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Course Offering and Learning Experiences
Enrolling in Comprehensive Studies
The Comprehensive Studies Department offers courses in Developmental Mathematics, Developmental English, Developmental Reading, and College Skills. The Department also offers Jumpstart courses in math. These Jumpstart courses are intensive one-week review courses offered just before each semester and summer term. All of the courses are designed to effectively and efficiently improve students' ability to succeed in their courses. Students may be recommended to take Comprehensive Studies Department courses depending on their placement test scores. Or, they may elect to take one or more courses on their own. Many students take the College Skills course because it teaches study and time management skills. Developmental courses are offered in both lecture and individualized formats. Students may enroll in individualized courses until mid-term of each semester. Regardless of when students enroll, their skills will be carefully evaluated and a plan of study will be developed that is customized to their needs. (Students may or may not need all areas of study.) Developmental courses do not earn credit hours and cannot be used to fulfill graduation requirements; however, credits earned in College Skills (COL 103) and Freshman Seminar (COL 105) may be used for elective credit, with the advisor's approval.
Comprehensive Studies Department Includes:
The Comprehensive Studies Department offers preparation in the following academic areas provided below. See Course Descriptions for prerequisites and/or exit competency requirements.
COL 103 College Skills - 3 credits
COL 105 Freshman Seminar - 3 credits
ENG 031 Developmental English - 3 credits
ENG 032 Developmental English (Basic Writing) - 3 credits
MAT 010 Basic Math (Jumpstart) - 1 credit
MAT 012 Pre Algebra (Jumpstart) - 1 credit
MAT 113 Beginning Algebra (Jumpstart) - 1 credit
MAT 114 Intermediate Algebra (Jumpstart) - 1 credit
MAT 031 Basic Math - 3 credits
MAT 032 Developmental Math (Pre-Algebra) - 3 credits
RDG 100 Critical Reading - 3 credits
RDG 032 Developmental Reading - 3 credits
Fast Track classes allow students to complete a sequence of courses in a shorter but faster-paced time period. Our Fast Track courses are offered in 7-week back-to-back sessions. For example, students who place into ENG 031 may elect to take a 7-week ENG 031 followed by a 7-week ENG 032 and attempt to complete both requirements in one semester instead of spending 14 weeks on each. The Fast Track program allows students to move through their developmental sequence and into their college-level courses as quickly as possible. Check with your instructor, advisor, or the schedule of classes if you are interested in Fast Track courses.
The Comprehensive Studies Department also offers student success courses, including College Skills (COL 103) and Freshman Seminar (COL 105). These courses are offered each term. Students who successfully complete the courses earn 3 semester-hour credits which can, with advisor's approval, be used as elective credit toward graduation in associate degree programs. COL 103 may include selected topics such as career planning, study skills, stress management, campus resources, time management, memory techniques, and other subjects to facilitate student success. COL 105 is a study of the purposes of higher education and provides a general orientation to the functions and resources of the college. This course is designed to help freshmen adjunct to the college community, develop a better understanding of the learning process, and acquire essential academic survival skills.
The Comprehensive Studies Department offers a variety of learning communities featuring both our developmental courses and our Freshman Seminar. Learning communities are courses that provide a community environment made up of your peers. Learning communities increase your ability to accomplish your academic and personal goals, along with providing you with a network to form friendships that can help you adjust to the college environment academically and socially. Some of the communities are themed, some are linked, and some are both. A thematic learning community is simply linked experiences centered on specific topics that are embedded in the curriculum of COL 105 (Freshman Seminar). A linked learning community consists of one or two academic courses linked to a COL 105 (Freshman Seminar). If you're not already enrolled in a learning community, but think you would like to be now or in the future, speak to your instructor or advisor.
Credit for Developmental Courses
Developmental courses offered through the Comprehensive Studies Department (courses numbered less than 100) generate no credit hours, do not affect the GPA, and do not count toward graduation. However, credits earned in the College Skills course (COL 103) may be used for elective credit in associate degree programs, with advisor approval. Courses numbered 100 generate credit hours and affect the GPA but do not count toward graduation in any certificate, diploma, or associate degree program.
Financial Aid for Comprehensive Studies
When students enroll in the Comprehensive Studies program, their skills are evaluated and study programs are planned for them. Students may take from four months to a year to complete their basic skills improvement.
1. Reasonable progress is determined by the completion of one 0-level course within a maximum of three (3) terms and entry into a higher course level in Comprehensive Studies (i.e., Developmental English is a first course and Basic Writing is a second course; Developmental Math (Basic) is a first course and Developmental Math (Pre Algebra) is a second course; Developmental Reading is a first course, and Critical Reading is a second course).
2. The total number of credits in which students may enroll in Comprehensive Studies may not exceed 30 semester hours.
3. If students enroll late or withdraw from 0-level courses and the enrollment time is less than, but not including, 50 percent of the term, the term will not be counted as one of the three allowed to complete a 0-level course. If students enroll late or withdraw from 0-level courses and the enrollment time is 50 percent or more, the term will be counted as one of the three allowed to complete a 0-level course.
4. Any exceptions to these guidelines must be evaluated by the Comprehensive Studies Department Head and approved by the Dean of Arts and Sciences and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Location: Oconee Hall, room 303
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
(The Comprehensive Studies Department Office is closed during most holidays when the College is officially closed. Call ahead to verify availability of Comprehensive Studies staff, if you plan to receive assistance during a holiday period.)
Phone: 646-1395 or toll-free (with the 864 area code) 1-866-269-5677, ext. 1395.
Fax: (864) 646-1898
email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Jennifer Beattie, Comprehensive Studies Department Head