About the College
Honors College Overview
The Al Quds Bard Honors College offers a four-year program leading to a dual degree: a B.A. Hons. from Al-Quds University and a B.A from Bard College.
The curriculum combines traditional disciplines and innovative interdisciplinary programs. Major programs of study include: the Health Sciences Track, biology, chemistry, environmental studies, computer science, economics & finance, political science, urban studies, human rights, history, literature & society, and media studies. Minors programs include philosophy, American studies, and fine arts. Students select their majors and minors during their second year of study. All students must also fulfill distribution requirements, which cover disciplines across the curriculum, to assure they have mastered diverse modes of inquiry.
The Honors College emphasizes student-centered learning, the development of independent inquiry, and the free exchange of ideas. Classes are small and emphasize writing and critical thinking. The principal language of instruction is English across the curriculum.
Enrollment is planned to reach 400 students from all sectors of Palestinian society and from around the world. The Honors College welcomed its first class in August 2009 and will add one class in each of the subsequent three years. The first B.A. students will graduate in the spring of 2013.