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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2013-2014

University of New Hampshire at Manchester


Dean: Ali Rafieymehr
Associate Dean: Daniel W. Reagan


The University of New Hampshire at Manchester was established in 1985 as the sixth undergraduate college of the University of New Hampshire. As the urban campus of the University of New Hampshire, UNH Manchester provides access to public higher education for people who live and work in the greater Merrimack Valley.

Located in the heart of the I-93 corridor, UNH Manchester is a vital part of the educational, economic, and cultural life of central and southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts. The college serves the needs of a diverse urban population and brings the resources of the state’s flagship university to the urban center. UNH Manchester is committed to the economic growth and welfare of the region, encouraging students to connect their work in the University with their lives in their communities.

UNH Manchester:

The college is founded on a strong liberal arts base and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and scholarship. In addition to its own offerings, programs from UNH Durham enrich its academic core. UNH Manchester values institutional collaboration and has fostered articulation agreements with area colleges and other University System of New Hampshire (USNH) institutions.

UNH Manchester also provides transfer programs for students who wish to begin their undergraduate education at UNH Manchester and complete their degree requirements at the University of New Hampshire in Durham or at other academic institutions.

The UNH Graduate School extends its programs and services into central and southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts through the UNH Graduate School Manchester Campus, which offers a wide range of post-baccalaureate programs for professionals in business, counseling, education, social services, health care, government, and related fields.

As the University’s urban, commuter college, UNH Manchester is a catalyst for growth and economic development and enhances the Merrimack Valley region with a wide range of educational, research, and cultural resources and opportunities. UNH Manchester welcomes students with diverse backgrounds and interests and offers a convenient, affordable university education designed to meet the unique requirements of commuting students. For students with home and work responsibilities, UNH Manchester makes college possible.

UNH Manchester is within a thirty minute drive of half the state’s population. Because the Merrimack Valley is constantly changing, we continually assess our curriculum, develop new programs and move in step with the University of New Hampshire in Durham, of which we are a part, as well as the other University System of New Hampshire institutions.


UNH Manchester’s central location and day, evening, and Saturday class schedules make it possible for students to earn their degree or to take professional development or continuing education classes while fulfilling other commitments. Manchester is the largest city in New Hampshire and a rapidly developing recreational, financial, and business center. Students at UNH Manchester find an educational resource in the city itself, with its concerts, festivals, theater productions, art and historical exhibitions, and wide variety of internship opportunities. Many students live and work in Manchester or nearby cities and towns. Boston, New Hampshire’s White Mountains, and the New Hampshire seacoast are all within an hour’s drive from campus.


The University Center, located in Manchester’s historic mill yard, is a fitting setting for the University’s urban college. The 75,000 square foot facility, formerly the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company’s machine shop, was built in 1890. The expansion to support new programs in science technology and business in the newly renovated Pandora Building at 88 Commercial Street, beginning the fall of 2012, symbolizes the growth of UNH Manchester and the revitalization of the city’s downtown area. Area residents have access to university resources. The college community is engaged beyond the classrooms in the Merrimack Valley region through internships and outreach scholarship. UNH Manchester is conveniently located and easily accessible by major highways and city bus service that is free for our students. There is student parking in Arms Park lot and on Commercial Street.


UNH Manchester is a college of the University of New Hampshire. The University of New Hampshire is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, which accredits schools and colleges in the six New England states. Accreditation by the association indicates that the institution has been carefully reviewed and found to meet or exceed standards agreed upon by nationally recognized educators.


The UNH Manchester faculty is its greatest asset. Residential faculty members have earned reputations for excellent teaching, scholarly achievement in their fields, and service to the community. They are recognized scholars and have acquired national and international reputations. Adjunct faculty members bring applied experience and a commitment to teaching to the classroom. Most importantly, UNH Manchester’s dedicated faculty members are outstanding teachers who care about each individual student. Faculty members work closely with students as advisers and help students define their goals, plan career objectives, and develop an individualized program of study within each major. 

Student Profile

Each semester approximately 1,400 degree and continuing education students attend UNH Manchester. The student population is composed of a unique mix of traditional college-age students (73 percent of the undergraduate student population is under 25 years of age) and older adults, and reflects the region’s diverse ethnicity. UNH Manchester’s small classes encourage interaction between faculty and students and foster educational excellence. Students at UNH Manchester find a place to grow, a place to explore, and a place to enrich their lives.