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 17-18

Accounting major 17-18

Accounting minor 17-18

Addictions Counseling, Bachelor’s Degree 17-18

Addictions Counseling, Post-Bachelor’s Certificate 17-18

Art major 17-18

Art minor 17-18

Core Curriculum, Associate’s Degree 17-18

Core Curriculum, Bachelor’s Degree 17-18

Biology major 17-18

Biology minor 17-18

Broad Field Science major, Secondary Education 17-18

Business Administration major 17-18

Business Administration minor 17-18

Chemistry major 17-18

Chemistry minor 17-18

Communication Arts concentration  for Elementary Education 17-18

Communications minor 17-18

Computer Science major 17-18

Computer Science minor 17-18

Corrections concentration 17-18

Criminal Justice, Associate’s Degree 17-18

Criminal Justice major 17-18

Criminal Justice minor 17-18

Elementary Education major 17-18

English major 17-18

English major for Secondary Education 17-18

English minor 17-18

English minor for Secondary Education 17-18

Exercise Science major 17-18

Fine Arts Concentration 17-18

Forensic Investigation Concentration 17-18

Forensic Science major, Biology Track 17-18

Forensic Science major, Chemistry Track 17-18

Forensic Science major, 17-18

Forensic Science minor 17-18

Health and Physical Education Concentration 17-18

Health and Physical Education major 17-18

Health and Physical Education minor 17-18

History major 17-18

History minor 17-18

Law Enforcement Concentration 17-18

Legal and Paralegal Studies major 17-18

Mathematics Concentration for Education

Mathematics for Education major 17-18

Mathematics major 17-18

Mathematics minor 17-18

Nursing major 17-18

Paralegal Studies Associate’s Degree 17-18

Philosophy minor 17-18

Political Science minor 17-18

Psychology major 17-18

Psychology minor 17-18

Resource Enforcement Concentration 17-18

Secondary Education major 17-18

Social Studies 17-18

Sociology major 17-18

Sociology minor 17-18

Special Education Concentration for Elementary Education 17-18

Special Education major 17-18

Sports Management minor 17-18

Theatre and Business Arts major 17-18

Theatre minor 17-18

Theology and Ministry major 17-18

Theology and Ministry minor 17-18


Graduate Curriculum Planners

Certificate in Addictions Counseling 17.18

Master of Science in Accounting 17.18

Master of Science in Counseling 17.18

Master of Science in Healthcare Administration SP18

Master of Science in Infection Prevention and Epidemiology 17.18

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, Criminal Justice 17.18

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, Healthcare Administration FA17

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, Management 17.18