2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Dec 10, 2018  
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The Curriculum and Degree Programs

The Curriculum

The curriculum reflects Salve Regina’s mission. By providing breadth of study in the core curriculum and depth of study in the major, it seeks to prepare students to become lifelong learners and responsible, contributing citizens of their workplace, their local community and the world. The undergraduate course of study at Salve Regina University is designed to foster intellectual, social, and spiritual growth that will encourage students to seek wisdom and work for a world that is harmonious, just, and merciful.

The curriculum is comprised of three interconnected parts: the Salve Regina University core curriculum, the major and elective courses.

The Salve Regina University core curriculum constitutes the common learning experience for all undergraduates. It seeks to develop breadth of knowledge across a wide range of liberal arts disciplines, with a special emphasis on the ability to integrate and see connections among subject areas. Extending over the traditional four years of baccalaureate study, the core both affirms and illustrates the essential unity of all knowledge, provides a solid basis for lifelong learning, and develops a context for the specialized knowledge acquired in the major.

The major gives students the opportunity to master a specific field of study in depth. Normally, students select a major in the first or second year, choosing from a variety of liberal arts, professional disciplines or interdisciplinary programs. Students may pursue a second major or a minor when possible and appropriate. Those who intend a major in Art, majors in Business Studies, Nursing, or a double major in an Education program and another discipline should consult with their advisor before registering for the first semester of the freshman year to ensure that they choose appropriate courses.

Electives allow a student to enhance the education they are acquiring and to explore ideas and areas to which they may not otherwise be exposed. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities to explore different courses and be creative about linking the sets of knowledge and skills offered by the various programs.

The Salve Regina University Core Curriculum

A Program Designed for Developing Lifelong Learners and Responsible Citizens of the World

Structure of the Salve Regina University Core Curriculum

The core curriculum is comprised of the common core and the core complement. The common core is comprised of four common courses and the capstone experience that are to be taken by all undergraduate students. The remaining courses constitute the core complement, that is, elective options which are designed to supplement and support the common core while responding to the curricular needs and interests of the individual student.

The Core Complement:

  • Foreign Languages 6 Credit(s)
  • Literature 3 Credit(s)
  • Religious and Theological Studies 3 Credit(s)
  • Mathematics 3 Credit(s)
  • Natural Sciences 6 Credit(s)
  • Social Sciences 9 Credit(s)
  • Visual and Performing Arts 3 Credit(s)

Philosophy of the Core Curriculum

Salve Regina University is committed to preparing our students for the future; that is, for a world that will continually change and yet remain constant in many ways. A crucially important way to prepare students for this changing world is by helping them discover that they can overcome these future challenges with a lifetime of learning and curiosity about the world.

The Salve Regina University core curriculum promotes a passion for lifelong learning through enthusiastic educational exchanges between learners and teachers, through a commitment to teaching, scholarship, and research, and through an insistence on high standards. The core curriculum provides readings and experiences designed to provoke the interest of students and to address enduring questions and contemporary issues. The University itself provides a model for lifelong learning by being a vibrant learning community, a place where students and faculty engage in collaborative exchanges, the discussion of common texts and readings, and debates about the issues of our times.

The term “responsible world citizenship” attempts to express, in three words, ideals found in the University’s Mission Statement and in the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy: (1) the acquisition of wisdom and learning that leads to a better understanding of the world and its people and (2) the promotion of a universal justice that is inspired by Catholic values.

A responsible world citizen is someone who understands and appreciates the diversity of the one human family that extends across the globe. A responsible world citizen is concerned about the major issues, whether local, regional, national, or global, and keeps informed about them in order to debate them intelligently.

Every student will be encouraged to be a responsible world citizen who is ready to take concrete action that will promote human dignity, social justice, and sustainable global development and is also ready to assume the responsibilities of a citizen in his or her nation.

Program Goals for the Core Curriculum

Goal 1- An Education with a Catholic Identity

To encourage our students to seek wisdom and prudence and to promote mercy and universal justice by offering them a curriculum with a Catholic identity.

Objectives: In order to reach this goal, students will be expected to:

1.1 Demonstrate an awareness of the Catholic intellectual tradition and its distinctive contribution to liberal education at this University.

