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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/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/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/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/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/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/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/168-an-introduction-to-the-physics-of-wind-turbines" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,568,235/753_5cb890a395197_download.rev.1555599523.png" alt="An introduction to the physics of wind turbines"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/168-an-introduction-to-the-physics-of-wind-turbines"><h3>An introduction to the physics of wind turbines</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Alec Koumjian</div></div></a> </article>
  • <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/2231-global-food-institutions-and-effectiveness" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,825,825/805_5cb890ab81c43_download.rev.1555599531.png" alt="Global food institutions and effectiveness: Institutional structure, economics, and politics"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2231-global-food-institutions-and-effectiveness"><h3>Global food institutions and effectiveness: Institutional structure, economics, and politics</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Casey Friedman</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/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/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/2227-pity-for-the-wild-the-corrupted-world-of-tennessee" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,459,467/797_5cb890aa3bbe1_download.rev.1555599530.jpg" alt="Pity for the wild: The corrupted world of Tennessee Williams"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2227-pity-for-the-wild-the-corrupted-world-of-tennessee"><h3>Pity for the wild: The corrupted world of Tennessee Williams</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Elizabeth Hull</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/165-computerized-mathematics-and-the-mathematics-of" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,458,413/749_5cb890a2d3cb1_download.rev.1555599522.jpg" alt="Computerized mathematics and the mathematics of computation"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/165-computerized-mathematics-and-the-mathematics-of"><h3>Computerized mathematics and the mathematics of computation</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Ambrose Sterr</div></div></a> </article>

Detours

(a mostly random selection of Marlboro microdestinations)