Cool Courses at UNH


It’s no secret that registering for classes is probably one of the most stressful times here on campus. Everything is contingent on your registration window — whether or not you get the class you wanted, or, worse, needed, and if you did get that class, whether or not you got the specific time you were hoping for. I, for one, am glad to put that behind me for another couple of months or so. However, that said, UNH offers some cool and unique classes that I thought were worthy of sharing. Remember, classes aren’t offered every semester, so check the course catalogue and Webcat for the schedule. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy my discoveries!


The List

Intro to Architectural History

Before I delve into this one, keep in mind that this title seems dangerously close to “Introduction to Art History,” and if it’s anything like it, then Intro to Architectural History (ARTS 574) probably involves a good bit of work. However that does not mean that this class cannot be awesome and extremely useful. The content covers most major architectural masterpieces, from the ancient pyramids to modern skyscrapers, as well as additional content on topics such as building materials, design, etc. in the architectural world. I put this on the list because architecture is everywhere around us and plays a significant role in the history and society of most cultures. Not to mention, if you’re not as much of a drawing person, this course is another chance to gain a fine arts credit.

Credits: 4, count as FPA req.

Ceramics and Woodworking


These are two separate courses but I’m including them both for the same reason. Ceramics (ARTS 501) and Woodworking (ARTS 525) are great ways to gain a fine arts credit for those interested in a more creative and hands-on class to add to their schedule. WARNING: Do not be fooled! These classes are intensive and will require work outside of class along with a couple of hours in class, but both are extremely rewarding. Students in woodworking will learn the basics to carving wood and creating actual recognizable structure out of a chunk of wood. Ceramics offers the principles of glazing, constructing and designing ceramic creations, and kiln firing. Both classes have a lab and do not have pre-requisites.

Credits: 4, count as labs

Slavery and Society in Pre-Colonial Africa

This class is one that I found especially interesting. We are all aware of slavery as it existed in our own society, but high school level classes very rarely, if ever, touch on slavery in the early times in Africa, even before the time of European colonialism. This course touches on a plethora of topics as they pertain to slavery, such as race, gender, slave conditions, etc. If you’re interested in history, give this class a look — it seems like it could offer a much needed reprieve from classic American history classes while being a great use of a semester.

Credits: 4, counts as a HIST req.

Germs 1o1

I’m sure most people on campus are aware of this course — the course is incredibly popular and meets the BS (Biological Science) Discovery Program requirement. However, a good friend of mine took this course last semester and insisted I include it in the list. Covering topics from public awareness of germs and illness to the biological engineering of germs, the class leaves students with a long list of interesting facts (i.e. which germs are lurking in the bathroom, not to mention on your toothbrush). I vicariously came to pick up some useful information and have to thank said friend for initiating a pretty interesting conversation on Ebola, although no one really needed to take a bio course to talk incessantly on that topic. Anyway, I suggest further investigation on this class (BMS 408), because everyone could benefit from gaining a little extra knowledge in the germ category.

Credits: 4, BS disc. credit

Mozart and the Enlightenment: Social Norms and Sexual Behavior in the Age of Reason

This is a class that I am very interested in taking. HUMA 444 fulfills the humanities discovery requirement and basically just seems awesome. I never would have assumed that Mozart would be a key player in defining societal norms and sexual behavior during the European Enlightenment, but according to the course description, he did. This class basically explores the new human behaviors and thoughts that arose during the 17th and 18th centuries and how theater and music, along with literature, explored the “use and abuse of Human Reason in daily life.” I call that interesting. This course is also writing intensive.

Credits: 4, HUMA req.

There you have it Wildcats. Be sure to check out the course catalog for yourself. There are heaps of great courses at UNH. I only hope this list gave you a head start!

Have a great spring semester!!