In a state known for its retail politics, students often use their proximity to national candidates to learn about one of the most important means of accountability in a democracy-campaigning for office. However, modern campaigns are increasingly professionalized and require specific skills and knowledge. This interdisciplinary minor gives students both the theoretical and practical skills to participate in political management. This minor allows students to blend knowledge of the psychology of voters, the structure and methods of political campaigns, and an understanding of the media and candidate presentation, to prepare them for work in the campaigning field. The minor includes both academic and experiential requirements in order to achieve these goals. The goal of the interdisciplinary minor is to prepare students for a career in political campaigning or for graduate programs in political management.
Minor requirements include:
- Students must complete five of the courses listed below. One must be the campaign internship course PO 494 , and one must be either PO 255 (Campaigns and Elections) or PO444. The New Hampshire Primary and Presidential Nominating Politics. The director may approve an alternative to the internship course, but only in extraordinary cases.
- Students are eligible to select participation in the Certificate in Campaigning at any time before the fall of their senior year.
- Courses must be completed with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each course. Students must also achieve at least a cumulative 2.00 grade point average in the interdisciplinary minor courses.
- In the Spring of their senior year, students must hand in a portfolio of work including a reflection on the campaign internship and relevant accompanying materials to be decided upon by the director and the student.
Students are required to take two of the following courses:
- PO 255 - Campaigns and Elections or
- PO 446 - Selected Topics in American Politics and
- PO 494 - Campaign Internship
Students should choose three of the following courses:
- MK 231 - Principles of Marketing
- CM 330 - Political Communication
- EN 325 - Media Criticism
- FAS 270 - Visual Communication
- PO 102 - American Government
- PY 209 - Political Psychology
- SO 344 - Political Sociology
- CS 205 - The Internet: Fundamentals and Issues