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PART-TIME PATHWAYS (3 to 5 years) are available for most degrees. To qualify to take college-level classes, some students may be required to take college preparation classes first.


Course Title Credits Milestone Pre-req Schedule tips
ENG101 English Composition I 3 ☑
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 3
HIS121 World Civilization I 3 FALL
COM111 Public Speaking 3 PP
ART105 Art History from the Renaissance to the Present 3 ☑ FALL; IL


Course Title Credits Milestone Pre-req Schedule tips
ENG102 English Composition II 3 ☑
ANT101 Cultural Anthropology 3 ☑ GA
HIS122 World Civilization II 3 SPRING
MAT122 Quantitative Reasoning 3 QR
BIO103 Human Nutrition & Health 3 SCI


Course Title Credits Milestone Pre-req Schedule tips
PHI101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
LIT201 American Literature I 3
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology 3
SPN111 Elementary Spanish Language and Culture I 3 FALL
MUS112 Introduction to World Music 3 ☑ FALL


Course Title Credits Milestone Pre-req Schedule tips
ERS125 Environmental Issues 4 SPRING
LIT202 American Literature I 3 WC
REL101 World Religions 3
SPN112 Introductory Spanish 2 3 SPRING
COM105 Film Studies 3 ☑ SPRING
CREDITS: 15-16


Program Snapshot

This program:

  • Emphasizes the traditional and foundational college experience for most students
  • Can be tailored to suit most student’s needs
  • Offers maximum flexibility for:
    1. Completing general education requirements to
    2. Transfer to a 4-year college
    3. Students who are unsure of their major
  • Is available days, nights, and online
  • Can begin in any semester

Helpful Hints

If you are using this degree to eventually transfer to a 4-year college or university, the sooner you decide on what schools you might transfer to, the easier it will be to choose electives that transfer. Discuss this with a NECC transfer advisor early and often.

Early in the course sequence, focus on completing courses in the Mass GenEd Foundation.

If you are not taking 5 classes per semester, plan to take the courses listed as Spring or Fall in the semester they are offered.

Milestone Courses

Milestone courses are the most important for success in the program, should be taken in the sequence shown, and may require certain grades or other outcomes for your continued progress toward graduation. They may also cover most, or all the six core skills required for graduation.


You are encouraged to use this pathway checklist with an advisor as a worksheet when planning your progress toward a degree or certificate. This checklist is not your academic transcript and it is not official notification of completion of degree or certificate requirements.

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