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Liberal Education Program - Tier 1

Tier 1 courses help students develop the foundational competencies that are essential to success in Tiers 2 and 3 and in their upper-level major courses.  Ideally, a student that is academically prepared for college-level work will complete all of Tier 1 by the end of freshman year.   Practically, many students need to take prerequisite courses for some areas, but should be advised to complete Tier 1 by the end of sophomore year, if possible.

Tier 1 competency

Prerequisites/placement

Waiver policies

INQ 101—First year experience

 

Waived for transfer students with 15 or more transfer

credits.1

Critical Thinking

 

Transfer student waiver policy.2

Multilingual Communication (must complete up through the third level of a language)

Many students may need to take a first or second-level prerequisite course.

See placement link http://www.southernct.edu/placement/

Transfer student waiver policy.3

Quantitative Reasoning

Many students may need to take a first or second-level prerequisite course.

See placement link above.

 

Technological Fluency

 

 

Written Communication

Many students may need to take a prerequisite class. See placement link above.

 

  1. Waiver policies based on transfer credits are based on “initial transfer credits”, which is the number of credits taken and transferred prior to the first semester that a student is matriculated at SCSU.
  2. Waived for transfer students with 30 or more credits AND an overall transfer GPA ≥ 2.5 AND at least three Tier 2 equivalent transfer classes. Students can contact the LEP director if they believe they are eligible for the waiver.
  3. Waived for transfer students with 60 or more credits.
    Waived for transfer students with 30-59 credits AND who took up through Level 3 of a language in high school.  Otherwise, transfer students with 30-59 credits can complete this requirement with a second-level college course.

All students will take at least one course in each of these areas. Your adviser will be able to help you choose which courses will work best for you.