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Public & Community Service Studies​​

 ​"Beca​use the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do." 

-Steve Jobs

​The Department of Public and Community Service Studies strengthens communities by integrating public and community service into the liberal arts curriculum. Believing that service bears witness to religious and ethical values central to the college's mission and is at the heart of a liberal arts education in a democratic society, the Department provides an environment for research and reflection on the meaning of public and community service and an educational experience that prepares future leaders for positive change.

Public and Community Service Studies offers introductory courses open to all students at Providence College as well as major and minor courses that cover central themes and issues in democratic community, service, and social justice. With rare exceptions, each of these courses require the students to participate in 2-4 hours per week of community service.

The academic program is built on the pedogogical model of service learning, and nearly all of the courses that the students take in the major integrate service into the course in an intentional way. The service is approached much like a "text" in the course. That is, it forms the basis for a siginificant part of discussion and reflection in the course. Through the courses in the Department of Public and Community Service Studies, students engage in a diverse range of service work including direct service, community organizing, community development, and public policy.

Upcoming Events ​

Join us from October 24, 2014 to October 26, 2014 for our 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Feinstein Institute!

Come join the members of the Providence College community for a celebratory dinner, an induction ceremony for the Hall of Heroes, and a special address from Dr. Michael Thio, president general of the Confederation of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, in recognition of this significant milestone.

2014 Hall of Heroes Inductees:
  • The Honorable John Lewis, U.S. House of Representatives
Blessed Frederic Ozanam, Founder of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Francis Smith, Former Executive Director of the Smith Hill Community Development Corporation 
Kindly RSVP by Friday, October 17, 2014 at 




Location: 1 Cunningham Square
Feinstein Academic Center 315
Phone: 401.865.2786
Fax: 401.865.1206
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