Politics and Society Major: International and Comparative Studies Option (B.A.)

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This option will appeal to students interested in international affairs, globalization and global conflict and security. Students learn about the democratic and authoritarian political systems of different countries and about the role of governments and non-governmental organizations in addressing challenges that transcend national boundaries, such as terrorism, armed conflict, human rights violations, refugee crises, global poverty, sustainable development and climate change. The option prepares students to solve these complex problems through a career in government, international organizations, diplomacy, intelligence, global development, global security, public advocacy, non-profit organizations and education.

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
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
Select four of the following 116
Global Perspectives on the Human Condition: An Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Macroeconomic Principles
World History in the Modern Era
Foreign Cultures
Twentieth Century Europe
Rights and the Political Community
Dissent and the Political Community
Comparative Government and Society
Comparative Politics of the Middle East
World Politics
Political Psychology
Political Violence and Terrorism
Civil Society and Public Policy
Political and Social Change in Developing Countries 2
Politics of Food
Women and War
People on the Move: Immigration and Refugee Policy in Global Perspective
Model United Nations
Globalization: Politics, Economics and Culture
Selected Topics Politics and Society (International Human Rights)
International Relations: Interdisciplinary Approach
Dictatorship and Democracy
Electives 38
Total Credits44

Only ONE 400-level course may be used and ONE course must be at the 700-level 


 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.