Arts and Sciences

Campuses

Clarkesville
Blairsville
Currahee

Credentials Offered

Associate Degree
Certificate

Program Length

2-5 Semesters

Academic Programs > Arts and Sciences

General Education & Core

Most degree programs require core classes in English, math, humanities, science, psychology, or speech. Students unsure about their career path can take degree-level courses in the Associate of General Studies degree or in the Technical Specialist certificate.

Extra benefits include HOPE Grant eligibility and measurable progress toward a future degree.

Available credentials include the Associate of Science in General Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies AAS degree, Technical Specialist certificate, and Early College Essentials certificate. 

Credentials You Can Earn

Associates Degree

Associate of Science in General Studies

The General Studies Associate of Science (AS) degree prepares students to pursue a four-year degree for careers in multiple fields of studies. Graduates develop academic and professional knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the profession of their choice or to further their education at a four-year university. This program provides students an option to combine general education along with occupational courses to create a specialized degree suited to their individual career goals. This institutionally developed program was uniquely designed to align to USG institutions within NGTC’s service area to provide graduates a seamless plan of study from the AS to a baccalaureate program of choice with minimal loss of credits.

Certificates

Technical Specialist Certificate

The Technical Specialist certificate program prepares students for positions in business that require technical proficiency to translate technical information to various audiences and in various formats using written and oral communication skills.

Early College Essentials Certificate

The Early College Essentials certificate program is designed for a cooperative agreement between technical colleges and four year colleges/universities in the area. These students have been identified as capable of performing academically at the college level and some are disengaged at the high school and are at risk of dropping out.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the General Studies Associate of Science (AS) degree at NGTC?

The General Studies Associate of Science (AS) degree prepares students to pursue a four-year degree for careers in multiple fields of studies. Graduates develop academic and professional knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the profession of their choice or to further their education at a four-year university. This program provides students an option to combine general education along with occupational courses to create a specialized degree suited to their individual career goals. This institutionally developed program was uniquely designed to align to USG institutions within NGTC’s service area to provide graduates a seamless plan of study from the AS to a baccalaureate program of choice with minimal loss of credits.

How do I apply?

Visit northgatech.edu/apply-now to get started with your application. 

Where will the program be offered?

The full program will be offered on all three campuses and can be completed online depending on course selection.

How long does it take to complete the program?

It requires 5-6 semesters to complete as a full-time student (12 or more credit hours per semester). For complete program and course information, please see our College Catalog and Student Handbook which is available at northgatech.edu/college-catalog

Can my prior college coursework be applied to the program?

Official college transcripts will be reviewed by the Registrar’s Office per the official transfer credit rules and course validity periods outlined in the Transfer Admission section of North Georgia Technical College Catalog, which is available at www.northgatech.edu. Only the Registrar’s office may approve transferred courses for credit.

Career Opportunities

The NGTC official definition for General Education/Core program: To prepare students for positions in business that require technical proficiency to translate technical information to various audiences and in various formats using written and oral communication skills.

Individuals who graduate from NGTC’s Technical Specialist certificate program are prepared to transfer to a 4-year college OR to start the path toward becoming a Technical Writer.

While most Technical Writer positions require a 4-year degree, you can get a good head start on that at NGTC.

Graduates of the General Education/Core program may prepare to work in a variety of fields that require skills acquired through this program such as:

prepare instruction manuals

prepare journal articles

create supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information

Additional career options can be researched on the following site(s):

Meet the Faculty

Photo of Kayla Allen-Taylor Kayla Allen-Taylor Biology Instructor 706-754-7878
Photo of Jonathan Blackstock Jonathan Blackstock English Instructor
Photo of Blake Conner Blake Conner Biology Instructor 706-754-7850
Photo of Krista Craig Krista Craig English Instructor
Photo of Derek Deibler Derek Deibler Biology Instructor 706-439-6308
Photo of Deland Docsol Deland Docsol Math Instructor 706-754-7846
Photo of Laura Ferguson Laura Ferguson Psychology Instructor/NTHS Advisor 706-754-7751
Photo of Terry Filippo Terry Filippo English Instructor
Photo of Dorothy Hansen Dorothy Hansen English Instructor 706-439-6318
Photo of Tom Hunt Tom Hunt Math Instructor 706-754-7811
Photo of Laura Jenkins Laura Jenkins General Education Department Chair/Math Instructor
Photo of Sean McAuley Sean McAuley English Instructor 706-754-7765
Photo of Sara Morris Sara Morris English Instructor 706-754-7749
Photo of Kelly Rhoades Kelly Rhoades Biology Instructor/Hazard Communications Plan Coordinator 706-754-7834
Photo of Augusto Roca Augusto Roca Math Instructor 706-779-8128
Photo of Allyson Smith Allyson Smith English Instructor 706-754-7785
Photo of Jack Smith Jack Smith Math Instructor 706-439-6323
Photo of Heather Terrell Heather Terrell Math Instructor 706-754-7759

The Associate of Science in General Studies program is perfect for those preparing to transfer to a 4-year college.

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