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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009

University of New Hampshire at Manchester




Associate Professor: Terry M. Savage

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 a 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 a historical period through study of its literature, arts, history, philosophy, and sciences.

Students with specific career interests are encouraged to consult with the college’s academic advisers to identify courses appropriate to their needs and interests. Study in areas such as business or computer information systems, for example, can often be combined successfully with the humanities major.

Humanities majors find employment in a wide range of fields or pursue graduate study in fields such as law or education. Skills and knowledge developed through the major are important in virtually all social and career responsibilities, although the humanities major is not preparation for a specific career.

Humanities Program of Study
For the humanities major at UNH Manchester, students must complete 40 credits with a minimum grade of C in each course. The required courses for the humanities major are:

Core Courses (required of all majors)
HIST 500, Introduction to Historical Thinking
ENGL 419, Introduction to Critical Analysis
HUMA 411, Humanities I
HUMA 412, Humanities II
HUMA 795, Humanities: A Study of Creativity
HUMA 796, Humanities: A Study of Contemporary Issues

Self-Designed Concentration
This is an approved program of studies 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 about the humanities major, contact Terry Savage, Ph.D., program coordinator at (603) 641-4149, e-mail; or contact the Office of Admissions at (603) 641-4150.

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