We have paused admission to the public service and nonprofit leadership program for fall 2023. In addition to minors in political science, global studies and community leadership, we offer several bachelor’s degree programs that offer parallel skills and prepare you for related careers:
- Business: Build the skills, resources and connections to become a successful, innovative leader.
- Communication Arts: Customize your degree through degree options in advertising and public relations, cinema and media arts, digital media and human relations.
- Homeland Security: Develop the tools to defend, protect, act and react to threats small and large, from bioterrorism to data breaches to natural disasters.
- Professional and Technical Communications: Focuses on real-world experiences tailored to your career ambitions and prepares you to excel in any professional environment.
What is public service and nonprofit leadership?
At its heart, public service is the act of contributing toward the greater good. This field serves students who are also concerned citizens interested in finding solutions to public issues. Drawing on roots in political science, sociology, history and economics, the public service discipline prepares students for a broad range of careers in fields including civil service, education, law, nonprofits and more.
Why study public service and nonprofit leadership at UNH Manchester?
With an emphasis on interdisciplinary and applied learning, the hands-on public service and nonprofit leadership program at UNH explores the ways that leaders and citizens work in and around government and civic organizations to address today’s complex societal problems. This program is designed with your flexibility in mind, offering all major courses and some Discovery Program courses fully online with synchronous meetings during the evening. Through internships and project-based service learning in government, law, nonprofit organizations and more, public service majors develop skills in critical thinking, problem solving, community engagement, communication, research and data analysis, teamwork and leadership. Students graduate prepared for careers in the public and not-for-profit sectors or for advanced study in public administration, public policy, community development and more.
Potential career areas
- Community organizations
- Corporate community relations
- Foundations/corporate philanthropy
- Lobbying and law firms
- Not-for-profit corporations
- Policy-planning organizations
- Research and education
- Social service agencies
- Think tanks