1.2 Know the life of Catherine McAuley and the Mercy mission as a prototype of world citizenship and Catholic identity.

1.3 Cultivate attitudes and practices that reflect an abiding respect for the dignity of all persons and a commitment to social justice.

1.4 Understand the enduring influence of the Bible and Jewish, Christian, and specifically Catholic, symbols, stories, ideas, values and practices.

1.5 Engage the Catholic religious tradition with other religious perspectives.

1.6 Evaluate their learning and actions from the perspective of Christian ethics.

1.7 Understand the teachings of Jesus that give this University its compelling vision of a realm of peace and justice.

1.8 Understand how to integrate faith, learning, and service as a means to enrich personal and community life.

1.9 Recognize the essential unity of all knowledge as both an intellectual and a religious principle through interdisciplinary study and thematic connections among discipline-based courses.

Goal 2 - Liberal Education

To provide students with the kind of broad and broadening liberal arts education that will prepare them for a lifetime of developing their intellectual abilities, give them a moral foundation on which to build their learning, challenge them to strengthen their mental flexibility, introduce them to different ways of encountering the realities in the world, and help them to advance in their careers or change their careers by giving them the confidence of knowing that they can learn new things.

Objectives: In order to reach this goal, students will be expected to:

2.1 Examine enduring insights, values and principles, starting with the Bible and Socrates, that have helped people to discern the truth.

2.2 Develop an awareness of the complexity of other cultural traditions as well as their own in debating urgent contemporary issues within the context of faith and reason.

2.3 Engage in critical self-inquiry that promotes self-knowledge in order to develop (1) the ability to evaluate different opinions and beliefs, (2) a willingness to test one’s point of view against others, (3) a willingness to recognize faulty thinking and seek other rational alternatives, and (4) a sense of collaboration by learning in community.

2.4 Apply their studies in the Liberal Arts and Sciences to contemporary issues and situations.

2.5 Develop a knowledge and understanding of religious and theological studies, the humanities, mathematics, science, and the social sciences and an awareness of the interconnectedness of the various disciplines in the liberal arts and sciences curriculum.

Goal 3 - Responsible Citizens of the World

To help our students become responsible citizens of the world.

Objectives: In order to reach this goal, students will be expected to:

3.1 Develop an understanding of their own culture, since this culture will be the base for cross-cultural reference.

3.2 Develop a knowledge and understanding of cultures throughout the world.

3.3 Develop, through critical analysis, a knowledge and an understanding of Western Civilization and the relationship of the United States to it.

3.4 Gain awareness of cultural differences in order to promote the respect and empathy for one another that are essential for dialogue.

3.5 Transcend the inclination to define themselves primarily in terms of group loyalties and identities.

Goal 4 - Lifelong Learning

To help students utilize skills that are essential for lifelong learning by giving them opportunities to practice these skills across the curriculum.

Objectives: In order to reach this goal, students will be expected to:

4.1 Acquire the necessary foundation for the further development and refinement of their communication skills.

4.2 Demonstrate the ability to persuade through the organization of ideas (in writing, speaking, and discussion) and through the art of rhetoric.

4.3 Use research as a means of finding and communicating the truth.

4.4 Use technology to communicate and acquire information.

4.5 Learn to work cooperatively while becoming ever more independent learners.

4.6 Analyze and solve both quantitative and qualitative problems.

4.7 Apply skills related to critical reading, critical thinking, and problem solving.

4.8 Integrate and synthesize information and ideas.

4.9 Develop the creative, critical, and imaginative skills needed to recognize the beauty, the goodness and the breadth of human experience.

Options for the Core Complement

Foreign Languages

Students at the elementary level will complete two sequential courses in the same language according to individual interests and placement guidelines. Students interested in French or Spanish at the intermediate level will take two sequential 200-level courses in the same language. Students whose first language is not English may need to complete EAP courses for this requirement.

Social Science

Students will select one course from each of the following pairs of disciplines for a total of three courses.

Religious and Theological Studies

In addition to the common core religious and theological studies course, students will select one course from the following list:

Core Curriculum - Associate Degree Program

The Salve Regina University core curriculum for the associate’s degree coincides with the courses and their sequencing for the baccalaureate degree programs. Students must complete the common core courses (GST 150 , ENG 150 , RTS 210  and PHL 220 ) and select courses from the core complement: one literature, one from mathematics, one from science, two from social science, one from religious and theological studies, and one from visual and performing arts.

