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Choice, flexibility, and rigor are the hallmarks of the Bard education.
Bard College was founded, as St. Stephen's College, in 1860, a time of national crisis. Bard located in the Hudson Valley, is a four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. Bard has 40 academic programs which fall into four divisions: Arts; Languages and Literature; Science, Mathematics and Computing; and Social Studies. The College offers the bachelor of arts degree in any of the above mentioned fields and also offers a dual-degree program from Bard College Conservatory of Music in which students earn both a bachelor’s degree in music and a B.A. in another field in the liberal arts or sciences. The undergraduate program at Bard includes a full four-year sequence in English, social sciences, and mathematics; the study of at least one foreign language for three or preferably four years; and three to four years of study in the laboratory sciences. Graduate degrees at Bard:
- Master of fine arts;
- Master of arts in curatorial studies;
- Master of arts & doctor of philosophy in the history of the decorative arts, design, & culture;
- Master of science in environmental policy;
- Master of arts in teaching; and
- Master of music in vocal arts and in conducting.
Bard also offers two dual degree programs: a bachelor of arts and a master of science through the Bard Center for Environmental Policy (BCEP), and through BCEP and the Master of Arts in Teaching Program, master of science and master of arts in teaching degrees At Bard, the faculty-to-student ratio is 1:9 and courses are taught by full faculty members. Among the many distinguished faculty at Bard College are five MacArthur Fellows—poets John Ashbery and Ann Lauterbach, novelist and memoirist Norman Manea, painter and multimedia artist Judy Pfaff, and journalist Mark Danner. Over the years, four recipients of the Nobel Prize in Literature have taught at Bard—Saul Bellow, Isaac Bashevis Singer, José Saramago, and Orhan Pamuk. Bard’s park-like campus covers more than 500 acres of fields and forested land bordering the Hudson River. Campus setting at Bard provides a nice way in which students pursue their academic interests and craft a rich social life. Bard has more than 70 buildings of varied architectural styles, from 19th-century stone houses to structures designed by noted contemporary architects.
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