What I see when I think of distinct majors: a square box.
What I see when I look at my own interests and how I want to implement them: an octagonal box.
What I saw when I was applying to Bennington: some pieces of wood, nails, and a hammer that I could use to make whatever I needed to hold up the blossoming tree of my work. (haha, but really.)
Long story short, the programs at Bennington are not more distinct than they appear. They are built in such a way that instead of forcing you to fit a narrow criteria or an unmoving definition, they actually give you the tools you need to ask and answer your own questions in a much more sophisticated and flexible framework. If you were to study political science at Bennington, you would be able to do so with the guidance of international relations professors like Mansour Farhang (revolutionary Iran’s first ambassador to the United Nations) and history professors like Eileen Scully (award winning professor of modern history and one of my favorite people ever). You might be able to do a field work term with Rebecca Tinsley (an author, journalist, and human rights activist with close ties to Bennington) or even intern for the White House like our own Brian Morrice. The kids who do political science here actually DO political science here and I’ve never met people more passionate about it. So, yeah, I’d say our program is good.
I hope that helps!