College of Health and Human Services
Michael S. Ferrara, Dean
Erin Hiley Sharp, Associate Dean
The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) prepares students for professional health-related careers, through hands-on, experiential learning. Taught by profession and field experts, CHHS provides undergraduate instruction that leads to the bachelor of science degree in communication sciences and disorders, health management and policy, human development and family studies, kinesiology (with majors in exercise science, health and physical education, health sciences and sport management and leadership), nursing, occupational therapy, recreation management and policy (with options in outdoor leadership and management, program and event management and therapeutic recreation), and social work. Each program enables students to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to practice in their chosen professions and to obtain a broad cultural background in the humanities and social sciences.
A limited number of well-qualified first-year students who have expressed an interest in a health-related career but who are undecided about a specific major may enter the College of Health and Human Services as undeclared students. All CHHS undeclared students participate in our ACE (Academic and Career Engagement) Program. This program is also available to many students in our majors.
The ACE Program in the College of Health and Human Services provides our first year students with an environment that encourages academic success in the transition from high school to college. Through personalized academic and career coaching, this first-year experience program assists students with navigating academic and co-curricular resources, developing skills in active learning, reflection, and decision making, and exploring vast career options and alumni connections - all the while fostering a community of belonging and involvement within CHHS and UNH.
Members of the ACE Program participate in one or two ACE seminars. These seminars help students learn about CHHS majors and explore career choices, goals, and the resources and opportunities available to students at UNH, such as academic guidance and support for your personal well-being. Each CHHS student in the ACE Program has an ACE peer mentor and an ACE academic coach, who are available to meet on a regular basis. Each student is also assigned a faculty mentor within the major department.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Candidates for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree must satisfy all University requirements for graduation, earn at least 128 credits, successfully complete the courses required in one of the majors described in this section, and achieve the required minimum grade-point average in the chosen curriculum. Generally, courses are to be completed in the sequence in which they are arranged. Degree candidates must satisfy all of the University and Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of an individual major program, which includes a senior capstone course/experience.