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.


ARC 105   Writing Essays


Philip Pardi





Tu Th     6:00 – 7:20 pm  OLIN 107

(2 credits)  This will be an intensive writing course in which we sharpen our skills at composing and revising academic essays.  Using topics in the field of human rights as our starting point, we will consider the process of developing an essay – from early invention through intensive rewriting – and pay special attention to supporting our claims with textual evidence.  Our focus will be the array of choices available to writers responding to complicated issues with clear, convincing arguments.  We will seek to do so not by simplifying our thinking but, rather, by using the format of the essay – particularly structure – to capture and convey our ideas in all their complexity. On-line






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ARC 110


Grammar for Writers


Philip Pardi


Tu  Th   4:00 pm – 5:20 pm  OLIN 107

“Clarity, clarity, surely clarity is the most beautiful thing in the world,” wrote the poet George Oppen.  In this class we will explore twin demands of grammatical correctness and sentence clarity as we consider the choices available to writers seeking to render complex ideas with razor-sharp precision.  Readings, as well as topics for short writing assignments, will be drawn from the field of human rights, including such issues as war crimes in Central America and prison abuse in Iraq.  On-line