College of Liberal Arts (COLA)

The College of Liberal Arts offers programs of study leading to the degrees of bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of music, and a bachelor of fine arts (not available to first-year students) The college’s programs and degree requirements ensure both a broad liberal education and intensive specialization in a major field. Opportunities also exist for combined courses of study.

Language Placement Test (French/Spanish)

  • If you took French or Spanish in high school:

Choosing First Semester Courses

  • A sample selection of courses is listed below for each major
  • In every case, there is an opportunity for choosing some courses that satisfy the University’s general education requirement (called the Discovery Program)
  • Unless you receive AP English credit, you will be required to take First-Year Writing (ENGL 401) in your first year.
  • A semester course load usually consists of four 4-credit courses and possibly a 1-credit seminar.
  • First-year students usually take courses numbered in the 400s and 500s.
  • All B.A. degree candidates must complete their foreign language proficiency/requirement by the end of their sophomore year of study.
  • Courses in other colleges are open to you to choose from; you do not have to restrict yourself to Liberal Arts courses.
  • Students interested in a health professions (pre-medical, pre-dental, etc.) career should review the suggested courses by health profession. UNH has no premed major at UNH but the pre-health advisor, whom you should contact at the orientation resource fairs, can guide you through the application process. 

  • While UNH does not have pre-law major, the pre-law advisor does work with interested students. They should meet with the advisor during the June orientation resources fairs.

Recommended First-Semester Courses by Major

Select a major below to learn specific major information for First Year June Orientation. Your advisor will help you with course selection during Orientation.

Anthropology

  • ANTH 411 - Global Perspectives: Introduction to Anthropology or ANTH 412 - Adventures in Archaeology

 

The Arts: Art History

  • ARTS 480 - Introduction to Art History
  • ARTS 532 - Introductory Drawing

 

The Arts: Studio Art

  • ARTS 480 - Introduction to Art History
  • ARTS 532 - Introductory Drawing

 

Classics

  • GREK or LATN each according to eligibility (placement will be determined by an advisor at June Orientation)
  • Any 400 or 500 level CLAS course

 

Communication

  • Students should take one of the following:
    • CMN 455 - Introduction to Media Studies
    • CMN 456 - Propaganda and Persuasion
    • CMN 457 - Introduction to Language and Social Interaction

 

Education (minor)

Elementary and Secondary: During the second year, students investigating a career in teaching should take EDUC 500/Exploring Teaching. This is a required introductory course for most teacher education programs. For more information, consult the Undergraduate Catalog section on Education and see the education department’s teacher education coordinator, in Morrill Hall.

 

English (English, English Literature, English Teaching, English/Journalism)

  • ENGL 401 - First-Year Writing
  • If you have AP/Transfer credit for ENGL 401, take one of the following:
    • ENGL 419 - Introduction to Literary Analysis
    • ENGL 534 - 21st Century Journalism: How the News Works

 

French and French Studies

  • Appropriate placement determined at orientation
  • Students should take the placement test prior to June Orientation, details above

 

Geography

  • Students should take one of the following
    • GEOG 401 - Regional Geography of the Western World
    • GEOG 402 - Regional Geography of the Non-Western World
    • GEOG 473 - Elements of Weather

 

German

  • Appropriate placement determined at orientation
  • GERM 525 - Introduction to German Culture and Civilization

 

History

  • Any 400-level History course

 

Humanities

  • HUMA 401 - Introduction to Humanities
  • and/or one course from HUMA 510-515 sequence

 

Italian

  • Appropriate placement determined at orientation

 

International Affairs (dual major)

  • IA 401 - International Perspectives
  • Foreign Language 

 

Justice Studies (dual major)

  • JUST 401 - Introduction to Justice Studies
  • Justice Studies elective course  

 

Linguistics

  • LING 405 - Introduction to Linguistics
  • LING 444 - Language Matters in America (when offered)

 

Music Education

  • MUSI 471 - Theory I
  • MUSI 473 - Ear Training I
  • MUSI 475 - Functional Piano I*
  • MUSI 745 - Voice or MUED 751 - Techniques and Methods in Percussion
  • 1 credit from MUSI 441- MUSI 460 (to be discussed with advisor)
  • 1 credit from MUSI 541-564 (to be discussed with advisor)

*appropriate placement determined at orientation

 

Music: Liberal Studies and Theory

  • MUSI 471 - Theory I
  • MUSI 473 - Ear Training I
  • MUSI 475 - Functional Piano I*

*appropriate placement determined at orientation

 

Music Performance

Bachelor of Arts

  • MUSI 471 - Theory I
  • MUSI 473 - Ear Training I
  • MUSI 475 - Functional Piano I*

*appropriate placement determined at orientation

Bachelor of Music

  • MUSI 471 - Theory I
  • MUSI 473 - Ear Training I
  • MUSI 475 - Functional Piano I*
  • 1 credit from MUSI 441-460 (to be determined with advisor)
  • 3 credits from MUSI 541-564 (to be determined with advisor)

*appropriate placement determined at orientation

 

Neuroscience and Behavior

  • BIOL 411 - Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular
  • CHEM 403 -  General Chemistry I
  • NSB 400 - Topics in Neuroscience and Behavior

 

Philosophy

  • Students should take one or more of the following:
    • Any 400 level Philosophy course
    • PHIL 570 - Ancient Philosophy

 

Political Science

  • Students should take one of the following:
    • POLT 401 - Politics and Society
    • POLT 402 - American Politics and Government
    • POLT 403 - United States in World Affairs

 

Psychology

  • PSYC 401 - Introduction to Psychology
  • If students have AP/college credit for PSYC 401
    • PSYC 500-level - chosen in consultation with advisor at orientation

 

Russian

  • RUSS language course (appropriate placement determined at orientation)

 

Sociology

  • SOC 400 - Introductory Sociology
  • SOC 502 - Statistics
  • Or any 400/500 level Sociology course

 

Spanish

  • SPAN language course (appropriate placement determined at orientation)
  • SPAN 525 - Spanish Civilization and Culture  or SPAN 526 - Latin American Civilization and Culture
  • Students should take the placement test prior to June Orientation, details above

 

Theatre and Dance

  • Theatre
    • Choose two courses from:
      • THDA 436 - History of Theatre I
      • THDA 459 - Stagecraft
      • THDA 460 - Elements of Design
      • THDA 462 - Ballet I
      • THDA 463 - Theatre Dance I
      • THDA 551 - Acting I
  • Dance
    • For Dance concentration, students must consult department for appropriate placement

 

Women's Studies

  • Students should choose one of the following
    • WS 401 - Introduction to Women’s Studies
    • WS 405 Gender, Power and Privilege
    • WS 444 (various topics)

 

Undeclared

Students will meet with an advisor during Orientation to discuss major interests. The advisor will help the student choose courses to best explore those interests.

Typical First Semester schedule for an Undeclared COLA Student:

1. COLA 401 (1 credit Undeclared Advising Seminar)

2. ENGL 401 or Discovery course if credit already earned for English (4 credits)

3. Major Exploratory Course (4 credits)

4. Major Exploratory Course or Discovery course (4 credits)

5. Major Exploratory Course or Discovery Course (4 credits)