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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009

College of Liberal Arts


Dean: Marilyn Hoskin
Associate Dean: John T. Kirkpatrick , Kenneth Fuld
Senior Faculty Fellow: Peggy A. Vagts


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 Minors, and University Interdisciplinary Minors.
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.

Research Centers

Carsey Institute

The Carsey Institute conducts independent, interdisciplinary research that documents trends and conditions affecting families and communities, providing valuable information and analysis to policymakers, practitioners, the media, and the general public. Through this work, the Carsey Institute contributes to public dialogue on policies that encourage social mobility and sustain healthy, equitable communities.

At UNH, Carsey provides resources and programs to support faculty development for research in the social sciences and health fields, and also provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in interdisciplinary policy research and to engage directly in programs working with families and communities. Under the auspices of both the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Health and Human Services, currently the institute works with advisors from 14 different campus departments and organizations, and supports 9 campus centers where research is conducted on justice studies, crimes against children, child development, disability, community health, and adolescents. The institute, located in Huddleston Hall, was established in 2002 through a generous gift from UNH alumna and noted television producer Marcy Carsey. Cynthia "Mil" Duncan, professor of sociology, is the founding director of the Institute.

Center for the Humanities

The Center for the Humanities, located in Huddleston Hall, was established in 1986 to support the arts and humanities at UNH. It currently involves approximately twelve departments and more than 125 faculty members from across the University, representing such fields as literature, fine arts, anthropology, philosophy, folklore, history, religious studies, foreign languages, and literature. The Center for New England Culture is a unit of the Humanities Center.

Participation in the activities of the Center is open to faculty members from across the University who are interested in the humanities as they are broadly defined. The center acts as a forum for discussion and intellectual cross-fertilization regarding humanistic issues and perspectives; it fosters and supports creative research in the humanities, both within and among disciplines; it assists humanities faculty in their educational and curricular activities in general, and in the development of interdisciplinary courses and programs in particular; it serves the humanities faculty, students, programs, and community by assisting in the development and dissemination of educational and research materials; it fosters and develops outreach activities in the humanities for the state and region; and it is a focus for the humanities within the University, the state, and the region.

The Center for the Humanities is directed by Burt Feintuch, professor of English.

Crimes Against Children Research Center

The Crimes Against Children Research Center (CCRC) is concerned with crimes against children and adolescents, from birth through age 17, in all its forms, 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; Multi-Site 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. Dr. 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 has tried 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, including 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 in the family. This holistic view of family violence has contributed both diversity and richness to the FRL's work.

The FRL prominence in the field is in part a result of the large number, variety, and scope of its publications. In a span of ten 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 Web site.

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, Ph.D., professor of sociology and director of the Crimes against Children Research Center; and Murray A. Straus, Ph.D., professor of sociology.


Justiceworks is a research and development group in justice studies. Founded in 1999 as a collaborative consortium of academicians 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. TAG develops and coordinates law enforcement partnerships, alliances, and relationships nationally in support of the core mission of Justiceworks at the University of New Hampshire.

Justiceworks is co-directed by John T. Kirkpatrick, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and clinical professor of sociology; and Charles Putnam, J.D., research associate professor of political science.

Proficiency in a Foreign Language

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

Within the College of Liberal Arts, only those students majoring in linguistics, psychology, or theatre and dance 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.

Liberal Arts Study Abroad

The College of Liberal Arts offers nine managed study abroad programs that are administered by college faculty and staff. 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 are eligible for federal financial aid, and pay UNH tuition and a single program fee, which covers room, board, and excursions. Most UNH student fees are waived. Students are guaranteed a full semester of credits (16) in the semester-long programs. 

Please see the list of eligibility requirements under Study Abroad Programs

To learn more, please follow the links below.

London, England: Fall or spring courses in the liberal arts at Regent's College, London.
Contact:, (603) 862-3962, 53 Hamilton Smith Hall

Cambridge, England: Summer courses in history, literature, and humanities at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University.
Contact:, (603) 862-3962, 53 Hamilton Smith Hall

Brest, France: Summer intensive language study at the Centre International d'Etudes des Langues.
Contact:, (603) 862-3856, 210J Murkland Hall

Dijon, France: Students study French language and other liberal arts courses at the Université de Bourgogne, Dijon.
Contact:, (603) 862-1303, 210E Murkland Hall

Paris, France: Spring courses in English on French literature, history and culture; French language courses for beginning and intermediate students of the language.
Contact:, (603) 862-1068, G10F Murkland Hall

Budapest, Hungary: Each fall, UNH students under the supervision of a UNH Justice Studies faculty member will study in residence at Corvinus University.
Contact:, (603) 862-1716, 202 Huddleston Hall

Ascoli Piceno, Italy: Summer, semester, or year study in the humanities and social sciences at the UNH-in-Italy campus. Internships and courses at the Universita' degli Studi da Ascoli Piceno are also available.
Contact: Prof. Scott Schnepf, (603) 862-1601

Puebla, Mexico: Summer courses in intensive Spanish and culture.
Contact: Prof. Lina Lee, 210A Murkland Hall

Granada, Spain: Semester or year study in Spanish and other disciplines at the Centro de Lenguas Modernas of the University of Granada.
Contact: Prof. John Chaston, 317 Murkland Hall