Degree Programs



The University confers undergraduate degrees in the following disciplines:



The University offers a number of single discipline and interdisciplinary minors which students may complete to enhance their education.


Four-Year Plan

Joint Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Programs

The University’s joint bachelor’s/master’s degree programs offer students the opportunity to complete both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees within five, five-and- a-half or six academic years. Programs are offered in the following areas:

Administration of Justice and Homeland Security (B.A. and M.S.) - five years
Applied Behavior Analysis (BA and MA) - five years
Business Administration (B.A. or B.S. and M.B.A.) - five years
Health Care Administration and Management (B.A. or B.S. and M.S.) - five years
Holistic Counseling (B.A. or B.S. and M.A.) - six years
Humanities (B.A. or B.S. and M.A.) - five years
International Relations (B.A. or B.S. and M.A.) - five years
Management (B.A. or B.S. and M.S.) - five years
Rehabilitation Counseling (B.A. or B.S. and M.A.) - five and a half years

These programs are designed for the University’s highly motivated and qualified undergraduates. Eligibility for the programs requires timely planning and coordination of the undergraduate and graduate curricula. Candidates for the programs apply by the end of the third year. Applicants should have a grade point average of at least 3.30 and should expect to take four graduate courses for 12 credits in the senior year- six credits apply toward the baccalaureate degree and six credits apply toward the master’s degree. Final acceptance is conditioned on successfully completing the undergraduate degree. Students interested in pursuing one of these programs should contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education to schedule an appointment to meet with the appropriate graduate program director as soon as they develop that interest.


There is no single major that students should pursue to prepare for law school. Development of reading comprehension, writing, and analytical reasoning skills will assist in preparation for law school. It is helpful for students to be challenged by rigorous courses that differ from the chosen major in order to balance their education.

For admission, law schools emphasize the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and the cumulative grade point average as well as extracurricular and community involvements. It is advised that students take the LSAT at the end of junior year after extensively studying for it.

Salve Regina University has a pre-law advisor who will consult with students interested in pursuing a career in the law.

Pre-Professional Health: Pre-Medical, Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Dental

Students who intend to pursue an advanced degree in medicine, dentistry, or veterinary medicine should consult the admission requirements for the professional schools in which they are interested. While most students pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in biology or chemistry, many schools are accepting students with degrees in other majors. An academic plan that takes into account professional school admissions requirements and admissions tests (GRE, MCAT, VCAT, and DAT) should be developed in consultation with the undergraduate pre-professional health advisor.

Degree Requirements

The minimum cumulative grade point average required to qualify for a Salve Regina University degree is 2.00. Some programs require a higher grade point average. Consult the program description in this catalog or the department for specific requirements.

Community Service Requirement

As part of the Feinstein Enriching America Program, all students must complete 10 hours of community service as a graduation requirement. This may be accomplished in numerous ways, including in the New Student Seminar or Transfer Student Seminar. Completion of the 10 hours of service must be documented in the Office of Community Service.

Baccalaureate Degrees

The minimum requirement for a bachelor’s degree is 120 credits. A minimum of 36 credits, exclusive of credit by examination options, must be taken at Salve Regina as the residency requirement. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts and Science degree must satisfy the course and credit requirements of two major areas, one of a B.A. program, one of a B.S. program.

Students who are readmitted to the University must fulfill the residency requirement of 36 credits at Salve Regina University, 30 of which must be taken after readmission to the University.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies requires students to complete a minimum of 24 credits in a concentration approved by the Department Chair or faculty advisor. A student may apply for this program after earning 90 credits.

Double Majors

Salve Regina University encourages students to consider a double major when feasible. Advisors and department chairs work with students to try and facilitate a double major and to determine whether the proposed major combination appears to be within the student’s capabilities and achievable within a reasonable period of time. Students should be cautioned that it may not be feasible to complete a double major within four years or that summer courses and a heavier course load, including overload fees, may be required. Course cancellation, long-term illness, failure to pass a course, or other unforeseen situations may jeopardize the ability of the student to complete the double major. For the double major, especially careful advising that includes faculty members of both majors should take place.

Core and Core Complement courses may fulfill requirements for both majors. Any number of cross-listed courses may fulfill requirements for both majors.

