All Things Academic

Curriculum and Registration

The up-to-date spring curriculum is available online.

You may also review your course schedule for the spring term online in the student portal, Populi. Log in using your Bennington email username and password. Review the Courses section on the right side of the page to make sure those listed are the ones you intend to take. Room assignments will be added to course schedules in the next couple of weeks, so please check your schedule again prior to the first day of classes (February 16).

As with last semester, add/drop will happen remotely and “asynchronously” with students emailing faculty to express interest from February 10-13. You will be able to add and drop courses through Friday, February 26 —this is also the last day you may request a letter grade for one or more of your courses. Additional information about add/drop will be shared via email by the Registrar’s Office prior to the start of the term. Students who are interested in adding a music course that requires an audition (an instrumental course, for instance), please contact the faculty member directly to arrange an audition time. For audition information about non-music courses please see below.

Course Materials and Bookstore

Course material information has been compiled for the upcoming term so that you can order any necessary books or textbooks before returning to campus. This information is available in Populi and can be accessed as follows:

  • Log in to the student portal.
  • On your home screen, pull up your list of spring courses, and click on the course for which you'd like to view course materials.
  • Required and optional books as well as course supplies will be listed on the right hand side of the page.
  • Click on the book title to obtain more information; most books will have a direct link to Amazon, though you may purchase the title from whatever vendor you choose. Just be sure to get the proper volume or edition, using the ISBN when available.

Course supplies will be in stock and available for purchase in the on-campus bookstore at the beginning of term. In addition all Bookstore items are available for purchase via the online store. Orders marked for on-campus pick up will be packaged and available for pick up at the Bookstore.

We encourage you to order your books well before the term begins, and prior to your arrival on campus. Although a limited amount of books will be available for each class in the on-campus bookstore, these are primarily intended to facilitate the add/drop process. Course supplies will be in stock and available throughout the term in the Bookstore.

A limited supply of course texts may also be found in Crossett Library. Donations from previous classes have enlarged the collection, which can be found on the bottom floor of Crossett, back wall directly across from the stairwell. Course books are available for term long checkout, and the list can be viewed here: Crossett Course Books.

If you have any questions about materials for your courses, please direct them to the faculty teaching those courses.

Faculty Comings and Goings: 2021

Barry Bartlett, Andrew Cencini, Bruce Williamson, and Kerry Woods will be retiring at the end of June.

Spring 2021

  • Visiting Faculty: Check out the bios of the visiting faculty for spring. Be sure to also take a peek at the bios of the teaching fellows for the Dance, Music, and Public Action MFA programs.
  • Returning from sabbatical or leave: Mary Lum, Carol Pal, Rotimi Suberu, and Michael Wimberly. .
  • Going on sabbatical or leave: Nick Brooke, Andrew Cencini, Sherry Kramer, Katie Montovan, Ann Pibal, Isabel Roche, Debbie Warnock, Phillip Williams, and Ikuko Yoshida.

Fall 2021

  • Going on sabbatical or leave: Lopa Banerjee, J Blackwell, John Hultgren, Vanessa Lyon, Brian Michael Murphy, Ann Pibal, Jonathan Pitcher, Tim Schroeder, and Don Sherefkin will be on sabbatical. Maya Cantu, Yoko Inoue, and Sue Rees will be on Non-Teaching Term leaves but will continue to advise students.

Study Away

Students returning from study away are invited to schedule an appointment with Xiomara Giordano in the Study Away Office during the first weeks of the term. We’ll reflect upon what you learned during your time away and share our thoughts on the first week back at Bennington. Lunch will be provided. 

Official transcripts are due on February 5. If you are uncertain about the status of your transcript and transfer credit, please contact the Registrar. Transcripts should be sent to the attention of the Registrar.

Students interested in study away for summer, fall or AY21-22 should plan to attend a virtual informational session on Wednesday, February 24 at 1:00 pm. Xiomara Giordano, Academic Services and Study Away Counselor, will review short-term, semester, and academic year study away options available through domestic and international exchange programs and outside providers. We’ll also discuss funding and scholarship options. Please also refer to our study away website, which includes information on exchange programs and third-party provider programs. 

Students studying away in Spring 2021–send your address, local phone number, and email address to Xiomara Giordano as soon as possible after arrival in the country. Please continue to check your Bennington email address for updates from the College throughout the term.

If your course plans change, please email your faculty advisor and Xiomara Giordano with any changes to confirm approval.

Auditions and Placement Tests

Find out more information about dance and drama auditions and foreign language placement tests. Once term begins, more updates will be available and in the Provost and Dean’s Office Academic Minute.

Information about Music auditions can be found here

Dance Auditions

Typically auditions are held early each term for those interested in performing in pieces being made. Because it will not be possible to gather in person for several weeks, dance faculty are requesting that those interested in making work and/or performing in work (being made by other students) complete this Dance Interest Form to indicate interest.Submitting the form does not commit anyone; it will be shared with students making work and dance faculty.  All members of the College community are invited to attend dance work-shop, held weekly on Thursdays at 7:00 pm using this Dance Workshop Zoom Link


Drama Auditions

Drama at Bennington invites all members of the college community to participate in the Spring Drama Productions. We are mounting two original plays with the playwrights in (virtual) residence, and a one-woman show reconfigured for two performers. We are committed to making Drama at Bennington College Equitable, Diverse, Inclusive, and Anti-Racist. The Drama at Bennington Audition Memo includes information on the productions and the audition and casting process. Three great plays dealing with intersectionality, human rights, storytelling, and social justice. Please come audition.