Courses offered in this division satisfy general education requirements for Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees. Many also are prerequisites for other classes.

Communication Studies and Wellness

From technical to creative writing, from Beowulf to J.R. Tolkien or from Spanish and French languages to personal health and fitness, our Communication Studies and Wellness general education courses are designed to prepare you for upper-level coursework at a four-year college. Whether you choose on-ground or online courses, our faculty members will provide one-on-one help when you need it.

Communications Studies and Wellness includes all classes in these categories:


Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communications, Public Relations, etc.


Composition I, Creative Writing, Business Communications, etc.

Foreign Languages (French and Spanish)

Elementary Spanish, Elementary and Intermediate French, etc.


Personal Health and Fitness, First Aid


American, English and World Literature, etc.

Service Learning

Emerging Leaders, Service Learning and Leadership, etc.

Student Success

College Skills, Career Choices, Computer Skills for College, etc.


Building Fitness for Life, Aerobics, Women and Health

Developmental Courses

Developmental courses are designed to make sure you have the skills you need to succeed in college.

All associate degrees require at least one math course and at least one writing course. Some certificate programs also require math or writing. Reading is required for students whose scores fall below a certain level. The required math and writing courses for each degree are listed in the SFCC online catalog.

What Do My Placement Scores Mean?

SFCC uses your placement scores to place you in the level of writing or reading that is right for your skill level. If your scores don’t place you into the courses that are required for your degree or certificate, you will need to begin at the level into which you tested and work your way through each course to the required ones. These courses are called developmental courses and do not count toward a degree or as electives.

You may take the ACT, the ACT Compass or the ACCUPLACER tests to determine your placement scores. Once your scores have been determined, you can view the placement chart for English and reading courses. Your navigator can help you understand which classes you will be enrolled into based on how you scored.

If you have ACT scores of 18 or higher in both reading and English, you will automatically be eligible for English Composition I or Technical Writing, as well as several other general education courses in disciplines including history, science, psychology, humanities, and literature. These are all college-level courses.

However, entering college freshmen and transfer students who have not yet achieved an ACT 18 sub-score on both the reading and English portions will need to take one or more noncredit developmental courses to improve their skills.

If your college experience begins with developmental classes, you will have to pay for classes that don’t count toward a degree.

For example, if you want to earn an Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT), it requires that you take ENGL 101 and 102. If you score a 13 on both the reading and writing sections of the ACT, you will first need to complete ENGL 060 with a C or better, and then ENGL 070 with a C or better before you can enroll in ENGL 101. If you are a Missouri resident, these two additional classes, plus textbooks, will cost nearly $1,000 and could take two extra semesters before you can reach your goal of earning an AAT.

Accelerated Learning Program

If your ACT or ACCUPLACER scores place you in ENGL 060 (Foundations of English I), you will receive an intensive foundation in sentence and paragraph structure, which will prepare you for English 070 (Foundations of English II.)

If your ACT or ACCUPLACER scores place you in ENGL 070 (Foundations of English II), you will take it as a co-requisite of English Composition I.

If you place in ENGL 060 or ENGL 070, you also have the option of taking ENGL 090 (Introduction to English Composition,) a one-week online English review course. Upon successful completion of the course, you can retest with ACCUPLACER. If you earn the appropriate placement score for Composition I, you can bypass the developmental course.

Lisa Shoemaker Distinguished Student Writer Awards

Each spring the college presents the Lisa Shoemaker Distinguished Student Writer awards to three students whose essays are judged best by SFCC faculty and staff. English Composition and Literature instructors nominate student papers from hundreds submitted in fall and spring classes, and faculty independently select and rank the top 10 essays.

The awards are named in honor of Lisa Shoemaker, former English instructor and literature coordinator who retired in 2015 after teaching nearly 36 years at SFCC.

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