If the student’s two majors each require a thesis, the student may or may not be required to complete a thesis for each program. Whether one thesis could be submitted which would meet the thesis requirement for both programs will be decided by the chairs of the majors involved. If one thesis is approved for both majors, it carries only three credits. The additional three credits associated with a second thesis must be obtained by taking an additional course or other accepted academic work.

No more than 40% of courses in a double major may be counted for both majors. That is, at least 60% of the courses must be distinct.

Simultaneous Pursuit of Two Baccalaureate Degrees

The total minimum requirement for graduation with two baccalaureate degrees is 152 credits. A minimum of 72 credits, exclusive of credit by examination options, must be taken at Salve Regina as the residency requirement. Note that departmental requirements may necessitate course work in the concentration that will result in exceeding the minimum. In addition to satisfying specific major/minor and core curriculum requirements for each degree, the student must take for the second degree at least 32 credits in addition to those completed for the first degree, thereby earning the equivalent of five years of University study.

Second Degree Students

Students who have previously completed a baccalaureate degree and wish to pursue a second baccalaureate degree at Salve Regina University follow the regular application procedures. These students are classified as special students and must complete requirements in the major, as well as prerequisites, and core curriculum requirements in Religious and Theological Studies. Second degree students must complete a minimum of 36 credits in the second degree program at Salve Regina University to receive their degrees. International students whose first language is not English and who already possess a baccalaureate degree must complete the University’s core curriculum requirements in Religious and Theological Studies and complete EAP courses through EAP104  and EAP111 -EAP112 , unless they have a minimum TOEFL score of 79 (550).

Associate of Arts

The minimum requirement for an associate’s degree is 60 credits. A minimum of 36 credits, exclusive of credit by examination options, must be taken in course work at Salve Regina as the residency requirement.

Continuing Education

The Continuing Education program seeks to address the needs of adult learners by offering evening courses that meet at convenient off-campus locations, in a mixture of hybrid, 7-week compressed and traditional full semester courses. Such courses are available only to students enrolled in a continuing education program. Continuing education students are subject to academic and financial policies published in this catalog such as federal loan eligibility, satisfactory academic progress, grading, and graduation. Course details and registration information for continuing education are published online at the Continuing Education website (http://www.salve.edu/academics/continuinged/). For information on the RN to BSN program, please see the Nursing section  of this catalog.

Special Programs and Opportunities

Service Learning

Service learning is the integration of socially significant, field-based community service with learning and reflection in the context of an academic course. Participating in a service learning experience provides students with the opportunity to serve the community in a way that utilizes the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. As such, service learning is an excellent way to live out the University’s Mission to “seek wisdom and promote universal justice.” Students are encouraged to participate in service learning in courses that offer this opportunity.

Interdisciplinary Programs

Shaped by our unique Mercy mission and location in historic Newport, interdisciplinary academic programs cross the boundaries between traditional departments and disciplines using a problem-focus or subject-themed approach. Foundational and cross-disciplinary courses are combined with internships, hands-on research and/or cohort experiences including study abroad in ways that allow students and faculty members to work outside their traditional departments and to connect fully with the local community, and wider world. The following majors and programs are designed especially for students who want to work beyond just one discipline: American Studies, Cultural and Historic Preservation, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Pell Honors, VIA (Vital Studies for Whole Life Design.)

Pell Honors

Pell Honors students must maintain a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average to remain in the program. For more information see The Pell Honors Program .

The Pell Honors program promotes the University’s Mission of preparing students to serve the community, to seek peace and justice in the world, and to be responsible citizens at the local, national, and international levels.

The Pell Honors program is highly selective, but is open to students in any academic discipline. Students who receive the Dean’s, Trustee’s, McAuley or Presidential Scholarships, or who are nominated by a Salve Regina University faculty member or the Office of Admissions are invited to apply for acceptance into the program. Students who earn at least a 3.75 GPA in their first semester at Salve Regina University may also apply by submitting a letter of request, which is followed by an interview with the Director of the Pell Honors program, and at least one letter of recommendation by a Salve Regina University faculty member.

