Reserve Your Spot for UNH’s Free Online Class on the Presidential Primary

Andrew Smith and Dante Scala

Reserve a front row seat to the phenomenon that is New Hampshire’s presidential primary in the University of New Hampshire’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) this fall. The six-week course, FIRST! Understanding New Hampshire’s Presidential Primary, is free and open to anyone, anywhere, leading up to the primaries in early 2016.

Political science professors Dante Scala and Andrew Smith will teach the class that looks at the primary as it unfolds, and explores the unique qualities of New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation status and the process of campaigning. It will combine video lectures, online discussions, and interactive activities. Those who enroll will have the flexibility to participate in each week’s online discussions, and to complete assignments and readings at times most convenient for them. Students will move as a cohort from week to week. This course does not carry credits. The class begins Oct. 19, 2015, and ends in late November 2015.

The New Hampshire Presidential Primary has been the first in the nation since 1920, but it wasn’t until 1952 that citizens had the right to vote directly for a presidential candidate, not just delegates. Explore the unique qualities of the First-in-the-Nation presidential primary and its impact on how the United States chooses its presidents.


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