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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2014-2015

College of Liberal Arts


Dean: Kenneth Fuld
Associate Dean: John T. Kirkpatrick , Alasdair D. Drysdale
Faculty Fellow: Mary E. Rhiel


It is the purpose of the College of Liberal Arts, as a center of learning and scholarship, to help students achieve an understanding of the heritage of civilization and to educate them in the tradition of the past and realities of the present so they may recognize and act upon their obligations to the future.

The college seeks to meet the educational needs of each student through the development of interests and skills, which, combined with the individual’s potential, make possible a richer, more useful life.

Combined Programs of Study
In addition to pursuing a single major, students may combine programs of study as follows:

Minors: See University Academic Requirements, Liberal Arts Interdisciplinary Programs, and University Interdisciplinary Minors.
Interdisciplinary majors: See Liberal Arts Interdisciplinary Programs
Second majors: See University Academic Requirements.
Dual-degree programs: See University Academic Requirements.
Student-designed majors: See Special University Programs.
Other combined programs and interdisciplinary opportunities: See Special University Programs.


Proficiency in a Foreign Language

Please see the explanation of this University requirement under Degree Requirements: Bachelor of Arts.

Within the College of Liberal Arts, only those students majoring in linguistics, psychology, theatre and dance, or women's studies may use American Sign Language (ASL) to fulfill their foreign language proficiency requirement. English teaching majors who plan to pursue deaf studies may petition the English department to use ASL to fulfill their foreign language proficiency requirement.


College of Liberal Arts Center for Study Abroad

The College of Liberal Arts offers a number of managed study abroad programs that are administered by college faculty and the College of Liberal Arts Center for Study Abroad. These programs provide opportunities for liberal arts students as well as students in programs throughout the University to experience and learn about different cultures and, in non-English-speaking countries, to increase proficiency in a foreign language.

Because the college administers these programs, registration, finances, and other logistics are streamlined and simple. Students pay UNH tuition and a single program fee, which covers housing, excursions, and, in some cases, board. Most UNH student fees are waived with the exception of the technology fee, a study abroad administration fee, and an international travel insurance fee. Students are guaranteed a full semester of credits (16) for the semester-long programs. Students are eligible for federal financial aid for the semester-long programs.

Please see the list of eligibility requirements under Study Abroad Programs

The College of Liberal Arts Center for Study Abroad is located in 116 Murkland Hall. To learn more about any of the following programs, visit the Center or contact Lisa Mulvey, College of Liberal Arts study abroad coordinator, or, (603) 862-3962.

Semester Programs

Chengdu, China: Semester study of Chinese language and culture at Chengdu University.
Faculty Director: Yige Wang,, (603) 862-3565, G14 Murkland Hall.

London, England: Fall and/or spring courses in the British studies, the arts, humanities, and a wide range of other subjects at Regent’s College, London.
Faculty Director: Douglas Lanier,, (603) 862-3796, 12A Hamilton Smith Hall.

Dijon, France: Academic year, spring, or summer study of French language and other liberal arts courses at the Université de Bourgogne, Dijon.
Faculty Director: Claire Malarte-Feldman,, 210E Murkland Hall.

Legon, Ghana: Spring term program in a wide range of courses at the University of Ghana, one of West Africa’s most prestigious universities.
Faculty Director: Burt Feintuch,, (603) 862-4356, 23 Huddleston Hall.

Budapest, Hungary: Fall term program with justice studies emphasis at Corvinus University.
Faculty Director: Charles Putnam,, (603) 862-7041, 208 Huddleston Hall.

Budapest, Hungary: Spring term program focusing on modern Hungarian and Central European history and culture at Corvinus University.
Faculty Director: Stephen Trzaskoma,, (603) 862-3648, 306 Murkland Hall.

Ascoli Piceno, Italy: Summer, semester, or full-year study in the humanities and social sciences at the UNH-in-Italy campus. 
Faculty Director: Stephen Brunet,, (603) 862-2077, 318 Murkland Hall.

Granada, Spain: Fall or spring semester study in Spanish and other disciplines at the Centro de Lenguas Modernas of the University of Granada.
Faculty Director: Lina Lee,, (603) 862-3123, 210H Murkland Hall.

