BARD Globalization & International Affairs Program

Photo of New York's Time SquareThe Bard College Globalization and International Affairs program, at Bard's New York City campus, offers students a unique opportunity to combine critical thinking about global affairs with practical experience in major international organizations. Housing is on the upper east side of Manhattan. There are 5 components to the program: an internship for 20 hours per week; seminars; tutorials; a speaker series; and a student-edited journal. Students may apply for the program after three semesters of residence at Emory. Students may select either fall or spring semesters and will receive sixteen (16) semester hours of satisfactory/unsatisfactory credit upon successful completion of the program. Eight of these hours may be used to fulfill requirements for either the Political Science or International Studies majors. Please note that the total number of hours taken at Bard may not equal sixteen, but will still transfer as sixteen hours to Emory. Grades will appear on the Bard transcript and you may use the Bard and Emory transcripts when submitting employment or graduate applications.

Click here for an Emory Application for the program. Announcements about application deadlines will be made each semester. Applications are submitted to the department Director of Undergraduate Studies. Two-three students per semester are selected and then recommended to Bard. Emory College students are very welcomed at Bard.


Bard College's Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) Program provides a unique opportunity for university students and recent graduates to engage in the study and practice of human rights law, civil society development, political economy, ethics, and writing on international affairs. BGIA blends traditional coursework in these fields with internships at international organizations in New York City. BGIA is a highly selective program for 25 students each spring and fall semester. In June and July BGIA operates an 8-week summer program for 20 students. BGIA's founder was James Chace, former managing editor of Foreign Affairs magazine and the World Policy Journal, and a Professor of International Relations at Bard College.

Faculty comes from Bard College, Brown University, Columbia School of Journalism, Yale University, The New York Times, Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, Doctors Without Borders, and Newsweek. Each semester BGIA offers a course on: writing on international affairs; international political economy; and human rights law. Alternating semesters we provide courses on environmental policy; ethics and international affairs; civil society development; and terrorism.

Students intern up to 25 hours per week with governmental, nonprofit, media, and corporate entities working in diverse areas of global concern. Students are supervised by a staff mentor at the internship and participate in the Tutorial / Seminar, which provides an academic framework to contextualize the professional internship experience. Students have interned at the following organizations and the list is constantly updated.

Asia Society
Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs
Center for Biodiversity
Center for Constitutional Rights
Center for Reproductive Rights
Central American Legal Assistance
Coalition for the International Criminal Court
Council on Foreign Relations
Doctors of the World
Doctors without Borders
Dow Jones News wires
East West Institute
Engender Health
Financial Times
Global Justice Center
Global Security Institute
Human Rights in China
Human Rights Watch
International Center for Transitional Justice
International League for Human Rights
International Rescue Committee
Japan Society
The Nation
New York City Independent Media Center
New York City Mayor's Office
Open Society Institute
Oxford Analytical
Pop Sustainability
Seeds of Peace
Soft Skull Press
Soros Foundation / Open Society Institute
United Nations Association USA Verso Books
Watch list on Children and Armed Conflict
World Policy Institute

BGIA hosts a monthly speaker series which has featured leading figures in international affairs, including: Jack Blum (Former US Senate Investigator on International Financial Crime, Corporate Fraud and Government Corruption); Max Boot (Council on Foreign Relations; Features Editor, Op-Ed Page, The Wall Street Journal); Ian Buruma (Henry R. Luce Professor in Human Rights, Democracy and New Media Studies, Bard College); Caleb Carr (Military Historian, and best-selling author of The Alienist and The Lessons of Terrorism); Christopher Isham (Producer, ABC World News Tonight); Ambassador Richard Murphy (former US Ambassador-at-large to the Middle East); David Rieff (author, Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the Failure of the West and A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis); Jonathan Schell (Regular contributor to The New Yorker and The Nation, and author of The Fate of the Earth).

Each semester students edit and publish an international affairs journal, BardPolitik, representing a merging of two vantage points: liberal arts undergraduates and leading practitioners and scholars. It provides a forum for these two communities to engage in direct dialogue about globalization and international affairs.

Students from Brazil, Barbados, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Sweden and Venezuela have brought diverse perspectives to BGIA's classroom analysis of globalization. These students represent a wide range of institutions of higher education in their home countries and in the US, including Bard, Boston University, Bowdoin, Connecticut College, Cornell, Denison, Emory, Guilford, Hampshire, Lafayette, Macalester, Notre Dame, Oberlin, Ohio University, Rochester University, Simon's Rock, Swarthmore, University of California - Berkeley, University of Minnesota, University of Pennsylvania, University of South Carolina, Ursinus, Wesleyan, and Yale.