Politics and Society Major (B.A.)
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
|POLT 401||Politics and Society||4|
|or PHIL 436||Social and Political Philosophy|
|POLT 402||American Politics and Government||4|
|POLT 403||United States in World Affairs||4|
|POLT 595||Smart Politics||4|
|PS 701||Senior Project and Interdisciplinary Seminar in Politics and Society||4|
|PS or POLT Courses|
|Select six of the following courses: 1,2||24|
|Politics, Law and Contemporary Society|
|American Public Policy|
|Politics of Crime and Justice|
|Rights and the Political Community|
|Dissent and the Political Community|
|Managing Bureaucracy in America|
|Social and Political-Economic Theory|
|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|
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.