The Ethics and Politics concentration exposes students to both theoretical and applied coursework. Courses in philosophy and the history of political thought are coupled with training in social science, research methodology, and surveys of real political institutions. For any given module listed in the overview above, several courses may be offered that allow students to fulfill the requirement.
Courses include exploration of the classics of political thought and more recent contributions to this field, as well as central figures and movements in the history of philosophy. Alongside these indispensable disciplinary and theoretical tools, the concentration offers a practical engagement with research in the social sciences, introducing key methods in historical and social analysis. Civic engagement plays a part in both the scholarly and the more hands-on elements of the concentration, with courses that support the development of projects and initiatives in the community and wider society, and that examine the issue of what it means to be a citizen in a globalized but still divided and unequal world.
Study Abroad Opportunities
Students in the Ethics and Politics concentration can opt to spend up to two semesters abroad in their third year of study. They can select from an array of options: the Bard Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) Program in New York City; the Central European University in Vienna; the various campuses of Sciences Po in France; Dutch University Colleges in Amsterdam, Leiden, and Utrecht; and Malmö University in Sweden.
For a full list of options visit the Study Abroad page.
Ethics and Politics Faculty
Ethics and Politics Alumni/ae
Students who graduated from the Ethics and Politics HAST BA program have gone on to:
Océanne Fry '21
Currently: MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights, and Rule of Law at the Geneva Academy of Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Switzerland
Studying at BCB gave me a very broad view on a multitude of ethical, political, and philosophical elements which prepared me well for my current humanitarian career.
Philip Euteneuer '17
Currently: works in cultural mediation at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin
“Studying at BCB also meant starting to learn how to live, grow up and be a responsible, well-adjusted citizen."