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​Undergraduate Degree Requirements

--For Students in the Class of 2013, 2014, and 2015--


The undergraduate degree requirements for all students include a Core Curriculum and the opportunity to concentrate in one or more major fields of study, as well as one or more minor or certificate programs. The Core requirements are designed to help prepare students to be well-rounded and broadly educated citizens of the 21st century.

Major and minor programs afford students the opportunity to pursue areas of particular interest in greater depth. Normally, for a major, a student must pursue a structured sequence of 10 or more courses within a particular discipline or group of disciplines. For a minor, a student normally completes a sequence of six or seven courses within a single department or program. Requirements for each of the College’s major, minor, and certificate programs are detailed in this catalog.

Core Curriculum Requirements

  • Development of Western Civilization (20 credits)
  • Social Science (6 credits)
  • Natural Science (6 credits)
  • Philosophy (3 credits in ethics and 3 credits in a non-ethics PHL core course)  (6 credits)
  • Theology (one course from THL Group I and one course from THL Group II) (6 credits)
  • Mathematics (3 credits)
  • Fine Arts (3 credits)
  • English Proficiency (see below)
  • Non-Departmental Electives (9 credits)

Courses approved for fulfillment of specific Core Curriculum requirements are noted as part of their respective course descriptions in this catalog. For a complete list of courses that may fulfill the College’s Core Curriculum requirements, please refer to each semester’s Course Registration Booklet.

Natural Science Core Requirement:

Please note that students may fulfill the natural science requirement in one of two ways:

1. by completing a two-semester sequence (as approved), or

2. by completing two individual courses, one course from Group I and one from Group II (as approved).

Exception:
Elementary education majors are NOT allowed to satisfy the Natural Science Core requirement with a two-semester sequence. They MUST complete two individual courses. Prior to registration, students should consult with their education advisor to make certain they have selected two courses that fulfill the certification requirements.

English Proficiency:

All undergraduates must demonstrate proficiency in writing by the end of the sophomore year, as part of the College’s Core Curriculum requirements.

Proficiency can be demonstrated in the following ways:

1. Advanced Placement Exam in English: Students who enter Providence College with an AP English score of four (4) or better are granted proficiency.

2. Transfer students who have successfully completed a college-level expository writing course* will be granted proficiency when the course credits are accepted by Providence College. *Articulated as the equivalent of ENG 101, 175, 201, or 207

3. All students who score 540 or below on their verbal SAT scores are designated to take ENG 101 Freshman Writing Seminar by the end of the sophomore year. Successful completion of this course will demonstrate proficiency.

4. Students who have scored above 540 on the verbal SAT and who wish to take an English course during their first semester may earn proficiency by taking one of these three courses:

  • ENG 175 Introduction to Literature
  • ENG 201 Readings in Literature
  • ENG 207 Readings in Dramatic Literature (generally reserved for students interested in exploring English as a major)

The course instructor makes final determination of English Proficiency in ENG 175, ENG 201, ENG 207, and in HON 101/102.

5. Students enrolled in HON 101 may fulfill English Proficiency at the judgment of their instructor.

6. Students who have scored above 540 on the verbal SAT and who do NOT plan to register for one of these designated courses must take the English Proficiency Exam (EPE).  Students may attempt the exam once during their first semester.  Students whose EPE essays are successful will be granted proficiency.  Those who are not successful will be required to take English 101 in a subsequent semester.

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