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Learning to Think Critically
A course in critical thinking has applications in the classroom—and beyond.


The Department of Developmental Skills offers courses in English as a Second Language (ESL) and Academic and Critical Reading (ACR). The courses help students develop the essential skills they need for continued academic progress.

In order to determine whether a student has a need for these courses, placement examinations in reading and writing are given. As a result of these examinations, students may be assigned to ESL and/or reading courses at the appropriate levels. An ESL course is required for all students whose placement examination in writing receives a non-passing score and whose core problems with writing stem from a foreign language background.

Note: Students who are required to take ESL 054/049, 062, 094, 095, and/or ACR 094 or 095 are not permitted to register for more than a total of 18 contact hours a semester.

In addition, the department offers two courses open to the general college population: Critical Thinking (CRT 100) which allows students to evaluate their thinking skills and Language and Culture (LIN 100), where students learn about various sociolinguistic topics. Both courses include distance learning sections.

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