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Department of Political Science

Undergraduate Program

Alternate Graduation Requirements

Note: These guidelines are for students who matriculated to URI before fall 2009. Transfer students should speak with their Political Science faculty advisor about which curriculum to follow.

In order to graduate, students choosing to major in political science must complete a minimum of 30 credits (maximum 45 credits) in Political Science, including PSC 113 and PSC 116. The remaining 24 credits will reflect the student's emphasis, though at least one course must be selected from each of the following three subfields: American Politics, World Politics, and Political Theory. The courses currently offered in each subfield include:

American Politics

  • PSC 221 - State and Local Government
  • PSC 261 - Presidency and Public Policy
  • PSC 274 - Criminal Justice System
  • PSC 288 - American Legal System
  • PSC 304 - Introduction to Public Administration
  • PSC 305 - Politics in Rhode Island
  • PSC 365 - Political Parties and Practical Politics
  • PSC 368 - Public Opinion
  • PSC 369 - Legislative Process and Public Policy
  • PSC 370 - Politics and the Media
  • PSC 371 - The Constitution and the Supreme Court
  • PSC 380 - Civil Rights Movement
  • PSC 402 - Environmental Politics
  • PSC 434 - American Foreign Policy
  • PSC 441 - Women and Politics
  • PSC 460 - Urban Politics
  • PSC 461 - The American Presidency
  • PSC 466 - Urban Problems
  • PSC 471 - Constitutional Law
  • PSC 472 - Civil Liberties
  • PSC 474 - Criminal Justice System
  • PSC 476 - Policy Issues in Criminal Justice PSC 483- Political Process: Policy Formulation and Execution
  • PSC 485 - Politics of Children's Rights
  • PSC 491 - Principles of Public Administration
  • PSC 498 - Public Administration and Policy Formation
  • PSC 573 - Administrative Law
  • PSC 583 - Seminar in American Politics
  • World Politics

    • PSC 201 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
    • PSC 300 - Challenge of Nuclear Arms
    • PSC 301 - Comparative Politics
    • PSC 303 - Politics of the Vietnam War
    • PSC 320 - Comparative European Politics
    • PSC 321 - Problems and Politics of Israel
    • PSC 344 - International Financial Economics
    • PSC 350 - Cold War Politics
    • PSC 377 - Politics of the People's Republic of China
    • PSC 401 - Comparative European Politics
    • PSC 403 - Global Ecopolitics
    • PSC 408 - African Government and Politics
    • PSC 410 - Issues in African Government
    • PSC 417 - Russian Foreign Policy
    • PSC 416 - Politics of Russian Commonwealth
    • PSC 420 - Nonviolence and Change in Nuclear Age
    • PSC 422 - International Political Economy
    • PSC 431 - International Relations
    • PSC 432 - International Government
    • PSC 434 - American Foreign Policy
    • PSC 435 - Theories of International Conflict
    • PSC 464 - International Law
    • PSC 481 - Seminar: Decision-making in International Relations: Hiroshima to 9/11
    • PSC 510 - Developing Nation-States: Africa
    • PSC 521 - International and Comparative Trade Unions
    • PSC 577 - International Ocean Law
    • PSC 580 - Seminar in International Relations Theory
    • PSC 595 - Problems of Modernization in Developing Nations

    Political Theory

    • PSC 210 - American Politics: Theories and Applications
    • PSC 211 - World Politics: Theories and Applications
    • PSC 212 - Introduction to Political Science (see 310)
    • PSC 240 - Major Political Ideologies
    • PSC 309 - Polimetrics
    • PSC 310 - Introduction to Political Science Research (see 212)
    • PSC 312 - Topics in Political Science
    • PSC 341 - Political Theory: Plato to Machiavelli
    • PSC 342 - Political Theory: Modern and Contemporary
    • PSC 343 - Revolutionary Thought
    • PSC 368 - Public Opinion
    • PSC 420 - Dissent, Non-Violence and Change
    • PSC 422 - International Political Economy
    • PSC 431 - International Relations Theory
    • PSC 435 - Theories of International Conflict
    • PSC 440 - Politics of Being Mortal
    • PSC 443 - Twentieth Century Political Theory
    • PSC 444 - Marxist Political Thought
    • PSC 481 - Seminar: Decision-making in International Relations: Hiroshima to 9/11
    • PSC 487 - Civic Community: Theory and Practice
    • PSC 504 - Ethics in Public Administration
    • PSC 544 - Democracy and Its Critics
    • PSC 546 - Peace and World Order Studies
    • PSC 553 - Scope and Methods
    • PSC 580 - Seminar: International Relations Theory
    • PSC 584 - Advanced Comparative Theory

    A student must maintain a 2.00 grade point average in his/her major to meet graduation requirements.