Politics and Society Major: American Politics and Public Policy Option (B.A.)

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This option will appeal to students interested in American government, politics and society. Students learn how leaders and citizens create public policies to address myriad challenges, such as poverty, racism, inequality and crime, and examine how government agencies and non-profit organizations can more effectively implement these policies. The option prepares students to solve these complex problems through a career in local, state, and federal government, non-profit organizations, public advocacy and public policy in a broad range of issue areas (e.g., poverty, public health, environmental sustainability, criminal justice, education, etc.).

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.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
POLT 401Politics and Society4
POLT 402American Politics and Government4
POLT 403United States in World Affairs4
POLT 595Smart Politics4
PS 701Senior Project and Interdisciplinary Seminar in Politics and Society4
Select four of the following: 116
History of the Modern United States
American Public Policy 2
State and Local Government
American Congress
Parties, Interest Groups, and Voters
Politics of Crime and Justice
Managing Bureaucracy in America
Public Opinion in American Politics
Rights and the Political Community
Politics, Law and Contemporary Society
Civil Society and Public Policy
Justice Law and Politics
Supreme Court in US Society
Politics of Food
People on the Move: Immigration and Refugee Policy in Global Perspective
New Hampshire Politics in Action
Politics of Poverty
Comparative Environmental Politics and Policy
Electives 38
Total Credits44

 Only ONE 400-level course may be used


 Required course


 Any POLT or PS course

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