The students of Providence College have spilt-personality disorders. Monday through Friday, earnest, eager-to-learn scholars diligently devote themselves to edifying endeavors. Then, with dismissal from their last class of the week, a Jekyll-and-Hyde transformation occurs. Students who study hard during the week and party harder during the weekend matriculate PC. Professors at PC, although varying in teaching style, all possess a genuine concern for their students, often going above and beyond the average to make themselves accessible. Like all colleges, professors and their classes cover the entire spectrum, from liberal and eccentric, to conservative and traditional.
While most major courses are stimulating, core classes can be tedious and downright painful. A unique and central experience for the PC student is the Development of Western Civilization course (Civ). Requiring you to attend class five days a week for four consecutive semesters can seem, at first, a legal means of torture that somehow slipped past the founding fathers when drafting the Bill of Rights. However, the program is not some remnant of medieval torture passed down in the Dominican tradition since the time of St. Thomas Aquinas, but a comprehensive examination of Western civilization since its dawn in Mesopotamia a millennia ago continuing into the modern age. Civ not only gives PC students the thread to unravel the tapestry of civilization, but also allows them to view the weaving of at least four disciplines (literature, history, philosophy, and theology) into one course, an impressive undertaking not available at most colleges. Although Civ may be a challenge, it is one every PCer is proud to have completed. It remains a core class whose legacy continues long after you are “done with Civ.” Another boon of Providence academics is the notable lack of teaching assistants. A professor teaches every class, and students will find competing with difficult accents to be nearly nonexistent.