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Liberal Arts Honors Program

Liberal Arts Honors Program

Liberal Arts Honors Program

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Your Providence College experience will challenge you. The Liberal Arts Honors Program (LAHP) takes it a step further. 

For more than 50 years, PC has invited a select number of students into this academically rigorous program. Exclusive opportunities to fulfill core requirements, advanced multimedia and writing projects, and independent research are hallmarks of the Honors experience. 

Explore Divers​​e Perspectives

The LAHP also has a distinctly interdisciplinary focus. You’ll take classes with expert faculty across PC’s academic departments and study side-by-side with biology, French, finance, and theatre majors — and many others — in your Honors classes. Together, you’ll share seemingly divergent ideas and find surprising connections.

LAHP not only takes students to the next level academically, it also takes them out into the community and around the world — where what’s studied in class truly comes to life.

Fast Facts 

Honors students are free to major or minor in any acad​emic area they choose. We are proud of the mixture of interests in our Honors classrooms.

​Students must take a minimum of six Honors courses in four years, though most opt to take more.

Honors students take one or two classes together per semester. Other courses are taken with PC’s greater student population and selected from the College’s general offerings.

There is no separate housing for Honors students, and participants are fully integrated into the residence life and extracurricular activities of the College.

To remain in the Honors Program, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.

Approximately 130 students are invited to the Honors Program each year based on academic success: rigor of high school courses and GPA, essay, recommendations, and standardized test scores (if applicable).

Merit Scholarships accompany an Honors Program invitation and are renewable for up to four years, provided students remain active in the program and maintain a 3.25 GPA. Students may receive one of four merit awards:

  • St. Dominic Scholarship: Full tuition (excluding room and board)
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Scholarship: Eighty percent of full tuition
  • St. Catherine of Siena Scholars​​hip: Sixty percent of full tuition
  • St. Joseph Scholarship: Forty percent of full tuition

Frequently Asked Questions

​​We understand that you might have additional questions about the Liberal Arts Honors Program. If so, please click here to see answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive. ​

 Upcoming Event

​“Truth and the Liberal Arts”​

The Liberal Arts Honors Program (LAHP) will be hosting a two-day symposium on "Truth and the Liberal Arts." The symposium will be held on Friday, October 21, 2016, and Saturday, October 22, 2016. The event is open to the public.

Program Highlights:


On October 21, Doris Kearns Goodwin​, renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-win​ning author will deliver her opening address, "The Presence of the Greatness of the Past."

​​On October 22, two panel discussions featuring leading members of the media and academia.

The first panel, entitled "Truth in the Media and Arts," will be moderated by Suzanne Fournier​, associate professor of English and associate director of the LAHP. The panel will include:​

  • Roy​ Peter Clark​, senior scholar, Poynter Institute
  • Charles Sennott​, founde​r and executive director of The Ground Truth Project​ and former foreign correspondent for The Boston Globe
  • Eric Bennett, associate professor of English, Providence College

The second panel, entitled "Truth in Philosophy, Science, and Religion," will be moderated by Colin G. King​, assistant professor of philoso​phy. The panel will include:

The panel discussions will be followed by a keynote address delivered by Andrew Delbanco​, the Alexander Hamilton Professor of American Studies at Columbia University. His address is entitled "The Liberal Arts: Past, Present, and … Future."