Department of Political Science

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What We Do

The Department of Political Science oversees degree programs in political science, public administration, geography and a certificate program in international nongovernmental organizations.

Contact Information
Department Chair

Michelle Brophy-Baermann


Cynthia Kirchner
Higher Education Administration Assistant I

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The majors offered through the Department of Political Science open doors to careers and graduate study in the administration of governmental and nonprofit organizations, journalism, law, opinion research, public policy making, urban and community planning and many other fields. In addition to our academic course offerings, we provide opportunities for you to expand your skills and experience outside of the classroom. Semester-long internships are available in public affairs, state and local government and other areas. 


What's New?

Check out the latest issue of the department's newsletter: Ideopolis

Our Faculty

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Public Administration Program

Rhode Island College also offers the B.A.-to-M.P.A. in Public Administration Program in cooperation with the University of Rhode Island. Visit the URI website​ for more information.

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