Public Service and Nonprofit Leadership Major (B.A)
The bachelor of arts degree in public service and nonprofit leadership provides an interdisciplinary, applied approach to the study of public and not-for-profit institutions and actors. Students explore the ways that leaders and citizens work in and around governments to address the complex problems confronted by N.H. and the U.S. today.
Students may apply a total of two courses in sociology, economics, or history toward the major, and may earn credit for up to a semester of coursework with an internship in Washington, D.C. through the Washington Center Program. An accelerated Master in Public Policy track is available for eligible students.
Public Service majors develop essential, transferable skills in critical thinking, problem solving, communication, teamwork, leadership, civic and community engagement, and research and data analysis. Coursework emphasizes experiential learning, such as interning at the N.H. State House or local law firms and hands-on service learning at a range of not-for-profit organizations in health, social services, and the arts. All students must undertake at least one semester-long internship and at least one independent research project to be presented at the UNH Undergraduate Research Conference.
Public service and nonprofit leadership graduates can pursue careers in state and local government, law, advocacy, non-profit organizations, journalism, education, and more, and are prepared to pursue graduate studies in law, public policy, public administration, community development, education, social work, and public health.
Students must complete 128 credits to graduate, including 44 credits in the public service and nonprofit leadership 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 public service and nonprofit leadership major and UNH Discovery Program requirements. Transfer students must take at least 28 credits in the major at UNH Manchester.
|POLT 402||American Politics and Government||4|
|HIST 595||Explorations (Activism in America)||4|
|POLT 500||American Public Policy (US Public Policy)||4|
|PS 515||New Hampshire Politics in Action||4|
|POLT 595||Smart Politics (Research Methods)||4|
|PS 701||Senior Project and Interdisciplinary Seminar in Politics and Society||4|
|Any five of the following PS or POLT courses 1||20|
|Politics, Law and Contemporary Society|
|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|
|International Relations: Interdisciplinary Approach|
|Dictatorship and Democracy|
|American Public Policy|
|Politics of Crime and Justice|
|Managing Bureaucracy in America|
|Rights and the Political Community|
|Dissent and the Political Community|
|Courts and Public Policy|
|Politics of Poverty|
Up to TWO SOC, ECN, or HIST courses may substituted for PS/POLT courses, with approval from the program coordinator. Only one 400-level course will be accepted; one course must be 700 level.