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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Programs of Study

Programs of Study
Exceptional academic programs infused with real-world learning.

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Study Abroad

Study Abroad
The opportunities to study away are almost endless.

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ESL Institute

ESL Institute
Helping you achieve your goals.

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Phi Beta Kappa

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

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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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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. And you are not alone: nearly one third of all incoming students to UNH are undeclared and one third will change their major at least once.

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.

With a degree in liberal arts, you’ll be career prepared and world ready. Our graduates are flexible, broad-minded, entrepreneurial people who take every career path imaginable, and even those unimaginable.

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. 

  • Anthropology and Sustainability Majors
    One of Caitlin Burnett’s ’20 fondest academic memories is taking Ethnographic Methods with Dr. Svetlana Peshkova. The professor told the class to find a tree in College Woods and describe it in every way possible. Caitlin not only felt and observed a tree, but also tasted it by eating a piece of...
    Anthropology and Sustainability Majors
    One of Caitlin Burnett’s ’20 fondest academic memories is taking Ethnographic Methods with Dr. Svetlana Peshkova. The professor told the class to find a tree in College Woods and describe it in every way possible. Caitlin not only felt and observed a tree, but also tasted it by eating a piece of...
  • Women's Studies Major
    Of Emma Chinman’s many accomplishments, she is most proud of her role as the Associate Chaplain of Durham’s Waysmeet Center. Not only is she serving in this role as an undergraduate student, but it also fulfills her passion and commitment to community service, inclusion and equity. After hearing...
    Women's Studies Major
    Of Emma Chinman’s many accomplishments, she is most proud of her role as the Associate Chaplain of Durham’s Waysmeet Center. Not only is she serving in this role as an undergraduate student, but it also fulfills her passion and commitment to community service, inclusion and equity. After hearing...
  • Classics Major
    Ari Toumpas enjoyed a classic UNH education. Yes, he majored in the classics, but a major is only what you make of it, and Ari made the most of his. Let’s start in the classroom where Ari fell in love with the Introduction to Classical Myth. He took the course his first semester at UNH and was an...
    Classics Major
    Ari Toumpas enjoyed a classic UNH education. Yes, he majored in the classics, but a major is only what you make of it, and Ari made the most of his. Let’s start in the classroom where Ari fell in love with the Introduction to Classical Myth. He took the course his first semester at UNH and was an...
  • Psychology Major
    As an international student from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Malaa Sultan was both excited and nervous about attending a foreign university; but, she says, “the academic reputation of UNH and the beauty of its campus” made her decide to come to Durham. Today, it seems as if ages have passed since the...
    Psychology Major
    As an international student from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Malaa Sultan was both excited and nervous about attending a foreign university; but, she says, “the academic reputation of UNH and the beauty of its campus” made her decide to come to Durham. Today, it seems as if ages have passed since the...
  • English/Journalism Major
    Once her classmates got over the fact that she’d never skied, Olivia Olbrych’s UNH career was all fresh powder, so to speak, from there. Olivia’s is a tale in two parts, with part one involving the Charleston, R.I., native coming to UNH to study English journalism and, upon meeting professor Tom...
    English/Journalism Major
    Once her classmates got over the fact that she’d never skied, Olivia Olbrych’s UNH career was all fresh powder, so to speak, from there. Olivia’s is a tale in two parts, with part one involving the Charleston, R.I., native coming to UNH to study English journalism and, upon meeting professor Tom...