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Political Science 

The Department of Political Science provides students with the tools for a careful and systematic study of politics, within the scope of a liberal arts education.  Students are grounded in factual material about governments and politics, and in political philosophy as well.  The department’s program is also grounded in values: we study both what happens and what ought to happen in politics.  We stress the importance of life-long academic skills in critical thinking, writing, and speaking: courses require analytic reading and clear writing.  Classes rarely exceed twenty-five students in size, which means students get individual attention in a variety of ways.

The Political Science Department believes strongly that learning is not limited to the classroom.  The Department encourages community involvement: we are engaged with the International Institute of Rhode Island in a series of voluntary projects, we encourage foreign study, and we support internships, all as part of our academic program.  On campus, the department presents a full range of public events every year, including lectures, films, “teach-ins,” for examples.  Our students are actively involved in campus student government and many other organizations.

In addition, the Department has a chapter of Political Science’s national honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha.  We offer an Honors option for outstanding students, which includes writing an honors thesis during the Senior year.  Our faculty all participate as Academic Advisors for our Majors.  We maintain a small computer lab available to our students.  We invite prospective students to find additional information about our program on the Internet.


A major is offered in political science which leads to the bachelor of arts degree. A minor in political science is also available.

Bachelor of Arts

  • Political Science


  • Political Science



Anthony D. Affigne, Ph.D.
Richard M. Battistoni, Ph.D.
Mary L. Bellhouse, Ph.D.
Douglas W. Blum, Ph.D.
Rev. Edward L. Cleary, O.P., Ph.D., Emeritus
Zygmunt  J. Friedemann, Ph.D., Emeritus
William E. Hudson, Ph.D.
Mark S. Hyde, Ph.D.
Susan H. Marsh, Ph.D., Emeritus
Susan K. McCarthy, Ph.D., Chairperson
Robert H. Trudeau, Ph.D., Emeritus

Associate Professors

Joseph P. Cammarano, Ph.D.
Julia S. Jordan-Zachery, Ph.D.
Neil T. Romans, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors

Ruth Ben-Artzi, Ph.D.
Paola Cesarini, Ph.D.
Jeffrey D. Pugh, Ph.D

Adjunct Faculty

Marie C. Courtemanche, Ph.D.
Katrina H. Norvell, Ph.D.


Location: Howley Hall, 317
Phone: 401-865-2434
Fax: 401-865-1222
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