Granite State College: University System of New Hampshire

Bachelor's Degree Programs


What is a bachelor's degree and is it right for me?

The bachelor's degree is the standard for many professional careers. At Granite State College, our nationally and regionally accredited bachelor's degree programs are designed specifically for working adults.

A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study to earn and consists of about 40 college courses. Bachelor's degrees incorporate general education or liberal arts courses in areas such as English, critical inquiry, psychology, arts and humanities, communication, history, and mathematics, in addition to courses in your major area of study.

You should pursue your bachelor's degree if you know that one is required for your career, if you've already earned more than 60 semester college credits, or if you hold an associate degree. You should also pursue a bachelor's degree if you plan to pursue a graduate or professional degree in the future.


The focus of a bachelor's degree program is an area of inquiry and study, usually directly related to present or projected career goals, called a major. Majors may be interdisciplinary and involve the integration of theory, applications, and related work experience.

Your major can be in an already established area such as Business Management or Psychology, or it can be an approved Individualized Studies major designed for your specific educational or professional goals.

To learn more about the differences among majors, click here.

Degree Completion Pathway Programs

If you've already graduated with an associate degree, it is possible to transfer your earned credits to Granite State College and earn a bachelor's degree in just 15 courses!  Click here to find out more about Degree Completion Pathways.

Bachelor of Arts:

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) is a program that focuses on liberal arts.

Bachelor of Science:
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) is an undergraduate program that allows you to focus on a major related to professional goals and to gain a basic interdisciplinary education. These areas are essential to successful college learning and job performance.

Minors are optional and are open to all bachelor’s degree candidates.
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