2020-2021 Residential Undergraduate Catalog 
    Nov 29, 2022  
2020-2021 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)

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

Science, Health and Education Division

The programs in the Science, Health and Education Division are important disciplines for understanding the world. As such, they are firmly embedded in the liberal arts and natural and social science traditions.   In our mission, we seek to:

  • Enable students to understand the forces that shape individual, societal dynamics and change in the natural world;
  • Empower students to be lifelong learners and agents of change;
  • Promote a concern in students for enhancing the quality of individual lives in all environments;
  • Provide a supportive context in which students are encouraged to develop their own ethical world views;
  • Develop students’ critical thinking skills to be able to analyze reliable knowledge and make rational and logical decisions;
  • Use scientific methods as universal problem‐solving techniques and to integrate these techniques into everyday life.
  • Foster creativity and qualities of effective leadership;
  • Foster sensitivity to and the appreciation of cultural, ethnic, gender, and generational differences;
  • Prepare students for graduate study or immediate entry into professional or pre-professional careers.


  • Biology (General and Conservation Biology concentrations)
  • Education (Teacher Certification)
  • Educational Communities
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies and Sustainability
  • Health Science (with various pre-professional tracts)
  • Kinesiology
  • Outdoor Education
  • Psychology (General and Human Services concentrations)
  • Chemistry (minor)
  • Social Work (minor)
  • Natural Science; Social Science (Associate of Arts)