College of Liberal Arts

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We prepare students to be the next generation of innovators, problem solvers and communicators. With an emphasis on critical thinking, written and oral communication, teamwork and ethical decision making, our academic experience empowers students with the cross-cutting skills most highly valued by employers. Beyond the classroom, our students apply their knowledge in real-world settings – securing competitive internships, conducting federally funded research and pursuing international experiences critical to thriving in today’s globalized and interdependent world. With over 45 programs of study – spanning the social and behavioral sciences, fine and performing arts, humanities and education – we produce the talent that is helping public, private and non-profit organizations meet the grand challenges of today and tomorrow.

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Over 60% of COLA students have at least one internship during their time at UNH COLA students have at least one internship during their time at UNH


 Number of COLA students receiving national fellowships in 2016


 Number of COLA student presentations at the 2016 Undergraduate Research Conference


Percentage of UNH students studying abroad that are COLA majors

Where COLA students go...

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  • Amazon
  • American Lung Association
  • Americorps
  • Amnesty International
  • Boston Celtics
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • Boston Red Sox
  • Brodeur Partners
  • Community Partners
  • Concord Monitore
  • Delhaize America
  • Direct Capital
  • Edelman Public Relations
  • New England Center for Children
  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Federal Reserve Board of Governors
  • Foster’s Daily Democrat
  • Hawthorn Creative
  • International Institute of New England
  • International Rescue Committee
  • KPMG
  • Kronos
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Merrimack Valley School District
  • Mondelez International
  • National Kidney Foundation
  • National Public Radio
  • New Hampshire Women’s Foundation
  • New Hampshire Business Review
  • New Hampshire Community Loan Fund
  • New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth and Families
  • New Hampshire Public Defender
  • Open Society Foundation
  • PepsiCo
  • Phillips Academy
  • Post-Landfill Action Network
  • Seacoast Mental Health Center
  • Smuttynose Brewing Company
  • Stonyfield
  • Strafford County Attorney’s Office
  • Target
  • TomTom
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. Institute of Peace
  • U.S. Marshals Service
  • Veris Wealth Partners
  • Walt Disney World Company
  • YMCA


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Humanities and Languages

  • Classics
  • English, English Literature, English/Journalism and English Teaching
  • French and French Studies
  • German
  • Italian Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Russian
  • Spanish


  • Dual Major: Coursework prepares students for enrollment in graduate programs and certification
  • 4-year certification programs are available in math, music, preK-3rd grade and physical education

Fine and Performing Arts

  • Art Studio and Art History
  • Music and Music Education
  • Theatre and Dance

Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Communication
  • Geography
  • History
  • International Affairs (Dual Major)
  • Justice Studies (Dual Major)
  • Neuroscience and Behavior
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Women’s Studies


  • Africana and African American Studies
  • American Studies
  • Architectural Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Chinese
  • Cinema Studies
  • Forensics
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Latin American Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Queer Studies
  • Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Religious Studies
  • Security Studies
  • Skills and Perspectives for the Digital World Cognate
  • Social Justice Leadership
  • Technical Writing and Public Speaking Cognate


Core Skills & Competencies of COLA Students:

  • Effective teamwork
  • Intercultural Fluency
  • Analyzing and solving complex and interrelated problems
  • Ethical judgment and decision making
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Leadership
  • Active Citizenship


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  • Counseling (M.Ed.)
  • Early Childhood Education (M.Ed.)
  • Early Childhood Education: Special Needs (M.Ed.)
  • Education (Ph.D.)
  • Educational Administration and Supervision (Ed.S.)
  • Educational Studies (M.Ed.)
  • Elementary Education (M.Ed.)
  • Secondary Education (M.A.T., M.Ed.)
  • Special Education (M.Ed.)


  • English (M.S.T.)
  • English: Composition (Ph.D.)
  • English: Language & Linguistics (M.A.)
  • English: Literature (M.A., Ph.D.)
  • Spanish (M.A.)
  • Liberal Studies (M.A.)
  • Writing (M.F.A.)

Fine & Performing Arts

  • Painting (M.F.A)
  • MusicMusic (M.A.T.)
  • Music: Composition (M.A.)
  • Music: Conducting (M.A.)
  • Music: Musicology (M.A.)



Social Sciences

  • History (M.A., Ph.D.)
  • History: Museum Studies (M.A.)
  • Justice Studies (M.A.)
  • Political Science (M.A.)
  • Psychology (Ph.D.)
  • Public Administration (M.P.A.)
  • Sociology (M.A., Ph.D.)

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Raul Bernal
Career Director
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Jonathan Constable 
Career Coach
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