• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Pittsfield, MA, United States
History as an academic discipline at Bard College at Simon's Rock provides crucial knowledge about “the human condition.” We, as individuals, could not comprehend our daily lives without the aid of personal memory, and the same holds true for us in the aggregate (i.e., as ethnic, national, social, gendered groups).
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The study of History at Bard College at Simon's Rock offers the analytical tools to interrogate these memories, so that we may gain a critical understanding of our own historical moment. Older views of history emphasized its didactic function: To provide valuable moral and practical lessons, exemplified by the deeds and ideas of exceptional individuals. This approach yielded important insights, but it focused principally on the activities and concerns of political and cultural elites. 

Learning outcomes

Newer scholarly approaches have emphasized that history is about all of us, expanding its field of vision to encompass the experiences of wide ranges of people engaged in a variety of endeavors once thought insignificant (the daily lives of merchants’ families), unrecoverable (the attitudes and world views of illiterate peasants), or comprehensible only as part of the natural realm, and so not subject to historical change (sexual orientations and practices). 

Theories of historical progress that posited developments in Europe or “the West” as the telos toward which all human history is oriented are being challenged by pluralist conceptualizations of a historical process (or processes) attentive to the particular values and accomplishments of cultures around the globe. Informed by fruitful encounters with fields such as literary analysis, psychology, anthropology, environmental studies, and economics, contemporary historians have devised new methodologies to interpret these experiences, and so put history at the service of us all.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Ancient History
  • First Craddle of Humanity
  • Human Evolution
  • The Greek Model
  • The Roman Model
  • Ancient Empires
  • Medieval History
  • Major Battles
  • Modernity
  • Rise of Modern Empires
  • Political Dimension of History
  • Great Wars of Modern Times
  • Ethnic Issues

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Start Application
  • Complete Application
  • Submit Additional Items and Interview
  • Supporting Documentation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    55592 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 55592 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    55292 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 55292 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Pittsfield

  • 912 - 1890 USD/month
    Living Costs

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