Political Science

The Department of Political Science offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. The department also offers the Master of Arts (M.A.) in political science and the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.).

Faculty: Professor Krueger, chairperson. Professors Hennessey, Moakley, Petro, and Rothstein; Associate Professor; Assistant Professors Hutchison, Johnson, Pearson-Merkowitz, and Xu; Professors Emeriti Hamilton, Killilea, Leduc, Stein, Tyler, Wood, and Zucker.

The Major. Students selecting this field must complete a minimum of 32 credits (maximum 48) in political science, including PSC 113 (4), 116 (4), 212 or 310 (4), and either 210 or 211 (4). Student must select one 300-level experiential course (4) and two 400-level research seminars (4 each).

Students completing both the B.A. degree in political science and the B.S. degree in engineering at the same time may use courses in the political science major to satisfy Basic Liberal Studies requirements for the Bachelor of Arts. The College of Engineering and the Department of Political Science have established a curriculum that allows for the completion of the two degrees and a public-sector internship in five years.

A total of 120 credits is required for graduation. At least 42 of these must be in courses numbered 300 or above.

The Minor. Students declaring a minor in political science must earn 20 credits includng PSC 113 (4), 116 (4), either 210 or 211 (4), and any two other political science courses at the 300 level or above.

Minor in International Relations. See Interdepartmental Minors.

John Hazen White Sr. Center for Ethics and Public Service. An important part of URI’s Political Science Department, this center was established in 1994 through a grant from John Hazen White Sr., a local businessman and philanthropist. The center offers ethics and public service programs for undergraduate and graduate students, elected and appointed officials, public managers, and citizen groups. In addition to research opportunities, workshops, and special programs, the center also sponsors the Mentor/Tutor Internship (MTI), which provides URI students internships, for credit, in local public schools to encourage and mentor students at risk of dropping out. Contact the department office for more information.