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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2010-2011

University of New Hampshire at Manchester


Politics and Society (PS)


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Professor: Thaddeus M. Piotrowski
Associate Professor: Michael Contarino
Lecturer: Melinda Negron

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Society provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Politics. The program emphasizes the many ways in which politics both shapes and is shaped by social, cultural, economic and historical context. The program explores such issues as the historical context of political processes and ideas, how economics and politics impact one another and how political ideas are framed, legitimized, de-legitimized and manipulated in different social contexts.

Politics and Society majors develop critical thinking, communication and research skills essential for careers in government, politics, journalism, diplomacy and business. Graduates of the program also will be well-prepared for graduate studies in Law, Political Science, Sociology, Public Policy, Public Administration, Business Administration, Journalism, Diplomacy, International Relations and History.

As the University’s urban campus, UNH Manchester is well-positioned to connect students to local, state and national politics through coursework, research, internships. Students will have opportunities to work on local and national political campaigns, in local government and with community organizations for credit as a part of this Senior Capstone project.

The Politics and Society program is designed to meet the needs of the region’s diverse student population including traditional-age and older students. Students will fulfill the university’s Discovery Program and major requirements by attending classes either full- or part-time. Transfer students are encouraged to apply.

For complete more information contact Program Director Michael Contarino at 603-641-4138 or; or contact Program Co-Director Melinda Negron-Gonzales at 603-641-4364 or; or contact the Office of Admissions.

Program of Study

Students must complete 128 credits to graduate, including 56 credits in the Politics and Society major.

Students must maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.0 and a cumulative GPA in the major of 2.0. No credit toward the major will be given for any course in which the student receives a grade of less than C-. Students also must fulfill the UNH Discovery Program requirements. Up to three courses may be used toward both the Politics and Society major and the UNH Discovery Program requirements.. Transfer students must take at least 28 credits in the major at UNH Manchester.

Program Requirements

The Politics and Society Major Includes

7 introductory courses in five social science disciplines  
  and history

3 interdisciplinary core courses at the 500/600/700 level

3 500/600/700-level courses in Political Science and/
  or Sociology

A 700-level community-based capstone project and
  interdisciplinary seminar

Students will complete all lower-level courses before
  beginning their upper-level program, except by
  permission of the Politics and Society Program Coordi-
  nator. Substitutions may be approved with permis-
  sion of the Politics and Society Program Coordinator.
  Writing-Intensive (“W”) courses are included at all
  levels and will be offered all semesters. Students are
  encouraged to take a course in statistics and an
  Inquiry course in a related area.

Required Courses

Seven 400-Level Courses

All of the following

POLT 401 Politics and Society

SOC 400 Introductory Sociology

ECN 411 Introduction to Macroeconomics

One of the following

HIST 410 Historical Survey of American Civilization

HIST 422 World History in the Modern Era

HIST 435/436 Western Civilization

One of the following

POLT 402 Introduction to American Politics

POLT 403 US and World Affairs

POLT 407 Law and Society

One of the following

ANTH 411 Global Perspectives on the Human Condition

ANTH 450 Race, Class and Power

One of the following

CMN 456 Propaganda and Persuasion

CMN 455 Mass Communication

Seven 500/600/700 Level Courses

Three of the following interdisciplinary “PS” courses

PS 501 Social and Political-Economic Theory

PS 502 Political Psychology

PS 503 Political Theory and Historical and Social Context

PS 504 Empire, Democracy and War

PS 505 Political Violence and Terrorism

PS 651 Selected Topics in Politics and Society

Three 500/600/700-level “PS-approved” courses in POLT or SOC must include at least one POLT course, except by permission of the PS Program Coordinator.

At least one course shall be at the 700-level.

One capstone 700-Level PS course

PS 701W: Senior Project and Interdisciplinary Senior Seminar in Politics and Society


Political Economy Minor

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

The Political Economy minor consists of five courses (20 credits total). Students must take five of the following courses, with no more than THREE from the same designation (i.e., no more than three ECN or three POLT), and no more than THREE at the 400-level:

ECN 411 (Introduction to Macroeconomic Principles)

ECN 412 (Introduction to Microeconomic Principles)

ECN 635 (Money, Banking and Macroeconomic Activity)

ECN 640 (Business, Law and Economics)

ECN 650 (Economics for Managers)

POLT 401 (Politics and Society)

POLT 403 (US and World Affairs)

POLT 560 (World Politics)

POLT 567 (Politics of Global Resources)

POLT 743 (Comparative Political Economy)

POLT 762 (International Political Economy)

HUMA 412 (Industry and Welfare)

HUMA 660 (Moral Dimension of Economic Life)

ADM 701 (Business, Government and Society)

Substitutions are permitted by permission of minor coordinators, Tom Birch and Michael Contarino.

For more information contact Michael Contarino at 603-641-4138 or Tom Birch at 603-641-4108.


Political Science Minor

The Political Science minor consists of five courses (20 credits total). These courses may be taken in any combination of the four fields and levels (400-700) offered. The fields to choose from are: American politics, political thought, comparative politics and international politics. It is recommended that no more than two courses 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 a political science advisor to determine eligibility toward the minor.

For more information contact Michael Contarino, Minor Supervisor, at 603-641-4138.




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