Dec 13, 2018  
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Interdisciplinary Programs


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American Studies

Contact Information

Phone: 401.865.1784
Fax: 401.865.2057
Location: Ruane Center for the Humanities117

The Faculty

Professors

Rev. Kenneth R. Gumbert, O.P., M.F.A. (Theatre, Dance, and Film)
Eric L. Hirsch, Ph.D. (Sociology)
Deborah J. Johnson, Ph.D. (Art and Art History/Women’s Studies)
Jeffrey A. Johnson, Ph.D. (History)
Keith Morton, Ph.D. (Public and Community Service Studies)
Ann W. Norton, Ph.D. (Art and Art History)
Tuire M. Valkeakari, Ph.D. (English)

Associate Professors

Edward E. Andrews, Ph.D. (History)
Eric D. Bennett, Ph.D. (English), Program Director
William Bonney, Ph.D. (Theology)
Joseph P. Cammarano, Ph.D. (Political Science/Public and Community Service Studies)
Suzanne J. Fournier, Ph.D. (English)
Margaret K. Reid, Ph.D. (English)

Assistant Professors

Margaret M. Manchester, Ph.D. (History)
René Alexander Orquiza, Ph.D. (History)
Cristina Rodriguez, Ph.D. (English)
Steven C. Smith, Ph.D.

Asian Studies

Contact Information

Phone: 401.865.1786
Fax: 401.865.2410
Location: Ruane Center for the Humanities 128

The Faculty

Professors

Albino Barrera, O.P., Ph.D. (Economics)
Susan K. McCarthy, Ph.D. (Political Science)
Ann W. Norton, Ph.D. (Art and Art History), Emerita
Charlotte G. O’Kelly, Ph.D. (Sociology/Women’s Studies)

Associate Professors

D. Colin Jaundrill, Ph.D. (History), Advisor
Eric Sung, M.F.A. (Art)

Assistant Professors

Fang Dong, Ph.D. (Economics)
René Alexander Orquiza, Ph.D. (History)
Trina Vithayathil, Ph.D. (Global Studies)

Black Studies

Contact Information

Phone: 401.865.2083
Fax: 401.865.1222
Location: Howley Hall 314

The Faculty

Professors

Anthony D. Affigne, Ph.D. (Political Science)
Eric L. Hirsch, Ph.D. (Sociology)
Julia S. Jordan-Zachery, Ph.D. (Public and Community Service Studies/Black Studies), Program Director
Charlotte G. O’Kelly, Ph.D. (Sociology/Women’s Studies)
Tuire M. Valkeakari, Ph.D. (English)

Associate Professors

Patrick H. Breen, Ph.D. (History)

Assistant Professors

Matthew J. Dowling, Ph.D. (History)
Michael L. Hayes, Ph.D. (Social Work/Public and Community Service Studies)
Christopher T. Kelton, D.M. (Music)

The Program

The Black Studies program offers students an interdisciplinary set of analytic and research tools for critical analysis and understanding of various aspects of black culture and fosters a new appreciation for the contributions made by people of African descent to world cultures and human history.

The black studies program seeks to provide students with clear, precise, reliable, and accurate knowledge about the African Diasporic communities of Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe within the framework of a liberal arts education.

As an academic minor, this interdisciplinary and multicultural course of study takes a look at the African Diasporic communities’ contemporary state, history and traditions, unique culture, collective experience, and antecedent connection with Africa and African history.

To that end, teaching, analysis, and research within the program are directed toward the communities’ world view, core beliefs, structures of relationships, patterns of moral and ethical discourse, political thought and action, experience of and response to racism, cultural motifs, and historical foundations, both within the United States and globally.

This minor can be paired with many different majors, including global studies, economics, and political science. Students from a variety of academic majors will find that proficiency in black studies can expand career options.

Humanities

Contact Information

Phone: 401.865.2643
Fax: 401.865.2772
Location: St. Catherine of Siena Hall 129

The Faculty

Associate Professor

James F. Keating, Ph.D., Program Director

Latin American and Latina/o Studies (LALS)

Contact Information

Phone: 401.865.2647
Fax: 401.865.1193
Location: Ruane Center for the Humanities 113

The Faculty

Professor

Anthony D. Affigne, Ph.D. (Political Science)
Nuria Alonso García, Ph.D. (Global Studies/Secondary Education)
Nicholas V. Longo, Ph.D. (Global Studies/Public and Community Service Studies)

