2017-2018 Residential Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jan 27, 2023  
2017-2018 Residential Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Divisions


New England College offers a robust program of undergraduate, graduate and online continuing education studies. Faculty work together closely to promote the integration of coursework and to build foundations for continued study and professional success. All disciplines and programs of New England College prepare undergraduate students for graduate study or for immediate entry into professional or pre‐professional positions and prepare graduate students for professions or advancement within professions. New England College’s departments, majors, minors, and other academic programs are housed in the following divisions: Arts and Humanities, Education, Management, and Natural and Social Services.

Management Division

The programs in the Division of Management provide opportunities to develop ethical and responsible citizens who appreciate the economic and political landscape of a changing global environment. The curriculum brings several traditional fields of study, including business, economics, and public relations, together in new and exciting ways to help students prepare for further studies or careers in business, communication, government, and not‐for-profit organizations. Whether graduates find their niche in starting a business or working in an established community or corporate setting, they will have developed the critical thinking and analytical skills necessary for managing resources, information, and ideas.


  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Sports and Recreation Management
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Associate Degree in Business Administration


  • MBA
  • MS in Management
  • MS in Accounting
  • MS in Computer Information Systems
  • MS in Engineering Project Management

Continuing Education

  • Business (Associate and Bachelor)
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Associate and Bachelor in Liberal Arts (shared with other Divisions)

Education Division

The mission of the Education Division is:

  • To enable students to understand the forces that shape individual and societal dynamics;
  • To empower students to be lifelong learners and agents of change;
  • To promote a concern in students for enhancing the quality of individual lives;
  • To provide a supportive context in which students are encouraged to develop their own ethical world views;
  • To develop students’ critical thinking skills;
  • To foster creativity and qualities of effective leadership;
  • To foster sensitivity to and the appreciation of cultural, ethnic, gender, and generational differences;
  • To prepare students for graduate study or immediate entry into professional or pre-professional careers.

Each discipline merges practical skills with theoretical concepts and incorporates “real world” experiences into classroom discussion. Concern for ethical issues in research and practices forms the cornerstone of our philosophy of education.


  • Educational Communities
  • Elementary Education K-8 (certification)
  • Kinesiology
  • Outdoor Leadership
  • Physical Education K-12 (certification)
  • Secondary Education (English, Social Studies, or Life Science) (certification)
  • Special Education K-12 (certification)
  • Theatre Education K-12 (certification)


  • MED
  • CAGS
  • EdD
  • Superintendent Certification
  • Principal Certification
  • Teacher Conversion
    • Elementary Education K-8 (certification)
    • Physical Education K-12 (certification)
    • Secondary Education (English, Social Studies, or Life Science) (certification)
    • Special Education K-12 (certification)
    • Theatre Education K- 12 (certification)

Continuing Education

  • Associate and Bachelor in Liberal Arts (shared with other Divisions)

Arts & Humanities Division

The mission of the Arts & Humanities Division is to promote the understanding of what it is to be human and explore the ways humans interact with each other and the environment. To those ends we seek to develop in our students.

  • Critical and creative thought, communication skills, imaginative and curiosity;
  • Ethical and humane values that reflect respect for all the members of our species and the cultural diversity of the world in which we live;
  • An understanding of the rule of law, morality and ethics and how they inform a commitment to social justice;
  • An appreciation for beauty and elegance in the creative and performing arts, and the search for meaning and truth;
  • Knowledge of the variety of human cultures, the civic and natural environments in which we engage one another and the memory of the cumulative thoughts and acts of all humankind.


  • Art
  • Communications Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • History
  • Integrated Studies (in Philosophy&Literature)
  • Modern Languages/ESL
  • Music
  • Political Science
  • Theatre
  • Women’s Studies (minor)
  • Associate Degree in Humanities


  • MA in American Studies
  • MA in International Relations
  • MA in Professional Writing
  • MA in Public Policy
  • MFA in Creative Writing

Continuing Education

Associate and Bachelor degrees in:

  • Communication Studies
  • Criminal Justice
  • Humanities
  • Liberal Arts (shared with other Divisions)

Natural & Social Sciences Division

The Natural & Social Sciences are powerful intellectual disciplines for understanding the universe. As such, they are firmly embedded in the liberal arts and sciences traditions. Our goals are to enable students to develop:

Critical and quantitative thinking to accumulate and analyze reliable knowledge and to make rational and logical decisions based on that knowledge;

Abilities to see scientific methods as universal problem‐solving techniques, and to integrate these techniques into other disciplines and everyday life.

The majors emphasize both theoretical and applied approaches:

  • Biology focuses primarily on  theoretical aspects of organisms and their environment within the framework of evolution;
  • Environmental Science applies this information to the “real world,” the world of human and practical affairs;
  • Psychology focuses on human development and interactions with the intent of using this knowledge to better one’s community and the world;
  • Health Science provides critical background in the natural sciences and facilitates the application to many health care careers.


  • Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies & Sustainability
  • Health Science (with various pre-professional tracts
  • Psychology (General and Human Services concentrations)
  • Sociology Minor
  • Associate Degrees: Natural Science and Mathematics; Social Science (includes courses from other Divisions)


  • MS in Human Services
  • MS in Mental Health Counseling

Continuing Education

  • Psychology

Associate and Bachelor in Liberal Arts (shared with other Divisions)

School of Graduate and Professional Studies

The purpose of New England College Graduate and Professional Studies is to remove obstacles to educational advancement and open new pathways leading to professional development and personal enrichment. Coursework integrates the conceptual knowledge necessary for understanding complex organizational systems navigating dynamic professional environments with projects applied to contemporary workplaces. Graduate programs are offered on the Henniker campus, online, and on location throughout New England.

Graduate and Professional Studies Programs offer the following degrees: Master of Arts in Professional Writing, Master of Arts in Public Policy, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Poetry and Fiction), Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Higher Education Administration, Master of Science in Management, Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling, Master of Science in Human Services, Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), and continuing education Bachelor of Science programs in Business, Criminal Justice, Health Care Administration, Liberal Studies, and Psychology. For more information on these programs and specific offerings please see that section of the catalog.