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Program Director:
Jonathan Becker
Phone: 845-758-7378
E-mail: jbecker@bard.edu

Program E-mail: gisp@bard.edu

Moderating into GISP

Global and International Studies Major Moderation Requirements:
Prior to or concurrent with moderation, a student must have taken at least four GISP courses, identified their primary thematic field and made progress toward completing the language requirement. Depending on how they plan to fulfill the study away requirement, students have two options for completing the coursework required for moderation (described below).

In addition to completing the required courses for moderation, students should submit the following written material:

  • Short Papers:  copies of the two short papers--one retrospective and one prospective--required by the registrar for moderation.
  • Requirements Worksheet:  a completed requirements worksheet (see below) that includes all coursework the student has completed for the GISP major, identifies the primary thematic field, the language used to fulfill the langauge requirement and regional focus.  If students have questions about completing the requirements worksheet, please email Michelle Murray at mkmurray@bard.edu.
  • Writing Sample:  a 5-7 page paper written in response to an assigned article.  Details on the article and instructions for the paper will be distributed at least four weeks prior to the scheduled moderations.
  • Senior Project Proposal:  a one-page, single-spaced senior project proposal.  The senior project proposal should describe a topic that might be the basis for the student's senior project.  The proposal should include a possible research question(s), explanation of how the project is interdisciplinary in its approach and list of potential faculty advisors.  For students contemplating more than one idea for a senior project, feel free to include more than one in the proposal.  Instructions for what should be included in the proposal will be distributed at least four weeks prior to the scheduled moderations.  

Joint majoring with other interdisciplinary programs, with the exception of stand-alone area studies programs, is discouraged and will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the program directors.

Option 1:  BGIA

Students who plan to fulfill the study away requirement at the Bard Globalization and International Affairs program may complete one of the required GISP core courses while they are in New York City by enrolling in BGIA 300, Non-State Actors in International Affairs.  In this case, students must complete four GISP-listed courses prior to or concurrent with moderation into the Global and International Studies Program:  
4     GISP-listed courses

Students who elect the BGIA pathway will attend BGIA either in the spring semester of the sophomore year or the fall semester of the junior year.  Only moderated students may attend BGIA, therefore students should plan to moderate into Global and International Studies the semester before they intend to enroll at BGIA.  

Students who plan to attend BGIA in the spring semester of the junior year must complete the core course at the Annandale campus (plus two additional GISP-listed courses) prior to or concurrent with moderation into the program.


Option 2:  Study Abroad

Students who plan to fulfill the study away requirement at a traditional study abroad program must complete one GISP core course and three additional GISP-listed courses prior to or concurrent with moderation into the Global and International Studies Program. 

1     GISP Core Course
3     GISP-listed Courses

Students typically study abroad in the fall or spring semester of the junior year and must moderate into Global and International Studies before they leave on their study abroad program.