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    The University of New Hampshire Discovery Program is the core curriculum established to provide students with a multifaceted liberal education. See more.
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    DISCOVERY FOUNDATION SKILLS: Inquiry courses prepare first-year students to succeed at the college level by helping them become active, independent thinkers who look at subjects and challenging problems from a number of viewpoints. All inquiry courses are small and involve experiential learning, e.g., learning by doing.
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    COGNATES! It’s not a Minor. It’s not a Major. It’s a Cognate! A cognate is a coherent set of courses in a discipline or interdisciplinary grouping aimed at enhancing career-oriented skills in high demand in the employment market. A cognate will typically consist of 12 or more credits.

33rd Annual Phi Beta Kappa Discovery Essay Competition

The following are the results of the 33rd Annual Phi Beta Kappa Discovery Essay Competition. We thank all the faculty who nominated essays this year.
Congratulations, Students!
Samantha DiNatale (COLSA)
on “The Marriage of Environmentalism and Civil Rights,”
for HIST 410, “Historic Survey of American Civilization.”
Course instructor: Charlotte Richard


Alana Dail (CHHS)
“There Is No Such Thing as Free Lunch: Let’s Change That,”
for ENGL 401, “First-Year Writing.”
Course instructor: Stephanie Harzewski