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PHL 401/402: Special Problems

Using your free elective credits to participate in experiential learning is a great way to put your classroom learning into practical experience. While engaged in the supportive environment of an internship, you can test career goals, enhance professional skills, develop self-reliance, self-esteem, and responsibility. Furthermore, these opportunities encourage networking with professionals and will provide increased marketability for employment after graduation.

Below are your two options for earning experiential credits. Please meet with your academic advisor before making a final decision regarding which option is best for you.

PHL 401/402: Special Problems


  • Pre: 3 credits in Philosophy and permission of instructor


  • Special Problems/Independent Study
  • 3 credits (Graded)
  • May be repeated for credit
  • Course may vary from year to year
  • Course allows advanced students to pursue problems of special interest with guidance of instructor in conferences
  • One or more written papers


ITR 302/304: Field Experience & Seminar


  • 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher
  • Minimum 60 credits prior to internship
  • Available free elective credits
  • Good academic and social standing


  • Earn between 6 – 15 free elective credits
  • ITR 302 (field experience) 3 – 12 credits (S/U Only)
  • ITR 304 (seminar) 3 credits (Graded)
  • Seminar offered online and in class (in class – spring only)


Explore Past Internship Opportunities

The following list is a SAMPLE of placements in which students have participated for experiential credits. This list is not exhaustive.

Rhode Island Internships

  • Cross Mills Public Library
  • Farm Fresh Rhode Island
  • Jumpstart URI
  • New York Life Insurance Company
  • Phoenix House
  • Providence Bruins
  • Providence Superior Court
  • R.D. Denelle & Co., INC
  • RI Department of Attorney General
  • RI State Government Intern Program
  • US Attorney’s Office
  • Waterfire Providence

Out-Of-State Internships

  • 320 Fall River, LLC
  • Camphor Technologies, Inc
  • Community Care Services, INC
  • Paradigm Research & Consulting
  • Sarge’s Comics and Games

Sources: Internship Placements from Fall 2010, Spring 2011, & Summer 2011, and Explore Internship Opportunities by Major Archives 2009-2011

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