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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:


Group A

Written Composition/Oral Communication


Group B

The Scientific World


Group C

Social Sciences (Behavorial)


Group D

Social Sciences (Non-Behavorial)


Group E

Mathematical Reasoning


Group F

Humanities - OR -


Group G

World Languages

Minimum of an additional 3 credits from Groups A - G


Open Electives



Assesment of Prior Learning

(if student chooses to develop a portfolio)


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

Residency Requirements

At least 16 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