Bard High School Early College Newark

Courses and Syllabi

BHSEC Newark offers a variety of college courses each semester that embody the highest standards of a liberal arts education. College courses offered have included those listed below. Click here for the BHSEC Newark Syllabi Dropbox.

Seminar Sequence 

The Seminar Sequence is the signature humanities experience of the Bard Early College program. The four-semester interdisciplinary Seminar Sequence exposes students to seminal texts from antiquity to modernity, which students engage with through critical reading and interpretation. Readings include Plato’s Republic, Dante’s Inferno, Machiavelli’s The Prince, Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Goethe’s Faust, Darwin’s The Origin of Species, Marx’s The Communist Manifesto, Freud’s Civilization and Its Discontents, Forster’s A Passage to India, Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, Kafka’s The Trial, and Frayn’s Copenhagen, among others. The Seminar Sequence is modeled on Bard College's great books course, First-Year Seminar.


  • Dance
  • World Dance
  • Theater
  • Studio Art
  • Vocal Music
  • Instrumental Music
  • Multimedia Journalism


  • US History to 1900
  • US History 1900-1960
  • US History 1960-2010
  • European History
  • Africa in World History
  • History of East Asia
  • History of Africa and the Americas


  • Beginning Spanish I,II
  • Intermediate Spanish I,II
  • Advanced Spanish I,II
  • Beginning Chinese I,II
  • Intermediate Chinese I,II
  • Advanced Chinese I,II


  • Literature of the Caribbean Diaspora
  • Literature of Spain, Portugal, Brazil, and Latin America
  • Contemporary American LIterature
  • African-American Literature
  • Introduction to Shakespeare
  • Representations of Love

Mathematics & Science

  • Algebra
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus I, II
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Biology I,II
  • Chemistry I,II
  • Physics I,II
  • Enviromental Science I,II
  • Topics in Science

Social Studies

  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Topics in Social Science 
  • Topics in Humanities 
  • Argumentation and Advocacy


  • Nutrition/Wellness
  • Excercise Science
  • History of Sport
  • Sport in Literature and Film
  • Topics in Sports