First-time job seekers who come to their employers with basic writing, analytical reasoning, and computing skills find they can be more competitive in the job market and more valuable in the workplace.

Occupational Objectives

Counter and retail clerks, administrative support, social and human service assistants, and customer service positions, as well as a variety of other fields, allow individuals to apply their entry-level knowledge and skills while exploring the world of work and relevant career opportunities as  well as identifying more specific career and educational goals. For those employees who wish to pursue their education, the general education certificate provides foundational courses that allow students to progress toward the associate degree or to transfer to a senior institution.

Admission Requirements

All students will be required to demonstrate college readiness through assessment and/or transcript review and may be required to take placement tests in math, writing, and reading to aid in placing students in the appropriate courses. Students who do not meet required placement levels must enroll in developmental studies courses.

Program Questions

For specific questions about this program or to get appropriate information contact admissions@germanna.edu

General Studies Curriculum:

Total Minimum Credits 33
Program Requirements Description Credits
Student Development SDV 100 1
English ENG 111 3
Math Any MTH 154 or higher 3
Humanities ART 101, ART 102, ART 106, any REL, or HUM 100 AND any course from ART (approved transfer elective courses), ENG (Literature), HUM, MUS, PHI, REL, or Foreign Language 6
Social Sciences Any course from ECO1, PLS, PSY2, or SOC3 AND any course from ECO1, GEO, HIS, PLS, PSY2, SOC 6
Lab Sciences Any two-semester sequence in BIO, CHM, GOL, or PHY 8
Communication CST 100, CST 110, or CST 126 3

Suggested Scheduling:


Course Credits
SDV 100 1
ENG 111 3
History 3
Humanities 3
Lab Science (I) 4
Total Credits 17


Course Credits
CST 100, 110, or 126 3
Humanities 3
Social Science 3
Social Science 3
Lab Science (II) 4
Total Credits 16

  1. ECO 120 and ECO 201-202 contain similar course content. Students who take ECO 120 cannot receive credit for either ECO 201 or ECO 202. Students who take either ECO 201 or ECO 202 cannot receive credit for ECO 120.
  2. Students cannot receive credit for both PSY 235 and PSY 230.