Bard College Catalogue

The Bard College Catalogue contains detailed descriptions of the College's undergraduate programs and courses, curriculum, admission and financial aid procedures, student activities and services, history, campus facilities, affiliated institutions including graduate programs, and faculty and administration.

Bard College Catalogue, 2018–19

Bard College Catalogue, 2018–19

The Bard College Catalogue is published by the Bard Publications Office.

Bard College
PO Box 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000

Phone: 845-758-6822

Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Bard College complies with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. This act assures students attending a postsecondary educational institution that they will have the right to inspect and review certain of their educational records and, by following the guidelines provided by the College, to correct inaccurate or misleading data through informal or formal hearings. It protects students’ rights to privacy by limiting transfer of these records without their consent, except in specific circumstances. Students have the right to file complaints with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. College policy relating to the maintenance of student records is available upon request from the Office of the Registrar.

Notice of Nondiscrimination
Bard College does not discriminate in education, employment, admission, or services on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, age, religion, national origin, or handicapping conditions. This policy is consistent with state mandates and with governmental statutes and regulations, including those pursuant to Title IX of the Federal Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Questions ­regarding compliance with the above requirements and requests for assistance should be directed to the Vice President for Administration, Bard College, PO Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000.

Any action or situation that recklessly or intentionally endangers mental or physical health or involves forced consumption of liquor or drugs for the purpose of initiation into or affiliation with any organization of Bard College is expressly prohibited. In the event that any organization at Bard College shall authorize such conduct, permission for that organization to operate on campus property shall be rescinded. Such rescission shall be in addition to any penalty pursuant to the criminal law or any other law of the State of New York. This statement has been adopted by the Board of Trustees of Bard College.

Audio and Image Recording Policy
By registering for classes and/or music lessons at Bard College, students grant Bard, and those acting on its behalf, the authorization to: 1) record all students’ participation and appearance on video media, audio media, film, photograph, or any other medium. Along with audio and video recordings, Bard reserves the right to stream via the Web students’ performances in ensemble and class concerts; 2) record all students’ work, including musical compositions, on video media, audio media, film, photograph, or any other medium; and 3) use all students’ names, likenesses, voices, and biographical materials in connection with these recordings. Students who may have commitments to any other person or entity that would conflict with the rights granted above are responsible for informing Bard in writing of these relationships at the time of registration.

Bard College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The courses of study leading to the bachelor of arts, bachelor of music, and bachelor of science degrees at Bard are registered by the New York State Education Department. The programs of study leading to the master of arts, master of arts in teaching, master of fine arts, master of business administration in sustainability, master of music, master of science in environmental policy, master of science in climate science and policy, and master of science in economic theory and policy degrees, and the master and doctor of philosophy degrees in decorative arts, design history, and material culture at Bard are registered by the New York State Education Department, Office of Higher Education, Education Building Annex, Room 977, Albany, NY 12234; phone: 518-486-3633.

Bard is also a member of the American Council on Education, American Council of Learned Societies, Association of American Colleges and Universities, College Entrance ­Examination Board, Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, Educational Records Bureau, and Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities.

Be advised that the provisions of this catalogue are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between the student and Bard College or its officers and faculty. The College reserves the right to make changes affecting admission procedures, tuition, fees, courses of instruction, programs of study, faculty listings, academic grading policies, and general regulations. The information in this catalogue is subject to change without notice.

Cover: The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College
Photo: Peter Aaron ’68/Esto