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History

William Faulkner said, “The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past.” Oliver Wendell Holmes put history in a different context: “Every library should try to be complete on something, if it were only the history of pinheads.” But, whether it’s sublime or ridiculous, history has fascinated since history began. At UNH, our mission is to broaden your perspective by revealing the vast human experience in all its complexity.

Understand.  And then understand some more.

Is there really no time like the present?  You’ll find that making sense of the past furthers your insight into the present.  That includes everything from the foreign policy of nations to your own contributions to the world.  Our overarching mission is to integrate global perspectives into the program so that you can interpret rapidly changing international conditions and be poised to function within different cultures as you travel the globe.

Choose your own path.

Being a historian is a great asset in the fields of journalism, education, the government, and law. Our flexible program allows you to select a course of study related to your individual interests. With our generous number of electives, you can double-major or minor in another field; Combine your interest in history with professional training from our extensive range of professional programs; or, deepen your knowledge by continuing on to graduate study.

Stand out in class.

Our small class sizes — an average of 20 students — allow our instructors to give you the individual attention that fosters a deeper, more satisfying classroom experience.  They’re also more fun!  Small classes are ideal for opening up stimulating exploratory discussions and letting you stretch your intellectual wings.

Sample Courses
Foundations of the Western World
Environmental History Renaissance Reformation
History of Science World History Since 1945 Latin American History
American History Since 1607 Modern Chinese History Russia and the Soviet Union
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