General Education Specialized Diploma



General Education courses are at the core of all two and four-year degree programs. Northampton's General Education Specialized Diploma recognizes and validates the value of the knowledge and skills students acquire in these courses. Upon completion, you will be prepared to re-enter the workforce as a stronger candidate, continue your two-year degree at Northampton, or transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor's degree.


Our General Education Specialized Diploma is a stackable credential designed to capture a student's first steps as a dual enrollment student, increasing their career readiness or attaining a two- or four-year degree. It aligns with the National Associations of College and Employers (NACE) Career Competencies and reflects the General Education courses that transfer within the Pennsylvania state college. If you wish to attend another school, we suggest you choose elective courses that are transferable to the institution of your choice. We encourage you to work closely with your academic advisor, as well as a transfer advisor in the Academic Advising Office, to ensure your greatest opportunity for a smooth and successful transition to a four-year institution.

NCC students have transferred to: East Stroudsburg University, Kutztown University, Moravian College, DeSales University, Cedar Crest College, Pennsylvania State University, Temple University



Graduates of the program will:

  • Possess the fundamental skills to communicate in an organized and clear manner to various audiences in both written and oral forms. 
  • Be able to identify and respond to needs based on analyzing problems and situations. 
  • Demonstrate the awareness, knowledge, and skills required to engage and include people from different cultures equitably. 
  • Be able to locate, evaluate, interpret, and combine information to reach well-reasoned conclusions or solutions. 
  • Leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies and accomplish goals. 
  • Demonstrate skills essential for a successful transition into the workplace and/or pursuit of further education.


First Semester

COLS101College Success

1 credits

COMM101Introduction to Communication

3 credits

ENGL101English I

3 credits

Business & Technology Elective

3/4 credits

Social Science: Scientific Study of Human Behavior Elective (SSHB) ++

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:13-14

Second Semester

ENGL151English II

3 credits

Mathematics (QL) or Science (SCI) Elective

3/4 credits

Social Science: Society and Institutions over Time Elective (SIT) ++

3 credits

Arts and Humanities Elective (AH) ++

3 credits

Elective ++

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Total Credit Hours: 28-30

      ++ One course must satisfy a diversity requirement.

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher to receive diploma.