Academic Programs

A Hub of Research and Opportunity

Barnard’s reputation as a liberal arts institution of the highest caliber is based as much on the quality of its instruction as on the strength and diversity of academic programming it offers outside of the classroom. The College offers a variety of resources and programs—many among the most respected in their fields:

Athena Center for Leadership Studies

The Athena Center for Leadership Studies is dedicated to the advancement of inspired, courageous women leaders around the world. Through an array of signature programming, the Center strives to create and promote innovative approaches to leadership development, educate and develop new generations of women leaders, challenge and change cultural stereotypes of leaders, and foster research and public dialogue that expand our understanding of leadership. Learn more »

Barnard Center for Research on Women

The Barnard Center for Research on Women has been at the very forefront of feminist action and scholarship for 45 years. BCRW promotes women’s and social justice issues in the local spheres of the Barnard community and academic and activist networks in New York City, and has a prominent voice in national and transnational feminist organization and research. It is a well-recognized epicenter of feminist thought, activism, and collaboration for scholars and activists alike. Learn more »

Barnard Center for Toddler Development

The Barnard Center for Toddler Development is an integral part of Barnard’s developmental psychology research training facilities. The Toddler Center performs three primary roles: it provides a positive, first school experience for toddlers, a forum for parents and caregivers to discuss and learn about toddlers’ development, and an educational facility for early childhood development research. Learn more »

Summer Research Institute

The Summer Research Institute is a 10-week program for Barnard students who want to conduct scientific research over the course of their summer break. Students have the option to work with faculty at Barnard or elsewhere in New York City. Research experiences are supplemented with academic and skill-building experiences, lectures, social events, and a capstone poster event at the summer’s end. Learn more »

The Erica Mann Jong ’63 Writing Center

The Erica Mann Jong ’63 Writing Center operates under the philosophy that writing is a process that happens in stages. Writing is revision—re-seeing—and all writers, no matter how accomplished, can benefit from discussing their work with an intelligent reader. Often the most fruitful dialogues about writing occur with one’s peers, and the Writing Center provides that opportunity and much more. Learn more »

To make an endowed gift of $100,000 or more to academic programs, please contact Beth Mauro, Executive Director of Principal Giving, at 212.870.2535 or