Summer Programs

Belize: Four-week summer Archaeological Field School in Belize or three-week January term course in Archaeological Survey and Mapping in Belize.
Faculty Director: Eleanor Harrison-Buck,, (603) 862-4742, 311 Huddleston Hall.

Chengdu, China: Three-week summer program in Chinese language study at both the beginner and advanced levels at Chengdu University.
Faculty Director: Yige Wang,, (603) 862-3565, G14 Murkland Hall.

Costa Rica: Six-week summer program in Spanish language and culture at the Institute of San Joaquín de Flores.
Faculty Director: Lina Lee,, (603) 862-3123, 210H Murkland Hall.

Cambridge, England: Six-week summer program offering courses in history, literature, and humanities at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University.
Faculty Director: Brigitte Bailey,, (603) 862-1313, 117 Hamilton Smith Hall.

Berlin, Germany: Five-week summer immersion program in German language and culture at the BSI Private Language School in central Berlin. 
Faculty Director: Mary Rhiel,, (603) 862-0063, Murkland Hall.

Palermo, Italy: Four-week summer education course in mafia and anti-mafia movements as they are represented in literature, education, cinema, and law. 
Faculty Director: Paula Salvio,, (603) 969-2024, 6 Morrill Hall.

January Term and Short-Term Programs

Belize: Eight to eleven days in Belize in spring term for graduate students in education, upper-level education majors, and professional teachers earning continuing education credits.
Faculty Director: Michael Middleton, or, (603) 862-7054, 203 Morrill Hall.

London, England: January term course, the London Experience, a ten-day experience of the theatre of London with insights into its politics, society, and culture as reflected in the arts.
Faculty Director: David Kaye,, (603) 862-0667, M313 Paul Creative Arts Center.

London, England: Three-week January term course on travel writing with two weeks in London.
Faculty Director: Susan Hertz,, 108 Hamilton Smith Hall.

Rome, Italy: January term course in Roman architecture and society at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome.
Faculty Director: R. Scott Smith,, (603) 862-2388, 301 Murkland Hall.

Moscow, Russia: January term course in mythology and propaganda in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Faculty Director: Aleksa Fleszar,, (603) 862-3545, 303 Murkland Hall.


Research Institutes and Centers

Center for the Humanities

The Center for the Humanities fosters excellence in the humanities, broadly conceived, at the University of New Hampshire. Center resources and programs support faculty research, encourage reflection and inquiry across the university community and beyond, create interdisciplinary initiatives in many forms, and undertake special projects to raise the visibility of the humanities. To accomplish this, the center endeavors to support the highest quality work by UNH humanities faculty, to build productive collaboration among faculty, to create singular projects that advance its goals, and to be a center of innovation, planning, and inspiration for the humanities at the University of New Hampshire. By pursuing its goals, the center supports the University’s research mission in particular, as well as its academic plan.

The center is the sponsor of the Saul O. Sidore Memorial Lectures, the James H. and Claire Short Hayes Chair in the Humanities, and the University of New Hampshire-University of Ghana study-abroad program. Three interdisciplinary minors—Africana and African American Studies, American Studies, and Race and Ethnic Studies—are units of the humanities center, as is the Center for New England Culture. The Center for the Humanities is directed by Burt Feintuch, professor of folklore and English.

Crimes Against Children Research Center

The Crimes Against Children Research Center (CCRC) is concerned with all forms of crimes against children and adolescents, from birth through age 17, both within and outside the family, both known and unknown to law enforcement. These include criminal acts as defined by law, such as sexual assault, abduction, theft, robbery, and aggravated assault against children. But it also includes child abuse in all its forms—physical, sexual, emotional—and child neglect, as well as child-to-child violence, such as peer and sibling assaults and bullying. It also includes indirect victimization, where children witness or are affected by the crime victimization of a family member or friend.

The CCRC, created in 1998, grew out of and expands upon the work of the UNH Family Research Laboratory, which has been devoted to the study of family violence and related topics since 1975. Associated with the center is an internationally recognized group of experts who have published numerous books and articles concerning the incidence and impact of violence against children.

