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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/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/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/2237-danced-topographies-a-study-of-dynamic" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,882,1312/813_5cb890ace7f10_download.rev.1555599533.png" alt="Danced topographies: A study of dynamic relationships between place and movement through choreography and sociology"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2237-danced-topographies-a-study-of-dynamic"><h3>Danced topographies: A study of dynamic relationships between place and movement through choreography and sociology</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Kenyon Acton</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/90-tending-to-place-communities-lands-histories-in" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/111,13,521,423/606_5cb8905b8582a_download.rev.1555599451.png" alt="Tending to Place: Communities, lands, histories in Memphis, Northern Minnesota, Chilean Patagonia, and Northern New Mexico"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/90-tending-to-place-communities-lands-histories-in"><h3>Tending to Place: Communities, lands, histories in Memphis, Northern Minnesota, Chilean Patagonia, and Northern New Mexico</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Matthew McIntosh</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2266-cultivating-discomfort-an-exploration-of" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1116,1600/1646_mackin1.rev.1557864134.jpg" alt="Cultivating discomfort: An exploration of existentialism and horror"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2266-cultivating-discomfort-an-exploration-of"><h3>Cultivating discomfort: An exploration of existentialism and horror</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Autumn Mackin</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>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/119-storytellers-generationality-working-class" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/665_5cb89077846ce_download.rev.1555599480.jpg" alt="Storytellers: Generationality, working-class identity, and women’s personal narrative"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/119-storytellers-generationality-working-class"><h3>Storytellers: Generationality, working-class identity, and women’s personal narrative</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Kelly Hickey</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/2268-on-closeness-explorations-of-intimacy-through" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2133,3200/1652_mcgowan1.rev.1557865068.JPG" alt="On Closeness: ​Explorations of intimacy through narrative, sculpture, and translation"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2268-on-closeness-explorations-of-intimacy-through"><h3>On Closeness: ​Explorations of intimacy through narrative, sculpture, and translation</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Hannah McGowan</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/95-david-halls-influences-on-video-art" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1556,1282/615_5cb8905daac00_download.rev.1555599453.png" alt="David Hall’s influences on video art"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/95-david-halls-influences-on-video-art"><h3>David Hall’s influences on video art</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Ian Grant</div></div></a> </article>
  • <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/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/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/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/2695-the-economics-of-wellbeing-measuring-what-we-value" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1308,1760/2673_knickerbocker1.rev.1564597877.png" alt="The economics of wellbeing: Measuring what we value, curbing climate change, and affordable housing"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2695-the-economics-of-wellbeing-measuring-what-we-value"><h3>The economics of wellbeing: Measuring what we value, curbing climate change, and affordable housing</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Spencer Knickerbocker</div></div></a> </article>

Detours

(a mostly random selection of Marlboro microdestinations)