Location: Ruane Center for the Humanities 247
Stephen J. Lynch, Ph.D., Program Director
Suzanne J. Fournier, Ph.D., Associate Director
Honors courses are taught by selected faculty members and Dominican Friars from many departments at the College.
The Liberal Arts Honors Program offers students of high academic ability and initiative a challenging, rigorous, and in-depth Providence College education. The program aspires to develop students as lifelong learners with a broad range of intellectual and professional interests. The program also strives to enrich the cultural and co-curricular experiences of students on and off campus. Students are required to take a minimum of six Honors courses: the four-course sequence of Honors Development of Western Civilization during the freshman and sophomore years, a Colloquium in the junior or senior year, and a minimum of one additional Honors course. Most Honors courses fulfill core requirements, and thus students enjoy plenty of flexibility to pursue any major or double major at the College.
Honors courses require substantially more reading, more writing, and more seminar discussion-and thus students develop greater breadth of knowledge and greater aptitude for critical and creative thinking. Small seminar classes of 12-15 students allow for lively and informed discussions and plenty of interaction among students and faculty.
Honors grades are weighted, so that students earn an additional .17 grade points for each course (though an Honors A is the exception and does not earn more than 4.0). In order to graduate with an Honors Certificate, a student must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25.
How to Qualify
Invitations to the Honors Program are extended from the Office of Admission based on the student’s application to Providence College. Qualifying students are invited into the program on the basis of the rigor of their high school courses, class standing, recommendations, and sample essays. Students who are not invited as freshmen, however, can apply for admission into the Honors Program after one year of outstanding academic performance at the College.