CCRC staff have contributed to many pioneering national crime studies, including: National Incidence Study of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children; National Family Violence Survey; National Youth Victimization Prevention Survey; National Survey of Sexual Abuse in Day Care; Developmental Victimization Survey; Youth Internet Safety Surveys; and Multisite Evaluation of Children’s Advocacy Centers.

The CCRC is directed by David Finkelhor, who is also the co-director of the Family Research Laboratory and professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire. Finkelhor has been researching criminal violence against children since 1978 and is the author and editor of 12 books and more than 100 articles on the subject.

Family Research Laboratory

Since 1975, the Family Research Laboratory (FRL) has devoted itself primarily to understanding family violence and the impact of violence in families. As public and professional interest in family violence has grown, so has the need for more reliable knowledge. The FRL seeks to fill that need through comprehensive literature reviews, new theories, and methodologically sound studies. Researchers at the FRL pioneered many of the techniques that have enabled social scientists to estimate directly the scope of family violence. These efforts have brought international recognition to the FRL.

The FRL is unusual among research centers in the field because it addresses all aspects of the family, violence, and abuse. Topics undertaken by the FRL include physical abuse of children, corporal punishment of children, sexual abuse of children, physical abuse of spouses, dating violence, abuse of the elderly, intra-family homicide, rape and marital rape, violence between siblings, peer victimization of children, pornography, and missing and abducted children. This variety of topics is a result of beliefs that have guided FRL research: that various forms of family problems are interrelated, that conflict is as basic to family life as are love and cooperation, and that much of the conflict and violence in the world outside the family can be traced to roots within the family. This holistic view of family violence has contributed both diversity and richness to the FRL’s work.

The FRL’s prominence in the field is in part a result of the large number, variety, and scope of its publications. In a span of 10 years, FRL staff members have published more than 45 books and more than 740 articles on family violence. A complete list of program publications is updated regularly and available from the FRL website at

The FRL is housed in a suite of offices in the Horton Social Science Center and contains a library of 3,000 books. The FRL is co-directed by David Finkelhor, professor of sociology and director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center, and Murray A. Straus, professor emeritus of sociology.


Justiceworks is a research and development group in justice studies. Founded in 1999 as a collaborative consortium of academics and professionals, Justiceworks offers an array of balanced, non-partisan services addressing issues in crime, safety, security, and the administration of justice. Within Justiceworks, the Technical Analysis Group (TAG) delivers research products that identify and address critical federal, state, and local law enforcement needs. Other initiatives involve research on cross-cultural implications of law enforcement training and cooperative projects. 

Justiceworks is co-directed by John T. Kirkpatrick, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and clinical professor of sociology, and Charles Putnam, clinical associate professor of justice studies.

Prevention Innovations

Prevention Innovations bridges rigorous scholarly research with applications in the community through the development and evaluation of prevention strategies to end sexual and relationship violence and stalking. Through research, evaluation, technical assistance, and trainings and presentations, Prevention Innovations aims to assist postsecondary institutions and federal, state, and local researchers and practitioners to develop, evaluate, and implement model policies, procedures, and programs to end sexual and relationship violence and stalking. The center's faculty and staff are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in the prevention field who design and provide cutting-edge contributions to evidence-based practices in prevention.

Prevention Innovations has received approximately $1.5 million in external research funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Justice, New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, and New Hampshire Department of Justice. Additionally, the Family Violence Prevention Fund and the Verizon and Avon Foundations have funded work with practitioners. Center faculty and staff have published articles in key scholarly journals including Journal of American College Health, Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Military Medicine, Violence Against Women, and Journal of Interpersonal Violence and Psychology of Violence. They have presented research in the prevention field at conferences for the U.S. Department of Justice (National Institute of Justice and Office on Violence Against Women), National Association of Student Affairs Personnel, and Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit in addition to numerous academic conferences and other scholarly and related venues.

Prevention Innovations is co-directed by Sharyn Potter, associate professor of sociology, and Jane Stapleton, research affiliate in women’s studies. Other team and affiliate members include UNH faculty and staff, as well as professionals working in the fields of campus violence prevention, research, and evaluation in the New England region. The New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence inducted the Prevention Innovations team into its Hall of Fame in 2013 in recognition of their efforts to end domestic and sexual violence.