Associate Professors

Alison Caplan, Ph.D. (Foreign Language Studies)
Kara B. Cebulko, Ph.D. (Sociology/Global Studies)
Terence A. McGoldrick (Theology)
Edgar Mejía, Ph.D. (Foreign Language Studies)
Rev. David T. Orique, O.P., Ph.D. (History), Program Director
Carmen A. Rolon, Ed.D. (Secondary Education/Women’s Studies)
Monica Simal, Ph.D. (Foreign Language Studies)
Eve Veliz-Moran, Ph.D. (Sociology)

Assistant Professors

Ana Cecilia Iraheta, Ph.D. (Foreign Language Studies)
Mintzi A. Martinez-Rivera, Ph.D. (Anthropology)
Javier I. Mocarquer, Ph.D. (Foreign Language Studies)
Cristina Rodriguez, Ph.D. (English)
Thea N. Riofrancos, Ph.D. (Political Science)

The Program

Focused and flexible is the best way to describe the Latin American and Latina/o Studies Minor.  By minoring in LALS, students can supplement a major by studying the languages, cultures, peoples, and nations of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Iberian Atlantic World (e.g. Spanish and Portuguese-hispano-luso-regions of the circum-Atlantic areas), or by studying U.S. Latina/o communities in the United States, including how this domestic reality is related to and distinct from its international origins. In addition to such conceptual bridging, the program also offers opportunity for practical field experience, including study abroad and/or participation in the Model Organization of American States in Washington, DC. Furthermore, through this program, students can plan and implement a concentration that best serves their post-graduate goals-whether these include a career in business, government, education, foreign service, foreign languages, or postgraduate studies. Because the LALS program is interdisciplinary in its course offerings, students can tailor their studies in the minor to meet their individual interests and needs. For more information, please contact Fr. David Orique, O.P. or consult the website.

Social Science

Contact Information

Phone: 401.865.2832
Fax: 401.865.1264
Location: Sullivan Hall 104

The Faculty

Assistant Professor

Fang Dong, Ph.D., Program Director

Women’s Studies

Contact Information

Phone: 401.865.2924
Fax: 401.865.2381
Location: Phillips Memorial Library LL18B

The Faculty

Professors

Mary L. Bellhouse, Ph.D. (Political Science)
Peter R. Costello, Ph.D. (Philosophy/Public and Community Service Studies)
Catherine E. Gordon, Ph.D. (Music)
Rev. Kenneth R. Gumbert, O.P., M.F.A. (Theatre, Dance, and Film)
Deborah J. Johnson, Ph.D. (Art and Art History/Women’s Studies)
Julia S. Jordan-Zachery, Ph.D. ( Public and Community Service Studies /Black Studies)
Patricia M. Lawlor, Ph.D. (Foreign Language Studies)
Charlotte G. O’Kelly, Ph.D. (Sociology/Women’s Studies)
Wendy R. Oliver, Ed.D. (Theatre, Dance, and Film/Women’s Studies)
Tuire M. Valkeakari, Ph.D. (English)

Associate Professors

Maia F. Bailey, Ph.D. (Biology)
Elizabeth A. Bridgham, Ph.D. (English)
Abigail T. Brooks, Ph.D. (Sociology/Women’s Studies), Program Director
Angela Licia Carlson, Ph.D. (Philosophy)
Jennifer G. Illuzzi, Ph.D. (History)
Jessica M. Mulligan, Ph.D. (Health Policy and Management)
Maureen C. Outlaw, Ph.D. (Sociology/Women’s Studies)
Despina D. Prassas, Ph.D. (Theology)
Carmen A. Rolon, Ed.D. (Secondary Education/Women’s Studies)
Eve Veliz-Moran, Ph.D. (Sociology)

Assistant Professors

Margaret M. Manchester, Ph.D. (History)

The Program

The College offers a major and a minor in women’s studies. Women’s studies is an innovative, interdisciplinary academic field of study. It focuses on analyzing the contributions and achievements of women across the globe-past and present-and throughout the academic disciplines. At Providence College, its purpose is to provide opportunities for students to formulate a comprehensive view of culture that incorporates the experiences of women. Understanding the issues vital to women’s lives and their intellectual and creative productivity enables both male and female students to develop a positive personal philosophy with regard to gender roles.

As a scholarly focus that has only received attention for the last 30 years, women’s studies strives to be sensitive to the under-representation of other groups. Thus, there is a strong effort to recognize and document the diversity of women’s experiences across age, race, ethnic group, social class, and physical condition. Offering a more inclusive understanding of humanity, women’s studies naturally strengthens preparation for many careers in both the public and private sectors.

The Women’s Studies Program is committed to empowering students as active learners. Courses use collaborative and interactive approaches that encourage reflection, challenge existing viewpoints, and further develop critical thinking.

For admission into the Women’s Studies Program, a student must be in good academic standing. To qualify for the major or the minor, a student must have completed the course requirements and have at least a 2.0 GPA.

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