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General Education Competencies

All associate degree programs at the College contain a basic core of general education courses that require a minimum of fifteen semester hours. Each associate degree program contains a minimum of one course in English, one course in communication and at least one three semester hour course from each of the following areas: humanities/fine arts; social/behavioral sciences and natural sciences/mathematics.   The general education core courses prepare students for life-long learning in pursuit of professional and personal development. These courses provide the foundation for students to increase their ability to express themselves effectively in oral and written communications and to apply logical, creative and analytical thinking to a range of learning experiences.  Core general education competencies for all associate degree graduates are outlined below. 

  • Computer Literacy:  Students will demonstrate proficiency in the use of computer technology in the integration of microcomputer applications software including word processing, data bases, spreadsheets, graphs, presentation methodologies and applications specific to their discipline of study.
  • Information Literacy:  Students will be able to access, evaluate and use information legally and ethically to accomplish specific purposes.
  • Mathematics:  Students will use appropriate mathematical skills for the purpose of solving practical problems as well as discipline specific math problems.
  • Oral and Written Communications:  Students will deliver information in a clear and effective manner, demonstrate effective listening skills in communication with others, target the information presented to the audience's needs, and use media to support presentations.  Additionally, they will produce unified, coherent, well-developed written communication using standard written English.
  • Reading:  Students will apply critical reading strategies to evaluate, interpret and analyze academic, technical, and other professional readings.
  • Applied Technology:  Students will be able to apply general technology as well as discipline-specific technology at the entry job level within their chosen field of study.
  • Problem-Solving Skills:  Students will be able to demonstrate effective problem-solving skills in practical situations as well as in their specific career field.

Off-Campus Programs

Academic Programs for Business and Industry

FDTC provides academic courses for employees, on site at the business location, as well as on our campuses.  The program has been developed to provide employees the opportunity to continue their education around a schedule which is appropriate to their work.  The employee has the same privileges as a regular student on our campus.

Each employee, who wishes to enroll in a class, must complete an application for admission to FDTC and meet all requirements for acceptance to a program of study.  A person who does not wish to enter a curriculum program may enter as an undeclared student and take up to, but no more than 15 credit hours in selected courses.

High School Dual Credit

Check out FDTC's Early College Program.


It is understood that FDTC does not guarantee the transfer of courses to any other school, college or university, except where articulation agreements have been developed.  Furman University will not accept college courses taught on a high school campus.  If a student is planning to attend a public or private college in SC or a college outside of SC, please contact that institution regarding transfer courses.


If a student has a question about the examination schedule, it should be directed to his/her advisor or instructor.  View exam schedule online.

Late Instructor Policy

We do not expect faculty to be late.  In the event of an emergency, however, if an instructor is late in arriving for class, students should wait at least 10 minutes from the assigned start time before signing a roll and leaving.  After the first five minutes, one student from the class should inform the department head, division secretary, or another faculty member. It may be possible to provide alternative instruction if the authorities are informed in time, and we would like to be able to provide instruction for every scheduled session.

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