This program is designed to provide students with broad knowledge and exploration in the arts and sciences. It offers maximum choice and flexibility, a wide array of courses, and clear transfer pathways to other programs and four-year schools. This program allows students to create a pathway for following opportunities:
- Ability to transfer to 4-year colleges and universities to complete a bachelor’s degree in a Liberal Arts area
- Starting point for those who have not selected a major and want to complete general education
requirements and an associate degree.
- Access to prerequisite courses to transfer into NHTI programs such as Engineering Technology, Math,
Biology, Health Science, Environmental Science, and Accounting.
- 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
|ENGL 101C||English Composition||3-4|
|ENGL xxxC||English elective||3|
|MATH xxxC||Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning electives: Two courses that can include CPET 107C, PHIL 112C, or MATH 120C1 or higher-level math||6-8|
|XX xxxC||Three Humanities electives2: Any INDL, PHIL, ASL, CHIN, FREN, GERM, SPAN, THTR, MUSC, DANC, VRTS, HIST 104C, HIST 105C, or English Literature3||9|
|XX xxxC||Three Social Science electives: ANTH, ECON, INDL, POLS, PSYC, SOCI, or HIST xxxC4||9|
|XX xxxC||Two Science electives, one with lab: BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, SCI, ENV||7-8|
|Total Core Credits5,6||37-41|
|XX xxxC||Four to five Liberal Arts and Sciences electives (any General Education elective)||12-15|
|XX xxxC||Three general electives (any credited course)||9-12|
1Milestone course – A course necessary to pass to advance in the program
2For optimal transfer the following courses are recommended: Philosophy elective, History elective, Fine Arts elective, Anthropology, or other culture/diversity class. Please refer to target program for specific recommendations.
3Other recommended courses: IST 102C PC Applications, as needed, and ENGL 120C or ENGL 120MC based on interest
4Excluding HIST 104C and HIST 105C
5All students must complete a minimum of 60 credits of college-level coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
6All students must earn at least 15 credits at NHTI with at least eight (8) of those credits numbered at the 200 level.
- Evaluate strengths and weaknesses as a learner and develop strategies for finding solutions for continued improvement.
- Express oneself clearly and cogently through written and oral communication.
- Evaluate the effect of historical trends, events, institutions, and social systems on society.
- Apply quantitative reasoning/mathematical operations necessary to be competent in both a personal and professional setting.
- Apply the scientific method to gain knowledge and examine the laws, theories, and processes of physical and biological phenomena.
- Demonstrate an understanding of diverse ideas, emotions, and modes of expression, as expressed through literature and the arts.
- Demonstrate the basic applications of computer technology to be competent on both a personal and professional level.
- Complete the necessary course requirements to support transfer to four-year institutions.
Employers rank critical thinking and communication skills as essential components of career readiness. Students with a Liberal Arts degree gain these sought-after skills to pursue a wide range of job opportunities.
NHTI has developed excellent practicum opportunities for our students to foster hands-on learning while simultaneously receiving credit. 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. Further, 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.
Start your journey at NHTI by first earning a certificate and credits toward a degree that can demonstrate real-world skills to employers. Or build a certificate into your degree along the way, based on your interests and career goals. NHTI offers a wide array of optional short-term study plans that can be earned separately or in conjunction with a degree program.
Employers value these skills. One employer said of the Mindful Communication program, “The number of roles where you just need technical skills and not people and communication skills are getting smaller and smaller every year.”
The following certificates are some that mesh well within our degree requirements, which offer a great deal of choice:
Other certificates in areas ranging from early childhood education to accounting can be found on our program page. Show employers what you’ve learned and what you can do!
Planning to Transfer?
NHTI offers transfer resources to create a bridge from NHTI’s Liberal Arts program to other programs and colleges. Work with your academic advisor to develop an effective transfer plan to meet your goals.
The New Hampshire Dual Admission program provides seamless academic pathways from NHTI to the University System of New Hampshire. The Liberal Arts programs has transfer agreements with the colleges and universities and assists students in transferring to other schools, including the following:
- Plymouth State University
- University of New Hampshire Durham
- University of New Hampshire Manchester
- Southern New Hampshire University
- Colby Sawyer College
- Rivier College
- Granite State College
- New England College
- Franklin Pierce University
- Seeking admission into a program at NHTI (engineering technology, biology, environmental science, accounting, and more)
- Transferring to a four-year college or university
- Exploring our agreements with four-year schools
Dual College Admission
Applying for Dual Admission and enrolling at NHTI can be the first steps toward toward earning an associate degree and a bachelor’s degree through the New Hampshire Dual Admission Program. Dual NH provides a seamless academic pathway from NHTI to institutions of the University System of New Hampshire (UNH, Keene State, Plymouth State, and Granite State) in a broad range of programs.
Granite Guarantee allows NHTI graduates, particularly those who are eligible for federal Pell Grants, to transfer to New Hampshire’s four-year schools tuition free for the semester following receipt of the associate degree. This financial aid program helps NHTI graduates to complete their bachelor’s degree and helps make it possible for you to achieve your career goals.
Jake, A.A. in Liberal Arts from NHTI, N.H. farmer and sustainable agriculture advocate
“The Liberal Arts program was probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, to continue my education. The classes opened my mind to different aspects of what I could do in this world. Now I’m doing what I’ve aspired to do.”
Frank, NHTI Liberal Arts student, UNH graduate, aspiring Spanish teacher
“Build on experience, get a great education, prepare the way, and then transfer to other universities. I can thank NHTI for helping me get from here to there.”
Carolyn, NHTI-to-Keene State College transfer student, graduated with B.A. in music with psychology minor, middle-school music teacher
“NHTI opened doors to different interests and allowed me to explore those things on a deeper level so I could take them with me. I love sharing my passion with my students.”
Safiya, NHTI graduate, N.H. state representative, member of BBC’s 100 Women list of inspiring women
“The Liberal Arts classes will make you ready for when you’re outside of class. I could really use those in real-life situations when I became a state representative.”
Daniel, NHTI Liberal Arts student, future math teacher
“My journey began in the Congo, and I’ve rediscovered my passion and explored many opportunities at NHTI.”