Public Service and Nonprofit Leadership, B.A.

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Developing agents of change in the classroom and in the field

Drawing on roots in political science, sociology, history and economics, our highly interdisciplinary Public Service and Nonprofit Leadership program is designed to give you the diverse skills and experience to shape the world. Our program was designed to give you real-world experience, connecting you with internships and hands-on service learning in government, law, nonprofit organizations and more.

You’ll explore the ways that leaders and citizens work in and around governments to address today’s complex problems while developing essential, transferable skills in critical thinking, civic and community engagement, leadership, research and data analysis.

As a graduate of this program, you’ll be prepared for a career in government, law, advocacy, journalism, education and beyond — and for graduate studies in law, public policy, public administration, community development, social work, public health and more.

ACCELERATED MASTER IN PUBLIC POLICY
The Accelerated Master's Program gives diligent students the opportunity to complete a B.A. in Public Service and Nonprofit Leadership 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

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To get your bachelor’s degree, you’ll complete 128 credits between courses for the University Discovery Program and your major. Below is an example of what your course sequence might look like.

 

First Year

Fall Semester

ENGL 401 – First Year Writing or Inquiry Course
POLT 402 – American Politics & Government
UMST 401 – First Year Seminar
Foreign Language I
Quantitative Reasoning Course

Spring Semester

POLT 500 – U.S. Public Policy
ENGL 401 – First Year Writing or Inquiry Course
HIST 595 – Explorations (Activism in America)
Foreign Language II
Discovery Course

Second Year

Fall semester

POLT 595 – Smart Politics
Discovery Course
Elective Course

Spring Semester

PS 515 – New Hampshire Politics in Action
Discovery Course
Discovery Course
Discovery Course

Third Year

Fall Semester

500- to 700-level POLT or PS Course
PS 695 – Independent Study (or Internship)
Discovery Course
Elective Course

Spring Semester

500- to 700-level POLT or PS Course
Discovery Course
Elective Course
Elective Course

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

500- to 700-level POLT or PS Course
700-level POLT or PS Course
Elective Course
Elective Course

Spring Semester

PS 701 – Senior Project and Interdisciplinary Seminar (Internship)
500- to 700-level POLT or PS Course
Elective Course
Elective Course

With diverse concentrations and a highly flexible curriculum, your Public Service and Nonprofit Leadership degree will open doors to limitless career and graduate education opportunities.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects positive growth in many related professions between 2016 and 2026. 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%

$60,670

Fundraising & Public Relations Manager

10%

$111,280

Paralegal or Legal Assistant

15%

$50,410

Political Science Teacher, Postsecondary

11%

$81,430

Social Community Service, Nonprofit or Government Agency Manager

18%

$64,100

Urban or Regional Planner

13%

$71,490

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. Public Service 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.

POLITICAL ECONOMY

Add a breadth of perspective to your degree with our Political 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.

TERRORISM STUDIES

Strengthen your understanding of foreign policy through our Terrorism Studies minor, which explores global and domestic politics and the origins, ideologies and goals of terrorist groups.

If you have an interest in a particular area, your faculty advisor will work with you to select courses to help you achieve your goals. Students in our program have focused their studies in the following areas:

  • Advocacy
  • Law
  • Nonprofit leadership
  • Political science
  • Public administration
  • Public health
  • Public policy
  • Social Work

In partnership with the New Hampshire Community Colleges below, we've developed curriculum guides to show you which courses at your community college will transfer into UNH Manchester's Politics & Society program. 

Click on a community college below to see transferable politics & society requirements. SEE THE COMPLETE LIST OF PATHWAYS. 

Questions? Contact an Admission Counselor for help.

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 Public Service and Nonprofit Leadership 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 Schedule

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