Pathways to Graduation
Single major with a concentration - Students moderate in both a program and a concentration, complete the course requirements for both, and complete one Senior Project that combines the interdisciplinary theories and methods of both the program and the concentration.
- Single major - Students moderate in one program, complete the course requirements, and complete one Senior Project.
- Double major - Students moderate in two separate programs, complete the course requirements for both programs, and complete two Senior Projects.
- Joint major - A joint major allows students to achieve depth in two related fields of study without requiring two separate Senior Projects (as with a double major). Students complete the course requirements for two programs of study and produce one unified, integrated Senior Project involving ideas from both disciplines. Students moderate into two programs, ideally in a joint moderation, with members from each program on the moderation board and on the Senior Project board. This option requires a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and approval by the Executive Committee.
- Multidisciplinary Studies major - The Multidisciplinary Studies Program allows a student to select an area of study or develop an individual approach to an area and then design a program that integrates material from different programs and divisions in order to pursue that study. In order to major in the Multidisciplinary Studies Program, a student must submit a proposal to the Executive Committee requesting approval for such a program. The ideal time for the proposal is in the second semester of the sophomore year, as a substitute for moderation into an existing program during that semester. For a proposal to be approved, the student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, the proposed list of courses must include in-depth study in two or more disciplines, and the proposed adviser and moderation board members must have the expertise to supervise the proposed plan of study.
- Music Theory course
- Music Theory course
- Music Theory course at the 300 level or above.
- Music History course
- Music History course
- Music History course at the 300 level or above.
- Composition course, or another course involving personal musical creativity
- Performance course, or another class involving regular public performance
- Private performance lessons
- Senior Project I
- Senior Project II
It is expected that half of these requirements will be completed by the time of Moderation. For a Moderation Project, students must give a concert of about 25-40 minutes of their own music and/or other composers’ music.
The Senior Project consists of two concerts of approximately 60 minutes each. In the case of composers, one concert can be replaced by an orchestra work written for performance by the American Symphony Orchestra. In certain cases involving expertise in music technology, and at the discretion of the appropriate faculty, it is possible to submit finished, sophisticatedly produced recordings of music rather than live performances. An advanced research project in music history or theory can also be considered as a senior project.
Recent Senior Projects include:
- “Canciones y tonadillas: A Senior Concert of Spanish Song and Spring Menagerie”
- “Something from Nothing: Cage’s 4’33” and the Proliferation of Noise”
- “Recordi in Italia and Vier Letzte Lieder"
- Beginning with the class entering fall 2011, a minimum of 128 credits; at least 64 of which must be taken at Bard. (Classes entering prior to fall 2011, a minimum of 124 credits, at least 64 of which must be taken at Bard.)
- A minimum of 40 credits outside the division of major. FYSEM counts for 8 of these 40 credits.
- Completion of two semesters of First-Year Seminar. Transfer students may be exempt.
- Promotion to the Upper College by passing moderation.
- Completion of the requirements of the program into which the student moderates.
- Completion of an acceptable senior project.
- Distribution requirement: 4 credits from each of the distribution areas.
Each student is required to take four-credits in each of the nine categories listed below. No more than two requirements may be fulfilled within a single disciplinary program. Non-native speakers of English may be exempted from the Foreign Language, Literature, and Culture requirement. A course may be cross-listed in different programs, but can fulfill only one of the nine distribution areas.
All students must fulfill a “Rethinking Difference”
requirement. The requirement may be satisfied by any course that is primarily focused on the study of difference in the context of larger social dynamics. The course may address, but is not limited to addressing, differences of race, religion, ethnicity, class, gender, and/or sexuality. It may consider, but is not limited to considering, the contexts of globalization, nationalism, and social justice. A single course may simultaneously fulfill both the “Rethinking Difference” requirement and one of the distribution requirements below.