General Studies Degree

General Studies Core
  Course Title Credits
A. ENGL 101C English Composition 4
B. Social Sciences
(two courses with ANTH, ECON, HIST, POLS, PSYC, or SOCI prefix, excluding HIST 104C and HIST 105C)
C. Mathematics* (MATH 120C or higher with the exception of MATH 129C; MATH 129C does not meet the minimum math requirements in this category) 4
D. Lab Science
[excluding BIOL 100C, CHEM 100C, and PHYS 100C]
E. Humanities
(ENGL xxxC [excluding ENGL 100C, ENGL 120C, ENGL 120MC, ENGL 135C and ENGL 201C] and


XX xxxC Humanities/Fine Arts/Foreign Language Elective) 3
Other Required Courses for both options
  Course Title Credits
A General Elective 3
Exploration Option
The General Studies Exploration curriculum provides students with broad general knowledge as well as an opportunity to explore an area of concentration. It allows flexibility for students who either have transfer credit or who wish to transfer to another two or four-year program. While students may custom-design their concentration area, they should select these electives based on their intended fields of specialization.
  Course Title Credits
A GST 100C College Success Seminar or 1
  GST 102C Study Strategies 2
B. Liberal Arts and Sciences electives 12
C. Electives
(courses to meet individual interests and goals; may include a certificate program)
TOTAL 33-37

Experiential Credit Option
The Experiential Credit option is for individuals who would like to earn as many as 20 experiential credits for previous occupational experience. It is also possible to complete a certificate program for inclusion in this option. The experiential credit, whether combined with a certificate or with coursework in a specific subject area, must relate to and support the student's chosen subject concentration; it may or may not be transferable.
  Course Title Credits
A. GST 101C Assessment of Prior Learning 1
B. Experiential Credit** maximum 16
C. Certificate in a specific program area**
(must relate to experiential credit)
D. Coursework in a specific subject area**
(must relate to experiential credit)

*Students must complete MATH 120C or higher, with the exception of MATH 129C, to graduate. Depending on results of placement testing, students may be required to complete MATH 092C (please note that MATH 092C Introduction to Algebra, with a grade of “C” or higher, or the high school equivalent with a grade of “C” or higher, is the prerequisite for MATH 120C).
** If the combination of experiential credit and certificate program courses totals less than 35 credits, additional coursework must relate to the concentration subject area and must be approved by the General Studies department chair.
Note: a minimum of 16 credits hours must be earned through instruction at NHTI with a minimum of 8 credit hours in courses numbered at the 200-level.

CL - Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
LAB - Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
CR - Number of credit hours for the course

Curriculum for students entering program in 2019-20.

The degree of Associate in Science in General Studies will be awarded upon successful completion of the program.

The General Studies Program provides maximum flexibility for those seeking to begin or to continue their higher education. This program, in which students may design their own curriculum, is especially appealing to those who have unique career or academic goals.

Courses are offered day and evening. This program is now also available 100% online.  FInd out if online learning is right for you.

General Studies might be right for you if you:

  • Are seeking entry into an NHTI allied health program: Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Dental, Orthopaedic Technology, Paramedic Emergency Medicine, Radiation Therapy, or Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Transfer into these programs is not guaranteed; students who are successful in the General Studies program strengthen their candidacy.
  • Would like to custom-design a Degree that meets your goals;
  • Would like to combine one of our certificate programs (Paralegal, Accounting, Management, etc.) with other required credits to complete the degree. Click here to view NHTI’s certificate programs.

Deciding between Liberal Arts and General Studies? Click here to read about Liberal Arts.

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Transfer Information

Specific Admission Requirements

  1. Please refer to starred* statement on the right regarding mathematics graduation requirement.

Internship Considerations

NHTI has developed excellent practicum opportunities for our students to foster hands-on learning while simultaneously receiving credit. Nonetheless, the college's first priority must be to ensure that patients/clients/children/families are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in internship, externship, practicum, service learning, and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client/child/family responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships and confidentiality with employees, customers, and/or patients/clients/children and their families.

Additional Information

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Paula DelBonis-Platt
Department Chair
General Studies

(603) 271-6484 x4151

31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4011

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