Undergraduate students can earn a bachelor of arts degree in one of approximately 35 stand-alone programs in the following academic divisions. They may moderate into a concentration, or cluster of related courses, in conjunction with moderation into a program.
Program and Concentration Approach to Study
A liberal arts education offers students both breadth and depth of learning. At Bard, the primary sources of breadth are the First-Year Seminar and the distribution requirements. The primary source of depth is the requirement that each student major in a stand-alone academic program, possibly in conjunction with a non-stand-alone field of study, or concentration, or with another program in a joint major.
Interdivisional Programs and Concentrations
Interdivisional Programs and Concentrations is home to 24 interdisciplinary fields: 11 are offered as majors, 13 as concentrations (minors). A major in literature might pair it with a concentration in Victorian studies, or political studies with a concentration in Middle Eastern studies, or human rights with a concentration in Latin American and Iberian studies. The variety of possible combinations illustrates the richness of study at Bard.
Specialized Degree Programs
In addition to the bachelor of arts degree, Bard College offers two five-year, dual-degree undergraduate programs.
The Economics and Finance Program offers a BS degree in economics and finance and a bachelor of arts degree in another field in the liberal arts or sciences other than economics.
The Bard College Conservatory of Music offers a BM in music and a BA in another field in the liberal arts or sciences other than music.
Preprofessional undergraduate and joint-degree options (for example, prelaw and engineering) are also available. For more information, see the “Additional Study Opportunities and Affiliated Institutes” chapter in the College catalogue. Bard and its affiliates also offer several graduate degrees.