Academic Program

Academic Program

Classes at BGIA are small—fewer than 16 students per class—and provide each student an intimate learning environment. Seminars are based on student discussion, research, and writing; they meet in the late afternoon and early evening to accommodate daytime internships.

Certification and Transcripts

  • Transcripts for the program are issued by the Registrar's Office of Bard College. Bard operates on the semester system.
  • Each course earns four credits, and the Core Seminar can be taken for either four or eight credits.
  • Students are expected to enroll on a full-time basis.
  • Upon completion, students are awarded a certificate in intensive academic study of international relations and global affairs, recognized by the state of New York.


Courses cover a breadth of international fields including:
  • Ethics in International Affairs
  • Global Public Health
  • Human Rights Law
  • International Political Economy
  • Micro-credit Lending
  • The Spread of Democracy
  • Trends in Terrorism and Counter-terrorism
  • The United Nations
  • Writing on International Affairs