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    Explore the College of Liberal Arts

    There are a million reasons why you should choose UNH’s College of Liberal Arts. Find out why you belong here.

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    No problem. Our faculty and staff will help you discover the path that’s perfect for you. Learn more about resources for undeclared students.

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    Join Your Passion to Purpose

    Mel Nagashima ‘22 pursued his passion for supporting diversity by interning at a Boston organization that empowers Asians and new immigrants to thrive. Watch video.

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    Discover Your Possibilities

    Alumna Katie Bouton ’96 was an English and women’s studies major who is now the co-founder and CEO of an executive search firm. COLA taught her to think big for what her life could be. Watch video.

College of Liberal Arts

SOCIAL SCIENCES   •    HUMANITIES   •   FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS   •   EDUCATION

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 social sciences, humanities, fine and performing arts and education. Immerse yourself in an engaged, innovative community of academic excellence with some of the world’s best faculty leading the way.

Think it sounds amazing? It is.


 

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Find your Future in the College of Liberal Arts

In COLA, you will learn deeply and explore boldly within a collaborative, caring community of thinkers, creators and doers. You’ll connect the dots and put things into a larger context while developing skills that employers want — like critical thinking, complex problem solving and communication. You’ll learn to be creative, nimble and ready to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

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Student Spotlights

  • Secondary Theatre Education and Design & Theatre Technology Major
    Hometown: Dedham, Mass. What made you choose UNH? I was looking for schools that had a secondary theatre education major and when I visited UNH I fell in love with the campus! I found a place where I could pursue a career in theatre education and, hopefully someday, become a professional theatre...
    Secondary Theatre Education and Design & Theatre Technology Major
    Hometown: Dedham, Mass. What made you choose UNH? I was looking for schools that had a secondary theatre education major and when I visited UNH I fell in love with the campus! I found a place where I could pursue a career in theatre education and, hopefully someday, become a professional theatre...
  • Sociology Major
    Hometown: Plymouth, Minn. What made you choose UNH? I play on the Women’s Ice Hockey team here at UNH, so recruitment was a big part of my choosing process. I stepped onto the UNH campus when I was 15, and it just felt like home. I knew I was going to spend my college years here. Durham is awesome...
    Sociology Major
    Hometown: Plymouth, Minn. What made you choose UNH? I play on the Women’s Ice Hockey team here at UNH, so recruitment was a big part of my choosing process. I stepped onto the UNH campus when I was 15, and it just felt like home. I knew I was going to spend my college years here. Durham is awesome...
  • Music Education Major
    Why did you choose UNH? I chose UNH because it was a school I felt very comfortable with. There was so much vibrant energy when I first visited UNH, and it helped me fall in love with the program. As well, I loved that I could get involved in anything and everything. It feels like there is a club...
    Music Education Major
    Why did you choose UNH? I chose UNH because it was a school I felt very comfortable with. There was so much vibrant energy when I first visited UNH, and it helped me fall in love with the program. As well, I loved that I could get involved in anything and everything. It feels like there is a club...
  • Political Science and International Affairs Majors
    Originally from Lowell, Mass., Tom McDonough selected UNH for its inviting sense of community. A political science and international affairs major, he will also be pursuing a master’s degree in political science at UNH. “I decided to study political science and international affairs because they...
    Political Science and International Affairs Majors
    Originally from Lowell, Mass., Tom McDonough selected UNH for its inviting sense of community. A political science and international affairs major, he will also be pursuing a master’s degree in political science at UNH. “I decided to study political science and international affairs because they...
  • History Major
    During her time in COLA, Kasey Birth has parlayed her passion for World War II history into a multi-year internship, fascinating research opportunities, academic recognition and more. The history major interned for a full year at the Wright Museum of World War II in Wolfeboro, N.H., her hometown....
    History Major
    During her time in COLA, Kasey Birth has parlayed her passion for World War II history into a multi-year internship, fascinating research opportunities, academic recognition and more. The history major interned for a full year at the Wright Museum of World War II in Wolfeboro, N.H., her hometown....

Alumni Spotlights

  • English Major | Retired U.S. Military General
    Following in her father’s footsteps, General Lori Robinson ‘81 came to the University of New Hampshire and developed newfound confidence and lifelong connections. Watch Video.
    English Major | Retired U.S. Military General
    Following in her father’s footsteps, General Lori Robinson ‘81 came to the University of New Hampshire and developed newfound confidence and lifelong connections. Watch Video.
  • Philosophy Major | Bioinformatics Scientist at NIH
    Why did you major in philosophy? I majored in philosophy because it was the only discipline where we could explicitly tackle certain meta-level questions that don’t get addressed elsewhere. For instance, what is science and how do we differentiate it from other disciplines? Why is quantum mechanics...
    Philosophy Major | Bioinformatics Scientist at NIH
    Why did you major in philosophy? I majored in philosophy because it was the only discipline where we could explicitly tackle certain meta-level questions that don’t get addressed elsewhere. For instance, what is science and how do we differentiate it from other disciplines? Why is quantum mechanics...
  • Communication: Media Practices Major | Content Coordinator, Vimeo
    I'm currently working as the content studio coordinator on the social team at Vimeo, a SaaS video company and platform based in NYC. (Well, we're a global company. But that's where our headquarters is located!) My job is to manage and execute the social media strategy for all of Vimeo's core and...
    Communication: Media Practices Major | Content Coordinator, Vimeo
    I'm currently working as the content studio coordinator on the social team at Vimeo, a SaaS video company and platform based in NYC. (Well, we're a global company. But that's where our headquarters is located!) My job is to manage and execute the social media strategy for all of Vimeo's core and...
  • Geography Major | Aerospace Research Analyst
    What are you currently doing for work and how did you get to this point? I'm a research analyst at MinebeaMitsumi Aerospace. I perform research activities for one of the largest manufacturers of aerospace bearings in the world. These activities include compiling monthly reports for 9 factories in 5...
    Geography Major | Aerospace Research Analyst
    What are you currently doing for work and how did you get to this point? I'm a research analyst at MinebeaMitsumi Aerospace. I perform research activities for one of the largest manufacturers of aerospace bearings in the world. These activities include compiling monthly reports for 9 factories in 5...
  • 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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Upcoming Events

Aug
29

Finding Funding: COLA Faculty Grant Success in the Humanities

Come hear from COLA faculty who have secured external funding from a host of granters, from NEH to ACLS to NSF. Dr. Eleanor Harrison-Buck (Anthropology), Dr. Michael Leese (History), Dr. Julia Rod ...
Sep
08

Global Education Fair

UNH GLOBAL EDUCATION FAIR! Learn about all of your study abroad and study away opportunities! No registration required.
Sep
08

COLA Fall Faculty Meeting and New Faculty Reception

A fall meeting of the faculty of the College of Liberal Arts will take place from 12:40-2 p.m. A zoom option is available: please check for a late August email with the link. A reception for new f ...
Sep
09

Velvet Pastures Wind Ensemble

UNH Music faculty and alumni in concert  free and open to the public

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