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. 

  • Political Science and EcoGastronomy Majors
    Britta McCarthy is a graduating senior dual majoring in political science and ecogastronomy. She is passionate about developing policy to create a more equitable and sustainable agricultural system. She participated in the UNH-in-Italy program and over the past year has conducted independent...
    Political Science and EcoGastronomy Majors
    Britta McCarthy is a graduating senior dual majoring in political science and ecogastronomy. She is passionate about developing policy to create a more equitable and sustainable agricultural system. She participated in the UNH-in-Italy program and over the past year has conducted independent...
  • Studio Art Major
    As an art major, Kaitlyn Grant ’20 of Somersworth, New Hampshire, is, in some ways, learning the same things over and over — but not out of redundancy. Instead it’s part of an arts education that allows students to hone their skills and develop their personal style. It’s why art students can...
    Studio Art Major
    As an art major, Kaitlyn Grant ’20 of Somersworth, New Hampshire, is, in some ways, learning the same things over and over — but not out of redundancy. Instead it’s part of an arts education that allows students to hone their skills and develop their personal style. It’s why art students can...
  • Music Education Major
    Why did you choose UNH? I chose UNH because I felt like I belonged here. From the moment I stepped on campus in Fall of 2017 for open house I had a gut feeling that this would be my home. Coming back to audition for the department that February solidified that feeling. For me there is just...
    Music Education Major
    Why did you choose UNH? I chose UNH because I felt like I belonged here. From the moment I stepped on campus in Fall of 2017 for open house I had a gut feeling that this would be my home. Coming back to audition for the department that February solidified that feeling. For me there is just...
  • Music Performance Major
    Why did you choose UNH? I chose UNH because of the wonderful experiences I had visiting the music department when I was doing my college audition process. My private instructor, Nic Orovich, seemed really interested in me, and really wanted me to come to UNH. Plus I got to see what being a music...
    Music Performance Major
    Why did you choose UNH? I chose UNH because of the wonderful experiences I had visiting the music department when I was doing my college audition process. My private instructor, Nic Orovich, seemed really interested in me, and really wanted me to come to UNH. Plus I got to see what being a music...
  • Music Education Major
    Why did you choose UNH?
    Music Education Major
    Why did you choose UNH?