Students pursue a challenging course of study comprised of courses linked thematically to the Pell Center’s focus on citizenship and public service, and the ideals that characterized Rhode Island Senator Claiborne Pell’s long and illustrious career in the United States Senate. The honors program extends through the traditional four years of baccalaureate study and consists of four main components:

  1. Specially-designed honors sections of the New Student Seminar and core courses;
  2. Co-curricular activities connected with the Pell Center;
  3. A junior-level internship or study-abroad experience;
  4. A Pell Honors Capstone Experience (GST450 ).


The VIA Program, “Vital Studies for Whole Life Design,” is a program of six challenging interdisciplinary courses in which students work together with teachers and other students as a team. Students in the VIA program will take one course together each semester beginning in the freshman year and continuing until graduation. The courses cover many areas of study, but focus in particular on the “great ideas” in history that teach us how to construct the “Good Life.” Taken together, these courses provide a “pathway” (“via” in Latin) to graduation and to the best preparation for life in the 21st century.

English for Academic Purposes

At Salve Regina University, English as a second language is offered through the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program. As part of the Academic Development Center, the EAP program is dedicated to providing language tutoring and resources that address the specific needs of the students who are non-native speakers of English. Experienced and supportive tutors are available for both occasional and regularly scheduled academic assistance. The EAP coordinator evaluates the language skills of each student and designs a program of study appropriate to each student’s current level of fluency. Regardless of initial placement, all students complete coursework through EAP104  and EAP111 -EAP112 .


Internships provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom within professional settings in a variety of organizations. Students may identify internship opportunities with the help of departmental faculty members and the Office of Career Development. An internship is both an academic and practical experience that requires guidance from a faculty sponsor and an internship site supervisor. The student, faculty sponsor, and site supervisor complete and sign an internship learning agreement which specifies the student’s role, responsibilities, and academic requirements for the internship. Students must work at least 105 hours to earn 3 credits. Students must complete the work during the semester in which they are registered for the internship, and may not earn credit for work completed prior to submitting a completed signed internship learning agreement. Interns must have a minimum GPA of 2.00 (higher, in some departments) to complete an internship for credit. Students considering an internship for credit should consult with the Department Chair during the semester prior to the internship for guidance and departmental requirements. The Office of Career Development can assist students who are interested in internships that will not carry academic credit.

Office of International Programs

In support of the mission of Salve Regina, the Office of International Programs actively promotes international and intercultural understanding and enriches the curricular and co-curricular environment by facilitating the exchange of people and ideas and assisting in the development of the skills and attitudes necessary for our graduates to function as global citizens. The office supports study abroad and exchange programs, international student admissions and international student services as well as a range of on-campus programming such as International Education week, held annually in November.

International Student Services

The Office of International Programs assists prospective international students with the application process and newly accepted students with all pre-arrival steps including travel documentation. The Office hosts a mandatory week long international student orientation. In addition, a dedicated team supports enrolled international students throughout their degree program or exchange stay with federal and state regulations affecting international students (immigration, taxes) as well as offering academic, cultural and personal support and programming to meet the specific needs of international students.

Study Abroad

The Office of International Programs provides advising and assistance to Salve Regina students who wish to study abroad as part of their degree program. In conjunction with Salve academic departments, partner universities and affiliate program providers we offer short term, semester and year-long programs throughout the world. Academic prerequisites and admission requirements vary by program. Students wishing to pursue any of these opportunities must complete an application at the Office of International Programs. Federal Financial Aid and institutional aid is applicable to many, but not all, selected and approved semester and academic year study abroad programs. Students should consult with their Study Abroad advisor as well as the Office of Financial Aid to consider their various options.

Military Science and Leadership (Army ROTC)

Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) is offered by Salve Regina in cooperation with the University of Rhode Island, and is available to all students. The Army ROTC program is normally taken in sequence over four years, but convenient options are available for three- and two-year programs.

The military science courses listed below serve as electives designed to complement the various undergraduate majors available at Salve Regina. They emphasize development of individual leadership ability and preparation of the student for future leadership roles in the Army. Professional military education skills such as written communications, human behavior, history, mathematical reasoning and other skills, are fulfilled through the combination of the core curriculum and military science. Significant scholarship opportunities are available to students participating in the ROTC program, based on performance and not on financial need. Although enrollment in ROTC courses does not constitute joining the U.S. Army, nor does it constitute an obligation to do so, physically qualified American citizens who complete the entire ROTC program are eligible to be commissioned in the U.S. Army. Delayed entry into active service for the purpose of graduate study is available.