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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009

University of New Hampshire at Manchester


Dean: Kristin R. Woolever
Associate Dean: Daniel W. Reagan


The University of New Hampshire at Manchester was established in 1985 as the University's sixth college to provide access to UNH associate, bachelor, and graduate degree programs for people who live and work in central New Hampshire. The college combines the tradition of liberal arts and professional degree programs in a rich, urban learning environment with a focus on excellence in teaching and opportunity. UNH Manchester is centrally located in Manchester's historic mill yard where it has served as a catalyst for the revitalization of the city's downtown area and symbolizes the region's growth and diversity.

UNH Manchester Degree Programs

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UNH Manchester offers University of New Hampshire bachelor of arts and science degree programs in the humanities and social sciences, and technology. Each year more than 1,600 students who live and work in the Merrimack Valley region choose UNH Manchester for its range of educational resources and positive learning environment. The UNH Center for Graduate & Professional Studies is located at the UNH Manchester campus and offers UNH graduate degree and professional programs to working professionals in the region.

UNH Manchester’s small classes encourage interaction between faculty and students and support educational excellence. Students find a convenient, affordable university education designed to meet the unique requirements of commuting students. The University Center, located in Manchester’s historic mill yard at 400 Commercial Street, is convenient and easily accessible by major highways and city bus service.

Undergraduate degree students in Manchester earn the same UNH degree as their peers on the Durham campus. Students are required to satisfy University admission and graduation requirements, which include completion of at least 128 credits, a 2.00 minimum cumulative grade-point average, general education requirements, and, for the bachelor of arts degree, a foreign language requirement. The foreign language is not required in the bachelor of science programs.

Students may also pursue UNH associate in arts or associate in science degree programs full or part time with a choice of concentrations. Requirements for the associate degrees include completion of 64 credits, a 2.00 minimum grade-point average, and an interdisciplinary core course. Those students who complete the last 16 credits of the associate degree with a grade-point average of at least 2.50, earn a cumulative associate degree grade-point average of 2.50 or higher, and are recommended by their academic advisers are guaranteed admission to a baccalaureate program at the University in either Durham or Manchester. The University does not, however, guarantee admission to a specific college or program.

Selected graduate degrees from UNH are also available through the University of New Hampshire at Manchester.

The following academic minors are available at UNH Manchester for enrolled baccalaureate candidates. Further information may be obtained from the Academic Counseling Office, (603) 641-4170.

American Sign Language and Deaf Studies
Communication Arts
Computer Information Systems
Illumination Engineering
Political Economy
Political Science
Women’s Studies

Students entering the associate in arts program in general studies may prepare for transfer admission to many baccalaureate degree programs available through the University’s Manchester and Durham campuses. By working closely with an academic counselor, general studies students can select structured course plans or pre-majors that are compatible with almost every baccalaureate major.

Certificate Programs for Professional Advancement
UNH Manchester’s credit certificate programs are designed for individuals who want to enhance their credentials for a new position or to take the first step toward a college degree. The programs also meet the needs of working professionals with post-secondary degrees who need to expand their knowledge or update their skills.

Each program provides a concentrated learning experience in a specific subject area designed for students with varied educational backgrounds and experience. Students must complete four required courses at UNH Manchester in their chosen program to earn a certificate. The college’s accessible course schedules allow students to attend day or evening classes, full or part time.

Communication Skills for Managers (4 courses, 16 credits)
The fundamentals of oral and written communications are presented in this certificate program. Critical thinking is emphasized. Students learn to read, write, and speak more effectively both personally and professionally.

Business and Accounting Skills for Managers (4 courses, 16 credits)
Students gain a basic understanding of American businesses and how they work. A general overview of the functional areas in business as well as fundamental concepts of accounting, finance, and the use of computers to manage information is presented in the coursework.

Human Behavior Studies (4 courses, 16 credits)
An understanding of psychological, cultural, and social aspects of human behavior is developed in this program. The coursework explores how culture and intellect influence behavior and communication with others.

Application Deadlines
The UNH Manchester application deadline for the fall semester is June 15 and for the spring semester is November 1. For priority consideration for financial aid, the application deadline is March 1 for the following academic year.

For More Information
The UNH Manchester catalog is available online at To request a catalog or more specific information on UNH Manchester courses and degree programs, contact the Office of Admissions, University of New Hampshire at Manchester, University Center, 400 Commercial Street, Manchester, NH 03101, e-mail; phone (603) 641-4150; fax (603) 641-4125; TTY/TTD (603) 641-4308.

College Transition Program
The University of New Hampshire at Manchester’s College Transition Program (CTP) enables students to begin their University studies as candidates for the associate in arts degree while receiving an intensive yearlong (two semesters) plan of academic support and study skill enhancement.

Students are identified as CTP eligible during the standard admission application review process. CTP students are required to supplement their academic schedules with noncredit coursework to strengthen study skills.

Attendance at the New Student Orientation, mandatory testing and placement, and enrollment in the CTP support services and course work are required for all CTP students. After orientation, CTP students work closely with academic advisers to design appropriate course plans, establish performance goals, determine which learning support services are required, and monitor academic achievement.

Students who successfully complete two semesters of CTP may continue on to earn their associate degree through either full-time or part-time study.

College Transition Program for ESOL Students
The College Transition Program (CTP) for ESOL students is an innovative program designed to help students prepare for success in college and in life. Beginning in the fall semester, students join a learning community on the UNH Manchester campus. A combination of academic assessments and individual advising will guide students to appropriate courses in writing, reading and mathematics.

The College Transition Program for ESOL students is a year-long program combining academic courses with a variety of activities and workshops designed to build the skills for success in college. Beyond academic courses, the program includes:

• Orientation and on-going academic advising where students learn about college resources and how to successfully navigate the college environment;

• math and English assessments that help students choose classes to build on prior knowledge and prepare to achieve their goals;

• appropriate levels of ESOL classes when deemed appropriate;

• a mentor who encourages students to explore their interests, develop skills, and prepare for their future;
• academic support seminar where students learn study skills and test taking techniques that will build confidence in the classroom and improve student success;

• student clubs and activities where students become part of the college community and develop organizational and leadership skills that will last a lifetime.

The College Transition Program for ESOL students is open to people with a high school diploma. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply before April 1, the priority deadline for the fall semester. Potential students and their families are encouraged to meet with an admissions counselor from the UNH Manchester Office of Admissions. Students will learn about the application process and how the program can help them achieve their goals.

For more information, please contact the UNH Manchester Office of Admissions at (603) 641-4150; e-mail