The Survey Center

The UNH Survey Center is a full-scale, non-partisan academic survey research center, committed to providing university researchers, government and business leaders, and private organizations with reliable information about public attitudes concerning important policy matters. It is nationally known for its public opinion and political polling for the Boston Globe, CNN, Fox News, and WMUR-TV.

The UNH Survey Center has conducted survey research projects at the University of New Hampshire since 1986: state, regional, and national general population surveys based on probability sampling, surveys that target specific populations, surveys that utilize complex stratified sampling techniques, and panel studies. The Survey Center conducts telephone, mail, and web surveys, as well as focus groups and other qualitative research projects.

The UNH Survey Center is located in Huddleston Hall and features a 32-station Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) system. The Survey Center is directed by Andrew E. Smith, who is also associate professor of political science.

Related Research Institute

Carsey Institute

The Carsey Institute conducts policy research on vulnerable families, sustainable community development, and civic engagement. Carsey gives policy makers and practitioners the timely, independent resources they need to effect change in their communities. 

At UNH, Carsey provides resources and programs to support faculty development for research in the social sciences and health fields. It also provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in interdisciplinary policy research and to engage directly in programs working with family research, sustainable community development, and civic engagement. There are fellowships, research scholarships, and events throughout the year to engage with the campus community. Faculty and students throughout the College of Liberal Arts serve as staff, fellows, researchers, and assistants in the Institute.

The Carsey Institute was established in 2002 through a generous gift from UNH alumna and noted television producer Marcy Carsey.   

Academic and Cultural Institutes

Confucius Institute at UNH

The Confucius Institute at UNH (CI-UNH) is a partnership between the University of New Hampshire and Chengdu University in China that engages the life of the University with the larger community, both locally and globally. The institute offers a full curriculum in Chinese language and culture. It also provides opportunities for cultural learning and exchange for regional schools—primary through post-secondary. At a time when China is the third largest trading partner for New Hampshire, CI-UNH can provide unique opportunities for business and industry in the state. CI-UNH is co-directed by Yige Wang of the UNH Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; and Yuexing Xu, the director of International Cooperation and Exchange at Hanban in China.

ESL Institute

The ESL Institute at the University of New Hampshire has been involved in teaching international students English since 1976. The Institute provides high-quality instruction in English as a second language (ESL) and orientation in U.S. culture to international students who are non-native speakers of English.  ESL courses are offered at the elementary level, the intermediate level, and the advanced level.  Students at these levels receive intensive English instruction for four hours per day, five days per week, in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking, as well as pronunciation and contextualized grammar instruction. For students who have a TOEFL score of 60 or above (Internet-based) or 500 or above (paper-based, administered by the ESL Institute), the ESL Institute provides “bridge” courses where students can simultaneously enroll in one to two UNH  academic classes while continuing to study English intensively from four to ten hours per week. At these “bridge” levels, students have the opportunity to “try out” academic courses in a supportive environment. In addition to its focus on ESL instruction for international students, the Institute aspires to serve as a resource for international education to the faculty, staff, and students of UNH. For more information:

Museum of Art

The Museum of Art serves as the New Hampshire Seacoast’s premier public art museum and, for more than 50 years, has remained a vital resource for the visual arts, serving the University, local, and regional communities. Visitors and members gather to enjoy a wide variety of changing exhibitions, as well as annual exhibitions featuring UNH faculty and student work. Accompanying programs include gallery talks, lectures, concerts, family programs, and special events. The Lending Library provides educators and students with a wide variety of resource materials for classroom curriculum development and enhancement. The Museum Shop offers a variety of exhibition and art-related merchandise.

The museum’s diverse permanent collection includes more than 1,600 works of art, from prehistoric to contemporary. The works are exhibited on a regular basis and are also used by faculty, students, and scholars for research and interdisciplinary study.

Located in the Paul Creative Arts Center, the museum is open to students, faculty, museum members, and the general public free of charge. For more information, call (603) 862-3712 or visit