2019-2020 Residential Undergraduate Catalog 
    Mar 06, 2021  
2019-2020 Residential Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Divisions


New England College offers a robust array of undergraduate residential programs. Faculty work together to promote 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: Art and Design, Humanities, Education, Management, and Natural and Social Services.

Art and Design Division

The mission of the Division of Art and Design is to advance knowledge, to encourage intellectual inquiry, and to cultivate creativity through research, scholarship, artistry, and public performance through programs centered around discipline-specific studies and inter-disciplinary collaboration toward preparing students for careers in the visual and performing arts. Programs within the Division engage in creative research and discovery, promote ethical and moral decision-making and leadership, and contribute to the cultural enrichment of our communities.

Program outcomes within the division educate students to:

  • Articulate the formal and conceptual qualities of the various fine, media and performing arts.
  • Create a cohesive body of work and articulate concepts and methods of production
  • Write creatively and critically about the arts
  • Interpret art and theatre based historical texts and art criticism.
  • Articulate the interrelationship between the arts.
  • Describe the relationship of the visual and performing arts to history and culture.
  • Evaluate their own and others art works.
  • Apply the principles and concepts of the field(s) to new situations.
  • Implement relevant research methods and principles.


  • Art (Fine Arts and Media Arts Concentrations)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Programs
  • Game and Digital Media Design
  • Theatre
  • Art History (minor)

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.

Programmatic outcomes for the Education Division:

  1. Reflect on and analyze your teaching practice and engagement with learners.
  2. Demonstrate a commitment to life‐long learning and teaching enhancement.
  3. Demonstrate your ability to work and communicate effectively with others to understand, negotiate, and influence complex systems.
  4. Apply learning as a means of becoming agents of change who can effectively identify and meet the needs of diverse learners and communities


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

Humanities Division

The mission of the 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, imagination and curiosity;
  • Ethical and humane values that reflect respect for all the members of our species and for the natural environment 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 all human endeavors including the search for meaning and truth;
  • Knowledge of the variety of human cultures, the civic environment in which in which we engage one another and the memory of the cumulative thoughts and acts of all humankind;
  • Memory of the cumulative thoughts and acts of all humankind.


  • Communication Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • History
  • Integrated Studies (in Philosophy and Literature)
  • Political Science
  • Environmental Communication (minor)
  • Homeland Security (minor)
  • Women and Gender Studies (minor)
  • Humanities (Associate of Arts)

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 marketing 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 (General, Accounting, Marketing, and Strategic Sales Management Concentrations)
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Sports and Recreation Management
  • Business Administration (Associate of Arts)

Natural and Social Sciences Division

The Natural and 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 (General and Conservation Biology concentrations)
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies and Sustainability
  • Health Science (with various pre-professional tracts)
  • Psychology (General and Human Services concentrations)
  • Chemistry (minor)
  • Social Work (minor)
  • Natural Science; Social Science (Associate of Arts)