Academics

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Imagine your future. Look around UNH’s largest college and you’ll see amazing potential everywhere. Start with incredible choices in exceptional, experiential programs, some of the world’s best teachers and scholars and innovative, unparalleled research. Discover your passions at one of the nation’s top public universities in a caring community of small class sizes, responsive advisors and an approachable, accomplished faculty. Explore COLA’s many programs of study and interdisciplinary studies in the humanities, social sciences, fine and performing arts and education. If you're not sure what you want to major in, you've come to the right place — our faculty and advisors will guide you. Find what you love, then choose a major, or two. Or enrich your major with minors. Go beyond the classroom with internships and our more than 500 plus study abroad programs. Spark a lifelong love for learning. Start now.

 

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Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Exceptional academic programs infused with real-world learning.

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Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs

Programs at the cutting-edge of knowledge in an R1 research institution.

Undeclared Students

Undeclared is a great way to start your academic journey. The College of Liberal Arts is the perfect place to explore your options. Our faculty and staff will help you discover the path that’s right for you.

The College of Liberal Arts is your launchpad. Here, you’ll have the options and freedom to find your path while mastering your understanding of language and people — unique liberal arts skills at the heart of nearly every work and life endeavor.

Regardless of the major, you’ll develop the skills that fuel workplace success, such as heightened critical thinking, complex problem solving and communication. Browse our Alumni Spotlights to see the range of careers our graduates enjoy.

Cognates

Cognates are three-course sequences that develop career-oriented skills. Whether you are undeclared and exploring program options or have already decided on a course of study, cognates help build your resume and develop in-demand skill sets for the professional world. 

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Pre-Law Advising

Pre-Law Advising
If your goal is to attend law school, we're here to help.

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Study Abroad

Study Abroad
The opportunities to study away are almost endless.

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Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa
A national honor society for the liberal arts and sciences.

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Student Clubs/Orgs

Student Clubs/Orgs
Tons of ways to get involved in co- or extra-curricular activities.

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Diversity

Diversity
Committed to being an inclusive community.

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  • English Literature Major
    Hometown: Hopkinton, NH What made you choose UNH? I knew I didn’t want to go to a private university. On top of that, UNH is relatively close to home, has a beautiful campus and is way bigger than my high school — I had a graduating class of around 60 — which has been a nice change. How did you...
    English Literature Major
    Hometown: Hopkinton, NH What made you choose UNH? I knew I didn’t want to go to a private university. On top of that, UNH is relatively close to home, has a beautiful campus and is way bigger than my high school — I had a graduating class of around 60 — which has been a nice change. How did you...
  • Political Science and International Affairs Majors
    Hometown: Gorham, Maine What made you choose UNH?
    Political Science and International Affairs Majors
    Hometown: Gorham, Maine What made you choose UNH?
  • Psychology Major
    Hometown: Boxborough, Mass. What made you choose UNH? UNH is the perfect location for me. It is not too far from home, but still has allowed me to discover a new place! I can go to the beach, the mountains or into Portsmouth all in one day. I love how much there is to do around here and I still get...
    Psychology Major
    Hometown: Boxborough, Mass. What made you choose UNH? UNH is the perfect location for me. It is not too far from home, but still has allowed me to discover a new place! I can go to the beach, the mountains or into Portsmouth all in one day. I love how much there is to do around here and I still get...
  • Philosophy and Political Science Majors
    Hometown: Colebrook, Conn. What made you choose UNH? I attended a summer camp at UNH for several years during high school called the Future Leaders Institute. The camp was led by the amazing professors Nick Smith of philosophy and Scott Smith of classics and focused on the philosophic and classical...
    Philosophy and Political Science Majors
    Hometown: Colebrook, Conn. What made you choose UNH? I attended a summer camp at UNH for several years during high school called the Future Leaders Institute. The camp was led by the amazing professors Nick Smith of philosophy and Scott Smith of classics and focused on the philosophic and classical...
  • Sociology Major
    Hometown: Somersworth, N.H. What made you choose UNH? UNH has always felt like home to me. My mom graduated from UNH in ‘94 and met my dad here. Also, my older brother graduated in the UNH class of ‘17 and had an amazing college experience, which made me want to come here. Aside from being a UNH...
    Sociology Major
    Hometown: Somersworth, N.H. What made you choose UNH? UNH has always felt like home to me. My mom graduated from UNH in ‘94 and met my dad here. Also, my older brother graduated in the UNH class of ‘17 and had an amazing college experience, which made me want to come here. Aside from being a UNH...