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Monday, September 21, 2015

Buttons New Minor in Campaign Management

Want to run for political office? Want to work behind the scenes on a campaign? Interested in lobbying or being a political aid? Want a job working in public relations or for a nonprofit group serving the public interest?

Well, we have a minor for you! The Departments of Public and International Affairs and Communication Studies are pleased to roll out a new undergraduate minor in campaign management, and the timing could not be more perfect! As the Presidential campaign season heats up our students are actively working on campaigns.

This new minor is designed to teach campaign skills and strategic assessments required in modern political campaigns. Students will learn how elections and political parties work as well as functional skills utilized by campaigns. They will also gain practical experience from their field work.

This 18-hour minor is sure to add value to any major and enhance most career goals. Students must take four required core courses and choose two courses from a list of electives. A minimum of nine hours must be outside of one’s major, and students must earn a minimum of a “C” or 2.0 average for all courses counted toward the minor.

In several of the courses, there are sure to be visits from campaign expert’s ­– campaign staffers, consultants, candidates and party operatives – to share their experiences in an insightful manner.

Special guests who visited campaigns minor classes in the fall 2014 semester were:

  • Walter B. Jones, seeking re-election for 3rd Congressional District
  • Jason Schrader, State Board of Elections, who conducted a customized campaign treasurers’ training to certify students in PLS 404. Students will then be eligible to work as campaign finance directors, treasurers and assistants on campaigns in North Carolina.
  • State Senator Michael Lee, GOP candidate for N.C. Senate District 9, and Robert Andrews, campaign staffer
  • Alastair Macaulay, GOP political consultant with Cornerstone Solutions in Raleigh
  • Taylor Playforth, regional field director for NCGOP-Victory Office, also a UNCW PIA Alumni
  • Justin Lavoie, field coordinator for Forward NC/NCDP Coordinated Campaign

To learn more about the campaigns minor, please visit the Public and International Affairs department or the Department of Communication Studies websites.  You may also contact one of the Minor’s coordinators, Aaron King at kinga@uncw.edu or Jennifer Brubaker at brubakerj@uncw.edu.

NML New Minor in Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Jeffrey L. Brudney and Christopher R. Prentice of the public and international affairs department spearheaded the creation of a new minor in nonprofit management and leadership, open to all UNCW undergraduates. 

The minor equips students with the management and leadership skills critical to nonprofit organizations that will also help them succeed at for-profit businesses and government agencies.

The three required core courses (9 hours) present both conceptual learning and applied skills in decision-making, personnel management, fund development, budgeting and accounting, marketing and public relations. In addition, students may choose elective courses (9 hours) from among 13 participating UNCW programs across campus. With 2.3 million nonprofit organizations accounting for roughly 10 percent of the U.S. economy, the nonprofit sector presents a unique opportunity for study by students from diverse backgrounds looking to expand their academic and professional horizons. This minor is expected to draw students from across campus to PIA.  

SECS New Minor in Security Studies

Dr. Masters is coordinating one of our newest minors in Security Studies.  This minor is targeted to those interested in National Security as a field of study. It is designed to examine how countries identify and organize to respond to threats to their physical, political, economic, and human security. Students take courses in International relations, American foreign policy, national and international security and then focus their course of study on a particular region of the world, or subject of interest.