Tuesday, November 30, 2021

CEP Plan-a-Thon

 CEP Plan-a-Thon, Thursday 12/2 from 1-3PM in Milstein 126: 

Come create your study schedule for final projects & exams! Explore and design planning tools that work best for you. Materials like paper and stickers as well as templates for daily, weekly, and monthly planning will be provided. You will also be entered into a raffle for a special planning-related prize if you attend! No RSVP needed–simply stop by Milstein 126 anytime between 1-3PM on Thursday 12/2 to participate!

Friday, November 19, 2021

I submitted a form -- how do I know if it was received, reviewed, or approved?

Did you submit one of the online forms that are available via the Slate for Students website? 

Wondering if/when it was received, approved, processed, etc.?

Here's how to check.

1. Log into Slate directly or find it on the Barnard Portal under the Academics tab

 2. In the Home tab of Slate, scroll down to the bottom of the page, to Forms Submitted. There you'll see any forms you have submitted and can track them along their route from submitted to approved and processed. The legend below explains any symbols

3. That's it!

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Study Abroad for Next Academic Year

The Barnard preliminary application to study abroad for either Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 is now open!  Once you have identified your top-choice program in the Barnard program portal, you can click on the blue “Apply Now” button to submit your preliminary application to Barnard.  The deadline to do so is March 15, 2022 (for both fall and spring). 


Also, a reminder that the internal Barnard deadline to apply to study abroad at Oxford University for 2022-23 is on Monday, Dec 6, 2021.  Information on our Oxford college partners and how to apply is available at the links below.


Mansfield College

Oriel College

Pembroke College

St Peter’s College


You can also consult our webinars on Oxford and Cambridge as well as the Study Abroad 101 series here, and make a study abroad advising appointment here.    


Please write to studyabroad@barnard.edu with any questions. 


Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Question about Online Degree Audit:

I had fulfilled a Foundations requirement with a past class; why is it now showing in my Degree Audit as "pending completion" with a Spring 2022 class?

First and foremost, if this is happening to you, don't worry!

Second, FYI the Degree Audit is programmed to pull the most recent course that fulfills a requirement.  In addition, in response to student requests, the Audit is now also configured to show registered-but-not-started courses in the degree audit so students can more efficiently plan and review course selections.

OK great, but what if I drop a class that the Degree Audit thinks I'm going to use to fulfill a Foundations requirement?

If a previous course was approved for this requirement, the past course will go back to where it was and the requirement will be fulfilled once more.  It's a good idea to check after dropping a class to make sure this happens.  If it doesn't, use this form to request an update to your audit: https://slate.barnard.edu/register/degree_audit_changes
Not sure if a past course was approved: check the searchable list of all courses ever approved to fulfill Foundations requirements (this new comprehensive list replaces the old "Snowbird" site).

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Need an extra credit or two this spring? Here are a few options


Doing that degree-audit arithmetic and need one or two more credits?

If you're having trouble getting up to the number of credits you need and are looking for a 1-2-credit course to add for this spring, here are some options and tips. 

**Be sure to check course descriptions for special registration procedures or necessary permissions.

Know of something that's not on here? Email dos@barnard.edu, and we'll add it!

1-2 credit course options:

1. Fulfill your PE requirement if you haven't yet.
Register online and be sure to attend the first class meeting. PE courses may initially appear in your myBarnard program as 0 credits and will then be transformed to 1 credit (if you are eligible) after the final registration deadline.

Pro Tip:
Unfortunately, there is little to no space in PE for students who want this as an elective. Only students who have not yet completed the PE requirement will be able to preregister for PE in spring 2022.

2. Take a dance class
Dance classes may initially appear in your myBarnard program as 0 credits -- if you don't change this when registering, you can fill out the Form to Request a Point of Dance Credit.

3. Depending on your background and interests, here are some popular ways to enrich your academic experience while also adding a credit or two. 

