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Liberal Arts

Associate of Arts

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Prepare for transfer, for career, for life – on campus or 100% online

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Too often parents and students hear the message that a liberal arts degree has no value in the workplace, but that just isn’t true. It can provide a strong foundation of knowledge and critical-thinking skills.

Studying English literature, history, humanities or philosophy may not seem like the ideal training for a job, but these subjects have prepared more than a few students for a wide variety of careers.

Tidewater Community College’s Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts prepares you for a wide variety of fields: business, the arts, education, medical and legal professions, social service and public service.

The degree offers flexibility, too. You can complete the entire degree online, take day and evening classes on any campus, or combine online and classroom.

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Where can you go?

With the required GPA, you can take advantage of transfer agreements with schools including:

  • University of Virginia
  • Old Dominion University
  • William and Mary
  • American University
  • Norfolk State University
  • … and many more! See all transfer agreements
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What does this program cost?

You can complete a 2-year associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year university or college.

TCC's Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts consists of 4 semesters of full-time study, with classes held on all campuses.

If your schedule doesn't permit full-time attendance, you may also take classes part time.

Estimated Program Cost*:
61 credits x $185.35 per credit = $11,306.35 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

2-year transfer grants

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. See transfer grant details

Know before you go

If you are planning to transfer to a particular four-year college or university, be sure to familiarize yourself with admission requirements and transferability of courses. Speak with a TCC academic advisor and plan your curriculum carefully!

For more information, visit the Transfer Programs page.

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Veterans, transitioning military, spouses and dependents: TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education provides academic guidance and help in maximizing your GI Bill® and other educational benefits.

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Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.

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Complete this degree 100% online!

Prepare for lifelong learning and social, cultural and technological change


Required courses are offered on all 4 TCC campuses


When Doug Thiele isn't working on hit songs and books, he's in his TCC classroom teaching English and creative writing


The first in her family to finish college, May 2015 graduate Kyrie Boyle transferred to Old Dominion University

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Meghan Edwards went from Wendy's to Columbia University. After selecting TCC's Liberal Arts transfer degree she never looked back.