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Friday, February 24, 2017

IMPORTANT: Sophomore Spring Program Planning and Major Declaration

Dear Sophomores,

Now that we are a month into the spring semester of your sophomore year, I hope your courses are going well as you are taking those first exams and submitting your first papers for your classes.

It's Major Declaration time!  Second-semester sophomores are required to declare their major--the major declaration deadline is March 1, 2017. You'll need your current adviser, as well as the major department chair/adviser to sign this form:  Since each department has a slightly different process for assigning advisers and obtaining the signature on the form, check this MAJOR DECLARATION PROCESS BY DEPARTMENT list for the process for your major department:  (The list is also accessible from to the right of this Blog under the permanent "Resources for Sophomores") Once the Major Declaration form is completed, you'll need to then submit it to the Registrar's Office in 107 Milbank.

In lieu of a physical meeting for the Sophomore Class, here's a PowerPoint presentation with information on important dates to keep in mind for this semester, including dates for advance course registration for the Fall 2017 semester:

Academic departments are holding program planning meetings between now and April for majors and prospective majors.  You may find a list of the already-scheduled meetings on this Blog: (will be updated periodically).

If you would like to discuss or need help narrowing down your major options, please don't hesitate to make an appointment to meet with me.

Congratulations on reaching this academic milestone!

Dean Kuan Tsu

Event: Maximizing the Internship: Networking for the Introvert

Rhodes Scholarship Information Session

Dear Sophomores:

Do you have an interest in one day pursuing graduate study at Oxford University with the full financial support of a Rhodes Scholarship?  The great majority of you will become eligible to apply for this prestigious award when you become seniors, but we want you to begin thinking and planning ahead.   To learn more about the Rhodes Scholarship—what makes a good candidate, how to apply, the benefits offered to recipients—I strongly encourage you to attend a special information session that will be held from 5-6pm on Tuesday, March 7, in 202 Altschul.   We are very fortunate that three former Rhodes Scholars, including Barnard’s own Professor Jim Basker, will be on hand to discuss their experiences at Oxford and to answer your questions.

If you are unable to attend but would like to know more about the Rhodes Scholarship, please feel free to schedule an appointment with me: 

For additional information,

I look forward to seeing you there!

Best wishes,

Dean Runsdorf

Monday, February 20, 2017

Economics--Major Declaration

Dear Sophomores planning to declare a major in Economics,

I will have extra office hours for you to come declare your major. These will include open hours, and 15 minute time slots that you can sign up for. The open hours will be:

Wednesday, February 229-10 am
Thursday, February 232:30-3:30 pm
Monday, February 2712-2 pm
Wednesday, March 1:  9-10 am

and the time slots are on these days as well. They are posted on my office door, 244 LeFrak Center, 2nd floor of Barnard Hall. Please walk by and sign up for one (or two) if this works better for you. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions (

-Prof. Harrison

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Celebrate with International Students with Food and "Traditions"

Every year Barnard hosts a group of students from partner institutions abroad, visiting us for a semester. Come meet our visiting international students (VISP), learn more about their cultures, and sample traditional food from their countries!!! This year's theme is "Traditions".
VISP Culture Nights: 

Wednesday, 02/22, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Friday, 02/24, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Location: James Room
We hope to see you there!

Barnard Toddler Center collecting donations!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations--Washington, D.C. Summer Internship

                                  May 30-August 4, 2017

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations' Washington, DC Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship in the nation's capital. The program features a demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, career exploration, and cultural encounters designed to provide interns with a rich and varied experience during their time in Washington. 


A $125 non-refundable program fee must be submitted with the application. This fee helps to defray the costs of administering the summer internship program and the accompanying seminar presentations. Internship program participants, upon successful fulfillment of the program's academic and internship requirements, will receive a $1,000 fellowship stipend. 

See brochure for more information: