Political Science

Political Science examines the institutions that govern our societies and the policy decisions that affect every part of our lives. At RWU, you’ll sharpen your thinking, writing and debate skills in classes such as American politics, international relations, comparative politics, political theory and public administration. Combined with real-world internship experience -- locally and in Washington, D.C. -- you’ll be prepared for a career in law, business, public policy or education.

Degree Requirements

The Political Science Major

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Majors pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in political science must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. In addition, majors must complete three political science foundation courses; nine advanced courses, with at least four each from the American National Politics/Political Theory category and the International Relations/Comparative Politics category; plus a two-course research sequence in political science; plus a sufficient number of general electives to total 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to apply electives toward a minor or second major.

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To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.

Internship Opportunities

(partial list)

  • Washington, D.C. – Various sites
  • Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut — State and Local Governments
  • Law Firms, Corporations, and Non-Profit Organizations

Research Projects

(partial list)

  • Plastic Bag Ban in Barrington, RI
  • Collaborative RI projects including Regional Competitiveness, Municipal Bankruptcy
  • Bristol and Warren Community Needs Assessment
  • Gender and Gubernatorial Appointments
  • Presidential Election Exit Polling
  • Model United Nations
  • Model Arab League

Employers

(partial list)

  • Accenture
  • City of Providence
  • City of Central Falls
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • US House and Senate (staff)
  • US Marine Corps
  • DigitalGlobe Satellite Imagery
  • NASCAR Corporate
  • Northeastern University
  • Powell Tate Consulting

Graduate Study

(partial list)

  • American University
  • George Washington University
  • New York University
  • London School of Economics
  • Duke University School of Law
  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • University of Michigan School of Law
  • Roger Williams University School of Law
  • American University School of Law
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Choosing Her Own Path

Sarah Wood, RWU Class of 2019
Political Science

One of the things Sarah Wood, an Honors Program member who was also recently named to the National Political Science Honor Society, enjoys most about RWU is the flexibility and guidance the university provides to create her own path.

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