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Pathways to General Education

Per State Policy on Transfer, students who take their entire course work toward the baccalaureate degree by enrolling in transfer programs at a Virginia Community College or Richard Bland College, and who graduate with associate degrees based upon a baccalaureate-oriented sequence of courses, and who are offered admission to Virginia Tech, will be granted junior level status upon admission. Additionally, these students will have fulfilled the requirements of the University Pathways to General Education; however, it may take such students longer than two years to complete the baccalaureate degree because of major prerequisites and other circumstances or requirements. (State Policy on Transfer, Section II)

A complete list of courses appears in the Pathways Courses and Minors Table.

The Pathways to General Education is a vibrant, flexible, and innovative general education program, that provides a coherent and meaningful learning experience and allows students to integrate the learning for use throughout their lifetimes.

Approved Courses & Minors for the Pathways to General Education
These are courses which have VCCS equivalents. While using the list, remember that your academic program may require you to select particular courses. Major and college requirements (if any) are indicated for all programs in the section on Course Recommendations by Major. For courses ending in "XXX" please see your academic advisor to determine applicability to fulfill Pathways or degree requirements.

Some courses must be taken in sequence to fulfill the Pathways Concept requirement. Refer to your major’s checksheet to determine which courses are required for a Concept.

Pathways Curriculum requires a total of 45 credits to fulfill the 7 core concepts and both integrative concepts. Students might pursue a minor or an alternative Pathway as means of completing a portion of the requirements.

Pathways Concepts
Concept 1f and 1a: Foundational Discourse & Advanced/Applied Discourse
9 credit hours
Concept 2: Critical Thinking in the Humanities
6 credit hours
Concept 3: Reasoning in the Social Sciences
6 credit hours
Concept 4: Reasoning in the Natural Sciences
6 credit hours
Concept 5f and 5a: Foundational Quantitative and Computational Thinking & Advanced/Applied Quantitative and Computational Thinking
9 credit hours
Concept 6a and 6d: Critique and Practice in Design and the Arts
6 credit hours
Concept 7: Critical Analysis of Equity and Identity in the United States
3 credit hours (may be double-counted with another core concept)
Concept 10: Ethical Reasoning
Throughout
Concept 11: Intercultural and Global Awareness
Throughout

It is advisable to view course recommendations by major and checksheets (list of courses required to complete degrees) of your intended major at Virginia Tech. This will help you determine which Areas you may choose and which are prescribed by your selected College or major.

Students who have earned an associate degree at a Virginia Community College or through Richard Bland College will have fulfilled requirements toward Pathways.