crisis with an educational experience uniquely created to respond to this extraordinary moment.
New This Fall
This fall, the College will be offering a suite of multidisciplinary Common Courses created specifically for incoming first-year students as they embark on their education at Bard. Cohort building and connected liberal arts learning will be integral to all Common Course offerings. Second-year students will also have an opportunity to register for Common Courses in August.
Features of the Common Courses
- bring together teams of four or more faculty to offer a course that addresses a critical global and/or local contemporary issue from multidisciplinary perspectives, enabling students to fulfill two distribution requirements, and
- allow for instruction either in person or online, but with an assumption of blended learning (online combined with place-based classroom educational methods) and creation of an online platform for each course.
Every faculty team will design shared elements of the course and smaller group experiences with the proviso that two distribution areas and different disciplinary approaches will be given equal weight. This allows for innovative curricular development in each course and continuity of instruction across all common course offerings. Common Courses give entering first-year students an opportunity to fulfill two distribution requirements with one four-credit class.
Course Planning for Fall
Five teams of faculty (four to six people in each) are already engaged in initial planning stages and conversation on common course design.
St. Stephen's College of Magic Arts
Arseny Khakhalin, Assistant Professor of Biology, designed a medieval fantasy map of the Sawkill Watershed, including Bard College and the surrounding area.