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Coursebook & Plan Guide

The goal of Marlboro College is to teach students to think clearly and to learn independently through engagement in a structured program of liberal studies.

Students are expected to develop a command of concise and correct English and to strive for academic excellence informed by intellectual and artistic creativity; they are encouraged to acquire a passion for learning, discerning judgment, and a global perspective. The College promotes independence by requiring students to participate in the planning of their own programs of study and to act responsibly within a self-governing community. (Marlboro College Mission Statement)

As a Marlboro student, you are encouraged to study broadly, across various disciplines, and engage in multiple ways of knowing. Beginning in your first year, courses are designed to support and enhance your development and help you experience the variety of ways to approach a question, problem or issue.

Beginning in your third year and continuing throughout your work on a Plan of Concentration, you will investigate a single issue more deeply, working closely with faculty. The faculty will guide you in completing a body of work that integrates deep experience, research and knowledge, emphasizing clear communication, whether it be written, visual or performance-based.

This Course Book and Plan Guide is designed to facilitate the process of developing your individual program of study in the liberal arts. At Marlboro, faculty and students collaborate through the advising process to structure individual programs of study that have, as a basic tenet, the value of broad study.

The disciplines that we teach are divided into four areas of study: the arts (ceramics, dance, drawing, film/video studies, mixed media, music, painting, photography, theater, sculpture, and visual arts); the humanities (American studies, art history, Asian studies, classics, history, languages, literature, philosophy, religion and writing); the natural sciences (astronomy, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics and physics); and the social sciences (anthropology, cultural history, economics, political science, psychology and sociology). In addition, we offer the opportunity to work across disciplines through:

When choosing courses it’s important to engage each of the four areas of intellectual life listed above so that over time, you will structure a broad education grounded in the liberal arts. This process is a collaborative endeavor that you embark upon with your advisor and Plan sponsor. Throughout your time at Marlboro, you will discuss your goals, your choices and your options with your advisor. Together, you will map out a program, semester by semester, but in the end it’s all up to you. As you progress through your program, the collaborative advising process will foster your intellectual independence and confidence. Open wide the doors of a liberal arts education, and have fun.


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