The purpose of Pre-Major education at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is to meet the needs of underprepared students and to prepare them for postsecondary academics and entrance into technical programs. In alignment with the mission of the college, the division of Pre-Major education is committed to bridging educational gaps, sustaining collegiate endeavors, and encouraging a devotion to lifelong learning.
Pre-Major education comprises three essential areas: reading, writing, and mathematics. All courses are designed to strengthen basic skills and have varying degrees of entry. Students must successfully pass each applicable Pre-Major course with a “C” or better grade. It should be noted that students earning a “C-“ are required to repeat the course prior to advancing into a major. However, students earning at least a “C” in their Pre-Major reading, writing, and mathematics courses are permitted to advance to the next level of course work and/or enroll in their desired technical programs in the fall. Students enrolled in the yearlong program are required to take DSOC 010 Success Strategies course (fall semester) and CIS 111 Introduction to Computers (spring semester).
All Pre-Major education courses are calculated in the students’ overall course loads and applicable in determining full-time or part-time status and meeting financial aid standards. However, credit hours earned do NOT tabulate toward graduation credits and are considered foundational courses. Students earn a grade point average that is based on their overall cumulative level of performance in each course. Grade point averages in Pre-Major education courses remain separate from those earned in college level courses.
Student placement in Pre-Major education courses is based on ACT scores, PSSA results, and/or the Computer-Adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System (COMPASS).
Pre-Major/College Preparatory Courses
As a prerequisite of academic courses and technical programs, students in Pre-Major reading, writing, and mathematics are required to earn at least a ‘C’ grade. Click here to see full course descriptions.
DENG 025 – Basic Reading I: Development and improvement of reading skills.
DENG 026 – Basic Reading II: Continuation of development and improvement of reading skills.
DENG 014 – Developmental Reading: Focuses on the development and improvement of reading skills.
DENG 020 – Basic Writing I: Intensive review and drill in grammar, usage, and sentence/paragraph construction.
DENG 021 – Basic Writing II: Intensive review and drill in grammar, usage, and sentence/paragraph construction.
DENG 012 – Concepts of English: Intensive review and drill in grammar, usage, and sentence/paragraph construction.
DMAT 020 – Basic Mathematics I: Development and improvement of math skills.
DMAT 021 – Basic Mathematics II: Development and improvement of math skills.
DMAT 010 – Fundamentals of Mathematics: Development and improvement of math skills.
DMAT 030 – Introduction to Algebra: Development and improvement of algebra skills required in vocational/technical occupations.
DSOC 010 – Success Strategies: Development and improvement of skills and strategies associated with collegiate success.
All Divisional faculty are located in the Learning Resources Center, Student Academic Support Center