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General Studies

Customize your curriculum with general studies

If you’re seeking a focus for your college education, Tidewater Community College’s general studies program might be just what you’re looking for! Or get a year or two of a bachelor’s degree under your belt by customizing your own flexible curriculum of courses that fulfill requirements at a four-year college or university. If you complete the degree and meet the GPA required for admission, you will likely be admitted as a junior.

Semesters:
4
Credits:
61
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Locations:
Chesapeake Campus, Norfolk Campus, Portsmouth Campus, Virginia Beach Campus, Online
Associate of Science - General Studies

You will take classes in all of the major disciplines, including science, history, social sciences, mathematics and the humanities, giving you the broadest possible foundation for your future direction.

Semesters:
4
Credits:
61
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Locations:
Chesapeake Campus, Norfolk Campus, Portsmouth Campus, Virginia Beach Campus
Associate of Science - Specialization in Professional Communication

Prepare for an entry-level job in public relations or technical writing, but communication is the foundation of any career path. Course work includes intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, business and professional communication, and, of course, writing. You'll also gain real-world experience during a required internship.

Semesters:
2
Credits:
33
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Locations:
Chesapeake Campus, Norfolk Campus, Portsmouth Campus, Virginia Beach Campus
Certificate - General Education

Work with an academic counselor to tailor a program that will help you meet your transfer and educational goals. You’ll take classes in all of the major disciplines, including science, social sciences, arts and humanities, communications and mathematics.

Additional Program Information:

First-time college students who meet GPA and other requirements may qualify for a 2-year transfer grant to apply toward tuition. Grants of $1,000 may be awarded for your junior and senior years.

Students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) disciplines may be eligible for an additional $1,000 each year.

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Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:
  • have strong communication skills
  • are interested in fields like politics and economics
  • want to transfer to complete a bachelor's degree

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