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Department of Political Science

Undergraduate Program

Minor Options

The Department of Political Science offers two minor options: the Political Science Minor and a Minor in International Relations.

NOTE: Students who began at URI prior to 2009 should speak with the department chair about alternate minor requirements.

The Political Science Minor

Students declaring a minor in Political Science must earn 20 credits including PSC 113, 116, either 210 or 211, and any two other Political Science courses at the 300 level.

Please note: Minors are officially declared in the Dean's Office of the College of Arts & Sciences, 257 Chafee Social Science Center, after transferring out of University College.

Minor in International Relations

The Department of Political Science has established an interdisciplinary minor in international relations, designed to provide a basic grounding in the theory and practice of international affairs for students with an interest in global issues. Drawing upon upper-level courses economics, history, and political science, the program integrates existing course offerings and provides a focused option in international affairs.

Students must complete a minimum of 18 credits, drawn from the required courses and options outlined below.  Please note that students are responsible for completing any necessary prerequisites before enrolling in these courses. One common prerequisite for the Political Science courses is PSC 116 - Introduction to International Politics. Required courses may not be offered every semester so please contact your adviser before your senior year.

Requirements include PSC 211, ECN 338 or PSC 422, and one of the following capstone courses: PSC 408, 416, 417, 422, 431, 434, 435, 481, 544, 580, 581, and 584. Please note that the capstone course is in addition to the other requirements listed below.

In addition to the required courses, students must take at least one course from each of the following groups (for a minimum of 18 credits):

A. International Relations Theory - PSC 300, 350, 417, 431, 434, 435, 544, 546, 580, and 584

B. International Political Economy - ECN 305, 338, 344, 363; PSC 402, 403, 422, 521, 581, and 595

C. Comparative Government - HIS 332, 333, 374, 375, 381, 382, 384, 388; PSC 201, 320, 321, 377, 408, 410, 415, 416, 481, and 584

The Department of Political Science administers this program; interested students should contact Marc Hutchison.

IMPORTANT: For students majoring in Political Science AND minoring in International Relations, please note the College of Arts & Sciences has a 48 credit limit on PSC classes that can be applied to your major and minor.  In these cases, students MUST take several non-PSC courses to fulfill the requirement of the minor. It is highly recommended that you consult with Professor Hutchison for scheduling advice.