Oct 21, 2019  
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

The Campus and Facilities

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The 108-acre campus of Providence College, situated in Rhode Island’s capital city, is removed from the traffic and noise of the metropolitan area but remains close to the many cultural and educational offerings of Providence, a city that is enjoying a lively urban renaissance. The city is located only an hour’s drive from Boston and just a few hours’ drive from New York City. Interstate bus, train, and air transportation are conveniently available.

The Providence College campus provides a variety of living, learning, and recreational facilities in an environment that promotes students’ academic and personal growth, as well as their safety and security. A campus shuttle bus provides transportation from campus to adjacent neighborhoods and locations in downtown Providence. Students may access the city of Providence and the entire state by utilizing the Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority (RIPTA) free of charge by showing their student identification card.

Academic Facilities

Classroom and laboratory facilities are found in Accinno Hall, Albertus Magnus Hall, the Ceramics Building, the Feinstein Academic Center, Guzman Hall, Harkins Hall (also the main administration building), Hickey Hall, Howley Hall, Hunt-Cavanagh Hall, Koffler Hall, Phillips Memorial Library, the Ruane Center for the Humanities, the Ryan Center for Business Studies, the Science Complex, St. Catherine of Siena Hall, Smith Center for the Arts, Sowa Hall, Sullivan Hall, as well as the newly constructed Science Complex addition.

Ryan Center for Business Studies

The Arthur F. and Patricia Ryan Center for Business Studies, opened in Spring 2017, is home to the Providence College School of Business and its four academic departments - accountancy, finance, management, and marketing. It also houses the MBA Program.

The 64,000-square-foot structure features a two-story glass atrium, a 125-seat conference room, a finance learning laboratory with Bloomberg terminals to allow student investors to track the markets in real time, computer labs, and classrooms designed to encourage hands-on learning, mentoring, and innovation. The building also includes interview suites and a café.

The Ruane Center for the Humanities

The Ruane Center for the Humanities, opened in Fall 2013, is the College’s signature academic building, symbolizing PC’s commitment to the liberal arts, the humanities, and undergraduate education. The 63,000 square foot building is located between the Albertus Magnus-Sowa-Hickey Science Complex and the Phillips Memorial Library, which connects to the Ruane Center by an enclosed walkway.

Key components in the design of the Ruane Center were the need for flexibility in the use of space, particularly instructional space, as well as technology designed to engage students. The Ruane Center includes 12 seminar-style classrooms to accommodate up to 18 students and four larger classrooms, primarily to support the Development of Western Civilization Program and its new colloquia, as well as the Liberal Arts Honors Program.

Other features in the building include the large Fiondella Great Room and adjacent terrace, which is used as an informal student and faculty gathering space and serves as a flexible presentation and event facility. The Ruane Center also includes group study spaces, a café, and an outdoor classroom. The building is home to the Departments of English and History, the Development of Western Civilization and Liberal Arts Honors Programs, and the School of Arts & Sciences.

Science Complex

The Science Complex includes a new 37,000-square-foot, four-level addition that was opened in Fall 2018. The new space includes chemistry laboratories, active learning classrooms, a 48-seat lecture hall, a computer lab, a student commons area, and an administrative office suite for the departments of biology, chemistry and biochemistry, engineering-physics-systems, and psychology, as well as the director of health professions advising.

Renovations to Sowa Hall, which includes newly designed psychology laboratories, are expected to be completed in Summer 2019. The complex also includes an observatory and specialized science laboratories in Hickey Hall. Renovations are underway in Albertus Magnus Hall and will continue until the entire complex is finished. 

Smith Center for the Arts

This 2 1/2-story building serves as the premier teaching and performance facility for undergraduates enrolled in performing arts courses or participating in extracurricular activities involving music, theatre, and dance. The primary performance venues are the 283-seat Angell Blackfriars Theatre and the 272-seat Ryan Concert Hall. Teaching spaces include a “black box” studio theatre, the Bowab Studio Theatre; the Higgins Clark Dance Studio; a 20-keyboard piano lab; a film-screening classroom; a music library; and choral and instrumental practice rooms. The building also contains the Reilly Art Gallery, as well as offices, conference rooms, and storage areas for the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Film and the Department of Music.

Technology Classrooms/Facilities

Nearly all of the College’s general use classrooms are equipped with multimedia technologies. Our classrooms have the latest in audio, visual, computer, and Web connectivity to enhance the instructional environment. Technology facilities are located in buildings across the campus. Accinno Hall houses four computer laboratories. Additional computer labs for PC faculty, staff, and students are found in Albertus Magnus Hall, Howley Hall, the Ryan Center for Business Studies, and the new Science Complex addition.

