• About this program

    The Humanities program is an interdisciplinary study of the human condition, past and present. The program is based on careful examination of substantial works from a variety of disciplines and is intended to develop intellectual skills, specialized knowledge, and breadth of understanding. It provides students with a broad foundation of knowledge and skills in the liberal arts combined with a coordinated, self-designed program of studies in an area of individual student interest.

    Humanities students develop skills of analysis, critical assessment, and effective communication as they study diverse works of art, music, literature, history, philosophy, and the sciences. Individually designed programs may cover the full range of student interests: for example, the social and ethical implications of genetic engineering or the examination of an historical period through study of its literature, arts, history, philosophy, and sciences.

    A liberal arts degree Humanities opens doors to careers in a variety of areas and prepares students for graduate study in subjects such as law or education. Skills and knowledge developed through the major are important in virtually all social and career responsibilities. A Humanities major or minor can also complement work in other majors such as elementary or secondary education, business, communications, or computer information systems.

    For more information contact John Resch, Program Coordinator, at jpr@unh.edu or 603-641-4134; or contact the Office of Admissions.

  • Program of Study

    For the Humanities major at UNH Manchester, students must complete a minimum of 128 credits and satisfy the University’s Discovery Program and foreign language requirements and students must complete 40 credits with a minimum grade of C in each course.

    Course Sequencing

    First Year

    Fall Semester
    HUMA 411
    HIST 500 or ENGL 419
    ENGL 401
    Foreign Language Course

    Spring Semester
    HUMA 412
    HUMA 500 level course
    Quantitative Reasoning
    Foreign Language Course

    Second Year

    Fall Semester
    HUMA 600 Level Course
    Discovery Category Course
    Discovery Category Course
    Elective

    Spring Semester
    HUMA 600 Level Course
    Discovery Category Course
    Discovery Category Course
    Concentration Course

    Third Year

    Fall Semester
    HUMA 600 level / HUMA 795*
    Discovery Category Course
    Discovery Category Course
    Elective

    Spring Semester
    HUMA 6/700 Level / HUMA 796*
    Discovery Category Course
    Discovery Category Course
    Concentration Course

    Fourth Year

    Fall Semester
    HUMA 600 level
    HUMA 6/700 Level / HUMA 796*
    Concentration Course
    Elective

    Spring Semester
    HUMA 600 level
    HUMA 6/700 Level / HUMA 796*
    Elective
    Elective

    * These courses are offered every other year. Can be taken in the Junior year.

    The required courses for the Humanities major are:
    Core Courses (required of all majors)
    HIST 500, Introduction to Historical Thinking
    or
    ENGL 419, Introduction to Critical Analysis
    HUMA 411, Humanities I
    HUMA 412, Humanities II

    Students must take 20 credits in a self-designed concentration. Two of those courses must be HUMA courses at the 600 or 700 levels. Other Humanities courses or courses relevant to the self-designed concentration compose the other three courses in the concentration.

    Discovery Program Capstone Courses

    Students complete their major with two capstone seminars. The first, HUMA 795, Study of Creativity, explores the nature of creativity through the lives and works of individuals such as Leonardo da Vinci, Kathe Kollwitz, Mozart, Freud, Einstein, and Georgia O’Keeffe. The second seminar, HUMA 796, Study of Contemporary Issues, explores current social and political issues with a focus on developments in public policy, science, and business, and their impact on social values.

  • Areas of Study

    Self-Designed Concentration

    This is an approved program of studies designed by the student in consultation with a faculty advisor. In addition to courses available on the Manchester campus, students may, with prior approval, use courses from area colleges and the University’s Durham campus. The concentration is made up of two humanities courses (HUMA prefix) at the 600 or 700 level and three courses from any relevant discipline at any level.

  • Minor

    Humanities Minor

    The Humanities minor is an excellent way to add breadth of perspective to specialized study in particular disciplines. Many professions encourage students to develop skills and knowledge outside their area of professional interest. The Humanities minor can meet this objective and make college education a more enlightening and rewarding experience.

    To earn a minor in Humanities students must complete 20 credits with a minimum grade of C in each course. Students must take the following courses: HUMA 411 Humanities I; HUMA 412 Humanities II; one course in any Humanities discipline at any level; one 600 or 700 level Humanities course; HUMA 795 Humanities: Study of Creativity or HUMA 796 Humanities: Study of Contemporary Issues

    For more information contact John Resch, Minor Supervisor, at jpr@unh.edu or 603-641-4134; or contact the Office of Admissions.

  • Faculty

    Jennifer Armstrong

    Adjunct Faculty Member
    Humanities Program
    University Center

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    Andrew Laurie Stangel

    Adjunct Faculty Member, Art History
    Humanities Program
    Humanities Division
    University Center
    artifacts@gsinet.net

  • Course Sequence

    The following is an example of a course sequence. The sequence may vary depending upon a student's academic history and transfer credits. Students should contact their academic advisor with specific questions.

