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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/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/2263-drawing-from-life-possibilities-in-cartooning" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1600,1200/1638_jurchak1jpg.rev.1557862289.jpg" alt="Drawing from life: Possibilities in cartooning"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2263-drawing-from-life-possibilities-in-cartooning"><h3>Drawing from life: Possibilities in cartooning</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Griff Jurchak</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/106-light" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1000,667/635_5cb890653a117_download.rev.1555599461.jpg" alt="Light"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/106-light"><h3>Light</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Naji Forest Pride</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2261-a-question-of-gender-a-different-approach-to" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/303,30,1201,927/1631_hunt2.rev.1557861234.png" alt="A question of gender: A different approach to transgender equality"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2261-a-question-of-gender-a-different-approach-to"><h3>A question of gender: A different approach to transgender equality</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Jennifer Hunt</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2217-ugly-modernity-governance-violence-and-the-money" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,369,490/776_5cb890a716475_download.rev.1555599527.jpg" alt="Ugly modernity: Governance, violence, and the money economy in Mexico"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2217-ugly-modernity-governance-violence-and-the-money"><h3>Ugly modernity: Governance, violence, and the money economy in Mexico</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Scott Weaver</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>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/97-intentions-and-operations" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,982,1069/621_5cb8905f322c4_download.rev.1555599455.png" alt="Intentions and operations"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/97-intentions-and-operations"><h3>Intentions and operations</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Logan Davis</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/172-el-oro-y-la-plata-no-se-pueden-comer-mining" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1918,1992/2649_Screen_Shot_2019-07-25_at_11.09.39_AM.rev.1564067459.png" alt="El oro y la plata no se pueden comer: Mining impacts, policy, and resistance in Latin America"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/172-el-oro-y-la-plata-no-se-pueden-comer-mining"><h3>El oro y la plata no se pueden comer: Mining impacts, policy, and resistance in Latin America</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Chrissy Raudonis</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>
  • <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/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/2222-frames-of-reference-an-examination-of-the-adaptive" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,456,258/787_5cb890a8c0d50_download.rev.1555599528.jpg" alt="Frames of reference: An examination of the adaptive nature of animation"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2222-frames-of-reference-an-examination-of-the-adaptive"><h3>Frames of reference: An examination of the adaptive nature of animation</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Evan Lorenzen</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/2256-planetary-science-learning-and-presenting-physics" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1446,1120/1623_bunker1.rev.1557857396.png" alt="Planetary Science: Learning and presenting physics, astronomy, planetary science, and the history of spaceflight"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2256-planetary-science-learning-and-presenting-physics"><h3>Planetary Science: Learning and presenting physics, astronomy, planetary science, and the history of spaceflight</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Samuel Bunker</div></div></a> </article>

Detours

(a mostly random selection of Marlboro microdestinations)