Why Study Liberal Arts at UNH?

Why Study Liberal Arts at UNH?
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Imagine your future. Look around UNH’s College of Liberal Arts (COLA) and you’ll see amazing potential everywhere. Start with incredible opportunities in exceptional experiential programs, some of the world’s best teachers and scholars, and innovative, unparalleled research. Discover your passions at one of the nation’s top public universities in a caring community of small class sizes, responsive advisors and an approachable, accomplished faculty.

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Awarded annually in
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What sets us apart:

Here, your professors know your name — it’s part of our intimate liberal arts experience. And as a top-tier research university, your professors know their stuff. You’ll receive both personal attention and knowledge at the cutting edge. You’ll have access to exceptional hands-on learning experiences and study-away opportunities, like our acclaimed Semester in the City program in Boston, or one of many study abroad opportunities”. When you graduate, you’ll join a family of successful alumni — from Academy Award winners to Air Force generals.

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Exceptional Scholarship

For Nooran Alhamdan, winning a coveted Truman Scholarship was a dream come true.

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UNH student Nelson Thomas
Dedication and Opportunity

Nelson Thomas knew he wanted to be more than an athlete. At UNH, he's been able to do just that.

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Sharing a Gift

Juliana Good wants to provide quality arts education to kids, and COLA has given her the confidence to make that goal a reality.

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What will you study?

Explore COLA’s many programs in the humanities, social sciences, fine and performing arts and education. If you're not sure what you want to major in, you've come to the right place — our faculty and advisors will guide you. Find what you love, then choose a major, or two. Go beyond the classroom with experiences like Mock Trial, Model UN, archaeological digs, performing arts, funded research, hands-on internships — and many more.

Explore Degree Programs

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    There are a million reasons why you should choose UNH's
    College of Liberal Arts
    Here are our top 10...
  • Award-winning alum




    Grads who do great things (like win Academy Awards, become U.S. Air Force generals, etc.).
  • COLA performance



    Endless arts options from orchestra to aerial dance (plus 33 student-run arts organizations).
  • Abbey McIntosh



    93% of recent grads were employed or pursuing further education within 6 months of graduation.
    2022 First Destination Survey
  • UNH student discussing research project



    Find solutions to the world’s problems (conduct research on racial and social inequality, climate change, civil discourse and other important issues).
  • Students outside on lawn in summer relaxing



    Hang out with other curious and creative people.
  • Semester in the City students



    Opportunity to become a leader in areas of social change (through programs like Semester in the City).
  • Professor Polasky



    Big-name professors guide you every step of the way.
  • Archaeology students



    460+ ways to make the world your classroom (join an archaeological dig in Belize, study architecture in Rome, write in London, etc.).
  • Competition



    Cool national competitions (like Mock Trial and Model UN).
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    Best of both worlds (intimate liberal arts experience within a major research university).
  • UNH student Abbey McIntosh
    Meet a Wildcat.

    Abbey McIntosh turned her love of storytelling into a career, and she credits the connections she made here with making that possible.

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