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2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science

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Bachelor of Arts 

Required Courses

Academic programs vary in their requirements. Students should consult with their faculty advisor and the Academic Guidebook to review the Academic Planning Form pertinent to their program of study. In addition, students should review course descriptions regarding any prerequisites for required courses. Graduation requirements include a minimum of 120 credit hours, although some academic programs may require additional credits. Please refer to the Academic Resources section of the catalog for more information. Information regarding the new Core Curriculum, which takes effect with the Class of 2016, is available at http://www.providence.edu/academic-affairs/core-curriculum.

To graduate as a political science major, students must complete 33 credit hours, normally 11 courses, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the department, distributed in the following manner:

Introductory Sequence (2 courses)

Political science students are required to take an introductory sequence of two courses: PSC 101 - Politics , and PSC 102 - Empirical Political Analysis . Students normally take these courses in sequence, although these two courses may be taken simultaneously in a given semester, especially for students joining the department as sophomores or juniors. Normally, this introductory sequence should be completed before taking other courses in the department, but again, there can be exceptions if warranted.

Field Requirements (4 courses)

Students must take one course in each of four fields: comparative government and politics, international relations, political theory, and American politics. The department maintains lists of courses that fulfill each of these field requirements. The list is printed in department publications, can be found on the department Web page, and is available in the department office and from academic advisors. Note that these courses are not all offered every semester or even every year. Students should always check the latest preregistration booklet to see what is being offered in the near future. Students also should note that there are many courses in the Department of Political Science that do NOT fulfill any of these four fields.

Political Science Electives (4 courses)

Students may take any of the department’s courses to fulfill this category of four electives, as well as SOC 342  and HPM 408 .

Capstone Seminar (1 course)

All students will take PSC 488 or 489 , Capstone Seminar in Political Science, in their senior year.

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