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Department of Political Science

Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Major in Political Science

Note: Any student who matriculated to URI before fall 2009 should follow this link to view their alternate graduation requirements under the previous curriculum. Transfer students should speak with their Political Science faculty advisor about which curriculum to follow.

Requirements for Political Science Majors who matriculated to URI in fall of 2009 or after:

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree in Political Science

In order to graduate with a B.A., students choosing to major in Political Science must complete a minimum of 32 credits (maximum 48 credits) in Political Science. Most Political Science classes are worth 4 credits each.

100-Level: Majors are required to take PSC-113 (Introduction to American Politics) and PSC-116 (Introduction to International Relations).

200-Level: Majors often choose a focus area in either American or World Politics. Accordingly, majors must take either PSC-210 (American Politics Theories and Applications) or PSC-211 (World Politics Theories and Applications). Majors may elect to take both PSC-210 and PSC-211.

300-Level: Majors are required to take PSC-310 (Introduction to Political Science Research). Majors must take at least one additional 300-level experiential course.

400-Level: Majors must take any two 400-Level research seminars.

College and University Requirements

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

The College of Arts & Sciences general education requirement must be met in order to graduate:

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