College of Liberal Arts (COLA)
The College of Liberal Arts offers programs of study leading to the degrees of bachelor of arts, bachelor of music, and bachelor of fine arts (not available to freshman) 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. Students may also combine a major with the International Affairs dual major. (Consult with an IA advisor at June Orientation.)
Bachelor of Arts
Art: Art History
Art: Studio Art
European Cultural Studies
Music Education &
Music Liberal Studies,
Composition and Theory
Theatre & Dance
Bachelor of Science
Neuroscience & Behavior
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Music: Music Education, Performance, and Theory
Advising for First Year English, Psychology, and Undeclared Majors
First-year students admitted in English and Psychology are provisionally declared majors and are advised by the faculty and staff of the University Advising and Career Center. The “provisional” status ends after satisfactory completion of prerequisites established by each of these majors. You will learn about these prerequisites at June orientation.
As an undeclared student in the College of Liberal Arts, you will have the opportunity to explore your interests and develop new ones over the next year. Faculty and staff in the University Advising and Career Center in Hood House will advise you until you declare a major. (You must declare a major by the end of your sophomore year.) You should work closely with your adviser to develop an academic plan leading to a major.
Choosing First-Semester Courses
A normal course load is 16 credits or four 4-credit courses. First-year students usually take courses numbered in the 400s and/or 500s. Your courses will include one or which will meet University Discovery Program (core university curriculum) and writing requirment as well as courses in your major or, if undeclared, courses to explore majors. An academic advisor will help you select these courses.
First Year Writing (English 401) is required of all first-year students (unless you receive AP English credit). Potential English Department, majors should take the course ﬁrst semester.
Courses in other colleges are open to you to choose from; you do not have to restrict yourself to Liberal Arts courses.
All B.A. degree candidates must complete their foreign language proficiency/requirement by the end of their sophomore year of study. The language requirement for bachelor of arts students may be met by (a) two semesters (401 and 402) of a language not formerly studied or studied for less than two years; (b) one semester at a 500 level (for example 503 or above), of a language formerly studied for two or more years; (c) where available, 403-503, for those students ineligible for 401-402 but not placing into 503 (d) an appropriate score on the SAT II language test; or (e) advanced placement language credit equal to the intermediate level (503) or higher.
- It is for students planning to take French or Spanish this fall
- You must complete this online placement test before your June orientation
- Your advisor will have your test result at June orientation
Recommended First-Semester Courses by Major
The Arts–Art History
The Arts Studio
Education (elementary and secondary)
European Cultural Studies
Music Liberal Studies and Theory
Neurosicence and Behavior
BIOL 411, CHEM 403, NSB 400
Premedical and Predental Program +++
Theatre and Dance
** Appropriate placement will be determined with an adviser at Orientation.
† Course (or alternative when one is offered) mandatory in the first semester of the first year to obtain a degree with this major in the usual four academic years
++ Prelaw Program Hood 102
Students may major in any UNH program. They work under the guidance the faculty PreLaw Advisory Committee to select appropriate courses to prepare for admission to, and success in, law school. The committee also provides assistance with the law school admissions process. Students may register with the Prelaw Advisory Committee at June Orientation or by contacting the University Advising and Career Center.
+++ Pre-Professional Health Advising Program (Premedical and Predental) Hood 102
Students may major in any UNH program but must include at least one of the following courses, if possible: CHEM 403 (if non-chemistry major, consult with prehealth professions adviser before registering for 405) or BIOL 411. Consult with an adviser at Orientation to determine other appropriate first-semester course work. No course prerequisite to medical or dental school should be taken pass/fail or through AP.
Useful Links for Course Planning
- First Year Students
- Transfer Students
- Pre-Orientation Programs
- Orientation Leaders
- Campus & Area Resources