Pro tips:

  • Some of these may be full, but you may be able to join a waiting list.
  • Be sure to check course descriptions for prerequisites or special registration procedures!
a. For students who sing, play an instrument, or want to know more about music:

b. For  students with some computer programming experience:
Programming Languages -- COMS-W3101.
Development Technology -- COMS-W3102

New Directions in Computing

Check Computer Science Course Listings for current options. Sometimes these classes are added later than others, so if you don't see them now, you might find them during the fall semester.

c. If you're interested in science, math, statistics, or other quantitative fields:

Contact your department to see if you can earn credit for supervised research in a professor's lab

Topics in Biology: Crossroads in Bioethics

Frontiers in Operations Research & Data Analysis

Science & Scientists (Psychology)

d. If you're interested in International Affairs, Political Science, and/or Economics:
*check dates to see if the course has started*
One of the "short courses" offered by the School for International & Public Affairs (SIPA). Search The SIPA Catalogue or the SIPA page of the CU Directory of Classes for 1-1.5-credit courses. You can't just register online for these:  first check to see if the class you want is on the list of SIPA courses approved for Barnard students (forthcoming -- link will be added when available; in the meantime, use your judgment to assess if the class is academic as opposed to professional development), then contact both the instructor and your academic adviser for approval if you think one appropriately fits into both your schedule and a liberal arts curriculum. Upload both approvals when submitting the online add form.

e. If you're interested in Theatre, Dance, or Backstage work:
Practicum or Rehearsal & Performance (Theatre or Dance) -- for actors, dancers, stage managers, prop or costume makers, and theatre tech people. Check the course description to see who to contact if you are interested.

f. If you have background in some languages and want to improve your fluency:

Check the course listings for 2-credit Intermediate or Advanced Conversation classes in FrenchItalian, or German,

Or supervised readings in Dutch or Sinhala or Zulu.

g. If you're interested in English and/or topical poetry:

The English Conference: ENGL BC3098 The English Conference: The Poetry of Breaking News

4. Search Vergil for courses between 0 and 2 credits.
You'll have to scroll through a lot of things that may not help you, like labs for courses you're not taking, courses limited to class years other than yours, but this will give you the most comprehensive listing.

Pro Tip:
Check the detailed course descriptions in the Directory of Classes for prerequisites, restrictions, or special application procedures.

Monday, November 8, 2021

American Studies Program Planning Meeting

 Join American Studies faculty, staff, and students this coming Tuesday from 4:30-5:30pm for a departmental gathering to review changes in the major, discuss exciting courses for next semester, and find comradery amongst each other. Bring questions and concerns about anything related to the campus life and, as always, we'll share whatever secret insider information we have and advocate on your behalf afterwards as best we can. 

All existing majors, prospective majors, and curious students are warmly welcome!

Join the Zoom meeting:

Password: 402107

Still need to complete your PE Requirement?


Pre-Register for Spring PE (or Dance).  In addition to Body Sculpt, Yoga, Core Strength (Pilates) and Tai Chi, the PE department will offer these specialty courses.  

Note that Strength Training is back on the schedule!  

Health Coaching PHED BC1105 
Want to learn how to set and achieve your own fitness and health goals in a seminar setting?  Then you want this course in individualized health coaching. 

Advanced Running PHED BC2512 and Advanced Fitness PHED BC2518  
Do you RUN or WORKOUT regularly?  Can you do a 10-minute mile on a treadmill?    In these self paced, individualized classes, you complete your own workouts including cardio, weights and stretching.  Add it to your program . . .and PE will contact you about the pre-test which will be held in January.

Need more info?  Contact the individual instructor.  

Friday, November 5, 2021

New & Improved *SEARCHABLE* list of all classes approved for Foundations General Education Requirements

Looking for a way to check if a current, future, or past class has been approved for a particular Foundations General Education Requirement? 

The old "Snowbird" site has been replaced by a new page with a very useful search function!



Search by semester and requirement:








Or by course name or keyword:

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Anthropology Program Planning


Africana Studies Program Planning Meeting

 Come stop by virtually in the Africana Studies Program Planning Meeting and learn about the major and minor!

Sociology Program Planning

Do you want to learn more about Barnard's Sociology program? You will have the chance to meet with faculty and staff to ask questions about course offerings and major requirements at the upcoming virtual open house!

Join the Zoom meeting



Wednesday, November 3, 2021

English Program Planning

Interested in Barnard's English department? Come learn more (via Zoom) about upcoming courses, major requirements and meet the editors of Meliora!


Physics and Astronomy Program Planning

 Want to learn more about Barnard's Physics and Astronomy programs? Come by in person to meet our staff and faculty and talk about upcoming Spring 2022 courses!