Political Science at Providence College

Why Study Political Science at Providence College?
To be human is to be political. So claimed Aristotle, who stated that human beings are, by nature, the “political animal.” Political science is the systematic study of political institutions, ideas, identities, events, and behaviors. As such, political science seeks to understand collective power — specifically, how and by whom such power is acquired, exercised, and challenged.

Students who major in political science at Providence College examine politics in a variety of contexts and from a variety of perspectives, both domestic and international. Graduates of the program find that a degree in political science from PC opens doors to a wide range of careers in the public and private sectors. The major also enables our students to become engaged and responsible citizens of their communities.  

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What you'll study

The Major 
Students complete 11 three-credit courses, including Political Science 101 and an upper-level seminar of their choosing. Majors must take at least one course in each of the subfields of American politics, comparative politics, political theory, and international relations, and a course on quantitative and qualitative methods, and they also complete four electives.

The Minor 
A minor in political science is a valuable addition to many other fields of study, including sociology, economics, public and community service studies, global studies, and business.

Public Administration Certificate Program 
The Public Administration Program prepares students for careers in a variety of public service sectors, and to pursue graduate degrees in public administration (MPA) and public policy (MPP).

Selected Courses

  • The American Presidency  
  • Law and Society  
  • Environmental Politics  
  • Human Rights  
  • Comparative Revolutions  
  • Democratic Theory  
  • Gender and Politics  
  • Mass Media 

Faculty

Small class sizes mean that majors can really get to know their professors. Our faculty mentor students, even partnering with them to pursue new knowledge through collaborative research projects.  

Our faculty:  

  • come from diverse backgrounds and hold degrees from some of the finest institutions, including Berkeley, Brandeis, Brown, Columbia, Penn, Rutgers, SUNY-Buffalo, Syracuse, UMass-Amherst, and UT-Austin;
  • are award-winning teachers and researchers, who possess expertise in a variety of subjects including public policy, legal and legislative institutions, public opinion, gender and politics, the politics of race, religion & ethnicity, political economy, Chinese politics, Latin American politics, Middle East politics, Russian politics; and
  • publish books with top university presses and articles in leading academic journals.

ENGAGED LEARNING

 

Our program offers students a wealth of opportunities to put knowledge learned in the classroom into action.  

Our students can:  

  • participate in programs outside the classroom, such as the Rhode Island State House Internship Program and the Washington Semester Program;
  • pursue independent research projects in close consultation with their professors;
  • present research with faculty members at local and national meetings and conferences; and
  • publish articles co-authored with department faculty in prominent scholarly journals.

91%

of 2017-2021 political science graduates are employed and/or attending graduate school


  • 60% are employed only
  • 18% are attending school only
  • 13% are employed and attending school

Selected Places of Employment/Service

  • ADVI Health, LLC
  • American Friends of Jamaica
  • Analytic Partners
  • Covenant House International
  • Ernst & Young 
  • FDIC
  • Hudson Valley Justice Center
  • Imperium Consulting Group
  • New Jersey Senate Majority Office
  • New York Legal Assistance Group
  • Perkins Thompson Law Firm
  • Rhode Island Democratic Party
  • Rice Cohen International
  • Shepard Law Firm
  • Teach for America
  • United States Senate

Selected Graduate Schools

  • Boston College
  • Charleston School of Law
  • Fordham Law School
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Michigan State University
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • Oxford University
  • Providence College  
  • Saint John’s Seminary
  • Suffolk University Law School 
  • Syracuse University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School