Undergraduate Curriculum

There are clear advantages to earning your undergraduate degree at Mary Baldwin College, whether you enter the Adult Degree Program or the College for Women, one of the best liberal arts colleges for women. The common curriculum ensures that you gain the knowledge and critical thinking abilities necessary for personal fulfillment and professional success. You will encounter the complexity and diversity of human experience, gain the ability to get to the heart of an issue and create effective solutions, and learn to wield the power of communication, investigation, and rational thought in service of the greater good.

In addition to the common curriculum you’ll choose at least one major and probably a minor, depending on your interests. This is where you’ll delve deeply into a particular field of study. The four Schools of Excellence, through which majors and minors are offered, represent a new approach to the liberal arts and sciences, creating distinctive opportunities for students by integrating areas of study with civic engagement, undergraduate research, and international perspectives, thus offering the best possible foundation for the future. An MBC education is:

Faculty know more than your name. They get to know your strengths and your dreams, and see potential you may not yet recognize in yourself.

On the main campus, students benefit from the low student/faculty ratio (12:1) and small class size (average: 17). In the Adult Degree Program, students get the same level of individual guidance through a variety of course delivery systems designed for working adults.

The opportunity to conduct original research as an undergraduate is a standard course component at MBC, and students in the arts learn the art of skillful creative expression. Many students co-author papers with faculty members or present their work at national or international conferences.

Far Reaching
Global perspectives are built into the curriculum, preparing you to be a contributing citizen of the world. International artists-in-residence teach courses and lead activities. Study abroad opportunities range from May Term in Ireland studying philosophy, to a teacher education practicum in Australia, to ornithology in Costa Rica. MBC also has exchange programs with colleges in Japan, Korea, and India.

MBC ensures that you learn to blend theory and practice through hands-on work in the laboratory, in the field, in clinical settings, and in business and community organizations. Changemaker internships pay you to work at something that matters, like environmental sustainability or helping the disadvantaged, and gain experience that will help you in your career.

Mary Baldwin’s academic and service partners, local and international, offer students extraordinary opportunities. They include the world-renowned American Shakespeare Center and the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, both located within a block of campus. The International Beliefs and Values Institute makes its home on our campus, and international partners include the Clinton Global Initiative University and Women for Women International.