Students earn two bachelor's degrees in the joint program between the Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies and the School of General Studies of Columbia University.
Established in 1953, the joint program enables qualified students to follow a simultaneous dual-degree program, with two majors and a coordinated program of study. Students earn the B.A. degree at Columbia by taking at least 64 credits in residence there and applying 60 credits earned at List College toward the Columbia requirement of 124 credits. Up to 18 elective credits in the List College program may be taken at Columbia. The liberal arts requirement for the List College B.A. degree is fulfilled by 60 credits taken at Columbia. Students are usually able to complete both degrees within four years, including one or two summer school sessions. Students may choose from any one of over 50 majors offered at Columbia.
Barnard College and the Jewish Theological Seminary adopted an interinstitutional agreement in 1979 by which matriculated students in each institution are eligible to take courses in several ways:
Students apply to both institutions for a coordinated program of study that leads to a B.A. or B.S. from Barnard and a B.A. from List College.
Students electing the double-degree option take a minimum of 60 credits at Barnard, which also fulfills the liberal arts requirement for the List College B.A. degree.
Credits earned in List College courses are applied toward the Barnard requirement of 120 credits for the B.A. Students are usually able to complete both degrees within four years, including one or two summer school sessions.