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

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 program or distribution credit.



BLC  107   

 Intensive ESL

Denise Minin

M . . Th .

. T W .  .

10:10am- 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 110

 Grammar for Writers

Denise Minin

 T  Th    1:30 pm-2:50 pm

HEG 300



(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 150

 Algebra Workshop

Maria Belk

    F        10:10 am- 11:30 am

HEG 204



(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

 T  Th    11:50 am-1:10 pm

OLIN 310



(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

 T           5:00 pm- 7:00 pm

RKC 101



(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

 Essay and Revision

Jane Smith

 T  Th    1:30 pm-2:50 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 215

 Essays and Evidence

James Keller

M  W      11:50 am-1:10 pm

OLIN 101



This course will sharpen students’ skills in writing persuasive analytic essays. Paying particular attention to the variety of ways we use other people's voices in our own work—to support, qualify, or broaden the scope of our argument; to get at the underlying assumptions of another writer's claims; or to acknowledge and offer alternate viewpoints—we will examine and practice rhetorical devices available to us as we use textual evidence to convey complex ideas. A total of 25 pages of revised prose will be expected.  Class size: 20



BLC 220

 Digital Literacies and Scholarship

Jeremiah Hall

       F     10:10 am-11:30 am

RKC 200



(2 credits) 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 by focusing on students’ proficiencies in conducting and presenting research using digital sources. Literacies under consideration range from databases and metadata to infometrics and social media; from coding languages to digital images and sound with an emphasis on how these relate to the process of research and writing. Through participation in collaborative workshops, students will gain experience with digital tools to analyze and interpret information sources as well as the ethical issues fundamental to information use and access. The goal is to encourage students to investigate digital literacies to create new voices for participating in the digital world.

Class size: 15