Courses listed below do not satisfy program or distribution credit.



BLC  107   

 Intensive ESL

Denise Minin

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10:00am- 12:30pm



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: 14



BLC   150   

 Algebra Workshop

Maria Belk

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10:10am – 11:30am

RKC 101


(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



BLC  180   

 The Art of Public Speaking

David Register

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11:50am-1:10 pm

OLIN 101


 (4 credits)  This class will introduce students to the art of public speaking. Over the course of the semester, students will: (1) examine the role of culture in informing speaking situations, (2) develop practical skills related to the research, invention, organization, and presentation of speeches, and (3) learn how to analyze and evaluate arguments as they are presented in public speeches, political debates, television interviews, etc. Additionally, the course will explore the use of rhetoric in meeting the needs of ceremonial occasions, the narration of events, and persuasion.  Students will be required, at several points through the course of the semester, to present speeches to the class as a whole.  In addition, students will be responsible for weekly homework assignments and the evaluation of one another’s presentations.  Class size: 16



BLC   190   

 Algebra, Trigonometry, Functions

Maria Belk

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5:00 pm -7:00 pm

HEG 204


(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: 25



BLC  205 A  

 Essay and Revision

Dorothy Albertini

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OLIN 305


(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



BLC  205 B

 Essay and Revision

Jane Smith

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3:10pm – 4:30 pm



See above.



BLC  220


Jeremy Hall

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10:10am – 11:30 am

RKC 200

 (2 credits – this class will meet for the first 8 weeks of the semester)  This inquiry-based course asks questions about how knowledge is formed and transmitted in the 21st century and how we act upon information by developing literacies. It will examine the skills necessary to produce scholarship and engage the public sphere today by focusing on students’ proficiencies in conducting and presenting research using digital sources. Literacies under consideration range from databases and metadata to social media; from coding languages to digital images, video and sound – and particularly how these relate to the process of research and writing. Through readings and participating in collaborative workshops and lectures, students will gain experience with digital tools to analyze and interpret information sources as well as the ethical issues that are fundamental to information use and access. The goal is to encourage students to investigate digital literacies through experimental application of research methods and technology to create new voices for participating in the digital world. Class size: 15



BLC  235

 Composition Theory and Pedagogy

James Keller

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OLIN 305


(4 credits)  This course is designed for advanced writers who want to deepen their understanding of composition, rhetoric, and grammar. Topics will include composition theory, grammar and its role in the service of meaning and rhetoric, and revision in both theory and practice. We will address questions of composition pedagogy to see how successful models of teaching (and tutoring) writing can inform our understanding of the genre itself, not in theoretical isolation but as a live and critical practice. Students will write and revise essays, provide feedback to fellow writers, and complete an independent project.  Class size: 16