Jul 03, 2020  
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

School of Business

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Contact Information

Phone: 401.865.2332
URL: http://business.providence.edu
E-Mail: pcsb@providence.edu
Location: Ryan Center for Business Studies, Room 135

Sylvia Maxfield, Ph.D., Dean


The Providence College School of Business (PCSB) includes undergraduate programs in accountancy, finance, management, and marketing, and the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Program.  Completion of the curriculum leads to a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree for undergraduate students and the M.B.A. degree for graduate students.  Minors are offered in accountancy and finance.  The College also offers a minor in Business and Innovation , open to students in the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Professional Studies.


The mission of the Providence College School of Business is to provide a values-based, business education that enables students to excel in their chosen field, and prepares them for meaningful work and life in a dynamic world.

Core Values

  1. The transformative power of business. We believe in the transformative power of business for all people, as a foundational driver of both economic development and societal progress.
  1. Academic excellence and achievement. Excellence in teaching, learning, research, and service is essential to the School of Business. Such achievement can be seen in engaged and accomplished students, and faculty who balance innovative teaching with widely recognized and impactful research.
  1. The Catholic, Dominican tradition. Our perspective is enhanced by the Catholic foundation of the college, where notions of service, ethical responsibility, and respect for the dignity of all people are fundamental.
  1. A holistic approach to leadership, informed by the liberal arts. Our graduates will be both functional experts and ethical decision-makers, leaders with the knowledge to make sound decisions and the integrity to make responsible ones.
  1. Integration and collaboration. We believe in an integrated learning model, where faculty, students, alumni, and practitioners can mutually benefit from collaboration inside and outside of the classroom.

Courses Included in the School of Business Core Curriculum

All business undergraduate majors share a common set of core courses. This allows students more flexibility to switch between business majors during their first two years and ensures that business graduates have a broad understanding of all major business disciplines.

PCSB Major Requirements and Policies

All students majoring in business need to follow PCSB requirements. Major requirements may vary. Students should consult with their faculty advisor and the Academic Guidebook to review the Academic Planning Form pertinent to their program of study. In addition, students should review course descriptions regarding any prerequisites for required courses. Graduation requirements include a minimum of 120 credit hours, although some academic programs may require additional credits. Please refer to the Academic Resources  section of the catalog for more information. Information regarding the Core Curriculum is available within each course and online. Additional requirement and policy information can be found on the School of Business website.

Business Core

*MTH 217- Introduction to Statistics can be substituted for FIN 217 for all majors. Higher level Statistics may be substituted with permission from PCSB.
**Courses may fulfill College Core Curriculum requirements.

PCSB GPA Requirement

All new PCSB majors will be required to have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA at the completion of two semesters of academic work at PC to continue in their business major. Non-business majors interested in changing their major to business will need at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA and must attend a Declaration of Major session. The PCSB will not accept change of major requests after second semester sophomore year.  Additional deadlines, policies, and procedures can be found on the School of Business website.

Math Requirements

For all newly declared business majors, the math requirement will be met by the following:

  1. Students will be required to complete the ALEKS mathematics assessment* at an 85 percent proficiency by the first day of classes: and
  2. Successful completion of the MTH 107 course; OR MTH 108, MTH 109, MTH 131, or MTH 132.

Math requirements for students in the Providence College School of Business are linked to intended career paths.

Marketing majors

Math requirement: MTH 107 Mathematics for Business Analysis I
Marketing majors will take an additional math proficiency exam in MKT 205 within first 2 weeks of classes

Finance majors/minors AND 4+1 MBA Track

Math requirement is one of the following:

  • MTH 108 Mathematics for Business Analysis II
  • MTH 109 Calculus I
  • MTH 131 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I
  • MTH 132 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II
Accountancy and Management majors

One of the following math courses is recommended**:

  • MTH 108 Mathematics for Business Analysis II
  • MTH 109 Calculus I
  • MTH 131 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I
  • MTH 132 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II

**MTH 107 fulfills minimum requirement for Accountancy and Management majors

*All PCSB students are required to demonstrate proficiency in finite mathematics. As a result, all new and incoming business students must successfully complete MTH 107 (or higher) and ALEKS.  ALEKS is an on-line math learning and assessment tool which is used to measure math proficiency and help bring students up to the expected levels on finite math topics.

Study Abroad for Business Majors

The Center for Global Education and the School of Business have approved a list of programs for business majors. Program options are based on the semester that students will be going abroad. Students will choose a program from the list and participate in an internship, or other approved form of experiential learning, while abroad.

Honor Societies
Alpha Mu Alpha (AMA)
Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS)

Clubs & Organizations
Association of Latino Professionals in Finance & Accounting (ALPFA)
American Marketing Association (AMA)
Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS)
Future Friar Executives Board
PCSB Student Mentor Program
Providence College Accounting Association
Providence College Entrepreneurship Society       
Providence College Finance Society
Providence College Women in Business

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