Six Students Reveal What They are Studying—and Why

Barnard has stood out for more than 125 years as a top liberal arts college for a myriad of reasons; the wide-ranging academic programs offered is a major one. For many students, the opportunity to study with leading scholars in their field, combined with the research and resource opportunities of New York City, means unparalleled opportunity to explore and pursue their interests. For the majority of students, the spring of sophomore year signals a time to declare a major (or majors!) from more than 50 major areas of study. And although the top five most popular majors are art history, economics, English, political science, and psychology, students can also design their own.

As a cutting-edge learning institution, Barnard also houses academic centers—open to students from any academic discipline—which include the Athena Center for Leadership to inspire more women leaders around the world; the Barnard Center for Research on Women, which promotes women’s and social justice issues; the Center for Toddler Development; and the Center for Translation Studies. With the majority of students destined to change their major at least once, a strong academic foundation and a place that understands one’s individual needs is important. For the six students below, their reasons for declaring their respective majors are as diverse as the disciplines offered on campus.

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Building Foundations

Launched in time for students who entered during the Fall 2016 year (Class of 2020), Foundations is a new curriculum that adds another layer of learning to the College's current course of study. One of the first programs of its kind for a liberal arts college like Barnard, the program requires technology and digital learning, in addition to thinking about historical perspectives and social difference on a global and local scale.

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Learn more about other academic opportunities offered at Barnard.