Politics and Society Major (B.A.)

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The bachelor of arts degree in politics and society provides a highly interdisciplinary approach to the study of politics. Students explore the many ways that leaders and citizens, in America and beyond, work in and around governments to solve complex problems, such as poverty and inequality, terrorism, discrimination, global conflicts, refugee crises, human rights violations, crime and climate change.

The major is very flexible and students may concentrate in one of three areas:
American politics & public policy, international & comparative studies, or law & justice.

Students may also substitute two political science courses with sociology, economics or history courses, or may substitute a semester of coursework with an internship in Washington DC through the Washington Center Program. An accelerated Master in Public Policy track is available for eligible students.

Politics and society majors develop essential transferable skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, effective communication, leadership, and the ability to conduct research and data analysis. Coursework emphasizes experiential learning, such as interning at the NH State House, competing in international Model United Nations conferences and service learning at local non-profit organizations (food bank, YWCA, etc.). All students must do at least one internship and at least one independent research project to present at the UNH Undergraduate Research Conference.

Politics and society graduates pursue exciting careers in government, law, non-profit organizations, international affairs, global security, intelligence, journalism and education, and also pursue graduate studies in law, political science, international relations, peace and conflict studies, public policy and public administration.

Students must complete 128 credits to graduate, including 44 credits in the politics and society major. Students must maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.0 and a cumulative GPA in the major of 2.0. No credit toward the major will be given for any course in which the student receives a grade of less than C-. Students also must fulfill the UNH Discovery Program requirements. Up to three courses may be used toward both the politics and society major and UNH Discovery Program requirements. Transfer students must take at least 28 credits in the major at UNH Manchester.

Requirements for the Politics & Society B.A. degree

Required Courses
POLT 401Politics and Society4
or PHIL 436 Social and Political Philosophy
POLT 402American Politics and Government4
POLT 403United States in World Affairs4
POLT 595Smart Politics4
PS 701Senior Project and Interdisciplinary Seminar in Politics and Society4
PS or POLT Courses
Select six of the following courses: 1,224
Politics, Law and Contemporary Society
American Public Policy
Politics of Crime and Justice
Rights and the Political Community
Dissent and the Political Community
World Politics
Managing Bureaucracy in America
Social and Political-Economic Theory
Political Psychology
Political Theory and Historical and Social Context
Empire, Democracy and War
Political Violence and Terrorism
Civil Society and Public Policy
Justice Law and Politics
Supreme Court in US Society
Political and Social Change in Developing Countries
Politics of Food
Women and War
People on the Move: Immigration and Refugee Policy in Global Perspective
Model United Nations
New Hampshire Politics in Action
Globalization: Politics, Economics and Culture
Selected Topics Politics and Society
Politics and Society Independent Study
Courts and Public Policy
International Relations: Interdisciplinary Approach
Dictatorship and Democracy
Politics of Poverty
Select four courses 3
Total Credits44

Up to TWO SOC, ECN, or HIST courses may substitute for PS/POLT courses, with approval from the program coordinator. Only one 400-level course will be accepted; one course must be 700 level.


Four of these six courses may be used toward an option in international & comparative studies, American politics & public policy, or law & justice.


Students are not required to choose an area of specialization ("option"). Students who concentrate in a particular area of study must complete four courses in the chosen option for a total of 16 credits. Options are recorded on student transcripts.

 For more information, contact program coordinator Melinda Negron-Gonzales at melinda.negron@unh.edu; or contact the Office of Admissions, (603) 641-4150.