Politics & Society, B.A.

Students in the Politics & Society program conduct interviews with students about political perspectives

Developing agents of change in the classroom and in the field

Drawing on roots in political science, sociology, history and economics, our highly interdisciplinary Politics & Society program is designed to give you the diverse skills and experience to shape the world. 

You have the choice to personalize your studies to your particular interests with our concentrated degree options in American Politics & Public Policy, International Studies and Law & Justice. Our program is uniquely positioned to give you the real-world experience you need for the career you want, with vast internship opportunities in government, law, nonprofits and more right at your doorstep.

You'll be prepared for a career in fields from education to government, diplomacy to business  — and for graduate studies in law, political science,  public administration, international relations and more.

 

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If you have an interest in a particular area, your faculty advisor will help you select courses that tailor your degree to the future you want. Students in our Politics & Society program can focus their studies in the following areas:

  • American Politics & Public Policy: Discover how U.S. public policies are created and implemented, and how the government agencies tasked with their implementation are managed. Focused on the American political system, this option prepares you for a career in local, state and federal government, nonprofit, law, public policy and more.
  • International Studies: Explore international affairs and the way politics works in different countries and at the United Nations. You'll learn how governments and non-governmental organizations address social problems that often transcend national borders, like terrorism and climate change. Turn your passion into a profession in government, diplomacy, international affairs and more.
  • Law and Justice: Learn about the structural and procedural aspects of the American court system, and the philosophical and ideological foundations that bolster it. Designed for students interested in law, justice and philosophy, this option prepares you for legal, government and public service careers.

These are all degree options that appear on the official UNH transcript and diploma.

With diverse concentrations and a highly flexible curriculum, your Politics & Society degree will open doors to limitless career and graduate education opportunities.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects positive growth in many related professions between 2012 and 2022. Make an impact with career possibilities in industries like government, politics, international affairs, journalism, law, business and more.

Job Title Job Growth Median Salary
Arbitrator, Mediator or Conciliator 10% $61,280
Fundraising Manager 13% $95,450
Political Science Teacher, Postsecondary 15% $72,170
Political Scientist (Policy Analyst, Foreign Affairs Specialist, etc.) 21% $102,000
Social Community Service, Nonprofit or Government Agency Manager 21% $59,970
Sociologist 15% $74,960
Survey Researcher 18% $45,050
Urban or Regional Planner 10% $65,230

Internships

Our campus is in the heart of the region’s cultural, economic, entertainment and government activity — putting unlimited internship opportunities at your doorstep. We’ve partnered with government, local businesses and community organizations to give you the real-world experience that sets you apart. Politics & Society majors have interned at many high-profile organizations in the area, including:

  • Ascentria Care Alliance
  • Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains
  • Manchester City Hall
  • New Hampshire Republican State Committee
  • Office of Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter
  • Turkish Cultural Center

Politics & the Economy

Add a breadth of perspective to your degree with our Politics & the Economy minor, helping you land a career in government, public service, business, communications or law.

Political Science

Our Political Science minor gives you a foundation in American government and international politics that enriches your studies and your resume — helping you land a career in government, public service, nonprofits, international affairs or law.

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Course Sequence

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Course Schedule

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Course Catalog

Check out the Course Catalog for a complete look at the courses and requirements for each program.