Mar 23, 2018  
2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Schools and Divisions

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Undergraduate Programs

Providence College is a primarily undergraduate, liberal arts, Catholic institution of higher education. Committed to fostering academic excellence through the sciences and humanities, the College provides a variety of opportunities for intellectual, social, moral, and spiritual growth in a supportive environment.

The College’s academic organization centers around four schools: Arts & Sciences , Business , Professional Studies , and Continuing Education.  The Schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, and Professional Studies, along with their associated academic departments and undergraduate programs, each have their own sections in this catalog.

School of Continuing Education

The Providence College School of Continuing Education (SCE) affords individuals the opportunity to pursue an undergraduate education on a part-time or full-time basis as a degree candidate enrolled in an associate, bachelor, or certificate program; as a non-degree candidate, taking courses to be applied to a degree candidacy at a later time; for personal enrichment; or as an audi­tor, attending solely for personal enjoyment. Classes are offered evenings, weekends, and online in accelerated and full-semester terms. Semester course listings and the School of Continuing Education Catalog are available on the SCE Web site, from the SCE office (Harkins Hall 109), or by calling 401.865.2487.

Summer School

The School of Continuing Education (SCE) offers a variety of summer options for current and visiting students, including one-week, five-week, and ten-week terms, with daytime, evening, and online courses. Undergraduate day school students who wish to enroll in SCE summer courses or summer courses offered at other accredited institutions, must meet with the appropriate dean in the Office of the Dean of Under­graduate and Graduate Studies for course approval. Information about the School of Continuing Education Summer School is available on the SCE Web page, from the SCE office (Harkins Hall 109), or by calling 401.865.2487.

Graduate Programs

Providence College’s graduate programs develop scholars, teachers, and business leaders by providing opportunities for qualified persons to pursue advanced studies. Graduate programs lead to the degrees of master of arts in history; master of arts in biblical studies; master of arts in theology; master of theological studies; master of arts in teaching mathematics; master of business administration; and master of education in administration, counseling, literacy, special education, or urban teaching.

In 2001, the College inaugurated the Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers (PACT) in partnership with the University of Notre Dame and Catholic dioceses in New England. This two-year program allows students to complete, at no cost, master’s-level teacher-preparation courses leading to the master of education degree, while at the same time making a significant contribution as a full-time faculty member at an inner-city New England diocesan elementary school, middle school (grades 5-8), or high school.

The program is designed for graduates of both liberal arts and education programs. Liberal arts majors pursue master’s degree studies leading to initial certification in secondary education in a specific content area. Education majors pursue master’s degree studies leading to certification in special education or literacy.

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