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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/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/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/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/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/135-convergence-and-divergence-finding-a-framework-for" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,255,269/701_5cb89088c48bd_download.rev.1555599496.jpg" alt="Convergence and divergence: Finding a framework for a more equitable society"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/135-convergence-and-divergence-finding-a-framework-for"><h3>Convergence and divergence: Finding a framework for a more equitable society</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Clair Maleney</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/2272-literary-markers-of-anxiety-in-the-works-of" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,681,1024/1662_Baysonghori_Shahnameh_3_Faramarz_son_of_Rostam_mourns_the_death_of_his_father_and_of_his_uncle_Zavareh.rev.1557932008.jpg" alt="Literary markers of anxiety in the works of Shakespeare and Ferdowsi"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2272-literary-markers-of-anxiety-in-the-works-of"><h3>Literary markers of anxiety in the works of Shakespeare and Ferdowsi</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Benjamin Rejali</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/2278-racial-and-individual-identity-as-it-pertains-to" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2593/1669_zewdie1.rev.1557935390.JPG" alt="Racial and individual identity as it pertains to black women through the lenses of performance and painting"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2278-racial-and-individual-identity-as-it-pertains-to"><h3>Racial and individual identity as it pertains to black women through the lenses of performance and painting</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Saron Zewdie</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2236-performing-the-object-an-interdisciplinary-study" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,444,355/812_5cb890acbdbc7_download.rev.1555599532.jpg" alt="Performing the object: An interdisciplinary study of conceptual and performance artists 1965 – 1975 and contemporary performance practices"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2236-performing-the-object-an-interdisciplinary-study"><h3>Performing the object: An interdisciplinary study of conceptual and performance artists 1965 – 1975 and contemporary performance practices</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Sophia Cleary</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/164-on-authorship-and-materiality-inquiries-into-arts" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,525,720/748_5cb890a27aaf6_download.rev.1555599522.jpg" alt="On authorship and materiality: Inquiries into art’s ability to function beyond the structure of the “artist” and the “object”"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/164-on-authorship-and-materiality-inquiries-into-arts"><h3>On authorship and materiality: Inquiries into art’s ability to function beyond the structure of the “artist” and the “object”</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Patrick Lancaster</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2255-lacking-a-reckoning-with-absence-through-the" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1202,850/1620_amber1.rev.1557855055.png" alt="Lacking: A reckoning with absence through the lenses of Beloved, Housekeeping, and Infinite Jest"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2255-lacking-a-reckoning-with-absence-through-the"><h3>Lacking: A reckoning with absence through the lenses of Beloved, Housekeeping, and Infinite Jest</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Samuel Amber</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/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>

Detours

(a mostly random selection of Marlboro microdestinations)