General Education Requirements

The general education program at Granite State College is founded on fostering intellectual curiosity and preparing people to realize their full potential in a complex and changing world. Students explore major fields of knowledge and engage with ideas through action and application. With commitment to and respect for adults of all ages, the general education program will offer students opportunities to:

Communicate, particularly

  • Write with clarity.
  • Create digital or visual content.
  • Communicate interpersonally.

Think critically and comprehensively, particularly

  • Evaluate information.
  • Reason with numbers.
  • Think analytically.
  • Define complex problems.

Apply knowledge to workplace and community, particularly

  • Engage with diverse individuals, groups, and cultural frameworks.
  • Participate in citizenship and community.
  • Solve challenging problems using disciplinary knowledge.
  • Reflect on learning to guide professional practice.


Three required courses.

In transfer, a minimum of 3 credits is required to meet each course requirement.

ENG 500The Writing Process4
COMM 542Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics4
COMM 543Visual Communication4
Total Credits12

Think Critically and Comprehensively

Three required courses.

In transfer, a minimum of 3 credits is required to meet each course requirement.

CRIT 501Introduction to Critical Inquiry4
CRIT 602Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking 14
Select one of the following:4
Math for Our World
Total Credits12

Apply Knowledge to Workplace and Community

Four required courses.

In transfer, a minimum of 3 credits is required to meet each course requirement.

Knowledge of Human Behavior and Social Systems: Social Sciences Disciplines

Courses in this area recognize how changes occur in human development, behavior, social values, groups, and/or institutions.

Select one of the following:4
Introduction to Criminology
The Criminal Justice System
Crime Prevention and Control
Crime Victim Rights and Remedies
Corrections, Probation, and Parole
Constitutional Law
Principles of Economics
International Economics
Economics of Artificial Intelligence
American Government and Politics
Law and Society
The U.S. in World Affairs
Introduction to Psychology
Social Psychology
Child Development
Human Development
Infant and Toddler Development
Language Acquisition
Theories of Personality
Crisis Intervention
Counseling Theories
Principles of Assessment
Educational Psychology
Cognition and Learning
Psychology of Adulthood
Psychology of Occupational Stress
Abnormal Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Society and the Individual
Work and Society
Child Abuse and Neglect
Living in a Digital Democracy
Men and Women in Cross-Cultural Perspectives
Dynamics of Family Relationships
Stress and the Family
Aspects of Aging in a Modern Society
Social Stratification and Inequality
Total Credits4

Knowledge of Human Thought and Expression: Humanities Disciplines

Courses in this area allow students to ask and explore a variety of questions about human thought and experience.

Select one of the following:4
Introduction to Drawing
Introduction to Watercolor
Digital Photography
Art History: Western World
Survey of World Architecture
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Language and Linguistics
The Media and Its Messages
Modern American Writers 1865 to the Present
British Literature I
British Literature II
War Writing in 21st Century: Literature of Combat, Homefront, and Homecoming
Children's Literature
Young Adult Literature
Creative Writing
Multicultural Perspectives through Literature
Readings in World Literature
The Graphic Novel
Short Fiction
Disability in Literature and Culture
Great Civilizations
United States History to 1865
United States History: 1865 to the Present
European History: Renaissance through the Industrial Revolution
History of New England
Historical Methods
Themes in World History
History of World War II
Vietnam War: An Historical Perspective
American Popular Culture
World Religions
Introduction to Ethics
Introductory Spanish
Introduction to Cultural Theory
Total Credits4

Knowledge of Physical and Natural World: Natural Sciences Disciplines

Courses in this area allow students to develop an understanding of the basic facts, principles, theories, and methods of physical and/or biological science.

Select one of the following:4
The Human Brain
Understanding the Disease Model of Addictions
Nutrition and Health
Human Biology
Issues in Women's Health
Diseases of the 21st Century
Introduction to Astronomy
Physical Geography
Introduction to Oceanography
Natural History of Northern New England
Energy and Environment
Introduction to Environmental Science
Life Cycle Nutrition
Advanced Human Physiology & Wellness
Principles of Exercise Science
Contemporary Issues in Personal and Global Health
Fitness and Health
Total Credits4

Interdisciplinary Seminar

This upper-level seminar’s specific topic varies by individual course section.

IDIS 601Interdisciplinary Seminar 14