At Virginia Western, you may choose from a variety of associate degree and certificate programs to meet your educational and career goals. Many of our courses are available through different modalities including dual enrollment, eLearning, and evening courses. In addition to these courses and programs, Virginia Western offers noncredit classes and certificates.
Degree - An award at the associate level that represents completion of the requirements of a degree program.
Major - A collection of courses that are necessary to meet the requirements of the degree program under which the major is classified. Some majors provide specializations, which give students alternative ways of completing the major requirements for the degree. Only the name of the major is identified in the degree award.
Specialization - A collection of courses that vary by 9-15 credit hours from the major requirements of the degree program under which the parent major is classified. Both the name of the major and the name of the specialization are identified in the degree award.
Certificate Program - A program of study of fewer than two years in length with a major in an occupational area with a minimum of 30 credit hours.
Career Studies Program - A program of study typically less than one year in length in an occupational area that requires less than 30 credit hours.