Core Curriculum

Lumen de Lumine, meaning light from light, is the foundation of the Core Curriculum at the University of Providence.

“This new core provides a strong foundation for any major. Our faculty applies the wisdom of the past to prepare students to address complex issues today,” says President Tony Aretz.

The new core furthers the exploration done in the integrated learning community (ILC) classes offered at the University of Providence. ILC courses are taught by a team of professors with different areas of expertise, offering students a multifaceted learning experience. Course titles include “Magical Mystical Universe” (biology and theology), “Religion as a Business and Business as a Religion” (theology and business), and “Fraud, Lies and Deceit” (law and accounting). Students are encouraged to learn a subject with a broader perspective so as to draw more meaningful conclusions from the world around them.

New to the program are objectives in Service Learning, Global Awareness, Sustainability & Stewardship, Writing, and Communication, to be implemented as components of the already existing core.

“Our objective would not be that our students know the light. Our objective would be that our students be the light based on what they know.” according to Fr. Oliver Doyle, vice president for mission integration. “When you bundle learning together, education is the light that opens the mind.”

The Lumen de Lumine Core Curriculum outlines the following goals for all University of Providence graduates.

All students will:

  1. Explain and apply the methods of inquiry in the disciplines of the liberal arts (humanities, sciences, and social sciences);
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in active listening and communication to include oral, written, and technology;
  3. Understand how Judeo-Christian thought develops through dialogue with a variety of cultures and philosophies;
  4. Actively and respectfully engage with other persons, disciplines, cultures, religions and the environment;
  5. Identify, evaluate, and apply knowledge of major moral and ethical theories;
  6. Display skills and dispositions of “servant leadership.”

Students must take theology, philosophy, English, history, math, and two interdisciplinary courses on truth and the common good. One service learning course is required, as is a moral theology capstone course for seniors. In addition, other core objectives are integrated into major-specific courses.

Undergraduate Curriculum Planners

Linked below are planning sheets for students and advisors to track requirements for academic majors and minors.

Accounting 4 + 1 major 18-19

Accounting major 18-19

Accounting minor 18-19

Addictions Counseling, Bachelor’s Degree 18-19

Addictions Counseling, Post-Bachelor’s Certificate 18-19

Art major 18-19

Art minor 18-19

Core Curriculum, Associate of Applied Science Degree 18-19

Core Curriculum, Associate’s Degree 18-19

Core Curriculum, Bachelor’s Degree 18-19

Biology major 18-19

Biology minor 18-19

Broad Field Science major, Secondary Education 18-19

Business Administration major 18-19

Business Administration minor 18-19

Chemistry major 18-19

Chemistry minor 18-19

Communication Arts Concentration for Secondary Education 18-19

Computer Science major 18.19

Computer Science minor 18-19

Corrections Concentration 18-19

Criminal Justice, Associate’s Degree 18-19

Criminal Justice major 18-19

Criminal Justice minor 18-19

Elementary Education major 18-19

English major 18-19

English major for Secondary Education 18-19

English minor 18-19

English minor for Secondary Education 18-19

Exercise Science major 18-19

Exercise Science minor 18-19

Fine Arts Concentration 18-19

Forensic Investigation Concentration 18-19

Forensic Science major, Biology Track 18-19

Forensic Science Chemistry Track major 18-19

Forensic Sciences Track major 18-19

Forensic Science minor 18-19

Health and Physical Education Concentration 18-19

Health and Physical Education major 18-19

Health and Physical Education minor 18-19

History major 18-19

History minor 18-19

Law Enforcement Concentration 18-19

Legal and Paralegal Studies major 18-19

Mathematics Concentration for Education 18-19

Mathematics for Education major 18-19

Mathematics major 18-19

Mathematics minor 18-19

Nursing BSN major 18-19

Nursing, RN-BSN major 18-19

Paralegal Studies Associate’s Degree 18-19

Philosophy minor 18-19

Political Science minor 18-19

Psychology major 18-19

Psychology minor 18-19

Resource Enforcement Concentration 18-19

Secondary Education major 18-19

Social Studies 18-19

Sociology major 18-19

Sociology minor 18-19

Special Education Concentration for Elementary Education 18-19

Special Education major 18-19

Sports Management minor 18-19

Surgical Technology major 18-19

Theatre and Business Arts. major 18-19

Theatre minor 18-19

Theology and Ministry major 18-19

Theology and Ministry minor 18-19

Graduate Curriculum Planners

Master of Science in Accounting 18-19

Master of Science in Counseling 18-19

Master of Science in Healthcare Administration 18-19

Master of Science in Infection Prevention and Epidemiology 18-19

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, Criminal Justice 18-19

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, Management 18-19

Master of Science Nursing Education 18-19