General Studies


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Earn your certificate degree online

You will earn the same diploma as our on-campus students

This General Studies certificate from Tompkins Cortland Community College is designed for students who intend to pursue a bachelor's degree, but are unsure about their career and transfer plans.

The program aims to develop students' college-level communication and critical-thinking skills, present a broad understanding of the liberal arts and sciences to heighten global awareness, provide opportunities for the student to develop creative capacities, and to allow for the exploration of education and career options. 

In the first semester, all Exploratory Studies Sequence majors complete FSS 131 Self and World. This course is designed to introduce students to the intellectual, social, and practical aspect of college life. Working within a diverse community of learners, students will explore how their lives shape and are shaped by the complex world in which they live.

What's a certificate?
Certificates are usually one year in length and lead directly to employment. They consist of a focused series of courses and are typically found at Community Colleges.

How do I enroll?

Follow these steps to start your application

  1. Go to the online application
  2. Create an account
  3. Complete the forms or save for later
  4. Pay the application fee (if applicable)
  5. Submit any supplemental materials, if required
  6. Send in your academic records

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