LEARNING COMMONS COURSES

Courses listed below are credit bearing but do not satisfy program or distribution credit.

 

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BLC 107

 Intensive ESL

Denise Minin

M  W      10:00-12:30 pm

T  Th     10:00-12:30 pm

HDR 101A

HEG 200

(4 credits, two-semester requirement) This course is designed to give incoming international students an overview of the Liberal Arts experience through exploring some of the fields of study Bard has to offer. Through this investigation, students will develop the academic and study skills needed to survive this challenging academic environment. An emphasis on reading and writing will provide opportunities for students to develop vocabulary, improve grammar and strengthen their grasp of the written language.  Class size: 15

 

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BLC 110

 GRAMMAR FOR WRITERS

Denise Minin

T  Th     1:30 -2:50 pm

OLIN 310

(4 credits)  This class examines issues of grammar, usage, and style, with an emphasis on the difficulties encountered by non-native speakers of English. Special attention will be given to the problems created by language transfer issues and to the specific expectations of academic writing. Through frequent writing and rewriting, we will study rules and habits that lead to clear, concise and sophisticated work. At least 15 pages of revised writing will be expected. Class size: 14

 

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BLC 150

 Algebra Workshop

Daniel Newsome

    F        1:30 – 2:50 pm

OLIN 310

(2 credits) This course provides a review of the algebra used in math, science, and social science courses. It is designed for students who would like to improve their algebra skills while taking or in preparation to take an introductory math, science, economics or statistics course. Topics include linear equations and their graphs, quadratic equations, fractions, rational expressions, and exponents. This course will be graded Pass/Fail. No distributional credit is earned.   Class size: 22

 

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BLC 190

 Algebra, Trigonometry, & Functions

Daniel Newsome

   T         5:00 – 7:00 pm

OLIN 310

(2 credits) This course is designed for students who have taken a pre-calculus course in high school or at Bard, but would like more computational practice with algebra, trigonometry, logarithms and exponentials. This course can be taken at the same time as a math, science, or economics course, or in preparation to take such a course in a subsequent semester. This course will be graded Pass/Fail. No distributional credit is earned.  This course will meet for the first 10 weeks of the semester.  Class size: 22

 

19112

BLC 205

 Essay and Revision

Kaet Heupel

  T   Th  11:50 – 1:10 pm

OLIN 307

(4 credits)  In this course, we will sharpen our skills at writing and revising academic essays. By breaking down the writing process into its constituent steps, considering what each step needs in order to be useful, and anticipating the experience of a reader, this class allows students to hone their skills at producing successful academic writing. Along the way, we’ll consider question framing, using outside sources, revision and editing, and other skills necessary to write effectively.   Class size: 12

 

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BLC 240

 ARGUMENT AND ADVOCACY

David Register

 T  Th    10:10-11:30 am

OLIN 303

(4 credits)             This course engages         students in the practice of public     deliberation. Toward this end, students will  focus their efforts on a specific, semester-long topic –researching, scrutinizing sources, constructing and analyzing arguments, learning how to advocate for policies, and practicing public speaking and debate. Students will write as they research, and will          deliver several speeches. The course will culminate with students organizing and staging a public debate on campus. Class size:   12

 

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BLC 305

WRITING AND RESEARCH

Jane Smith

 T  Th      3:10 – 4:30 pm

OLINLC 206

(4 credits)             This course is designed especially for moderated juniors who want to prepare for the senior project. Emphasis will be given to the early work of articulating a significant research question and to working with primary and secondary sources to develop a sustained argument in response to it. Students will explore the specific rhetorical strategies, styles, and formats of his or her own discipline and meet with faculty in their field of interest. Students will write a literature review, a Senior Project proposal, and a research paper.  Class size: 12