Bard College at Simon's Rock: the Early College
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Education, Polity, and Society

Get one-on-one mentorship as you engage the intersections among education, history, politics, and other disciplines.

The concentration in Education, Polity, and Society provides you with a framework for understanding and transforming the structures of education, as classroom instructors or as advocates working outside institutions.

Choose this concentration, and you’ll dive into the histories, philosophies, and practices of education as they relate to other fields of study. You’ll discover interesting connections between the way subjects are taught and what learners comprehend. And you’ll get hands-on experience working directly with students who have the same propensity for questioning assumptions that brought you to Simon’s Rock.


Students concentrating in Education, Polity, and Society build a course of study that includes at least four courses with a direct bearing on education from at least two different disciplines. That might include courses in the arts, anthropology, computer science, languages and linguistics, literature, mathematics and the sciences, psychology, philosophy, politics, or sociology.

In addition, students work one-on-one with a teacher in a field of their choice during their junior year. During this 8-credit internship, which takes place at one the public early colleges in the Bard network, students actively support the tutoring and writing centers, the admissions efforts, and the college transfer process. They observe the development of classroom students’ understanding of a subject and ultimately implement lesson plans of their own.

To prepare for the internship, students in the concentration undergo guided reading about the pedagogy and the history of education in a field of their interest.