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.




Courses listed below do not satisfy area or division distribution credit.

Later in the semester we will produce more free style texts that we will examine for accuracy and naturalness of expression.


ARC 105   Writing Essays


Celia Bland





Tu Th     4:30 – 5:50 pm  OLIN 203

(2 credits)  Writing Essays is an intensive writing course in which you will learn how to construct a strong analytical thesis, how to organize your thinking and how to develop your ideas through textual evidence.  During the first half of the semester we will read and analyze contemporary essays to see how arguments are developed.  In the second half we will read short fiction and write essays in response to these works.  You will write short responses for every class, as well as three longer essays, including one that requires some research into secondary sources.  Betsy Cawley, resource librarian, will introduce you to the most efficient means of researching on-line and in the library.  In small and large groups, we will work through the writing process- from invention through intensive revision.  In the end, you’ll understand your writing process more clearly and leave with strategies to produce more effective academic essays.






Course No.

ARC 110


Grammar for Writers


Doris Stewart


Tu  Th    4:30 pm – 5:50 pm  OLIN 305

This class is designed to provide native speakers with the skills necessary for the mastery of conventional academic written English.  The main goal will be the development of a clear, succinct, and coherent writing style.  To this end we will study the structural patterns of English sentences, shaping and reshaping them to become familiar with formal possibilities and confident in their use. Special attention will be paid to standard forms, register, and tone, and to stylistic considerations such as parallel structure. The intention of the course is to make students aware that grammatical structure is not imposed on language but intimately concerned with meaning: that coordination and subordination of clauses reflects and is determined by relationships among ideas.  Early in the semester, students will write a series of short papers designed to elicit specific grammatical structures.  This writing will progress to more free style, peer reviewed work that will guide students to recognize in their own writing the structures we have studied, and, through practice and repetition, to use them correctly and with confidence.






Course No.

ARC 120


English as a Second (or Third) Language


Doris Stewart


Tu  Th     7:00 pm – 8:20 pm  OLIN 107

The purpose of this course is to provide non-native speakers with a comprehensive study of the structural patterns of academic written English.  We will systematically cover the syntactic structure of the language and learn that complex patterns are logical expansions of basic structural relationships.  Additionally, we will pay particular attention to those language issues that consistently perplex second language learners, such as the verb tense system, the article system, prepositions, idiomatic expressions, and word forms. Interactive group work that encourages students to articulate their questions about the language will be an integral part of the class.  Students will learn through writing, exploring the possibilities of written expression by practicing targeted structures in a series of short assignments.  Later in the semester we will produce more free style texts that we will examine for accuracy and naturalness of expression.