Public Service and Nonprofit Leadership Major (B.S.)
The bachelor of science 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 New Hampshire and the United States today.
All students choose a path that enables them to complete an accelerated Masters in Public Policy or Masters in Public Administration, where they take their most advanced courses in the Major alongside graduate students in the UNH Carsey School of Public Policy. Those courses count as 12 credits toward their BS degree and as 9 credits toward a UNH-Carsey MPP or MPA, should a student choose to continue on to a Masters. Most students entering as first-year students will be able to complete a combined BS/MPA or BS/MPP within five years.
Public Service majors develop essential, transferable skills in critical thinking, practical problem solving, communication, teamwork, leadership, civic and community engagement, research, and data analysis. Coursework emphasizes experiential learning, such as interning at the N.H. State House or with local lobbying firms, engaged research in the real world, and hands-on service learning at a range of not-for-profit organizations in health, human services, advocacy, 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, political campaigns, advocacy, non-profit organizations, journalism, education, and more, and are prepared to pursue graduate studies in law, public policy, public administration, community development, 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.
|PS 402||Practical Politics||4|
|PS 500||Wicked Problems: Puzzles in Public Policy||4|
|PS 506||Civil Society and Public Policy||4|
|PS 515||New Hampshire Politics in Action||4|
|PS 595||Research for Political and Policy Action||4|
|PS 701||Senior Seminar/Internship in Public Service||4|
|Select eight credits from the following courses:||8|
|Politics, Law and Contemporary Society|
or PS 507
|Justice Law and Politics|
|Social and Political-Economic Theory|
|Politics of Food|
|People on the Move: Immigration and Refugee Policy in Global Perspective|
|Politics of Red Tape: Bureaucracy & Policy|
|Globalization: Politics, Economics and Culture|
|Selected Topics: Public Service|
|Public Service Independent Study|
|Poverty & Inequality Past and Present|
|Introduction to Macroeconomic Principles|
|Introduction to Microeconomic Principles|
|Economics for Managers|
|United States Health Care Systems|
|From Frankenstein to Dolly, and Beyond|
|Engaging in the Community: Learning through Service|
|Select one path from the following:||12|
|Foundations and Theories of Public Administration|
|Organization and Management in Public and Nonprofit Sectors|
|Fundamentals of Policy Analysis|
|Strategies for Policy Impact|
|Media Strategy and Communication|