The exposure of liberal arts

Exposing you to the breadth of a liberal arts education and encouraging depth in a particular discipline, the Barnard curriculum serves as a source of exploration and discovery within a framework that is both flexible and interconnected. The First-Year Foundation courses launch you into this new intellectual community. Your major allows you to go progressively more in-depth with studies in a particular field, culminating in a capstone project or thesis. Meanwhile, Foundations will serve as a framework for you to understand the wider world. Electives round out the curriculum with opportunities to explore new topics.

 

A new curriculum
Introducing foundations*

Barnard proudly builds on its 125-year history with a new curriculum, tentatively titled foundations, which will go into effect for the class of 2020 (students entering fall 2016). Honoring the College’s commitment to the liberal arts and its strong mission and strategic plan, foundations is modern, ambitious, and flexible—all to meet the rapidly evolving needs of students in today’s world. In fact, with foundations, Barnard will be the first liberal arts college among its peers with a pure technology requirement. 

 

How will it work? 

Foundations* will prepare Barnard students for the future by adding depth and breadth to our curriculum. It will emphasize: Technology and digital learning; International and global learning; Questioning, formulating, and experimenting. 

From a First-Year Experience that includes First-Year Writing and First-Year Seminar with greater emphasis on writing and expanded disciplinary topics, to Senior Year, with an enhanced capstone Senior Experience.

Requirements will include two courses each in Languages, Arts/Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences, and one course in Physical Education. 

Modes of Thinking will include one course each in Thinking Quantitatively and Empirically, Thinking Technologically and Digitally, Thinking through Global Inquiry, Thinking Locally—New York City, Thinking about Social Difference, and Thinking with Historical Perspective.

 

More information about Foundations

* Approved in May 2015 by the faculty and by the Board of Trustees in June 2015, foundations is a new set of General Education Requirements replacing the Nine Ways of Knowing.  The new requirements will remain robust and flexible, while being forward-thinking and adaptable.  Details will be forthcoming over the course of this academic calendar.

 

The exposure of liberal arts

Exposing you to the breadth of a liberal arts education and encouraging depth in a particular discipline, the Barnard curriculum serves as a source of exploration and discovery within a framework that is both flexible and interconnected. The First-Year courses launch you into this new intellectual community. Your major allows you to go progressively more in-depth with studies in a particular field, culminating in a capstone project or thesis. Meanwhile, our general education requirement will serve as a framework for you to understand the wider world. Electives round out the curriculum with opportunities to explore new topics.

 

A powerful start

Launch yourself into the swirl of Barnard’s intellectual life through First-Year Seminar and First-Year Writing—two small seminars that will help you polish your abilities to read critically, write convincingly, and speak eloquently. Barnard offers 15-20 separate topics for the First-Year Seminar each semester, while First-Year Writing courses center on three major themes.

One of Barnard’s First-Year Seminars is the award-winning “Reacting to the Past."

Barnard students can take courses in dozens of languages including Arabic, Hebrew, Korean, Swahili, Tagalog, Persian, Sanskrit, Punjabi, Hindi-Urdu, and Russian.

2,000
More than 2,000 courses are available to Barnard students on campus and across the street at Columbia University.