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2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Arts & Sciences

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Contact Information

Phone: 401.865.2600
URL: www.providence.edu/arts-sciences
Location: Ruane Center for the Humanities 147

Sheila Adamus Liotta, Ph.D., Dean
Joan R. Branham, Ph.D., Associate Dean


As the home of the arts and sciences programs, the School of Arts & Sciences is central to the Providence College mission and identity as a liberal arts institution. Programs of study offered through the School of Arts & Sciences support the College’s mission of fostering academic excellence through the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, and natural sciences, while cultivating intellectual, spiritual, ethical, and aesthetic values within the context of the Judaeo-Christian heritage. This is accomplished not only through the major and minor programs of study offered, but also through the College’s undergraduate core curriculum; the majority of the Providence College core curriculum is offered by programs and departments housed in the School of Arts & Sciences. Therefore, the School has a significant impact on every Providence College undergraduate student, regardless of major. 

The School of Arts & Sciences includes 17 academic departments and 10 academic programs that offer undergraduate majors, minors and/or certificates.  Graduate degree programs also are available. At present, the School of Arts & Sciences has no special academic policies for students enrolled in its degree programs.

Programs of Study


Programs of study are offered leading to the degrees of bachelor of arts and bachelor of science. 

The bachelor of arts degree is offered with major programs of study in American studies, art history, biology, biology/secondary education, chemistry, chemistry/secondary education, creative writing, economics (including business economics and quantitative economics), English, English/secondary education, French, French/secondary education, global studies, history, history/secondary education, humanities, Italian, Italian/secondary education, mathematics, mathematics/secondary education, music, music education, philosophy, physics/secondary education, political science, psychology, public and community service studies, social science, sociology, Spanish, Spanish/secondary education, studio art, theatre, theology, and women’s studies. 

The bachelor of science degree is offered with major programs of study in applied physics, biochemistry, biology, biology/secondary education, chemistry, computer science, and pre-engineering (3/2 combined program).

Minors are offered in applied physics, art history, Asian studies, black studies, classics, computer science, dance, economics, evolutionary biology and ecology, film/video, French, German, history, Italian, Latin American studies, mathematics, music, philosophy, political science, pre-health studies, public and community service studies, sociology, Spanish, studio art, systems science, theatre, theology, women’s studies, and writing.

Certificate programs are offered in labor-management relations, neuroscience, and public administration.  In addition, an Honors Certificate is awarded to students who complete the Liberal Arts Honors Program.

Interdisciplinary and non-departmental courses are offered to enhance the educational experience and allow for a variety of interests and initiatives. Information on general degree requirements is recorded in the section on Academic Policies . 


Graduate degree programs are available in history, mathematics, and theology.

Programs are offered leading to the degree of master of arts in history, mathematics (teaching), biblical studies, and theology; a program leading to the degree of master of theological studies is also offered. Advanced degree programs are described in the Graduate Catalog. 

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