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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/2224-another-version-of-the-truth-an-expedition-into" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,456,297/791_5cb890a955c34_download.rev.1555599529.jpg" alt="Another version of the truth: An expedition into theatrical adaptation and immersion"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2224-another-version-of-the-truth-an-expedition-into"><h3>Another version of the truth: An expedition into theatrical adaptation and immersion</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Evan Lamb</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/153-a-wild-door-human-experiences-of-nonhuman" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/171,15,885,729/724_5cb89090203f3_download.rev.1555599504.png" alt="A wild door: Human experiences of nonhuman animality"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/153-a-wild-door-human-experiences-of-nonhuman"><h3>A wild door: Human experiences of nonhuman animality</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Adam Halwitz</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/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/113-authentication-techniques-and-theory" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,354,336/652_5cb8906fdb602_download.rev.1555599471.jpg" alt="Authentication: Techniques and theory"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/113-authentication-techniques-and-theory"><h3>Authentication: Techniques and theory</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Samuel Judson</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/91-mathematical-structures-foundations-amp" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,632,601/610_5cb8905c46977_download.rev.1555599452.png" alt="Mathematical structures: Foundations & explorations"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/91-mathematical-structures-foundations-amp"><h3>Mathematical structures: Foundations & explorations</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">John McGill</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/86-the-ecology-conservation-and-land-use-changes" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2540,1814/598_5cb89057c116b_download.rev.1555599447.png" alt="The ecology, conservation, and land use changes surrounding vulnerable plant mutualisms and natural community types"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/86-the-ecology-conservation-and-land-use-changes"><h3>The ecology, conservation, and land use changes surrounding vulnerable plant mutualisms and natural community types</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Andrea Terrell</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/128-the-one-constant-thing-the-role-of-the-body-in" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,640,807/686_5cb8908172a71_download.rev.1555599489.jpg" alt="The one constant thing: The role of the body in cognition"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/128-the-one-constant-thing-the-role-of-the-body-in"><h3>The one constant thing: The role of the body in cognition</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Chandra Wade</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/174-reassessing-socialist-realism-and-the-lie" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,212,312/766_5cb890a58cece_download.rev.1555599525.jpg" alt="Reassessing socialist realism and the lie"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/174-reassessing-socialist-realism-and-the-lie"><h3>Reassessing socialist realism and the lie</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Molly Bruce</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/96-integration-connections-between-whiteness" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,886,515/618_5cb8905e8732a_download.rev.1555599454.png" alt="(Inte)gration: connections between whiteness, deserving-ness, and belonging in the Swedish welfare state"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/96-integration-connections-between-whiteness"><h3>(Inte)gration: connections between whiteness, deserving-ness, and belonging in the Swedish welfare state</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Mikaela Geary</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/162-humanity-at-the-crossroads-an-overview-of" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,717,429/743_5cb890a18ca48_download.rev.1555599521.png" alt="Humanity at the crossroads: An overview of contemporary trends and future energy sources"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/162-humanity-at-the-crossroads-an-overview-of"><h3>Humanity at the crossroads: An overview of contemporary trends and future energy sources</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Andrew Shough</div></div></a> </article>

Detours

(a mostly random selection of Marlboro microdestinations)