The purpose of the general education core is to ensure that college students have the broad knowledge and skills to become lifelong learners in a global community that will continue to change. The general education core courses emphasize a breadth of understanding and not a set of skills, techniques or procedures associated with a specific occupation or profession.
All institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents System share a common lower-division general education core curriculum of forty-one (41) semester hours for baccalaureate degrees and the Associate of Arts degree. Lower-division means freshman and sophomore courses. Upon completion of an AA degree, the requirements of the lower-division general education core will be complete and accepted by all public higher education (TBR and UT system schools) in the transfer process.
Tennessee Transfer Pathways
If you follow a Tennessee Transfer Path (TTP), the courses in your path will transfer to all TBR and most UT system schools as well as many private institutions. Visit http://www.tntransferpathway.org/ for more information.
All of the core courses (41 semester hours) and most of the emphasis courses (19 semester hours or more depending upon the Transfer Pathway chosen) are available via online delivery.
The Associate of Arts in General Studies degree can be obtained online through all thirteen community colleges. Select a community college from the list below to find out more about the degree program. Upon completion, your degree will be awarded and conferred by the institution you select as your home school. There is no differentiation between earning your degree on-ground or online.