Economics, Politics, and Social Thought

Discussion in a politics seminar.

Beginning in Fall 2014, the BA degree in Economics, Politics, and Social Thought will provide a disciplinary training in economics qualifying students for graduate study or professional activity in this field, or in any of the social sciences.

Foundational economics courses include the study of methods of statistical and mathematical measurement, and classical and neoclassical models of economic thought and evaluation. Advanced courses explore the varieties of capitalism, the workings of institutions and entrepreneurial initiatives, and case studies of development and reform. The program encompasses the study of political and social theory, and of historical transformations in politics and society. A core program in intellectual history introduces the central developments in human culture from antiquity to the present day.

An internship course is offered every semester to support students undertaking internships either between the semester breaks or in conjunction with their studies. Language study of German to advanced level is also available. All students have the opportunity to take courses in Bard College Berlin's practicing arts program (including courses in studio arts and theater) or a wide variety of courses in the fields of literature, film, philosophy, and art history. Study abroad in the third year through the ERASMUS network, or at Bard College New York, or internationally through the Bard network and Bard College Berlin's other international agreements, is also available. In the later years of the degree, students choose a specialization in Economics, Politics, or Social Theory. The BA culminates in a final-year thesis project, supported by a research seminar and individual supervisions.

Further information on the BA in Economics, Politics, and Social Thought is available in the detailed overview of the degree structure and requirements.

Degree Requirements and Structure