College Unbound@SNHU Curriculum

Program / Course Work
College Unbound@SNHU is a three-year, year-round, integrated learning experience designed for hands-on learners who are looking for an alternative to the traditional classroom experience.

Rather than a prescribed set of courses, College Unbound students create a learning plan that focuses on their passions and interests. 

Students complete eight semesters to earn 120 credits toward a Bachelor of Arts in integrated studies, with a concentration in their field of interest. The program follows a trimester calendar that includes a two-week break in the winter and summer.

The program emphasizes broad knowledge of the wider world (e.g. science, culture and society) as well as achievement (live-learning) in a specific field of interest. Students develop a sense of social responsibility as well as strong intellectual and practical skills such as communication, creative and critical thinking, analysis and problem solving, and a demonstrated ability to apply skills and knowledge in the real world. 

Additionally, living in a learning community setting students will develop skills and knowledge that are equally important to their well-being beyond college, such as teamwork and collaboration, personal and social responsibility, and cultural awareness.

Area of Concentration
As you progress, you will explore a particular area of study that connects to your career interest through a concentration. You will work with an academic coordinator and your internship (professional) advisor, as well as other SNHU faculty, to plan a course of study that is centered on your interests. With their assistance, you will identify the critical skills and knowledge necessary to succeed and make a difference in your chosen field.

Learning Plans
Learning plans articulate student learning objectives, projects, reading requirements, presentations, exhibitions, and other activities that document learning.

Live Learning (Internships)
In the first year of the program, the internship will help you gain familiarity with a field, the local business community and other internship possibilities. In years two and three, you will seek out your own internships to explore your career interest in more depth. With the academic coordinator, and your internship (professional) advisor you will develop a “real-world” internship project that combines your interests with the needs of your employer.

Success in College Unbound@SNHU is outcome-based. To that end, rather than traditional exams, an e-portfolio, exhibition and Learning Review process are used to document and evaluate student progress.

Evaluations will be based on your work - papers, project outcomes, writing samples, work products, and applied skills and knowledge - and your use of new skills and knowledge to solve complex problems.  Students, through an exhibition, will present their work to their academic coordinator, professional advisor, peers, and community members.

The e-portfolio is a living archive that provides a recordkeeping of the student’s time, learning and academic work.  Maintaining the e-portfolio provides students with opportunities to develop professionally through organization, accountability and technology as they manage evidence of their academic performance.

Residence Life
Living with other students creates high levels of engagement and “connectedness.” College Unbound students will live together in the same dorm and will be under the guidance of the College Unbound resident director, who is focused on their social and emotional well-being and growth. A positive resident life experience is an important part of the social and academic development of College Unbound students.

Learning-Living Community
A learning community is unique in that it is a collaboration among students, advisors, scholars and professionals to assist students in developing a knowledge base in a particular field and create an environment where learning and teaching becomes a shared project.  College Unbound students will collectively develop principles, guidelines and rules for their learning community

Senior Project
Students are required to engage with and take action to affect the world outside of themselves, often but not necessarily in collaboration with others.  Students must demonstrate their understanding and ways they have and will participate in their community. 

Students must also demonstrate their ability to decide what knowledge applies and does not apply to various situations, and that they can recognize relationships between different areas of knowledge and connect theory and practice intellectually and in practical situations.  To that end, the senior study is about making a difference and contributing to the world through action and scholarship. 

By participating in the workings of a community students will demonstrate that they are stewards of sustainability and responsible citizens.

College Unbound@SNHU Credit Structure by Academic Year

Year One & Two

Fall Semester:
Course work: 12 credits
Internship: 4 credits

Spring Semester
Course work: 12 credits
Internship: 4 credits

Summer Semester
Course work: 6 credits
Summer experience: 3 credits
Internship: 3 credits

Year Three

Fall Semester:
Course work: 9 credits
Senior Project: 3 credits
Internship: 4 credits

Spring Semester
Senior Project: 12 credits
Internship: 4 credits

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College Unbound@SNHU
Christine Blais, M.S
Program Coordinator, College Unbound @ SNHU
Phone: 603.626.9100 , ext 3331
Fax: 603.644.3181