New Online Political Science Degrees from First-in-the-Nation Primary State

Friday, June 13, 2014
SNHU Communications Office

Building on New Hampshire's political pedigree, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) announces three new online degree programs: the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Political Science, Master of Science in Political Science and accelerated bachelor's to master's Political Science Program.

Designed for students who want to develop campaign strategies, work in government and advocate for public policy, the programs combine aspects of social science, marketing, history and research and analysis. Students can focus their bachelor's degrees further with a concentration in Campaign Leadership.

As the home of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, New Hampshire provides a unique and important local, national and global perspective on the U.S. political system. Students in the BA in Applied Political Science program will have an up-close opportunity to analyze and view contemporary politics in the context of public perception and policy decisions. Students who choose to pursue the Campaign Leadership concentration will learn how to design campaign strategies and make data-driven decisions.

The MS in Political Science program combines the history of politics, contemporary research and analysis with practical application of proven theory. SNHU's graduate political science curriculum aligns with the American Political Science Association's (ASPSA) Principles for Graduate Education in Political Science, which places equal importance on rigorous analysis and how politics can explain the human experience.

The online Accelerated Political Science Degree provides a seamless pathway for those seeking to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in political science, saving 20 weeks and reducing cost.

Karen Hicks, strategist and political consultant, assisted with the development of SNHU's Political Science bachelor and master degree curriculum along with top local, national and federal political professionals.

"There was a strong need for a political science program that equipped students with modern research, analytic and technological skills," said Hicks. "Now, political science majors will graduate from SNHU with the tools they need to compete in the job market."

Students who enroll in SNHU's political science programs enjoy a number of advantages, including:

  • Some of the most affordable political science degrees available
  • Accelerated degree pathway from bachelor's to master's
  • Offered by a private, non-profit, fully accredited university
  • Classes taught and developed by real-world political science field experts
  • Transfer-friendly enrollment (Students with credit from other colleges will benefit from SNHU's full-service approach, including specialized assistance in enrollment, academic advising and career services from professionals who truly care about student success.)

"Studying at a New Hampshire-based university gives students the perfect vantage point to observe and understand our political system," said Maura Keefe, chief of staff to U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen. "It affords students the opportunity to discuss politics in the moment they happen and see political theory applied in the real world."

Whether as political activists or campaign strategists, graduates of SNHU's political science programs will find career opportunities in campaign development, public policy, statistical analysis and government business writing. Southern New Hampshire University is proud to offer programs that combine the passion of a presidential incubator state with insight and knowledge from leaders in the political science field.

Upcoming terms for the BA in Applied Political Science and the Accelerated Political Science Program  begin June 23, 2014.

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