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Bring your imagination to life at the College of Liberal Arts (COLA) at the University of New Hampshire. Explore your passions and create your very own path from dozens of majors, minors and graduate programs in the humanities, education, fine and performing arts and social sciences. Immerse yourself in an engaged, innovative community of academic excellence with some of the world’s best faculty leading the way.

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  • Philosophy Major | Systems Engineer at Google
    Why did you major in philosophy? I had this crazy idea after high school that I wanted to be a professional rock climber. I never got close to good enough, but devoted a lot of time to training and weekend trips to Rumney. It was awesome and I don't at all regret my time in the mountains, but it...
    Philosophy Major | Systems Engineer at Google
    Why did you major in philosophy? I had this crazy idea after high school that I wanted to be a professional rock climber. I never got close to good enough, but devoted a lot of time to training and weekend trips to Rumney. It was awesome and I don't at all regret my time in the mountains, but it...
  • German and International Affairs Majors | Senior Institutional Relations Manager for CAPA, The Global Education Network
    Tell us about yourself and where you are today. I grew up in New Hampshire, graduated from UNH in 2006, and have worked in international education ever since with a couple of years teaching abroad in Austria. Currently, I’m the Senior Institutional Relations Manager for CAPA The Global Education...
    German and International Affairs Majors | Senior Institutional Relations Manager for CAPA, The Global Education Network
    Tell us about yourself and where you are today. I grew up in New Hampshire, graduated from UNH in 2006, and have worked in international education ever since with a couple of years teaching abroad in Austria. Currently, I’m the Senior Institutional Relations Manager for CAPA The Global Education...
  • Music Performance and Music Education Major | Performance Artist and Studio Teacher
    UNH Alumna Amal El-Shrafi '09 will be singing the role of  ‘Antonia’ from The Tales of Hoffman with Opera North in August 2018. She has been hailed by the Boston Music Intelligencer as “shining through with a strength and power that matched her character’s presence onstage.” The Palestinian-...
    Music Performance and Music Education Major | Performance Artist and Studio Teacher
    UNH Alumna Amal El-Shrafi '09 will be singing the role of  ‘Antonia’ from The Tales of Hoffman with Opera North in August 2018. She has been hailed by the Boston Music Intelligencer as “shining through with a strength and power that matched her character’s presence onstage.” The Palestinian-...
  • Psychology and Justice Studies Majors | Director of the Mental Health Community Supervision Programs
    What were you doing 1 year out of college? One year out of college I was working as a correctional officer at the Strafford County House of Corrections. I had been working on campus while I attended classes, but when I graduated I had no prospective job offers in my field. I was aiming higher than...
    Psychology and Justice Studies Majors | Director of the Mental Health Community Supervision Programs
    What were you doing 1 year out of college? One year out of college I was working as a correctional officer at the Strafford County House of Corrections. I had been working on campus while I attended classes, but when I graduated I had no prospective job offers in my field. I was aiming higher than...

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68%
Recent COLA alumni who participated in at least one internship at UNH
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Upcoming Events

Jul
06

Twinkle Stars Storytelling Through Theatre Workshop

Entering grades 1-3 Everyone loves a good story! They are even better when the stories come to life right before our eyes! Camp participants get to peek into the magic that happens when their fav ...
Jul
06

All Stars Musical Theatre Camp

Entering grades 3-5 Through drama, music, movement and art, primary students showcase their natural acting impulses. Students of all experience levels are encouraged to enroll. A performance show ...
Jul
06

Canceled   Flying Stars Aerial Intensive (Grades 5-8)

July 6-10Entering grades 5-8 9:00-11:00 a.m. (Grades 5-8) For students who wish to explore the exciting genre of aerial arts in-depth, this week-long intensive focuses on the artistry, techniq ...
Jul
06

Rising Stars Junior Theatre Academy

Entering grades 6-8 The Junior Academy is a one-week camp in multiple areas of theatre. This camp teaches skills necessary to jumpstart success in theatre. Classes will focus on acting methods & ...
Jul
06

Super Stars Advanced Theatre Camp

Entering grades 9-12 The Advanced Academy is a one-week intensive camp which explores multiple areas of the dramatic arts. The Academy goes “beyond the basics”, strengthening and challenging stude ...
Jul
06

Canceled   Flying Stars Aerial Intensive (Grades 9-12)

July 6-10 Entering grades 9-1211:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. For students who wish to explore the exciting genre of aerial arts in-depth, this week-long intensive focuses on the artistry, technique, voca ...

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