Core Curriculum (Bachelor Degree)

The Core Curriculum prepares students for living and making a living, forming their whole person and preparing them to master the work of their chosen majors. In a rapidly changing world, our students can expect to assume many different roles during their careers and to encounter employers who require adaptable critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. In developing versatile, well-rounded students, the  Core Curriculum prepares them to excel in the face of such professional demands. At the same time, the Core Curriculum recognizes the critical importance of shaping informed, reflective, and compassionate citizens for the 21st century. By inviting students to engage with the liberal arts and living Catholic Intellectual Tradition, the Core Curriculum at UProvidence challenges all students to discern how they might best achieve their own good and the good of their communities.


Core Curriculum (competency) Objectives

All students will:

  1. Explain and apply the methods of inquiry in the disciplines of the liberal arts (fine arts, 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.”


To earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of Providence, a student must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 credits.
  2. Maintain a cumulative University of Providence grade point average of 2.00 or higher.
  3. Complete the University of Providence Core Curriculum.
  4. Complete a major. All courses used to complete the requirements of a major, minor, or concentration must have a grade of C or better. Some majors may require completion of a minor or concentration.
  5. Complete thirty of the last forty semester hours of coursework at the University of Providence.
  6. Complete at least fifteen semester hours at the University of Providence in the major,  except for the University Studies major.
  7. Complete at least thirty-two credits in upper division coursework (courses numbered 300 or higher), at least sixteen of which must be from the University of Providence. (Students should complete at least twelve of these thirty-two credits in coursework outside the student’s major, minor or concentration.)
  8. Apply for graduation in accordance with the prescribed deadlines.
  9. Comply with all University policies, rules, and regulations.
  10. Pay all indebtedness to the University.


Corps of Discovery (3 credits)

A two semester experiential program designed to assist students in discovering themselves and the world around them as well as fostering professional, emotional, spiritual and intellectual growth.

3 credits

COD 100 Corps of Discovery


Note: Required of all first year, full time, on campus students. Part time students, distance students and students transferring in with 30 or more credits are exempt.

Foundation Skills (15 credits)

These courses provide students with minimum competencies needed for higher education, expose them to essential subject areas and their methodologies and introduction them to the practice of critical thinking and creative expression.

3 credits
ENG 117 Writing Essays

Note: Transfer students with equivalent ENG 117 credit may be encouraged to repeat ENG 117 prior to enrolling in a 300+ level writing course.

3 credits
MTH 106 Contemporary Mathematics or
MTH 108 Elementary Statistics or
MTH 110 Pre-Calculus I or
MTH 241 Calculus I

Note: UProvidence requires MTH 090 for students with a score below the following: 18 on Math section of the ACT, a 450 in the Math section of the SAT, unless the student has received a grade of B or higher in a high school Algebra class.

UProvidence requires MTH 095 for students with a score below the following: 21 on the Math section of the ACT, 510 in the Math section of the SAT, unless the student has received a grade of B or higher in a high school Algebra class or Pre-calculus.

1 credit
CPS 140-142 Technology Module Courses

1 credit
CPS 215 Information Literacy

3 credits
PHL 101 What Does it Mean to be Human

3 credits
TRL 201 Introduction to Theology

Arts and Science (16 credits)

Exploration credits provide students with additional opportunities to examine the methods, contents and relevance of the liberal arts through purpose designed courses that showcase specific disciplines and demonstrate their connections to daily life. One course must be taken from each category.

3 credits
ENG 215 Introduction to Literary Studies

History Array – 3 credits
HST 102 Global History II or
HST 203 US History I or
HST 204 US History II

Fine Arts (3 credits)
Courses in this category both enhance students’ aesthetic appreciation and allow students to explore the creative process as it relates to visual, literary and performing arts. Students must complete one of the following:

  • ENG 209 Intro to Creative Writing
  • ART 120 Studio Art Practice
  • ART 122 Drawing I
  • ART 200 Painting I
  • ART 221 Ceramics I
  • ART 255 Photography I
  • DRM 118 Intro to Technical Theater
  • DRM 120 Performance – Based Theatrical Expression
  • MUS 1xx – 2xx Any Music Designated Course level 100 – 200

Social Sciences (3 credits)
Courses in this category study human society and individual relationships within society as well as provide students with the cognitive and intellectual skills to succeed in the modern world. Students must complete one of the following:

  • CRJ 100 Intro to Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 215 Social Justice & Civic Engagement in America
  • ECN 201 Macroeconomics
  • ECN 202 Microeconomics
  • HPE 110 Wellness Perspectives
  • HST 110 Contemporary Issues in History
  • HST 210 US Women and Gender History
  • HST 272 History of Second World War
  • PLG 101 Introduction to Law
  • PLS 150 American Government
  • PSY 200 General Psychology
  • PSY 212 Developmental Psychology
  • SOC 110 The Real World: Intro to Sociology

Experimental Science (4 credits)
Courses in this category must include an experience in the laboratory, classroom, or the field that allows students to engage in the scientific process by designing experiments, recording their data, analyzing their results, and discussing their findings. Students must complete one of the following:

  • BIO 103 Structure & Function of the Human Body
  • BIO 110 The Living Environment
  • BIO 115 Environmental Ecology
  • BIO 151/L General Biology
  • CHM 101/L Essentials of Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHM 110 Chemistry in Context
  • CHM 111/L General Chemistry

Ethics, Theology, and Integrated Learning Communities (14 credits)

3 credits
PHL 301 Ethics

3 credits
TRL 301 The Christian Life

8 credits
ILC 330x What is Truth
ILC 350x What is the Common Good

Note: Students who transfer to University of Providence with 60 or more earned credits are required to complete only ILC 330 OR ILC 350

Upper Division Writing (3 credits)

All students at the University of Providence must take an upper division writing class as a requirement of graduation. Students may choose which course they wish to take to fulfill this requirement unless a particular course is specified by their major.

ENG 300-319 Upper Division Writing

Additional, Distribution Requirements 

Courses that fall within the category of distribution requirements will not add credits to the Core curriculum, but will be part of established courses within a major, minor, or concentration. These courses will be identified with attribute codes and can be found through the advanced search function in the schedule within ArgoExpress.

GEN 205                                                                                           Service Learning Seminar or other course with SL attribute

Global Distribution                                                                        Course with GL attribute

Writing Across the Curriculum Distribution                            Course with WAC attribute

Sustainability Distribution                                                           Course with SUS attribute

Communication Distribution                                                       Course with COM attribute