The undergraduate program of Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences (AQB) is a four-year undergraduate program leading to a dual Bachelor of Arts degree: a BA from Al-Quds University as well as a BA from Bard College. 

AQB emphasizes student-centered learning, the development of independent inquiry, and the free exchange of ideas. Classes are small and focus on writing and critical thinking. The principal language of instruction is English across the curriculum. We seek to educate the whole person and provide broad knowledge of diverse disciplines along with indepth knowledge in the student's chosen fields. With this purpose, students take courses across the disciplines to master diverse modes of inquiry, e.g. different research methods and critical thinking.


The Core curriculum reflects the philosophy that a liberal arts degree must educate the complete person. It reflects the belief that in order to be successful today, it is no longer enough for people to be educated only their field of study: they must be able to read texts across traditions, analyze them, challenge them, write about them, and, most importantly, be changed by them. 

The Core curriculum is an intensive, two-year program of study (with an additional junior-year seminar for many students) preparing students to read difficult texts in English and Arabic closely, write about them deeply, and engage in the act of critical analysis that is vital to the success of a liberal arts program. 

Learn more about the Core curriculum and view course descriptions here