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Ms. Emerald Lopes
Administrative Assistant
Howley Hall, 318
Phone: 401-865-2434​
Fax: 401-865-1222

Dr. William Hudson
Department Chair
Howley 319
Phone: 401-865-2621

Degrees and Programs

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, politics, and political philosophy.

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 Major

To graduate with a political science major, students must complete 33 credit hours, normally 11 courses, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the department.


All majors must complete two introductory courses, PSC 101: Politics and PSC 102: Empirical Analysis, preferably by the end of their sophomore year. 

Additionally, majors must take one course in each of the four major subfields: American politics, comparative politics, political theory, and international relations (see the Major Fields Table below).  Students must also complete four PSC electives, which can be any four PSC courses of their choosing. HPM 408 and SOC 342 may also count as PSC electives towards completion of the degree.

Finally, all majors take a Capstone Seminar, typically during the senior year.  

See Course Catalog

The Minor

To graduate with a political science minor, students must complete 6 courses (18 credit hours), including PSC 101 and PSC 102, plus four more political science courses of their choosing.

See Course Catalog

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Other Programs

The department encourages its majors to consider enrolling in other programs at PC, as a complement to majoring in political science. Such programs include Women's Studies, Black Studies, Global Studies, Public and Community Service Studies, and the Public Administration and Business Studies certificate programs. Some PSC courses are cross-listed with those in other programs, allowing students to satisfy multiple requirements with a single course.

PSC Honors Program

The Political Science Department's Honors Program is for qualified juniors and seniors. The Honors Program requires:

  1. Twelve courses in Political Science (instead of the normal eleven)
  2. At least one seminar course in Political Science
  3. A two-semester thesis project (during the Senior year) under the guidance of a member of the faculty

Students interested in the Department's Honors Program should have an outstanding record and should talk with faculty about the process during their junior year. Successful completion of the Political Science Honors Program will be noted on the student's academic transcripts.

Major Fields Table


Many PSC courses are not listed in this table. Those not listed can be taken as Political Science Electives. Please note that not all courses are offered every semester. Contact the department or check Cyberfriar for current and future offerings.

​American Politics

PSC 201 – American Government and Politics

PSC 211 – Public Administration

PSC 300 – Law and Society

PSC 303 – Urban Politics

PSC 305 – Legislative Process

PSC 306 – The American Presidency

PSC 311 – American Constitutional Law

PSC 312 – Civil Liberties

PSC 315 – Elections and Electoral Behavior

PSC 316 – Political Parties and Interest Groups

PSC 317 – Comparative State Politics

PSC 318 – American Public Policy

PSC 319 – Political Attitudes and Public Opinion

PSC 416 – Race and Politics in the Americas

PSC 425 – Mass Media and Politics

​Comparative Politics

PSC 205 – Comparative Politics

PSC 320 – Comparative Asian Politics & Government

PSC 324 – Gov’t. and Politics of Russia and the Former Soviet Union

PSC 325 – Comparative Revolutions

PSC 329 – Middle East Politics

PSC 333 – European Politics

PSC 334 – African Politics

PSC 336 – Latin American Politics

PSC 416 – Race and Politics in the Americas 

​Political Theory

PSC 341 – Classical Political Theory

PSC 342 – Modern Political Theory

PSC 343 – Contemporary Political Theory

PSC 344 – Ancients and Moderns

PSC 348 – American Political Theory

​International Relations

PSC 207 – International Relations (required prerequisite)

PSC 361 – International Politics of the Middle East

PSC 369 – International Law and Organization

PSC 430 – International Political Economy

PSC 482 – Seminar in International Security


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