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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/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/113-authentication-techniques-and-theory" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,354,336/652_5cb8906fdb602_download.rev.1555599471.jpg" alt="Authentication: Techniques and theory"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/113-authentication-techniques-and-theory"><h3>Authentication: Techniques and theory</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Samuel Judson</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/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/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/175-solar-energy-and-the-future-of-photovoltaics" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,632,290/768_5cb890a5daee2_download.rev.1555599525.png" alt="Solar energy and the future of photovoltaics"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/175-solar-energy-and-the-future-of-photovoltaics"><h3>Solar energy and the future of photovoltaics</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Joshua Boykin</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/100-ruptured-reciprocity-stories-of-haunting-spirits" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2133,3200/629_5cb890628b201_download.rev.1555599459.jpg" alt="Ruptured reciprocity: Stories of haunting, spirits, and medical belief from Cambodians and Cambodian Americans"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/100-ruptured-reciprocity-stories-of-haunting-spirits"><h3>Ruptured reciprocity: Stories of haunting, spirits, and medical belief from Cambodians and Cambodian Americans</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Emily Tatro</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2218-avenues-of-change-a-study-of-development-and" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1460,1394/2652_Screen_Shot_2019-07-25_at_11.21.17_AM.rev.1564068182.png" alt="Avenues of change: A study of development and social change with a focus on organizational strategies and structures"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2218-avenues-of-change-a-study-of-development-and"><h3>Avenues of change: A study of development and social change with a focus on organizational strategies and structures</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Kelsa Summer</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>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2698-carnivore-ecology-through-study-and-story" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1828,1548/2683_medeiros1.rev.1564599785.png" alt="Carnivore ecology through study and story"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2698-carnivore-ecology-through-study-and-story"><h3>Carnivore ecology through study and story</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Daniel Medeiros</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/123-a-series-of-investigative-efforts-into-the-syntax" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,820,441/673_5cb8907dc41ef_download.rev.1555599485.png" alt="A series of investigative efforts into the syntax, semantics, and morphology of Mandarin Chinese directional constructions"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/123-a-series-of-investigative-efforts-into-the-syntax"><h3>A series of investigative efforts into the syntax, semantics, and morphology of Mandarin Chinese directional constructions</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Matthew Czuba</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2271-the-body-alone-listens-an-exploration-of-the" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1766,2334/1660_pinch1.rev.1557929785.png" alt="The Body Alone Listens: An exploration of the sounds of Virginia Woolf ’s Mrs. Dalloway through musical composition and literary analysis"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2271-the-body-alone-listens-an-exploration-of-the"><h3>The Body Alone Listens: An exploration of the sounds of Virginia Woolf ’s Mrs. Dalloway through musical composition and literary analysis</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Helen Pinch</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2701-the-mirror-of-stories-examinations-of-miguel-angel" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1752,2172/2692_ross1.rev.1564600825.png" alt="The Mirror of Stories: Examinations of Miguel Ángel Asturias’ “Leyenda de la Tatuana” and Ahmet Hilmi’s Awakened Dreams, and a retelling of a myth"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2701-the-mirror-of-stories-examinations-of-miguel-angel"><h3>The Mirror of Stories: Examinations of Miguel Ángel Asturias’ “Leyenda de la Tatuana” and Ahmet Hilmi’s Awakened Dreams, and a retelling of a myth</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Avellana Ross</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2693-rhythms-of-becoming-the-transformative-potential" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2584,2342/2670_clemetson1.rev.1564597328.png" alt="Rhythms of becoming: The transformative potential of holistic education"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2693-rhythms-of-becoming-the-transformative-potential"><h3>Rhythms of becoming: The transformative potential of holistic education</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Clayton Clemetson</div></div></a> </article>
  • <article class="plan-item"><a href="/live/profiles/2236-performing-the-object-an-interdisciplinary-study" class="inner clean-link"><img src="/live/image/gid/54/width/140/height/140/crop/1/src_region/0,0,444,355/812_5cb890acbdbc7_download.rev.1555599532.jpg" alt="Performing the object: An interdisciplinary study of conceptual and performance artists 1965 – 1975 and contemporary performance practices"/><div class="plan-item-text" href="/live/profiles/2236-performing-the-object-an-interdisciplinary-study"><h3>Performing the object: An interdisciplinary study of conceptual and performance artists 1965 – 1975 and contemporary performance practices</h3><div class="plan-item-meta">Sophia Cleary</div></div></a> </article>

Detours

(a mostly random selection of Marlboro microdestinations)