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 by contacting the Academic Services Center, located in the Old Bookstore, 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 Associate Dean.

* 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 ESL: English for Academic Purposes CRN: 15504 Instructor: Doris Stewart Schedule: Tu 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Th 5:00 pm - 6:00pm OLIN 203

The course provides non-native speakers of English an opportunity to develop their command of academic English through analytical writing, reading and examination of texts for content, style, and grammar. Special attention will be given to problems of grammar that hinder comprehension. The course is open to all students for whom English is a second or foreign language, including students who have taken ASC 100 in the fall term.

  ASC 102 The Art of Persuasion CRN: 15374 Instructor: Susan Rogers Schedule: Tu 4:00 pm - 5:20 pm OLIN 204

The Art of Persuasion will be an intensive writing course that explores what makes a persuasive analytic essay. We will begin by looking at how an argument is constructed: how a writer establishes his/her 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 their writing process more clearly and leave with strategies to produce more effective academic essays.

ASC 103 Essentials of Mathematics CRN: 15505 Instructor: Robert Vivona Schedule: Mon Wed 6:00 pm - 7:20 pm OLIN 204 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.