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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2016-2017

University of New Hampshire at Manchester


Humanities (HUMA)


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Professor: John J. Cerullo, John P. Resch
Senior Lecturer: Phillip Deen

Humanities (B.A.)
The UNH Manchester humanities program is an interdisciplinary study of the human condition, past and present. The program is based on careful examination of substantial works from a variety of disciplines and is intended to develop intellectual skills, specialized knowledge, and breadth of understanding. It provides students with a broad foundation of knowledge and skills in the liberal arts combined with a coordinated, self-designed program of studies in an area of individual student interest.

The program attracts highly motivated students who wish to assume significant responsibility for the content and direction of their studies. Humanities students develop skills of analysis, critical assessment, and effective communication as they study diverse works of art, music, literature, history, philosophy, and the sciences. Individually designed programs may cover the full range of student interests: for example, the social and ethical implications of genetic engineering or the examination of an historical period through study of its literature, arts, history, philosophy, and sciences. Students complete their major with two capstone seminars. The first, HUMA 795, Study of Creativity, explores the nature of creativity through the lives and works of individuals such as Leonardo da Vinci, Kathe Kollwitz, Mozart, Freud, Einstein, and Georgia O’Keeffe. The second seminar, HUMA 796, Study of Contemporary Issues, explores current social and political issues with a focus on developments in public policy, science, and business, and their impact on social values.

Humanities majors find employment in a wide range of fields or pursue graduate study in subjects such as law or education. Skills and knowledge developed through the major are important in virtually all social and career responsibilities. A humanities major or minor can also complement work in other majors such as elementary or secondary education, business, communications, or computer information systems.

Program of Study
For the humanities major at UNH Manchester, students must complete a minimum of 128 credits and satisfy the University’s Discovery Program and foreign language requirements, and students must complete 40 credits with a minimum grade of C in each course in the major. The required courses for the humanities major are:

Core Courses (required of all majors)
HIST 500, Introduction to Historical Thinking
ENGL 419, Introduction to Literary Analysis
HUMA 411, Humanities I
HUMA 412, Humanities II

Discovery Program Capstone Courses:
HUMA 795, Humanities: Study of Creativity
HUMA 796, Humanities: Study of Contemporary Issues

Self-Designed Concentration
This is an approved program of study designed by the student in consultation with a faculty adviser. In addition to courses available on the Manchester campus, students may, with prior approval, use courses from area colleges and the University’s Durham campus. The concentration is made up of two humanities courses (HUMA prefix) at the 600 or 700 level and three courses from any relevant discipline at any level.

For more information, contact Jack Resch, program coordinator, at or (603) 641-4134; or contact the Office of Admissions.

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