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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/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/2700-ambitions-as-a-writer-or-diamond-is-unbreakable" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1836,2876/2691_Rolfe1Oresteia.rev.1564600412.jpg" alt="Ambitions as a writer: Or, diamond is unbreakable"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2700-ambitions-as-a-writer-or-diamond-is-unbreakable"><h3>Ambitions as a writer: Or, diamond is unbreakable</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Tristan Rolfe</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/125-enough-for-all-feeding-the-human-population-by" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,792,500/677_5cb8907e9b72e_download.rev.1555599486.jpg" alt="Enough for all: Feeding the human population by preserving the integrity, stability, and beauty of the land community"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/125-enough-for-all-feeding-the-human-population-by"><h3>Enough for all: Feeding the human population by preserving the integrity, stability, and beauty of the land community</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Clair Trail</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/151-three-landscapes-building-america-after-world-war" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,717,698/723_5cb8908fdb7cf_download.rev.1555599504.png" alt="Three landscapes: Building America after World War II"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/151-three-landscapes-building-america-after-world-war"><h3>Three landscapes: Building America after World War II</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">David Amato</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/116-brazilian-migration-to-marthas-vineyard" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1680,1120/661_5cb89073d025a_download.rev.1555599476.jpg" alt="Brazilian migration to Martha’s Vineyard"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/116-brazilian-migration-to-marthas-vineyard"><h3>Brazilian migration to Martha’s Vineyard</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Sasha Iammarino</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2225-implications-of-apathy-the-politics-of-desire" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,459,305/792_5cb890a9833d6_download.rev.1555599529.jpg" alt="Implications of apathy: The politics of desire"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2225-implications-of-apathy-the-politics-of-desire"><h3>Implications of apathy: The politics of desire</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Margaret Jones</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2232-fragments-of-empire-effects-of-japanese" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,405,608/807_5cb890abe6223_download.rev.1555599532.jpg" alt="Fragments of empire: Effects of Japanese imperialism in Korea, China, Japan, and Vietnam"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2232-fragments-of-empire-effects-of-japanese"><h3>Fragments of empire: Effects of Japanese imperialism in Korea, China, Japan, and Vietnam</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">John Dunham</div></div></a> </article>
  • <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/2229-i-have-wreathed-round-the-wounds-the-best-of" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,468,624/799_5cb890aa938b6_download.rev.1555599530.jpg" alt="“I have wreathed round the wounds the best of healing wreaths”: Ritual and religious healing in early modern Europe and present-day Peru"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2229-i-have-wreathed-round-the-wounds-the-best-of"><h3>“I have wreathed round the wounds the best of healing wreaths”: Ritual and religious healing in early modern Europe and present-day Peru</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Nicole Haeger</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/89-le-vent-souffle-ou-il-veut-examinations-of-grace" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,745,559/603_5cb8905ac40fb_download.rev.1555599450.png" alt="Le vent souffle où il veut: Examinations of grace and despair in the works of Robert Bresson and Simone Weil"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/89-le-vent-souffle-ou-il-veut-examinations-of-grace"><h3>Le vent souffle où il veut: Examinations of grace and despair in the works of Robert Bresson and Simone Weil</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Eve Moeykens-Arballo</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/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/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/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/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>

Detours

(a mostly random selection of Marlboro microdestinations)