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The Marlboro Curriculum

Many of our students feel like before they came here, education was about other people telling them what to do, what to study, how to think. At Marlboro, you make those decisions.

Unlike colleges that box you in with requirements right away, Marlboro’s curriculum lets you follow your curiosity and still graduate with the core skills for success in whatever you decide to do.

Take classes in (almost) anything you want.

Study in a traditional field like mathematics or do an independent deep dive into something more specific like game studies or historical climatology, if that’s what you’re into. As long as you meet our Clear Writing Requirement and a few other milestones, you’ll be making progress toward graduation.

Our course list is determined by our students.

“Intro classes” at Marlboro aren’t huge surveys taught by junior faculty. Instead, the first couple days of the semester are devoted to our intros—snapshots of courses your professors plan to teach that semester. Once enough people sign up for a class, it gets added to the course list.

Take your own path to graduation.

Instead of traditional majors, each upper-level Marlboro student chooses a field of concentration. Your field is more flexible than a major. It can change when your interests do. It can be in an existing subject, or you can create a new one with your advisor. You should love it, though, because you’ll focus on it for your Plan of Concentration.

What’s your Plan?

Plan is a major research project designed by you. It’s somewhere between a senior project and a master’s thesis. You’ll spend your second two years at Marlboro “on Plan,” taking advanced classes and tutorials, and working independently on your project.

When you’re done, you’ll be well prepared for whatever you want to do after Marlboro, whether it’s grad school or going directly into a career you’re passionate about.

Read a Plan

  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2700-ambitions-as-a-writer-or-diamond-is-unbreakable" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1836,2876/2691_Rolfe1Oresteia.rev.1564600412.jpg" alt="Ambitions as a writer: Or, diamond is unbreakable"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2700-ambitions-as-a-writer-or-diamond-is-unbreakable"><h3>Ambitions as a writer: Or, diamond is unbreakable</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Tristan Rolfe</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2228-rent-seeking-and-economic-methodology" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,441,447/798_5cb890aa669a1_download.rev.1555599530.gif" alt="Rent seeking and economic methodology"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2228-rent-seeking-and-economic-methodology"><h3>Rent seeking and economic methodology</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Raven Hetzler</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/94-it-is-more-than-just-food-a-practice-as-research" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1014,646/613_5cb8905d01444_download.rev.1555599453.png" alt="It is more than just food: A practice-as-research approach to teaching experiential learning courses through the lens of food"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/94-it-is-more-than-just-food-a-practice-as-research"><h3>It is more than just food: A practice-as-research approach to teaching experiential learning courses through the lens of food</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Krystal Graybeal</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2233-the-brutality-of-fiction-a-plan-in-playwriting-and" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,459,689/808_5cb890ac28fbd_download.rev.1555599532.jpg" alt="The brutality of fiction: A Plan in playwriting and sculpture"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2233-the-brutality-of-fiction-a-plan-in-playwriting-and"><h3>The brutality of fiction: A Plan in playwriting and sculpture</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Logan Smith</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2234-theres-nothing-like-a-broadway-show-an-examination" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,468,372/810_5cb890ac6ef5f_download.rev.1555599532.jpg" alt="There’s nothing like a Broadway show: An examination of musical theater in American culture"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2234-theres-nothing-like-a-broadway-show-an-examination"><h3>There’s nothing like a Broadway show: An examination of musical theater in American culture</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Emily Cox</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2258-i-am-fully-what-i-am-philosophy-literature-and-the" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/1630_domzal1.rev.1557860623.JPG" alt="“I am fully what I am”: Philosophy, literature, and the lived experience of race"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2258-i-am-fully-what-i-am-philosophy-literature-and-the"><h3>“I am fully what I am”: Philosophy, literature, and the lived experience of race</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Andrew Domzal</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/130-the-precious-and-bitter-remains-a-conversation" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/689_5cb890823ba8e_download.rev.1555599491.jpg" alt="The precious and bitter remains: A conversation between possessions, space, and desire"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/130-the-precious-and-bitter-remains-a-conversation"><h3>The precious and bitter remains: A conversation between possessions, space, and desire</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Maya Rohr</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/118-confronting-climate-change-an-interdisciplinary" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/663_5cb89075e8702_download.rev.1555599479.jpg" alt="Confronting climate change: An interdisciplinary approach"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/118-confronting-climate-change-an-interdisciplinary"><h3>Confronting climate change: An interdisciplinary approach</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Ian Hitchcock</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2695-the-economics-of-wellbeing-measuring-what-we-value" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1308,1760/2673_knickerbocker1.rev.1564597877.png" alt="The economics of wellbeing: Measuring what we value, curbing climate change, and affordable housing"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2695-the-economics-of-wellbeing-measuring-what-we-value"><h3>The economics of wellbeing: Measuring what we value, curbing climate change, and affordable housing</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Spencer Knickerbocker</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/125-enough-for-all-feeding-the-human-population-by" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,792,500/677_5cb8907e9b72e_download.rev.1555599486.jpg" alt="Enough for all: Feeding the human population by preserving the integrity, stability, and beauty of the land community"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/125-enough-for-all-feeding-the-human-population-by"><h3>Enough for all: Feeding the human population by preserving the integrity, stability, and beauty of the land community</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Clair Trail</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/119-storytellers-generationality-working-class" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/665_5cb89077846ce_download.rev.1555599480.jpg" alt="Storytellers: Generationality, working-class identity, and women’s personal narrative"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/119-storytellers-generationality-working-class"><h3>Storytellers: Generationality, working-class identity, and women’s personal narrative</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Kelly Hickey</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2270-father-forgive-them-for-they-know-not-what-they-do" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,600,385/1657_noblewolf1.rev.1557928957.jpg" alt="“Father, forgive them for they know not what they do”: Themes and manifestations of pro-life rhetoric"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2270-father-forgive-them-for-they-know-not-what-they-do"><h3>“Father, forgive them for they know not what they do”: Themes and manifestations of pro-life rhetoric</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Hannah Noblewolf</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2266-cultivating-discomfort-an-exploration-of" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1116,1600/1646_mackin1.rev.1557864134.jpg" alt="Cultivating discomfort: An exploration of existentialism and horror"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2266-cultivating-discomfort-an-exploration-of"><h3>Cultivating discomfort: An exploration of existentialism and horror</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Autumn Mackin</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2215-words-slightly-overlapping-explorations-in" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,440,329/771_5cb890a663498_download.rev.1555599526.jpg" alt="Words slightly overlapping: Explorations in contemporary theater and biochemistry"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2215-words-slightly-overlapping-explorations-in"><h3>Words slightly overlapping: Explorations in contemporary theater and biochemistry</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">James Young</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2230-using-paint-abstraction-of-realism-and" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,504,400/801_5cb890aaea699_download.rev.1555599531.jpg" alt="Using paint: Abstraction of realism and representation in works by Robert Ryman and Susan Rothenberg"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2230-using-paint-abstraction-of-realism-and"><h3>Using paint: Abstraction of realism and representation in works by Robert Ryman and Susan Rothenberg</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Ashley Gray</div></div></a> </article>

Detours

(a mostly random selection of Marlboro microdestinations)