The Learning Commons offers Bard students collaborative learning and support through academic workshops, drop-in and subject tutoring, study rooms, and our Writing Fellows program. We provide credit-bearing courses in writing, public speaking, mathematics, and English for non-native speakers.


Individual tutoring in writing and in other subjects can be arranged by contacting the Learning Commons, located in the basement of Stone Row, by calling 758-7812, or by filling out the appointment form at http://inside.bard.edu/learningcommons/findtutor/

The Learning Commons is open Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm, 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 Learning Commons' website:   http://inside.bard.edu/learningcommons/


All students at Bard College must take and pass a mathematics or computing course before graduation. If you haven’t taken a math course at Bard yet, please take our Online Math Placement Diagnostic Test.  Go to http://math.bard.edu/placement/   for instructions.

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 equal access to the College’s academic courses, programs, and activities for all students. Students with physical or psychological disabilities should register with the Disability Support Coordinator in order to receive necessary accommodations. Forms are available at: http://www.bard.edu/admission/forms/pdfs/disability.pdf.


Courses listed below do not satisfy area or distribution credit.



BLC 107   Intensive ESL

Denise Minin

M T W Th .

10:00 - 12:30 pm

HDR 106


(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 110   Grammar for Writers

Denise Minin

. T . Th .

1:30 -2:50 pm

HDR 101A


(4 credits) This class examines issues of grammar, usage, and style, with an emphasis on the difficulties encountered by non-native speakers of English. Special attention will be given to the problems created by language transfer issues and to the specific expectations of writing in different disciplines. Through frequent writing and rewriting, we will study of rules and habits that lead to clear and concise academic writing. At least 25 pages of revised writing will be expected.  Class size: 14



BLC 180   The Art of Public Speaking

David Register

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11:50 -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 205   Essay and Revision

Dorothy Albertini

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11:50 – 1:10 pm

OLIN 307


(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 212   Grammar, Rhetoric & Style

James Keller

M . W . .

1:30 -2:50 pm

ASP 302


(4 credits)  This course explores the strategies and tools available to writers seeking to capture complex ideas in clear and concise prose. As we write and revise essays, we will consider how we, as writers, can control the reader’s experience of the text by writing sentences that are not only correct but also powerful and precise. As we expand our range of rhetorical devices, we’ll consider such questions as, “How does grammar relate to content?” “At what point in the writing process should I worry about grammar?” “When is it okay to break the rules?” Through careful attention to our own work, we will gain greater control over our writing from the sentence up—from basic grammar to more complex sentence structures and rhetorical moves—to write more forceful, assertive prose. A total of 25 pages of revised prose will be expected.  Class size: 12



BLC 305   Writing and Research

Jane Smith

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3:10 – 4:30 pm



(4 credits)  This course focuses on the development of a lengthy research paper and is designed for moderated juniors preparing to begin work on their senior project. Emphasis will be given to the early work of articulating a significant research question and to working with primary and secondary sources to develop a sustained argument in response to it. Students will be introduced to research methodologies and annotated bibliographies, and each student will explore the specific rhetorical strategies, styles, and formats of his or her own discipline. At least 25 pages of research will be required. Class size: 12