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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/107-exploring-popular-music-paradigms-across-cultures" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/2650__MG_3735.rev.1564067726.JPG" alt="Exploring popular music paradigms across cultures, through cyberspace, and in my own practice"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/107-exploring-popular-music-paradigms-across-cultures"><h3>Exploring popular music paradigms across cultures, through cyberspace, and in my own practice</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Liana Nuse</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/2220-reflections-on-the-nature-of-survival-the-role-of" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,378,507/782_5cb890a806dd4_download.rev.1555599528.jpg" alt="Reflections on the nature of survival: The role of facilitation in the conservation of Sonoran Desert foundation species"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2220-reflections-on-the-nature-of-survival-the-role-of"><h3>Reflections on the nature of survival: The role of facilitation in the conservation of Sonoran Desert foundation species</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Tristan Stamm</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/155-symbiosis-forging-relationships-in-a-fragmented" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2133,3200/728_5cb89093c0359_download.rev.1555599509.jpg" alt="Symbiosis: Forging relationships in a fragmented landscape"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/155-symbiosis-forging-relationships-in-a-fragmented"><h3>Symbiosis: Forging relationships in a fragmented landscape</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Eric Dennis</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/100-ruptured-reciprocity-stories-of-haunting-spirits" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2133,3200/629_5cb890628b201_download.rev.1555599459.jpg" alt="Ruptured reciprocity: Stories of haunting, spirits, and medical belief from Cambodians and Cambodian Americans"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/100-ruptured-reciprocity-stories-of-haunting-spirits"><h3>Ruptured reciprocity: Stories of haunting, spirits, and medical belief from Cambodians and Cambodian Americans</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Emily Tatro</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/137-buster-keaton-a-funny-man" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/647,0,1771,1124/702_5cb890891098f_download.rev.1555599497.jpg" alt="Buster Keaton, a funny man"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/137-buster-keaton-a-funny-man"><h3>Buster Keaton, a funny man</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Erika Klemperer</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/88-slow-a-study-of-ceramic-works-that-engage-the" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/602_5cb8905a93815_download.rev.1555599450.jpg" alt="Slow: A study of ceramic works that engage the values of the slow food movement"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/88-slow-a-study-of-ceramic-works-that-engage-the"><h3>Slow: A study of ceramic works that engage the values of the slow food movement</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Sarah Palacios</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2257-punishment-incarceration-and-forgiveness" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2136/1629_craig1.rev.1557860557.jpg" alt="Punishment, Incarceration, and Forgiveness"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2257-punishment-incarceration-and-forgiveness"><h3>Punishment, Incarceration, and Forgiveness</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Fiona Craig</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2267-violence-racial-difference-and-historical-memory" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,531,478/1649_marshall1.rev.1557864561.jpg" alt="Violence, racial difference, and historical memory: European colonists and Indigenous peoples in the 17th century"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2267-violence-racial-difference-and-historical-memory"><h3>Violence, racial difference, and historical memory: European colonists and Indigenous peoples in the 17th century</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Thomas Marshall</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/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/2275-behavioral-economics-and-nudge-theory" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1600,1200/1668_walcerz1.rev.1557934781.jpg" alt="Behavioral economics and Nudge Theory"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2275-behavioral-economics-and-nudge-theory"><h3>Behavioral economics and Nudge Theory</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Stefan Walcerz</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2706-interactions-between-the-state-and-the-public-in" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/51,307,1940,2195/2709_yandell1.rev.1564602434.JPG" alt="Interactions between the state and the public in urban space"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2706-interactions-between-the-state-and-the-public-in"><h3>Interactions between the state and the public in urban space</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Izzy Yandell</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/98-the-whole-zucchini-an-engaged-buddhist" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/485,5,675,196/622_5cb8905f6d59d_download.rev.1555599455.png" alt="The whole zucchini: An engaged-Buddhist eco-theology of foodways"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/98-the-whole-zucchini-an-engaged-buddhist"><h3>The whole zucchini: An engaged-Buddhist eco-theology of foodways</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Solomon Botwick-Ries</div></div></a> </article>

Detours

(a mostly random selection of Marlboro microdestinations)