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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/2692-chomage-immigration-et-reforme-evaluating" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1490,1190/2667_bork1.rev.1564596816.png" alt="Chômage, immigration, et réforme: Evaluating unemployment in Emmanuel Macron’s France"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2692-chomage-immigration-et-reforme-evaluating"><h3>Chômage, immigration, et réforme: Evaluating unemployment in Emmanuel Macron’s France</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Jonathan Bork</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/146-raise-the-rafters-a-study-of-harmony-through" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/12,11,528,527/716_5cb8908dbf0f5_download.rev.1555599501.jpg" alt="Raise the rafters: A study of harmony through architecture, music, and craft theory"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/146-raise-the-rafters-a-study-of-harmony-through"><h3>Raise the rafters: A study of harmony through architecture, music, and craft theory</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Mia Bertelli</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2262-an-artistic-articulation-of-beauty-within-movement" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2126/1634_jung2.rev.1557861741.jpg" alt="An artistic articulation of beauty within movement"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2262-an-artistic-articulation-of-beauty-within-movement"><h3>An artistic articulation of beauty within movement</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Michael Jung</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2699-post-cute-beyond-craft-and-cool-japan" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1770,2342/2687_robinson1.rev.1564600084.png" alt="Post-cute: Beyond craft and cool Japan"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2699-post-cute-beyond-craft-and-cool-japan"><h3>Post-cute: Beyond craft and cool Japan</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Henry Robinson</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/129-ihappy-endi-bertolt-brecht-in-performance-and" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,894,1166/688_5cb89081e1907_download.rev.1555599490.jpg" alt="Happy End: Bertolt Brecht in performance and translation"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/129-ihappy-endi-bertolt-brecht-in-performance-and"><h3>Happy End: Bertolt Brecht in performance and translation</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Olivia Schaaf</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2696-the-squeaky-wheel-gets-the-oil-community" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1992,1322/2677_lawsure1.rev.1564598272.png" alt="The squeaky wheel gets the oil: Community organizing and the rise of neoliberalism in the 21st century"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2696-the-squeaky-wheel-gets-the-oil-community"><h3>The squeaky wheel gets the oil: Community organizing and the rise of neoliberalism in the 21st century</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Alex Lawsure</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/171-religion-and-identity-an-analysis-of-the" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,1697/761_5cb890a4c3ddc_download.rev.1555599524.png" alt="Religion and identity: An analysis of the relationship between Christianity and adolescent identity development in the U.S."/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/171-religion-and-identity-an-analysis-of-the"><h3>Religion and identity: An analysis of the relationship between Christianity and adolescent identity development in the U.S.</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Lillian C. J. de Vrijer</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2226-mysterious-mortalities-a-study-of-white-nose" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,423,520/794_5cb890a9d751d_download.rev.1555599529.jpg" alt="Mysterious mortalities: A study of white nose syndrome and G. destructans from a molecular biology perspective"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2226-mysterious-mortalities-a-study-of-white-nose"><h3>Mysterious mortalities: A study of white nose syndrome and G. destructans from a molecular biology perspective</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Morgan Ingalls</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/154-an-exploration-of-problems-in-human-reproductive" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1279,735/725_5cb8909061bf9_download.rev.1555599504.png" alt="An exploration of problems in human reproductive health and changes in fertility"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/154-an-exploration-of-problems-in-human-reproductive"><h3>An exploration of problems in human reproductive health and changes in fertility</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Emma McCamant</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2223-pragmatism-for-philosophy-economics-and" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,459,306/789_5cb890a90ef60_download.rev.1555599529.jpg" alt="Pragmatism for philosophy, economics, and environmental policy"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2223-pragmatism-for-philosophy-economics-and"><h3>Pragmatism for philosophy, economics, and environmental policy</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Isaac Lawrence</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2271-the-body-alone-listens-an-exploration-of-the" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1766,2334/1660_pinch1.rev.1557929785.png" alt="The Body Alone Listens: An exploration of the sounds of Virginia Woolf ’s Mrs. Dalloway through musical composition and literary analysis"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2271-the-body-alone-listens-an-exploration-of-the"><h3>The Body Alone Listens: An exploration of the sounds of Virginia Woolf ’s Mrs. Dalloway through musical composition and literary analysis</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Helen Pinch</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/145-the-keeping-house-poems-short-fiction-and-an-essay" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2566/713_5cb8908bd3134_download.rev.1555599501.jpg" alt="The Keeping House: Poems, short fiction, and an essay on the travel poems of Elizabeth Bishop"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/145-the-keeping-house-poems-short-fiction-and-an-essay"><h3>The Keeping House: Poems, short fiction, and an essay on the travel poems of Elizabeth Bishop</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Anna Blackburn</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2470-whats-left-after-losing-community-home-and-sense" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1080,810/1781_mazzarella.rev.1558468130.jpg" alt="What’s left: After losing community, home, and sense of self through poverty and displacement"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2470-whats-left-after-losing-community-home-and-sense"><h3>What’s left: After losing community, home, and sense of self through poverty and displacement</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Caitlin Mazzarella</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>

Detours

(a mostly random selection of Marlboro microdestinations)