BA/MAT 3 + 2 Program


The BA/MAT 3+2 program is designed to offer Bard undergraduates a path to a Master of Arts in Teaching and New York State grades 7-12 Teacher Certification in biology, history, literature or mathematics within five years of their entering college. By following this path, undergraduates receive advisement, engage in work with adolescents, and take courses that prepare them for the MAT program while they remain focused on the studies of their major. The following courses are open to MAT 3+2 candidates and others as space allows. If you have questions about these courses or the MAT 3+2, contact






Rachel Cavell

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6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

HEG 102


This service-learning course is designed for Bard undergraduates who plan to tutor in one of the college’s many educational outreach programs, especially those in secondary schools, and it includes participation as a tutor in Bard’s Dream To Achieve program at Hudson High School. We will address the essential ethical, theoretical, and practical questions raised by working with learners in the intensive setting of the tutorial. Those questions include: 

·      How can the tutorial be learner-centered and collaborative?

·      What habits of mind and practice foster deep engagement with content, and how can the tutorial facilitate these?

·      How do issues of identity and culture affect learning? What difference is made by the institutional setting?

·      What are the ethical issues involved in supporting someone’s learning?

 Throughout the course, we will emphasize writing as a means of engaging content across the curriculum, and we will workshop problems of practice that participants encounter in Hudson.  ED151 is a requirement for MAT 3+2 candidates. It is also recommended for tutors in Dream To Achieve and all TLS education programs. The course will be graded pass/fail and carries two credits (non-distributional). Note that 3+2 candidates will be expected to continue working with their tutees in the spring term. Class size: 22



LIT  3521   

 ADVANCED Seminar: Mark Twain

Elizabeth Frank

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1:30 pm -2:50 pm

10:10 am -11:30 am

ASP 302


Cross-listed:  American Studies  In this course on one of America’s wittiest and most renowned literary figures, students will read Mark Twain’s major works, including, but not restricted to Innocents Abroad, Roughing It, Life on the Mississippi, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson, Letters from the Earth and The Mysterious Stranger. Individual research and class presentations will result in a 20-25pp. research paper at the end of the semester. Open to moderated students, preferably those who have taken at least one sequence course in American literature. Course work in American Studies is also encouraged.  This course is cross-listed with the MAT program for 3+2 students in literature. Class size: 15



LIT  355   

 American Realisms

Jaime Alves

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6:00 pm -8:20 pm

OLIN 202


This course is centered around American literary texts produced between (roughly) 1865 and 1914, by a variety of writers seeking to convey the “realities” of American life and culture in this turbulent period. A conventional understanding of Realism has, for many years, been defined by the works of James, Howells, Twain, Crane, Dreiser, Wharton, and Chopin---a handful of writers whose influential and significant contributions to the aesthetic movement of Realism are uncontested, but whose positionality (especially as white, privileged, and, for the most part, male) severely limited their ability to record, shape, or criticize the diverse whole of “real” American life. Alongside works by these writers, then, we will also examine texts by writers of color, of varying ethnicities, and by greater numbers of women, in order to access and better understand the different realities they were striving to document and influence. Texts by Zitkala-Sa, Charles Chesnutt, W.E.B. DuBois, James Weldon Johnson, and Sui Sin Far---whose contributions are now, finally, garnering attention as responsive to and constitutive of a larger Realist aesthetic---flesh out our shared reading list, enriching and complicating our encounters with American languages, stories, and forms. In addition to the course readings, students will work closely with essays in contemporary criticism to analyze how current scholars wrangle with problems of defining Realism and its offshoots, among them Naturalism and Regionalism. A variety of writing assignments will afford us the opportunity to consider how small groups of texts converse about Realism’s major themes and preoccupations.  This course is cross-listed with the MAT program for 3+2 students in literature.  Class size: 10



MATH 325


Mary Krembs

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6:00 pm-8:20 pm

HEG 102


This course will sample topics from the geometry of the plane, with a primary emphasis on the synthetic approach to Euclidean geometry; other approaches (for example, vector methods) and other types of geometry (for example, hyperbolic or projective geometry) will be treated time permitting. Core topics in Euclidean geometry include axioms, metrics, congruence, similarity, polygons, triangles and circles. Prerequisites: MATH 261 (Proofs and Fundamentals) and MATH 213 (Linear Algebra and Ordinary Differential Equations), or permission of the instructor. Cross-listed with the MAT program for 3+2 seniors seeking certification in mathematics.



HIST 325



Wendy Urban-Mead

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6:00 pm-8:20 pm

OLIN 204


As a course in World History students will be comparing four revolutionary case studies from South Africa, France, Russia, and China.

The question of violence - the violence of repressive governments, revolutionary violence, and counter-revolutionary violence– is a theme that we shall trace across all the case studies. We shall seek to understand each revolution in terms of both indigenously generated dynamics as well as world-historical factors. Engaging with each case separately and then in comparison with the others opens up consideration of the potential problems and benefits involved in applying world-historical concepts of change to individual cases.  Theoretical readings include Skocpol, Goldstone, and Fanon. This is a graduate level class offered jointly by the MAT and the college. This course is cross-listed with the MAT program for 3+2 seniors seeking certification in social studies/history.