The General Studies program accommodates students who want to explore a variety of career fields; upon completion, students often transfer to a four-year school to complete a bachelor's degree with a specific major in mind. This program provides a well-rounded selection of studies in social, cultural, behavioral, scientific and computer-related subjects. General Studies is beneficial for adult students, working students, and career changers who want to focus on completing courses that can potentially lead them to new careers without making a commitment to a specific degree plan.
A graduate in General Studies may gain additional specialized knowledge by transferring these credits into a specific career field at a four-year college.
Why Pursue a General Studies Degree?
If you're like most first-year college students, you may be unsure of your future plans and what you want to study. With so many academic options available, you may consider taking the general studies program at Northampton Community College. It exposes you to wide range of subjects and disciplines, with our core curriculum including business, communication, science and humanities courses. The general studies curriculum allows you to transfer credits to a four-year degree or immediately transfer your skills to the job market.
Students primarily take the general studies AA degree at NCC as a precursor to enhance their academic credentials in preparation for undergraduate study.
Is a Major Required?
Although you aren't required to major in a particular area of study, it's suggested that you focus on an area of interest to make for an easier transition to a four-year college. The general studies program at NCC provides flexibility to tailor your program to your future goals. The core curriculum provides a strong background in social sciences that you can complement with electives in subjects such as the arts, cultural studies, diversity and global awareness.
You may not know exactly what you want to study, but beginning with the general studies program will provide a base for your future. Contact NCC to find out how you can start.
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Your Career in General Studies
With an associate degree in general studies, you may be prepared to enter a variety of fields like sales, clerical, banking or customer service. Most jobs you qualify for will be at the entry level for the career.
General Studies Career Paths
- Transfer to 4 year institution
Degrees We Offer
- Associate in Arts | 2 years