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Parallel Studies Department

The Parallel Studies Department, part of the Humanities Division, prepares students for registration into the Core courses.  Students are placed into the following Parallel Studies courses based on their performance on the TSIA reading and writing placement exams.  The TSIA (Texas Success Initiative Assessment) placement exam measures skills in reading, writing, and mathematics.  In an advising session, students receive help to understand their scores and choose the required courses for registration.  More information about the TSIA can be found at this link:  http://www.blinn.edu/testing/index.html

Course Sequence List:

Advanced Exit level courses allow qualifying students to be co-enrolled in a credit course in the same term.  Students are enrolled based on their test scores and instructor recommendations for acceleration.  The content of DIRW 0327 supports student success in the co enrolled credit course specifically, as well as other courses.  Because students are TSI liable until completion of sequence, students dropping a co-enrolled course is dropped from both co-enrolled courses.

  • DIRW 0238 co-enrolled with ENGL 1301
  • DIRW 0327 co-enrolled with ENGL 1301 or HIST 1301 in a learning community Exit level course:

DIRW 0326, Integrated Reading and Writing course

Lower level course: 

  • DIRW 0325 Integrated Reading and Writing course (offered on all campuses beginning fall 2017)
  • Reading Course:  READ 0304 co-enrolled with STDY 0311 in a learning community.

Student Success Courses help students transition successfully from high school.  Success Course List:

  • STDY 0311—required co-enrollment for all students taking READ 0304. This course is for any student who is TSI liable in reading or writing.
  • EDUC 1300—transfer level course for any student who is TSI complete in both reading and writing.
    • Students are strongly encouraged to take a success course in their first semester of college. 
    • Students on academic probation are strongly encouraged to take a success course. 
    • To fulfill the contract for academic suspension, students are required to take a success course.

ESOL Course List: ESOL courses (English for Speakers of Other Languages) are equivalent to the IRW sequence listed above and provide language learners with reading, writing, and conversation instruction and practice.  ESOL courses address the specific needs of language learners in reading rate and fluency, as well as cultural acclimation.

  • ESOL 0238 allows qualifying students to co-enroll in a credit course. Students are enrolled based on their test scores and instructor recommendations for acceleration.   Because students are TSI liable until completion of sequence, students dropping a co-enrolled course is dropped from both co-enrolled courses.
  • ESOL 0326 is an exit level course.  Students taking this course are co-enrolled in a special topics student success course learning community.
  • ESOL 0335 and ESOL 0324 is a lower level learning community, focusing on reading and writing.

Boot Camp Courses are offered to students who have scored one or two points below the required TSI college ready score required in reading, writing, and math.  Students currently enrolled in developmental courses who are referred by their instructor are also candidates.  Boot Camps are a review of one section of the TSI test in a morning session followed by testing on the reviewed section in the afternoon.  Boot Camps are an attempt to accelerate placement for students who show evidence of competence in the content based on instruction or holistic advising.  Boot camps are offered twice a year; see an advisor for more information.  Seating is limited in all boot camp sessions.

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Contacts:

Sandra Chumchal, Bryan Campus
schumchal@blinn.edu