The first year at Marlboro is about broad intellectual exploration. Students are encouraged to take courses in multiple disciplines, even if they think they know which degree field(s) they want to focus on. It’s also a time to develop foundational skills such as writing, critical reading and thinking, class participation, and research.
In their second year, students should continue doing the kinds of things they were doing first year (studying broadly, developing key skills) but do so with an eye toward the Plan of Concentration. In addition to fulfilling the Clear Writing Requirement, students complete their Sophomore Review and Preliminary Plan Application by the end of second semester. Both the review and application serve as checkpoints in a student’s academic journey—an opportunity to assess the content and quality of learning to date and lay the preliminary groundwork for learning to come.