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General Studies

Specialization in Professional Communication

Associate of Science

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Effectively communicate in an ever-changing world

Program began Fall 2016

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Communications is No. 2 on Princeton Review's top 10 college majors. And there's a good reason.

Tidewater Community College's Associate of Science in General Studies with a Specialization in Professional Communication will prepare you for an entry-level job in public relations or technical writing, but communication is the foundation of any career path.

This transfer program includes course work in

  • intercultural communication
  • interpersonal communication
  • business and professional communication
  • and, of course, writing

You'll also gain real-world experience during a required internship.

Where can you go?

TCC's Associate of Science in General Studies generally parallels the course of study at many four-year colleges and universities. Consult with an academic advisor to make sure your electives align with your desired transfer school. Graduates may transfer into Old Dominion University's bachelor's degree program in communications.

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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 college or university.

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

If your schedule 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 transferable courses. Speak with a TCC academic counselor and plan your curriculum carefully!

For more information, visit the Transfer Programs page.

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The only associate-level professional communication specialization at a public college in Hampton Roads

Communications ranks No. 2 on Princeton Review's top 10 college majors

Gain strong written, oral and presentation skills, and learn how to listen actively

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The professional communication degree opens doors for graduates in a variety of fields

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Graduate has "high hopes" for career in communication