Community Service Opportunities
The department offers students opportunities to participate in community service that is relevant to the educational goals of the department and our students. Service can occur on a freelance basis, through service-learning courses, or through internships. The department also is affiliated with the International Institute of Rhode Island, a non-profit agency in Providence that provides various services for newer Americans. Student should inquire with faculty if they are interested.
The department values internships and other types of experiential learning. Dr. Mark Hyde is the department's internship coordinator, and oversees the College’s participation in the Rhode Island State House Internship Program. It is possible for a limited number of students (usually seniors) to design their own internships for academic credit. Interested students should consult with their academic advisor or with Dr. Hyde at least one semester prior to any proposed internship.
Providence College is affiliated with American University's Washington Semester program, which annually include some political science majors from PC. Students apply to compete for these limited positions. Political science students should talk with Dr. Mark Hyde about the process. For more information please go to our Washington Semester page.
Departmental Advising System
Each political science major is assigned a faculty advisor. Faculty advisor lists are posted each semester on a bulletin board on the third floor of Howley Hall. Students may contact their advisor at any time to discuss any aspect of their academic work. Students must meet with their advisor at least once a semester at course registration time to review degree audit reports; to discuss courses, requirements, and options; and to pick up the course pre-registration card (mandatory). At least a week or so before course pre-registration time, students should contact either their advisor or the department administrative assistant to make an appointment.
Graduate School Advising
The department’s designated graduate school advisor can assist students who wish to pursue graduate study. Bulletin boards on the third floor of Howley include posters and brochures from various schools. Students interested in considering graduate study should check with the office to see who is serving currently as the graduate school advisor.
Professor John Scanlan of the English department is PC’s pre-law advisor and head of the Pre-Law Program. He can provide information about the undergraduate law courses taught at the College, law schools, and careers. Professor Scanlan can be contacted at 401-865-2446 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The department’s office in Howley Hall has information about internships, opportunities to study abroad, career opportunities, and graduate schools.