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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/2235-move-me-a-plan-of-concentration-in-dance-and" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,468,308/811_5cb890ac98c41_download.rev.1555599532.jpg" alt="Move me: A Plan of Concentration in dance and poetry"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2235-move-me-a-plan-of-concentration-in-dance-and"><h3>Move me: A Plan of Concentration in dance and poetry</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Cookie Harrist</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2697-paradise-para-quien-how-small-communities-reclaim" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2346,1556/2679_lowden1.rev.1564599451.png" alt="Paradise, para quién?: How small communities (re)claim space in the Costa Rican tourism industry"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2697-paradise-para-quien-how-small-communities-reclaim"><h3>Paradise, para quién?: How small communities (re)claim space in the Costa Rican tourism industry</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Alicia Lowden</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/157-the-family-of-abraham-an-exploration-of-familial" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1915,2424/733_5cb89098332b0_download.rev.1555599512.jpg" alt="The family of Abraham: An exploration of familial relationships and ethical dilemmas in the biblical story of Abraham"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/157-the-family-of-abraham-an-exploration-of-familial"><h3>The family of Abraham: An exploration of familial relationships and ethical dilemmas in the biblical story of Abraham</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Michael McIvor</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/140-visualizing-data-maps-graphs-and-the-coffee" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,577,416/707_5cb8908a3ab93_download.rev.1555599498.png" alt="Visualizing data: Maps, graphs, and the coffee Industry"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/140-visualizing-data-maps-graphs-and-the-coffee"><h3>Visualizing data: Maps, graphs, and the coffee Industry</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Anna Goren</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2216-empowerment-through-education-a-study-of-sexuality" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,459,278/774_5cb890a6c5a9e_download.rev.1555599526.gif" alt="Empowerment through education: A study of sexuality education and how it relates to social inequality"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2216-empowerment-through-education-a-study-of-sexuality"><h3>Empowerment through education: A study of sexuality education and how it relates to social inequality</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Margaret Wood</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/87-the-things-i-never-said" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2068,1374/599_5cb890583c4bf_download.rev.1555599448.png" alt="The things I never said"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/87-the-things-i-never-said"><h3>The things I never said</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Lindsay Stevens</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/2702-a-landscape-of-interactions-sustainable-land-use" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2292,1360/2696_thompson1.rev.1564601258.png" alt="A landscape of interactions: Sustainable land use from farm to forest to fiction"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2702-a-landscape-of-interactions-sustainable-land-use"><h3>A landscape of interactions: Sustainable land use from farm to forest to fiction</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Kristen Thompson</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/2704-an-exploration-of-traditional-networkingweb" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1798,744/2706_weeks1.rev.1564601813.png" alt="An exploration of traditional networking/web development technologies and the current state of distributed networking"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2704-an-exploration-of-traditional-networkingweb"><h3>An exploration of traditional networking/web development technologies and the current state of distributed networking</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Nathaniel Weeks</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/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/142-a-study-of-the-vocal-communication-of-whales-and" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/708_5cb8908a7fb80_download.rev.1555599498.jpg" alt="A study of the vocal communication of whales and its role in speciation, as well as a body of artwork exploring fantastical narrative by using constructed habitats and animal and human subjects"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/142-a-study-of-the-vocal-communication-of-whales-and"><h3>A study of the vocal communication of whales and its role in speciation, as well as a body of artwork exploring fantastical narrative by using constructed habitats and animal and human subjects</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Amber Claxton</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/122-inner-realities-and-corporealities" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,1500/671_5cb8907d50638_download.rev.1555599485.jpg" alt="Inner realities and corporealities"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/122-inner-realities-and-corporealities"><h3>Inner realities and corporealities</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Jennifer Dudley</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2230-using-paint-abstraction-of-realism-and" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,504,400/801_5cb890aaea699_download.rev.1555599531.jpg" alt="Using paint: Abstraction of realism and representation in works by Robert Ryman and Susan Rothenberg"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2230-using-paint-abstraction-of-realism-and"><h3>Using paint: Abstraction of realism and representation in works by Robert Ryman and Susan Rothenberg</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Ashley Gray</div></div></a> </article>

Detours

(a mostly random selection of Marlboro microdestinations)