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Academic Support Courses: Credit

This is a guide to undergraduate credit courses. The credits are counted for graduation requirements.

Please explore the following three sections:

Section 1: Undergraduate Credit-Bearing Courses

Offered by the Developmental Studies Department, Pratt Hall, Room 202/203, Phone: 724-357-2729

The undergraduate credits

  • Will be counted toward your graduation credit count (if you pass the course)

  • Most likely will be used as elective credits

  • Will be used in your GPA (grade point average) calculation

  • Will be used for enrollment status

  • Will be counted for Financial Aid purposes

The following courses carry undergraduate credits.

  • DVST 110 Introduction to Critical Reading and Thinking - Focuses on mastering skills related to the processes of understanding, analyzing, and assessing college-levels texts.
  • DVST 150 Introduction to Higher Education - Introduces students to skills that promote effective educational planning and academic success. 
  • DVST 160 Learning Strategies - Assists students to develop their study strategies and examine their academic goals. 
  • DVST 170 Career Exploration - Students will examine the world of work, assess their interests and abilities, and make realistic decisions on academic majors and careers.
  • DVST 250 Role of the Peer Educator: Theory Practice, and Assessment - Prepares selected students for the role of a paraprofessional Peer Educator.

Section 2: Advising and Testing Center

Pratt Hall, Room 216, Phone: 724-357-4067

Course: ADVT 170 - Career Exploration 1c-0l-1cr

Introduces the theoretical and practical framework with which to explore careers compatible with overall academic skills, aptitudes, and life goals. Students examine the world of work, assess their interests and abilities, and make realistic decisions on academic majors and careers. Notes: 1) Certain sections of this course will be restricted to specific enrollment groups. 2) Offered as ED 170 prior to 1997–98. 3) Cross-listed as DVST 170. These courses may be substituted for each other and be used interchangeably for D or F repeats but may not be counted for duplicate credit.

Section 3: CNSD 150 Life Skills: Improving Your Social and Emotional Intelligence

Offered by the Counseling Center, Kim Weiner, Ph.D., Director,, 724-357-2621

Perhaps this course would be of interest and benefit to you?

This course will provide students with practical, hands-on cognitive, emotional, and interpersonal skills which will help them to increase their abilities to process and respond to environmental demands and stresses of their social and academic environment. These skills include mindfulness, emotion regulation, behavior management, and handling relationships by understanding emotions in others. The goals of the course will be to understand basic principles or emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness and to improve students' ability to focus and attend to one's own thoughts and feelings as they apply to the skills described above. Prerequisites: By permission. Please contact the instructor.

  • Developmental Studies Department
  • Pratt Hall, Room 202/203
    201 Pratt Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2729
  • Fax: 724-357-6940
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.