Political Science (Minor)

Political Science (Minor)

Political Science major in class discussion

What is political science?

Political science is the study of political behavior, institutions, policy making and power at the local, national and global levels. Students explore current issues like trends in democracy, elections, presidential power, protest movements, terrorism and diplomacy. You will study what motivates people to become politically active by voting, serving in government or even putting their lives on the line. In the political science minor,you will be introduced to American politics, political thought, comparative politics and international politics. Combine a minor or major with other fields such as business, history, justice studies or international affairs.

Why study political science at UNH?

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 have opportunities to participate in programs such as the Concord Internship in New Hampshire’s capital or the Washington Center Internship in Washington, D.C. You’ll also be able to gain experience through the UNH Survey Center—a nationally renowned polling center on campus—and student competitive activities such as our award-winning Model United Nations and Mock Trial teams.

Potential career areas

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

Political Science Department
312 Horton Social Science Center
20 Academic Way
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824

Phone (603) 862-1750
TTY Users: 7-1-1 or 800-735-2964 (Relay NH)
Fax (603) 862-0178


Curriculum & Requirements

The study of government and politics, to which the courses and seminars of the Department of Political Science are devoted, includes the development of knowledge of political behavior by individuals and groups as well as knowledge about governments: their nature and functions; their problems and behavior; and their interactions-at the national and international levels and at the local, state and regional levels.

Much of the learning offered by the Department of Political Science can also be regarded as essential for good citizenship, since political knowledge helps to explain the formal and informal institutions by which we are governed and the forces which lead to policy decisions, and also seeks to clarify the issues and principles that encourage people toward political involvement. It contributes to the store of knowledge necessary for informed citizenship. In addition, such learning is especially valuable to students planning to enter local or national government or other public service, including the Foreign Service, and it will be of great help to those who intend to study law and enter the legal profession.

The political science minor consists of five courses (20 credits total).

Five elective POLT courses, with no more than two at the 400 level20
Total Credits20
  • These courses may be taken in any combination of the four subfields and levels (400-700) offered. The fields to choose from are: American politics, political thought, comparative politics, and international politics.
  • 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 a political science adviser to determine eligibility toward the minor.

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