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Public and Community Service Studies

​​​​Major Requirements:

Students majoring in Public and Community Service Studies will complete the following courses:

The Core (6 courses, 18 credits)

1. PSP 101- Introduction to Service in Democratic Communities

2. PSP 202- Foundations of Organizational Service

3. PSP 303- Community Organizing

4. Cultural Diversity/ Cultural Boundaries in Community Service. Option for fulfilling this requirement include:

  • PSP 302-Diversity, Community, and Service
  • PSC 416- Race and Politics in America
  • SWK 220- Diversity and Culture in Social Work Practice
  • SOC 305- Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 307- Urban Sociology
  • SOC 324- Sociology of Men and Women in Society

5. PHL 301- Ethics, Moral Leadership, and the Common Good

6. THL 376- Catholic Social Thought

Leadership Skills and Fieldwork Experience (3 courses, 9 credits)

1. PSP 320/321- Practicum in Public and Community Service (2 semesters, 6 credits)

2. PSP 450- Internship in Community Service

The Capstone Experience

1. PSP 480/481- Capstone Seminar (2 semesters, 6 credits) ​​

Internships

An intensive public or community service internship experience in an applied setting that combines attention to community service issues with specific academic themes designated by the instructor.

PSP Majors have interned at a variety of organizations including:

-The Buried Life
-Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island
-Girls on the Run
-The Office of Governor Lincoln Chafee
-Providence College's Office of Institutional Advancement 
-Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless
-Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights
-United Hospice of Rockland

Tracks:

Understanding the varied academic and professional interests, concerns, and specialization that the major represents, students majoring in public and community service studies will choose a track consisting of three courses  from the College's course listings outside the Feinstein Institute for Public Service. It will be the student's responsibility, in conjunction with faculty advisors, to demonstrate the relationship of the track to the major.

Some examples include tracks in public administration, politics, the environment, women's studies, public policy, community health, etc.

The Minor

A minor in public and community service is also available. Students pursuing the public and community service minor may select the standard program or may choose a community health track. The minor in the Department of Public and Community Service Studies requires a total of six courses, 18 hours, distributed as follows:

1. PSP 101- Intro. to Service in Democratic Communities

2. PSP 202- Foundations of Organizational Service

3. PSP 303- Community Organizing 

4. Cultural Diversity/​Boundaries in Community Service​

5. PSP 480- Public Service Capstone

6. PSP Elective- Any course at or above the 300 level

Community Health Track Minor

Students interested in public health - or in health professions or policy - may supplement their major with a minor in Public and Community Service Studies that concentrates in the area of community/public health. Requirements for this track within the major are as follows:

1. PSP 101 - Intro. to Service in Democratic Communities

2. HPM 101 - American Healthcare System

3. PSP 303 - Community Organizing 

4. PHL 309 - Biomedical Ethics

5. PSP 491- Independent Study: Community Health

6. PSP 480 - Public Service Capstone

​​Additional Courses (may fulfill "track" or be taken as electives)

PSP 301--Community Service in American Culture: This course examines the major conceptual approaches to service that have emerged in the United States, including historical, philosophical, spiritual, political, and social movements.

PSP 360--Justice Across Borders: An examination of the relationship between justice and the borders of nation-states, with special attention to issues of the borders between the United States and its neighbors and the world.

​PSP 361--Philanthropy: This course examines the history and development of cultures that promote both violence and nonviolence, and explores important theories of why violence exists, why some cultures have more of it, and how nonviolence is an alternate system of understanding to cultures that implicitly promote violence.

PSP 362--Violence and Nonviolence: This course examines the history and development of cultures that promote both violence and nonviolence, and explores important theories of why violence exists, why some cultures have more of it, and how nonviolence is an alternate system of understanding to cultures that implicitly promote violence.

PSP 470--Special Topics: These classes are developed by members of the faculty to provide selected topics related to public and community service. Topics have included courses that examine the role of storytellers in cities, applied program leadership, program implementation, women and service, the intersection of faith, politics and service, and several others.

PSP 490--Independent Study: This is an individualized study course, where students who have specific passion or interest works individually with a member of the faculty to engage a topic in greater depth. The course often includes a research project, an intensive applied component, or an in-depth set of readings on a subject that is not offered in our regular courses.

For a full listing of course descriptions and degree requirements, please see the course catalog.

Bachelor of Arts

Public and Community Service Studies

Minor

Public and Community Service Studies