Associate Degrees

General Studies

Academic Program Mission Statement:
The Core Curriculum at Newbury College provides students with an understanding of how to communicate effectively, how to apply their skills to an ever changing world and how to become well-rounded, active thinkers.

Communication is fundamental to every personal and professional activity. Through a variety of communication tasks, all Core courses enhance students’ effectiveness in writing, reading and oral communication to lead more meaningful lives and successful careers.

Given the volume of information available in the 21st century, processing information and recognizing the credibility and objectivity of sources have become increasingly important to future employers. By nurturing the skills of critical thinking, information literacy, global awareness, the ability to collaborate in a diverse environment and quantitative reasoning, core courses instill habits of mind to face the challenges they will encounter in their professions and their chosen communities. By opening students’ minds to the diversity of the human experience and multiple frames of reference in Core courses, students are empowered to make ethical life decisions that contribute to the richness of their lives and the lives of others and help them to become productive global citizens.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand ideas and clearly and appropriately express them orally and in writing.
  2. Identify, apply and evaluate ethical concepts which underpin contemporary society and the human condition across time.
  3. Identify and evaluate diverse literary and aesthetic principles which have contributed to an understanding of the human experience.
  4. Identify, synthesize and evaluate historical trends and ideas that have helped to define modern society.
  5. Synthesize and evaluate information from diverse disciplines to support logically and effectively- reasoned conclusions.
  6. Identify, apply and evaluate mathematical concepts which support society.
  7. Analyze, evaluate and apply social scientific concepts to understand human awareness within social, cultural, economic, global and political contexts.
  8. Understand and utilize fundamental scientific principles to evaluate the ethical, environmental and personal impact of scientific knowledge and technological power.

Recommended Course Sequencing:
Please see course descriptions for prerequisites. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.

EN105 Advanced English Composition *
EN206 Introduction to Literature
HU100 Foundations of the Liberal Arts **
HU103 World Civilization (Modern)
MH103 Integrated Algebra (4 credits) *
Arts and Science Elective
Computer Science Elective
Humanities or Psychology or Social Science Elective
Electives (2)

HU135 World Religions or HU152 Introduction to Philosophy
200-level (or higher) Arts and Science Electives (3)
200-level (or higher) Humanities or Psychology or Social Science Elective
200-level (or higher) Literature Elective
Electives (4)

Total Credits Required For Graduation: 61

* by placement
** If you have 15 or more accepted transfer credits, you may replace HU100 with an Arts and Science elective.