Innovative Instruction

Barnard’s mission statement declares, “With a dedicated faculty of scholars distinguished in their respective fields, Barnard is a community of accessible teachers and engaged students who participate together in intellectual risk-taking and discovery.”

This includes continually rising to the challenge of developing and offering courses that incorporate hands-on learning, leveraging technology and working in the field.


Harlem Semester

The Harlem Semester Program is an ambitious public humanities initiative that explores the complexities of Harlem’s social, political, and intellectual histories, its culture its arts and its artists. Pairing faculty from Barnard and other colleges with Harlem-Based institutions, these place-based courses teach Harlem’s diverse cultural and political legacy through participatory, interdisciplinary, multi-directional learning modules.


Faculty-led Summer Programs & Programs Abroad

Barnard faculty take students abroad and into the field for intensive, hands-on instruction.
» Summer programs (some are abroad)
» Global programs (some are over summer)


Barnard Teaches: Real Place + Digital Access

Barnard Teaches is a technology and place-based learning initiative made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This program encourages curricular innovation using new technologies through active faculty collaborations with curators, archivists, and collection managers at New York City cultural institutions.
» Learn more from faculty and students in this video


Previous Projects

COOL - Committee for Online and On-campus Learning

This committee fostered building innovative education models that combine online and on-campus learning to produce a hybrid model that can carry forward the tradition of liberal arts education.