The Language and Thinking Program is an intensive introduction to the liberal arts and sciences with a particular focus on writing. It is attended by all incoming Bard students during the last three weeks of August. Established at Bard College in 1981, Language and Thinking fosters robust interdisciplinary study, innovative pedagogy, and writing across a wide range of genres. Students read extensively, work on a variety of projects in writing and other formats, and meet throughout the day in small groups and in one-on-one conferences with faculty. The work aims to cultivate habits of thoughtful reading and discussion, clear articulation, accurate self-critique, and productive collaboration. Central to all of this is an examination of the link between thought and expression. The Program is also an introduction to the intellectual and creative life of the College and to the Bard campus and community.

Satisfactory completion of the Language and Thinking Program is required for matriculation into the College. Students who do not meet this requirement and wish to matriculate are given the option to take one year of academic leave and to enroll in the program again the following year.

For additional information, please contact the program at ltdirect@bard.edu.

Dates for the 2017 Language and Thinking Program:
Monday, August 14 through Wednesday, August 30