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Public and Community Service Studies

​​​​​​​​​​​​Major Requirements:

Students majoring in Public and Community Service Studies will complete the following courses:

The Core (6 courses, 18 credits)

1. PSP 101- Introduction to Service in Democratic Communities

2. PSP 202- Foundations of Organizational Service

3. PSP 303- Community Organizing

4. Cultural Diversity/Cultural Boundaries in Community Service. Options for fulfilling this requirement include:

  • ​​PSP 302 - Diversity, Community, and Service or Approved Substitute​​

​5. PHL 301- Ethics, Moral Leadership, and the Common Good

6. THL 376- Catholic Social Thought

Leadership Skills and Fieldwork Experience (3 courses, 9 credits)

1. PSP 320/321- Practicum in Public and Community Service (2 semesters, 6 credits)

2. PSP 450- Internship in Community Service

The Capstone Experience

1. PSP 480/481- Capstone Seminar (2 semesters, 6 credits) ​​

Internships

An intensive public or community service internship experience in an applied setting that combines attention to community service issues with specific academic themes designated by the instructor.

PSP Majors have interned at a variety of organizations including:

-The Buried Life
-Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island
-Girls on the Run
-The Office of Governor Lincoln Chafee
-Providence College's Office of Institutional Advancement 
-Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless
-Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights
-United Hospice of Rockland

Tracks:

Understanding the varied academic and professional interests, concerns, and specialization that the major represents, students majoring in public and community service studies will choose a track consisting of three courses  from the College's course listings outside the Feinstein Institute for Public Service. It will be the student's responsibility, in conjunction with faculty advisors, to demonstrate the relationship of the track to the major.

Some examples include tracks in public administration, politics, the environment, women's studies, public policy, community health, etc.

For a full listing of course descriptions and degree requirements, please see the course catalog.

Bachelor of Arts

Public and Community S​ervice Studies

 PSP Minors

​PSP Minor Requirements:

The PSP minor requires a total of six courses (18 hours) distributed as follows:

1. PSP 101 - Introduction to Service in Democratic Communities

2. PSP 202 - Foundations of Organizational Service

3. PSP 303 - Community Organizing 

4. Cultural Diversity/ Boundaries in Community Service 

5. PSP 480 - Public Service Capstone

6. PSP Elective - Any course at or above the 300 level

Community Health Track Minor

Students interested in public health - or in health professions or policy - may supplement their major with a PSP minor that concentrates in the area of community/public health. Requirements for this track within the major are as follows:

1. PSP 101 - Introduction to Service in Democratic Communities

2. HPM 101 - American Healthcare System

3. PSP 303 - Community Organizing 

4. PHL 309 - Biomedical Ethics

5. PSP 491 - Independent Study: Community Health

6. PSP 480 - Public Service Capstone

* Additional Courses (may fulfill "track" or be taken as electives)

PSP 301 - Community Service in American Culture

PSP 360 - Justice Across Borders

PSP 361 - Philanthropy

PSP 362 - Violence and Nonviolence

PSP 470 - Special Topics

PSP 490 - Independent Study​

For a full listing of course descriptions and degree requirements, please see​ the course catalog​.