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Literature

Bard College
4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
New York City
English
Fall
Application deadline: Early Applications Due: November 1, Regular Applications Due: January 1
Literature

Program description

Literature

The Literature Program at Bard is free from the disciplinary barriers that are often set up between different national literatures and forms of media, between the study of language and the study of literature, and between scholarship and creative expression. In addition to training students in a wide range of analytic and interpretive methodologies, the Literature Program at Bard helps students connect the practices of critical writing and reading with other areas of cultural, intellectual, and artistic inquiry—from philosophy to environmental and urban studies, and from gender studies to the performing arts.

Admission requirements

International Students:

Required materials:

  • Apply using the Common Application.
  • High School transcript (Include mid-year senior grades if available at the time you apply.)
  • School Report (Form is generally completed by a high school counselor and includes a school profile.)
  • Teacher recommendations (Two are required: We prefer that one recommendation come from an English or humanities instructor and one from a math or science instructor.)
  • TOEFL exam or IELTS exam or Duolingo English Test. All international applicants who speak a foreign language other than English as their primary language must submit a completed TOEFL exam or IELTS exam or Duolingo English Test.
  • Students who attend High Schools with full English instruction may request to be considered for a TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo waiver, Subject: International Applicant - TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo waiver

Optional materials:

  • In addition to the TOEFL or IELTS or Duolingo requirement, we recommend participating in the optional English Proficiency supplements with one of our two service partners: IntialView or Vericant.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.


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Program content

Prior to moderating into the Literature Program, students must take Literature 201, Narrative/Poetics/Representation, and at least one of the sequence courses in English, U.S., or comparative literature. To moderate, students must also take at least three additional courses in the Division of Languages and Literature. One of these courses may be a Written Arts course and one may be a language instruction course. No more than one writing workshop and one language instruction course can count toward the Moderation requirements.

For Moderation, the student submits a 10- to 12-page critical essay based on work for one of the sequence courses, along with the two short Moderation papers required of all students. The first short paper reflects on the process that has led the student to this point in their studies; the second reflects on the student’s aspirations for work in the Upper College. The papers are evaluated by a board composed of the student’s adviser and two other members of the Literature Program faculty.

After Moderation, students must take a second sequence course from the same sequence as the first, although it need not be consecutive (for example, English Literature III may be taken before English Literature I). The second sequence course must be taken prior to the start of the senior year. Students must also take at least one course that focuses on literature written before 1800 and one course that focuses on literature written after 1800 (this requirement is in addition to the two sequence courses described above). Moderated students are also expected to enroll in 300-level seminars and are strongly encouraged to take at least one world literature course. All students must complete a Senior Project and enroll in Literature 405, the yearlong Senior Colloquium, in order to graduate.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.

Tuition fees

First-Year Students

  • Tuition: $57,498
  • Room and board: $16,760
  • Campus facilities fee: $0
  • Campus health services fee: $470
  • Security Deposit: $225

Returning Resident

  • Tuition: $57,498
  • Room and board: $16,760
  • Campus facilities fee: $0
  • Campus health services fee: $470
  • Security Deposit: $0

Returning Off-Campus

  • Tuition: $57,498
  • Room and board: $0
  • Campus facilities fee: $352
  • Campus health services fee: $470
  • Security Deposit: $0

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Bard College

Bard is a liberal arts college of 1900 undergraduates. Our largest campus is located 90 miles north of New York City and situated on the Hudson River near the Catskill Mountains. Bard also has a growing network of campuses and...


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Bard College

30 Campus Road
12504 Annandale-on-Hudson New York
United States of America

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