Technology Resources

Providence College is focused on providing anytime-anywhere access to information. With CyberFriar, the main Web interface with the College’s administrative database, students can manage their personal and academic records from their desktops, laptops, or mobile devices. They can register for courses, view address and personal information, view mid-term and final grades, view all financial aid and billing information on their accounts, view and request academic transcripts, and monitor their progress toward completion of their degree requirements.

With Sakai, a learning management system used in nearly all undergraduate courses, students have another way to communicate with faculty members, participate in online discussion groups, check course syllabi, submit papers, and efficiently manage their class work.

Providence College’s mobile app includes information on courses (login required), directory information, campus events, library resources, an interactive campus maps, athletics, dining, transportation, and laundry facilities, among others.

Athletics, Recreational & Leisure Facilities

Please see the Student Life and Development  section of this catalog for information on athletics, facilities, intramurals, club, and recreational sports.

Recreational leisure facilities are found in Slavin Center, PC’s student union, which houses McPhail’s Entertainment Facility, Dunkin’ Donuts, and the entrance to the Alumni Hall Food Court. Those facilities, plus various lounges and club offices, offer students places to relax between classes or to study with friends.

Campus Chapels

Providence College encourages the spiritual and intellectual growth of each student. St. Dominic Chapel, open 24 hours a day, and the Campus Ministry Center are the center of spiritual life on campus. Additional places of prayer are the Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary in the St. Thomas Aquinas Priory-Gragnani Dominican Center, the principal Dominican residence on campus, and the oratories in Harkins and Siena halls.

Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies

The Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies is located in the former Aquinas Chapel. Administratively, the center is part of the Office of Mission and Ministry and, in collaboration with the Office of the Chaplain/Campus Ministry, it assists in coordinating the college-wide process of maintaining, enhancing, and promoting the distinctive mission of Providence College as a Catholic and Dominican college.

Believing that we are called to be transformed so that we may transform society, the center serves as a place of intellectual exploration and dialogue where students, faculty, staff, administration, and alumni can gather for study, discussion, reflection, and service.

Through a variety of events and educational opportunities for the College community, the center strives to share the richness and diversity of the Catholic and Dominican intellectual and spiritual traditions, which offer crucial perspectives for today’s challenges and concerns and invite us together to partake of and benefit from a common mission inspired by faith and enabled by grace.

Phillips Memorial Library

The Phillips Memorial Library is at the heart of the College’s intellectual life, during its 116 hours of operation per week, and the main areas of the library are architecturally impressive and recently renovated.

The library maintains a collection of approximately 286,700 print volumes and provides access to over 1 million electronic books, available online from anywhere in the world. Patrons have access to approximately 240 current print periodical subscriptions and more than 58,815 full-text electronic journals. The library also offers an extensive collection of print and electronic reference materials, including more than 135 bibliographic and full-text electronic databases, the third-largest research collection of electronic databases in Rhode Island (after Brown University and the University of Rhode Island). In addition, the library houses the Providence College Special and Archival Collections, the Office of Academic Services on the second floor, and the core of the College’s iHelp integrated services group (Information Technology User Services and Academic Media Services) on the library’s lower level.

The library is a member of the HELIN (Higher Education Library Information Network) consortium, which gives students and faculty two-day access to millions of volumes from libraries in Rhode Island and the region. In addition, the library’s interlibrary loan service connects students to worldwide resources free of charge.

The Phillips Memorial Library provides robust access to the College’s wireless network. In the Library Commons tradition, the library offers 159 public access Windows and Macintosh desktop and laptop computers, sophisticated digitization and multimedia processing resources in Digital Publishing Services and MediaHub Laboratory, a large inventory of iPads with Web access for check-out, collaboration facilities and technology support in the lower-level TecHub, and an extensive array of productivity software, as well as an 18-computer electronic classroom. The InterHub connects the library to the Ruane Center for the Humanities and provides refreshments, robust wireless access, and seating for 36 patrons, color printing, and five desktop computers beginning at 6:00 AM on weekdays. The library accommodates approximately 1,000 students in quiet and group-study areas.

For more information, including library hours, call 401.865.2242 or visit the Library Web site.

Residential Facilities

Campus residential facilities include traditional dormitory housing as well as suite and apartment-style units. These facilities accommodate approximately 3,000 students.

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