Whether you're fascinated by politics or intrigued by the law, a law and politics major from Southern New Hampshire University provides you with the knowledge and skills essential for success across a broad spectrum of careers in these two dynamic and exciting fields.
Our unique interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts in Law and Politics gives you not only a solid foundation in the art and science of politics, but also insight into what it means to "think like a lawyer," both in the United States and around the world.
SNHU's law and politics major emphasizes the development of critical thinking and analytical skills in political and legal contexts, as well as the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, on topics of political and legal concern. These skills are essential for political and legal professionals, and are transferable to many other professional fields.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in law and politics at SNHU include:
The range of career options for students with a law and politics major is very broad, encompassing careers in politics, government, diplomacy, consulting, legal support services and many other fields. Our program also prepares students for graduate study in political science, international relations, public policy or public administration, and for law school, as well as for a lifetime of citizenship in a politically and legally complex and increasingly globalized world.
SNHU is a great place to study law and politics because of New Hampshire's unique role as host of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary election, which often is the most crucial stop for those seeking the presidential office, such as Hillary Clinton in 2008. Candidates start their primary election campaigns as early as 18 months before the general election, meeting face-to-face with ordinary voters throughout New Hampshire in their homes and workplaces, in restaurants and diners, and on the street. In 2007, Barack Obama delivered the commencement speech at SNHU's graduation ceremony shortly before launching his own presidential bid.
You also may choose to spend a semester in our nation's capital in SNHU's Semester in Washington, D.C. Both the politics and pre-law tracks within the D.C. program promote experiential learning through civic engagement and other activities. The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, which hosts SNHU's program, provides students with housing and places them in internships appropriate to their interests. Internship opportunities include placements in executive branch agencies, both houses of Congress, nonprofit organizations and for-profit firms.
Our law and politics faculty includes distinguished teachers, scholars, and practitioners with many years of experience working in and with some of the most prominent public institutions, private firms, and not-for-profit organizations worldwide.
For example, as a lawyer at one of Boston's biggest law firms, Dr. Paul Barresi helped to advise Fortune 500 companies in complex legal compliance matters. He's also an expert on American political culture. Dr. Pamela Jordan has worked as a consultant for the U.S. Agency for International Development, the American Bar Association, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the Soros Foundation. She also has served as executive director of a nongovernmental organization affiliated with the United Nations, and as a law-firm corporate litigation paralegal. Dr. Dean Spiliotes is an SNHU Civic Scholar, veteran political analyst, and blogger whose expertise on presidential politics and the New Hampshire presidential primary election is sought out by major media outlets from throughout the United States and around the world.
Our faculty also has included a former mayor of New Hampshire's biggest city, a former World Bank and Ford Foundation consultant with experience working in Asia, Africa, and elsewhere, and a former research associate in the civil litigation and criminal appeals divisions of the Florida state attorney general's office.
SNHU's bachelor's in law and politics program includes:
General Education Program
Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:
All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
A skills-oriented introduction to the study of history for majors and non-majors alike. Through the study of a key episode or event in the Modern period, students will develop foundational historical skills: reading, writing, analysis, creative and critical thinking, and problem solving. Students will learn how to handle both primary and secondary historical sources, to evaluate historical evidence, and to analyze historical arguments.
This course offers a broad introduction to the study and practice of international relations, including the roles played by states and nations, non-state actors, national interests, power, morality and international law. This course places special emphasis on realism and idealism as alternative approaches to the study and practice of international relations and on their implications for ongoing efforts to construct a peaceful and prosperous global political system in the aftermath of the Cold War.
This course offers a broad introduction to the American legal tradition, including the structure and function of the courts, the legal profession, legal education, and the politics of judicial selection. As an introduction to what it means to "think like a lawyer" in the United States, students learn how to write parts of a predictive legal memorandum of the type that first-year law students learn how to write, in which they analyze a legal issue of concern to hypothetical clients by applying the reasoning and conclusions in selected judicial opinions to the facts of the clients' case.
This course explores the history and contemporary significance of the world's major legal traditions, including the common law, civil law, and other municipal legal traditions, and the international law tradition. Students compare and contrast the essential features of these traditions, and explore how they shape what it means to "think like a lawyer" in the United States, in many foreign countries, and internationally.
This course offers a broad introduction to research methods in the social sciences, including surveys, case studies, experiments, and quasi-experiments. Students learn to spot design flaws in research intended to generate scientifically sound conclusions about social phenomena, and to evaluate critically the interpretations of social science research results by third-party observers, such as reporters. Students also learn how to draft a research proposal that would satisfy the requirements of peer review within the community of professional social scientists.
This colloquium serves as the capstone course for students in the sociology, law and politics, and environmental management majors. Students learn from their instructor and from each other as they apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their other course work to a directed research project in the appropriate discipline or field.
Total Credits: 120
Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals. More than 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid, and students who qualify could receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships.
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