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Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought (B.A.)

Bard College Berlin, A Liberal Arts University

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Tel.: 030 43733 121

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Welcome to Bard College Berlin, A Liberal Arts University

Bard College Berlin was founded with the aim of returning small-group seminar teaching and interdisciplinary undergraduate education in the liberal arts to the highest levels of the European university context where those methods originated. With an innovative and challenging core curriculum, a small and highly international student body, and a world-class teaching faculty, Bard College Berlin provides a range and depth of education that is unique. We believe that specialized study in individual disciplines should proceed on the basis of a broad and thorough knowledge of intellectual traditions and the major debates, works, and transformations that have animated them.

At Bard College Berlin, students cultivate the capacity for critical thinking, as well as excellent speaking and writing skills, the ability to debate in a well-informed and open way, and civic-mindedness both inside and outside the classroom. These skills establish a solid preparation for many future career paths: Bard College Berlin alumni have advanced to successful careers in international relations, public policy, the arts, education, and many other fields, as well as graduate study at the world’s most highly regarded universities.

Overview – B.A. in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought

  • Qualification: Bachelor of Arts
  • Duration: 4 years (8 semesters)
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Credits earned: 240 ECTS credits
  • Concentrations:
    • Art and Aesthetics
    • Ethics and Politics
    • Literature and Rhetoric

B.A. in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought

The B.A. degree in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought affords students the opportunity to gain thorough training in fields such as art history, philosophy, literature, and film, while also acquiring knowledge of the key intellectual developments, works, and questions that lie at the origin of the social and natural sciences and the practicing arts. Students specialize in one of the following areas of concentration: Art and Aesthetics, Ethics and Politics, or Literature and Rhetoric.

The academic lineage of “social thought,” which has its roots in postwar Germany and the United States, is committed to examining the key innovations of human life and culture within the framework of their social and political determinations. The core program at Bard College Berlin consists of courses that engage some of the most important texts, artifacts, and debates in the cultural legacies of Europe and the world. In the first-year core program, students explore the conflicts and innovations that emerged in ancient and medieval philosophy and culture, with a focus on the various influences and interactions that created the fundamental values and practices that shape our understanding of human life and society. The second-year core addresses new forms of knowledge that developed in the Renaissance and the connections they reveal between the arts and sciences. In its final year, the core encompasses study of the origins of the disciplines known as the social sciences, and the modes of experiment that make up the movement called Modernism. A flexible degree plan in the third and fourth years allows students to study abroad for up to two semesters in their third year. During the fourth year, students take part in a research colloquium and a senior core seminar in their field, and complete a B.A. thesis project.

Students shape a specialized academic profile through their chosen area of concentration, guided by faculty members who help them develop a program of study tailored to their interests and future plans. Within the elective component of the degrees, students may choose from a wide variety of courses in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. They may also pursue an internship for academic credit. All B.A. candidates must demonstrate intermediate proficiency in German by the end of their second year.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to have a high school degree by the time they matriculate into the program. B.A. students may be eligible to obtain both a German B.A. degree from Bard College Berlin and an American BA degree from Bard College. For admission to the German BA degree program, students must have a high school qualification that is recognized by the German State as being equivalent to the Abitur. For information on the prerequisites, visit our website.

Bard College Berlin's programs are taught entirely in English. Therefore, applicants need to provide documentation of knowledge of English equivalent to level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, e.g. TOEFL IBT: 95, IELTS Academic: 7.0. See our website for a detailed list of equivalent test scores. If you have successfully completed one year of high school or university with English as the primary language of instruction, you do not need to submit an additional test.

Applications must be submitted online through Bard College Berlin’s electronic application form. Please visit our website for details on how to apply.

Regular Admission: January 1
Late Admission: May 1


Bard College Berlin, A Liberal Arts University
Platanenstrasse 24
13156 Berlin
Tel +49 30 43733 116
Fax +49 30 43733 100

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