What Can I Do With My General Studies / Liberal Arts Major?

General Studies and Liberal Arts

Both the General Studies degree and the Liberal Arts degree at NHTI offer broad comprehensive studies in the arts, sciences, and humanities as well as maximum flexibility for a variety of academic and career goals.  As a sign of their value and popularity, these two majors hold the largest number of NHTI students with more than 1,500 students majoring in either general studies or liberal arts each year.  These degrees are great considerations for ...

  • future transfer students who are looking to fulfill general education requirements for a 4 year degree program.  It’s important to work with the target 4-year school in determining course credit transferability when making NHTI course choices.
  • students who are uncertain about future plans and wish to explore various academic and career options.  There’s even the option of applying a certificate program to your general studies degree.
  • students who wish to complete pre-requisites while looking to get into degree programs with limited enrollment such as nursing and radiologic technology.
  • students with unique career and academic goals to create their own degree program.

Visit NHTI’s General Studies Department and Liberal Arts Department for information on degree and course offerings.

Career Paths for This Major

Career paths for general studies and liberal arts graduates are diverse, and they depend upon one's interests, abilities, work values, academic emphasis, and practical work experience.  Students in these majors are encouraged to take time for the career planning process early on in their college studies.  Hands-on experience, and coursework related to a specialized interest area(s), will greatly facilitate preparation for the post-graduation transition.  For example, those with an interest in publishing can round out their studies with hands-on publishing experience and related courses.

Skills Developed Through This Major

  • Written and verbal communication
  • Writing and editing
  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Ability to Conduct & Explain Research
  • Clarifying & Questioning Skills
  • Organization of Ideas
  • Critical Interpretation of Reading Materials


Sample Career Titles

These titles include positions that you qualify for with this associate’s degree as well as those that require a bachelor’s degree and beyond.

Publishing Journalism Human Resources
Editorial Assistant Reporter Recruiter
Managing Editor Newscaster Hiring Manager
Production Assistant News Desk Assistant Trainer
Publicist Assignments Editor Compensation and Benefits Coordinator
Field Sales Representative Copyeditor Employee Relations Representative
Advertising/Sales Wire Service Reporter Education and Human Services
Freelance Writer Television Teacher
Advertising and Public Relations Station Manager Professor
Copywriter Program Assistant Administrator
Account Coordinator Sales Assistant Guidance Counselor
Account Executive Production Assistant Lawyer
Media Planner Promotion & Publicity Assoc. Director Social Worker
Publicist Researcher Residential Counselor
  Traffic Coordinator Community Outreach Worker
  Tape Editor Case Management Aide
  Writer Psychologist


Sample Employers

Book Publishers Magazine Publishers
Radio & Television Stations Newspapers
Trade & Technical Journals Public Relations Firms
Advertising Agencies Public & Private Schools
Political & Legal Offices Colleges & Universities
Non-Profit Organizations Business & Industry
Public Libraries Telecommunications Firms
Federal & State Government Retailers

Ways to Explore and Reality Test Careers

There are four key ways to explore your favorite career interests…through reading, through speaking with those in the know, through observing and through doing.  Use the link(s) below to begin exploring major related careers through ‘reading’.   Go to the Exploring Career Interests link to get tips on all four key exploration strategies.

If you’re uncertain about a career/academic direction, you can complete the career assessment activities located at the College Major and Career Decisions link on the NHTI website.  Completing all three activities lets you see patterns in your career and academic interests.

Additional sources of information for this major include:

  • NHTI Faculty, Academic Advisors, and Accounting Department resources.
  • Professionals working in the field(s) of interest


How to Increase Employability

  • Become an active student member of college, community, or professional associations related to your interests, which helps you build leadership skills and promote connecting (networking) with fellow professionals.
  • Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation through part-time, full-time and summer employment related to your field/educational subject interest.
  • Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities related to career interests.

Employment and Internship Links

See below for job posting sites related to this major.


Melanie Martel
Department Chair
General Studies

(603) 271-6484 x4251

Paula DelBonis-Platt
Department Chair
Liberal Arts

(603) 271-6484 x4151

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

Academic Advising
31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4021
Fax: (603) 223-0785