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The PCSB curriculum consists of three main components: Providence College core curriculum, core business requirements, and major-specific requirements. The 2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog can be found here.

Providence College Core Curriculum

At the very heart of the PC academic experience is the core curriculum. This intellectual journey through the disciplines highlights the breadth of a liberal arts education in the Catholic and Dominican traditions and provides you with the skills needed for life after PC — the ability to communicate clearly, to think more critically, and to value diversity.

The one-of-a-kind Development of Western Civilization program is central to PC’s core curriculum. This four-semester program is a team-taught, interdisciplinary expedition into history’s greatest minds and defining events. You’ll be challenged to listen, to think, and to speak. And, in the end, you’ll be prepared to make your own history.

PC core curriculum includes core foundational componentscore proficiencies, and core focus.

Core Foundational Components

  • Development of Western Civilization – 16-20 credits
  • Theology (200 & 300 level) – 6 credits
  • Philosophy (1 Ethics) – 6 credits
  • Natural Science – 3 credits
  • Social Science (ECN 101 or 102) – 3 credits
  • Quantitative Reasoning (MTH 107 or higher) – 3 credits
  • Fine Arts – 3 credits

Core Proficiencies

Core proficiencies may be fulfilled by business core and/or major-specific coursework. Please see the appropriate academic planning form that corresponds to your major and year of graduation. Academic planning forms can be found here.

  • Intensive Writing I
  • Intensive Writing II
  • Oral Communication
  • Diversity
  • Civic Engagement

Find specific and detailed information about the PC core foundational components (requirements) and core proficiencies here.

Core Focus

To encourage depth of knowledge and an interdisciplinary perspective, students must take two courses outside their major as part of a concentration. The core focus component can be fulfilled in two different ways: concentration in a particular discipline or a thematic concentration of two linked courses.

Learn more about approved core focus themes and disciplines here.

Business Core Requirements

All business undergraduate majors share a common set of core courses. This allows students more flexibility to switch between business majors during their first two years and ensures that business graduates have a broad understanding of all major disciplines.

  • ACC 110/111 – Computer Applications I & II OR ACC 113 Data Applications for Business
  • ACC 203/204 – Financial & Managerial Accounting
  • ECN 101/102 – Principles of Economics: Micro & Macro
  • FIN 207 – Managerial Finance I
  • FIN 217 – Statistical Analysis for Business Decisions I
  • FIN 310 – Operations Management I
  • MGT 301 – Organizational Behavior
  • MGT 330 – Legal Environment of Business
  • MKT 205 – Principles of Marketing
  • MTH 107 or higher – Mathematics for Business Analysis I
  • PHL 202 – General Ethics or PHL 306 – Business Ethics

Major-specific Requirements

In addition to the business core requirements, each business major has major-specific requirements. Please see the appropriate academic planning form that corresponds to your major and year of graduation. Academic planning forms can be found here. The 2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog can be found here.