Political Science (Minor)

Political Science (Minor)

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Explore American politics, international relations, comparative politics, political philosophy and political sociology in our political science minor

What is political science?

Political science is the study of political institutions and power on a local, national and global scale. This includes the study of policy decisions, activism and the issues and principles that motivate people to become politically involved by voting or even putting their lives on the line.In the political science minor, you’ll be introduced to American politics, political thought, comparative politics and international politics.

Why study political science at UNH Manchester?

Students interested in pursuing a career in government, business, communications or the law can add a breadth of perspective through the political science minor at UNH Manchester. New Hampshire’s status as the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state helps make UNH a hotbed of political science —locally and nationally. In addition to front-row seats to the action in major election cycles, you’ll also have opportunities to pursue internships and hands-on service learning through our network of local partners in government, law, nonprofit organizations and more.

Potential career areas

  • Business
  • Counterintelligence
  • Diplomacy
  • Education
  • Human rights advocacy
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Public relations
  • Nonprofit administration

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Curriculum & Requirements

Students interested in pursuing a career in government, business, communications, or the law can add a breadth of perspective through the political science minor.

The political science minor consists of five courses (20 credits total) that may span the sub-disciplines of American politics, international relations, comparative politics, political philosophy, and political sociology.

Any courses with the political science (POLT), politics and society (PS), or global conflict and human security (GCHS) course designations may be used toward the minor. No more than two courses may be taken at the 400 level.

The minimum grade requirement is C- per course. Any grade lower than a C- will not count toward the minor. Students wishing to use transfer credits from abroad or other universities should meet with the political science minor supervisor, Melinda Negron-Gonzales, to determine eligibility toward the minor.

For more information, contact Melinda Negron-Gonzales at Melinda.Negron@unh.edu.

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