Politics & Society, B.A.

UNH Manchester Politics & Society program

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.

Accelerated Master in Public Policy
The Accelerated Master's Program gives diligent students the opportunity to complete a B.A. in Politics & Society and a Master of Public Policy in five years by taking graduate-level courses during your junior and/or senior years at UNH Manchester. You’ll spend your fifth year at the nationally acclaimed Carsey School of Public Policy on UNH’s main campus in Durham. Learn more

Program News

  • Tricia Melillo '17, a politics & society graduate, is working for the New Hampshire Senate.

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  • Ryan Sanborn '17 presents his work at the UNH Manchester Undergraduate Research Conference.

    2017 Undergraduate Research Conference Award Winners Announced

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  • Event: Lunchtime Sidore Lecture Series Centers on Race, Class and Gender in a Divided America

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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 2024. 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 9% $58,020
Fundraising & Public Relations Manager 7% $104,140
Political Science Teacher, Postsecondary 13% $72,470
Political Scientist (Policy Analyst, Foreign Affairs Specialist, etc.) -2% $99,730
Public Relations Specialist 6% $56,770
Social Community Service, Nonprofit or Government Agency Manager 10% $63,530
Sociologist -1% $73,760
Survey Researcher 12% $53,920
Urban or Regional Planner 6% $68,220

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
  • UNH’s Washington Center: Spend a semester studying & interning in Washington, D.C.

Global Studies

Actively engage in global issues while developing cross-cultural awareness through our Global Studies minor, which gives you the knowlege, skills and anlytical reasoning to analyze the impact of 21st century issues on regional, national and global communities.

Legal Advocacy

The Legal Advocacy minor develops the skill-sets and knowledge bases that will help you succeed in law school, as well as in any political, media, or nonprofit career path in which strong oral and written advocacy skills are required.

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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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & PRACTICE, M.A.

In the Community Development & Practice master’s program, you’ll learn from faculty experts across fields like economics, public health, and civil engineering to better understand, and address, the complexities and interrelated problems within a community.

ACCELERATED MASTER IN PUBLIC POLICY 

The Accelerated Master's Program gives diligent students the exciting opportunity to complete a B.A. in Politics & Society and a Master of Public Policy in five years by taking graduate-level courses during your junior and/or senior years at UNH Manchester. You’ll spend your fifth year at the nationally acclaimed Carsey School of Public Policy on UNH’s main campus in Durham. 

The Carsey School's Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree empowers you to have an impact and make a difference in the often challenging environment of 21st century policy making. You will learn the skills needed to research and develop transformative policy and bring those policies to fruition in today’s challenging policy-making world -- and how to make your voice heard in the critical debates of our time. You will be prepared for a successful career at any level of government or in the nonprofit, advocacy, nongovernmental, foundation, business, or research sectors.

Students with a minimum of a 3.2 GPA are eligible to apply. These students will follow the standard MPP curriculum beginning in the fall following completion of their undergraduate degree. Required foundation courses in the MPP program provide the analytical, strategic, and communication skills for a successful career in the world of policy making. Students also choose focused tracks in policy analysis, or strategy and communications —and select from a broad range of electives to personalize their degree and develop policy expertise. The Strategy and Communication track is for students who want policy careers as leaders, spokespeople or strategists. The Policy Analysis track is for students who want policy careers as policy researchers, data analysts, and/or researchers specializing in evaluation. Policy areas span the gamut, from education policy to public health policy to ecological sustainability policy, and more.​

Course Sequence

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Course Schedule

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