Bard College is committed to providing academic support for all students. The faculty and staff associated with the Academic Services Center provide assistance to:

Services provided may include workshops, assistance in developing new learning strategies, tutorials, and other academic advice that may be appropriate to the student’s individual needs.


Individual tutoring in writing and in other subjects can be arranged for any student by contacting the Academic Services Center, located in the basement of Stone Row, or by calling Director of Academic Services, David Shein, at 758-7811. The Center is open Monday-Friday, 9-5, though tutoring sessions may be scheduled for others days and times as well. There is some drop-in service available when the Center is open, but it is recommended that students seeking assistance make appointments in advance.

services for disabled students

In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Bard College is committed to providing otherwise qualified disabled* individuals with equal access to the College’s academic courses, programs, and activities. In support of this mission, the Academic Services Center provides services and reasonable accommodations to self-identified students who present the appropriate documentation.**

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Director of Academic Services or the Dean of Studies.

* Disabilities may include: visual, hearing, orthopedic, or motor impairments; chronic illness; drug or alcohol addiction; mental retardation; and specific learning or psychological disabilities.

** Documentation must be no more than three years old and should include the following: name, title, and credentials of the evaluator; a summary of a comprehensive diagnostic interview; a diagnostic summary based on a comprehensive assessment battery; and specific recommendations for accommodation, including explanations why each requested accommodation is needed. If documentation is inadequate in content or scope, re-evaluation may be required before services and accommodations are provided.


Courses listed below may not be used to satisfy area or division distribution credit.

ASC 100- ‘English for Academic Purposes’

CRN: 90418
Instructor: TBA

Schedule: Wed 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm Olin 303

2 credits The class gives students who are non-native speakers of English practical experience with various aspects of successful written and oral communication within the academic community. A variety of assignments will allow students to experiment with different forms of expression. In order to ease the transition into writing in an American academic environment, the class will study organizational patterns, summary writing, and source documentation along with different rhetorical modes used in academic writing. In addition, the course will examine problems with grammar usage, especially those problems which hinder comprehension.

ASC 102- ‘The Analytic Essay’

CRN: 90420 Instructor: David Shein

Schedule Tu 4:30 pm – 5:50 pm Olin 309

2 credits The class teaches the student how to approach texts and writing assignments from an analytical standpoint. Our focus will be on the elements of the argumentative analytic essay: how to extract arguments from texts and how to construct effective arguments in your own written work. Topics to be covered include: the elements of the analytic paper (topic, thesis, supporting reasons), the elements of composition (paragraph structure, transitions, introductions, conclusions, mechanics), critical reading skills (skimming, scanning, SQ3R, etc.), and the elements of argumentation (conditional arguments, formal and informal fallacies, the difference between persuasion and argumentation, etc.) We will work on discerning, re-constructing, and assessing arguments, then analyzing them and responding to them in writing. Since these analytic reading and writing skills are those required by the majority of the classes taught at Bard, this class will prepare the student for work in other classes.

ASC 103 - ‘Essential Mathematics’

CRN: 90421 Instructor: Robert Vivona

Schedule: Mon Wed 6:00 pm – 7:20 pm Olin 202

2 credits - This course is designed for students in need of improving their quantitative skills before entering a Q-course. The goal of this course is to improve students’ confidence and abilities, as well as increase their interest in mathematics. Understanding of mathematical concepts will be emphasized. Study will include review of operations, proportions, percents, geometry and algebra. The class will experience how these mathematical concepts occur in nature, music, art and other disciplines through readings, nature walks, and group discussions. Each student will complete a project of their own design relating mathematics to their major or personal interest. Students who successfully complete this course will be eligible to enroll in a Q-course.