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General Studies: Individualized Option


MassTransfer approved program.

The associate in arts in General Studies: Individualized Option is designed to provide students with transferable fundamental courses for programs that Northern Essex does not offer. The curriculum will offer a core of transfer courses (generally known as general education requirements at upper level institutions) and a tailored curriculum, which will be focused on the individual curriculum to which the student desires to transfer to.  This program will be closely managed and monitored by professional academic advisors. Students will not be allowed to declare this program as a major without being advised into the program. Examples of curriculum that this program will allow student to pursue are Architectural Design, Exercise Physiology, Funeral Home Management/Directors, Plant and Soil Sciences, Communication Disorders, Fashion Design, Interior Design and  Pre-Veterinary. A minimum of 61 credit hours are required for graduation.

Starting in the fall of 2014, any student enrolled in an associate degree program who is new to NECC and has no academic history at the college, must take at least one course designated as intensive in each of NECC’s six core academic skills in order to graduate. In most cases, the program’s core required courses include these intensive courses.

Plan to see an advisor for more complete information about this graduation requirement.

Courses Credits Comments
ENG101 English Composition I 3  
ENG102 English Composition II 3 Prerequisite
Courses Credits Comments
Behavioral Science
Fine & Performing Arts/Foreign
& Religion Elective
History & Government
Humanities Elective 3  
Literature Elective 3  
Math Elective 3/4  
Science Electives 7/8  
Social Science Elective 3  
Liberal Arts Elective 3  
Free Electives 24  
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