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:
To earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of Providence, a student must:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CPS 140-142 Technology Module Courses
CPS 215 Information Literacy
PHL 101 What Does it Mean to be Human
TRL 201 Introduction to Theology
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.
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:
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:
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:
PHL 301 Ethics
TRL 301 The Christian Life
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
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
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