General Studies

Arts, Humanities, Communications & Design
The Arts and Humanities form a foundation for an array of learning pathways and help students develop a broad understanding of their world and the ability to think critically and communicate effectively. Arts-related programs like graphic design and media technology combine creativity and tactical/technical skills to prepare students for a variety of professions in rapidly evolving fields.

Day/Evening program

The Associate in Science in General Studies degree program is designed for students who wish to pursue a flexible degree plan tailored to their specific educational or career goals. This program provides the opportunity to gain credit for prior learning through the portfolio process. Students pursue the General Studies degree to acquire new skills, to upgrade their current occupational skills, or to build a foundation for further education.

The General Studies program may be appropriate for students who:

  • May be undecided about their future plans
  • Wish to sample various course offerings within degree programs to help guide their future
  • Have career goals that cannot be met through another degree program
  • Have substantial experience of prior learning that may equate to appropriate college credit that can be documented through the portfolio process.

Since the General Studies degree plan is developed around individual career goals, prospective students must meet with the General Studies Program Coordinator to establish a program of study. To earn prior learning assessment credit, students may register for GSTN101 Assessment of Prior Learning to assist them in preparing a comprehensive portfolio which will be evaluated by the General Studies Program Coordinator and appropriate faculty. Please note that a maximum of 24 credits may be earned through prior learning assessment credit.

Graduation Requirements: A minimum of 64 credits are required for graduation to be distributed in the following manner:



Specialty and Support Courses


General Education as follows:


ENGL101N  College Composition 4

General Education Core



General Education Core



General Education Core

Behavioral Social Science


General Education Core

History/Political Science


General Education Core

Quantitative Literacy


General Education Core

Humanities/Fine Arts - OR - Global Awareness


Open Electives


Please Note: 8 credits of course work in the program must be completed at the "200" level.

Residency Requirements

At least 15 semester credits must be taken at Nashua Community College. Not including prior learning assessment credit awarded.

Admission Requirements
Applicants must:
  1. Be high school graduates or have the GED equivalent.
  2. Submit an application for admission and have official transcripts forwarded to Nashua Community College by secondary and post-secondary institutions previously attended.
  3. Participate in a personal interview if required.
  4. Participate in Accuplacer Placement Assessment test when appropriate.

Program Outcomes

Upon the completion of the degree in General Studies, graduates will be able to:

  1. Articulate an understanding of the importance of life-long learning.
  2. Find, interpret and evaluate information from a variety of sources and apply that knowledge through reasoned judgment and positive action.
  3. Express oneself clearly and cogently, through written and oral communication.
  4. Employ both quantitative and qualitative reasoning to describe and solve problems.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of complex issues and systems that affect how we live and manage our daily lives in the workplace and at home.
  6. Apply logical, critical, ethical, and creative processes and information to identify problems, evaluate alternative solutions, and make decisions.
  7. Integrate and apply the fundamental principles of scientific inquiry, social sciences, and arts and humanities.

In addition, the graduate will be able to demonstrate competency in the general education outcomes.