Aug 05, 2020  
2019-20 School of Continuing Education Catalog 
2019-20 School of Continuing Education Catalog

Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum is the heart of the liberal arts education for which Providence College is well-known. The program provides students with the knowledge and intellectual skills that will serve not only as a basis for a lifetime of interest in the humanities, social sciences, and the natural sciences, but also for a strong foundation for career and professional pursuits.


The following courses comprise the Core Curriculum and are required in all bachelor’s degree programs:


Perspectives on Western Civilization: 9 credit hours

INT 101, 102 and 201

Philosophy: 6 credit hours

One ethics course required

Theology: 6 credit hours

One 200-level course and one 300-level course

Social Science: 3 credit hours

includes economics, law, leadership, political science, psychology, sociology, and social work courses

Science: 3 credit hours

Certain courses in biology, chemistry, natural science or physics

Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credit hours

Fine Arts: 3 credit hours

Certain courses in creative writing, studio art, film, art history, music history, theater

Intensive Writing: 6 credit hours

Oral Communication: 3 credit hours


Students must complete a course in each of the following areas (in many cases a single course will fulfill both a core requirement and a proficiency):

  • Diversity
  • Civic/Global Engagement
  • Information Literacy
  • Collaboration and Teamwork