For Marlboro students to graduate they must complete a Plan of Concentration, an integrated and original work of scholarship, in a degree field offered by Marlboro. You can learn more about each individual degree field by finding it in the pulldown menu to the right. However many students choose to follow a more interdisciplinary path, combining chemistry and ceramics, for example, or anthropology and literature for a truly unique course of study all their own.
The following diagram was constructed from decades of data on student Plan subjects to give a visual sense of which degree fields have been combined, and how commonly. Hover on each degree field to see how they've been combined, or click on them to find out more. Another illustration of the interdisciplinary inventiveness of student Plans of Concentration can be found in the Virtual Plan Room.
The idea of somehow graphically depicting the interdisciplinary nature of academics at Marlboro started with our own math professor Matt Ollis. According to Potash Phil, Matt is “accustomed to assembling somehow attractive, seemingly random squiggly lines in the service of all kinds of cool things.”