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


v      students who possess basic academic skills but who experience difficulties with the  demands of college level work, including such issues as time management, study skills, and the writing of research papers;

v      students who need tutoring in subject-specific fields in the many disciplines offered at Bard;

v      students who have learning deficiencies and who require remedial education (particularly in areas such as writing and mathematics);


Services provided include classes, 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 by contacting the Academic Resources Center, located in the Old Bookstore, or by calling Director of College Writing, Celia Bland, at 758-7812, or by filling out the appointment form at The Center is open Monday-Friday, 9-5, although tutoring sessions may be scheduled with peer-tutors for others days and times as well. Review sessions and individual tutoring for math and sciences, and drop-in hours for math and writing help are also available during the semester.  Call 758-7812 for days and times, or visit the AR website at: 



All students at Bard College must take and pass a Q (quantitative) course before graduation. In order to enroll in a Q course, a student must take and pass the Q Exam.  For more information about the Q exam, contact Jeff Suzuki, the Director of Quantitative Support, at 758-7001, or go to



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. For further information about services and reasonable accommodations available for self-identified students who present the appropriate documentation.**, contact David Shein, Dean of Lower College Studies, at x7045.


* 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.



The course listed below do not satisfy area or divisional distribution credit.






Course No.

ASC 102


The Art of Persuasion


Doris Stewart


Tu  Th    4:30 pm – 5:50 pm  OLIN 306

2 credits The Art of Persuasion will be an intensive writing course that explores what makes a successful persuasive analytic essay. We will begin by looking at how an argument is constructed: how a writer establishes authority and develops an argument using various  logical strategies. Students will then select a topic of their choosing to develop and argue. The basis for discussion will be essays by contemporary writers who articulate ideas on large and controversial subjects such as sexuality, human rights, gender identity, class, and race. Class discussion will focus on both the subject and the rhetorical strategies used in these essays. In small group workshops, students will explore the writing process from invention to the first draft through intensive revision. In the end, students will understand the writing process more clearly and leave with strategies to produce more effective academic essays.