    First Year

    Fall Semester
    HUMA 411, Humanities I
    HIST 500, Introduction to Historical Thinking, or
    ENGL 419, Introduction to Critical Analysis
    ENGL 401, First Year Writing
    Foreign Language I

    Spring Semester
    HUMA 412, Humanities II
    HUMA 500 Level Course
    Quantitative Reasoning
    Foreign Language II

    Second Year

    Fall semester
    HUMA 600 Level Course
    Discovery Course
    Discovery Course
    Elective Course

    Spring Semester
    HUMA 600 Level Course
    Discovery Course
    Discovery Course
    Concentration Course

    Third Year

    Fall Semester
    HUMA 600 Level
    Discovery Course
    Discovery Course
    Elective Course

    Spring Semester
    HUMA 6/700 Level
    Discovery Course
    Discovery Course
    Concentration Course

    Fourth Year

    Fall Semester
    HUMA 600 Level
    HUMA 6/700 Level /HUMA 795, Humanities:
    A Study of Creativity*
    Concentration Course
    Elective Course

    Spring Semester
    HUMA 600 Level
    HUMA 6/700 Level/ HUMA 796, Humanities:
    A Study of Contemporary Issues*
    Elective Course
    Elective Course

    * These courses are offered every other year. Can be taken in your Junior year

  • Student Stories

  • Course Descriptions

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      HUMA 411 - Humanities I

      Introduction to the humanities and Western culture through literature, history, philosophy, music, art, and architecture. Examination of selected historical periods from classical Greece through the Renaissance through readings, films, slides, and field trips. Writing intensive. Special fee.
      Credits: 4

      HUMA 412 - Humanities II

      Introduction to the humanities and Western culture through literature, history, philosophy, music, art, and architecture. Examination of selected historical periods from the Enlightenment to the present through the use of readings, films, slides, and field trips. Writing intensive. Special fee.
      Credits: 4

      HUMA 444B - Richard Wright's Native Son and America in the 1930s and 1940s

      This Inquiry* course uses Richard Wright's groundbreaking novel, Native Son, to explore ways in which literature can reflect, interact with and change the world out of which it arises. After a careful reading of the novel, we consider how a writer's comments on his art can help us understand the art, how a novel's composition and reception affect our understanding, how the historical context of a work can help us reflect upon the relationship of literature and history, how other media such as film versions of the novel interpret it and how social and philosophical interpretations of experience are reflected in the narrative.
      Credits: 4

      HUMA 519 - Classical Greece

      Examination of the culture of classical Greece through the history, drama, philosophy, and art of the period. Open to all students. Recommended for students in the humanities major. Special fee.
      Credits: 4

      HUMA 608 - Arts and American Society: Women Writers and Artists, 1850-Present

      Team-taught course studying the impact of gender definitions on the lives and works of selected American artists. Considers lesser-known figures such as Fannie Fern, Lilly Martin Spencer, and Mary Hallock Foote as well as better-known artists such as Willa Cather and Georgia O'Keeffe. Prereq: permission or one of the following: WS 401, HIST 566, ENGL 585 or 586, ENGL 685 or 785, or a 600-level art history course. (Also offered as ARTS 608, ENGL 608, and HIST 608.) Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      HUMA 622 - Studies of Freedom and Liberty

      Principles of freedom and liberty that helped to form Western culture from the Renaissance to the present. Topics include concepts of human nature, theories of government and society. Readings include Machiavelli, Locke, Paine, Mill, Marx, Freud, Sartre, and Marcuse.
      Credits: 4

      HUMA 632 - The Beginning and End of the World: Genesis and Revelation in Western Humanities

      Genesis and Revelation examined for the biblical views of history and time in general and then an exploration of various interpretations of this material in Western thought. After a careful reading of the texts, students examine how themes in these biblical works have influenced art and architecture, literature, science, history, and culture. Advantageous for students in English, literature, history, and humanities as well as for individuals who want a nondoctrinal reading of selections from one of the most influential literary works in the West. Special fee.
      Credits: 4

      HUMA 640 - The Birth of Rock and Roll

      An interdisciplinary study of the cultural forces that brought forth the birth of rock and roll in the 1950s. This study of pre-rock music and culture will be further enriched by art, literature, and photography which focuses in the roots of rock and roll.
      Credits: 4

      HUMA 645 - American Culture and Communication Through the Life and Work of F. Scott Fitzgerald

      Investigates the development of 20th Century American culture and communication through the prism of F. Scott Fitzgerald. A major writer, social observer, employee of the advertising and film industries and prominent public figure, Fitzgerald's life and work provide a rich context for examining various dimensions of American culture and for exploring the nature of authorship as an aspect of communication. Topics covered include: modernity, the rise of mass media, consumerism, social class, imperialism, mechanization, gender, youth culture and generational identity. Prereq: One 400- or 500-level HUMA course.
      Credits: 4

      HUMA 680 - New England Culture: Roots and Branches

      Interdisciplinary examination of the richness, variety, and significance of selective periods of New England culture using literature, history, art and photographic images, music, artifacts, and oral histories. Subjects include native American lore, European-American contributions to regional culture, New England's literary tradition and influence on American culture.
      Credits: 4

      HUMA 795 - Humanities: A Study of Creativity

      A study of human creativity through representative lives and works of such figures as da Vinci, Einstein, Kathe Kollwitz, Bach, Dickens, and Freud. Lectures, class discussions, films, and slides supplemented by gallery tours, plays, and concerts. Open to students with a background in humanities or by permission of the instructors. Writing intensive. Special fee.
      Credits: 4

      HUMA 796 - Humanities: A Study of Contemporary Issues

      Current social and political issues with focus on recent developments in public policy, science, and business, and their impact on social values. Prereq: junior status or permission. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4