The Salve Regina University Core Curriculum: Enduring Questions and Contemporary Challenges
The Core curriculum at Salve Regina University allows you to contemplate the compatibility of faith and reason and the ideals of the Catholic intellectual tradition, including the distinctive values lived by the Sisters of Mercy. Core courses are designed to deepen your knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences and refine your skills of inquiry, analysis and communication. A deepened understanding of Christian values, the development of an essential knowledge base and the refinement of a liberal arts skill set are necessary to converse and connect with
- The Past: engaging authors, events and traditions in search of enduring human wisdom;
- The Present: understanding forces, both material and social, that directly impact us now;
- The Future: envisioning alternative possibilities for personal, social and global change.
The Core Curriculum focuses on four primary goals:
1. You will Dialogue with the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Salve Regina University has a Catholic identity, and a proud heritage rooted in the mission of the Sisters of Mercy. Salve Regina welcomes people of all beliefs. It is a learning community of Catholics, students from other religious traditions, and students who profess no religious affiliation.
If you are a student who shares a Catholic identity, the Core offers you an opportunity to develop it more deeply, and expand it in conversation with your own tradition as well as other religious and secular perspectives. If you do not share a Catholic identity, the Core gives you an opportunity to develop your own worldview more deeply, and expand it in conversation with a variety of secular and religious perspectives, including the Catholic and Mercy traditions.
2. You will Seek Truth, Pursue Goodness, Encounter Beauty. A Catholic liberal arts education involves not only education to ground you for the world of work, but integrates skills and concepts of your intended major to a broader experience, one that includes exposure to grand ideas and training in the areas of research, analysis, and rhetorical argument. You will find that expertise in these areas will complement and enhance other marketable skills that you will develop in your major. Study in this curriculum also involves more than reassurance of your strengths, or those subjects in which you may already have an interest. You will be challenged to look for hidden curiosities and talents. This will require some daring on your part, an open-mindedness to exploring new ideas and activities, leaving your comfort zone, being humble, and so, finding out more about yourself. You will discover who you truly are and the vast potential that you hold.
Salve Regina’s Core Curriculum prepares you for a lifetime of challenges and opportunities. In addition to learning essential concepts in a number of disciplines, you will be taught how to think and learn from the perspective of each of these disciplines, improving your capacity to understand the world and its people. The liberal arts core also will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to participate fully and effectively in addressing issues faced by your community, state and the world.
3. You will Refine your Liberal Arts Skills of Inquiry, Analysis and Communication. Traditional liberal arts skills, dating back to medieval Catholic universities, include: critical reading, clear writing, and being able to articulate your thoughts orally. They also include quantitative and empirical skills. In the 21st century, they include the ability to pursue inquiry, using tools available in this age of electronic information.
The student of the liberal arts does not just “know things,” whether facts or procedures, but knows how to learn, how to grow and adapt, through lifelong reading, conversation, and inquiry. The liberal arts is not just a label for a set of courses; your grounding in the liberal arts will be fundamental to the person you become.
4. You will Link the Past, Present and Future. We study the liberal arts not simply out of curiosity, but in order to expand our imaginative possibilities for the present and future. Knowing where humans have been helps us think about where we can be. Knowing where we are today requires looking beneath surfaces or interrogating our immediate impressions in order to grasp the underlying forces that currently influence our lives and to understand our present context more deeply.
Insight into who we are, both as individuals and as a society, is enhanced by an open-minded exploration of who others are. The mission of the University, in part, is to help create a world that is harmonious, just, and merciful. The individual, the society, and the natural world are interconnected. Changes in one impact the others.
The Core Curriculum offers each student opportunities for intellectual, aesthetic, moral and spiritual development. It challenges each student to pursue responsible citizenship and civic engagement for the sake of the common good. It calls us beyond the horizon of our local and national identity in order to address pressing global issues, from poverty and ecological degradation to human rights and international conflicts.
The Salve Regina Core Curriculum challenges you to cultivate intellectual freedom and responsibility by making your own curricular choices through conversation with others. The conversation occurs with your advisor, professors, fellow students, and the subject matter itself. The path you chart through the Salve core is your own. You are free to choose much of it, and also responsible for your choices. You are not only responsible to yourself in the sense of owning your own choices, but you are personally responsible in the formation of your own views, to do justice to the views of others, to the material that you study, and to wider realities of the social and natural world.
Enduring Questions and Contemporary Challenges: Course Requirements
Part I. University Seminar I and II (6 credits)
Introduction to Inquiry, Analysis and Communication
Small Seminars focus on critical reading and written communication skills. A variety of topics will be offered with professors teaching what they know and love.
Part II: Faith and Reason (6 credits)
Dialogue with the Catholic Intellectual and Mercy Traditions.
Part III. Exploring the Liberal Arts (34-36 credits)
A. Link Past, Present and Future: Paths of Inquiry
At least eight (8) courses across four (4) themes with at least two (2) courses in each theme from different disciplines. Seven of the eight courses must be selected Part III.B of the Core and one University Seminar may count. One additional course may be selected from approved courses offered by any department or program.
- What is Western Heritage? Ancient and Modern
- Defining the American Experience
- Building Global Awareness
- Engaging Creative, Aesthetic and Spiritual Experience
B. Seek Truth, Pursue Goodness, Encounter Beauty
- 3 Credit(s) Mathematics
- 4-6 Credit(s) Science
- 6 Credit(s) Modern & Classical Languages
- 3 Credit(s) Religious and Theological Studies
- 3 Credit(s) Philosophy
- 6 Credit(s) Social Sciences
- 3 Credit(s) History
- 3 Credit(s) English Literature
- 3 Credit(s) Visual and Performing Arts
Part IV. Integrating and Applying Knowledge (3 credits)
Your Integrative Capstone links Enduring Questions and interdisciplinary knowledge from the Core Curriculum to your major in a culminating experience.
Options for Exploring the Liberal Arts
In French and Spanish, initial placement in a language class level is done by use of a placement exam. Students testing beyond the fourth semester course in French or Spanish at Orientation will place out of the language requirement, having demonstrated language proficiency. Students placing in the fourth semester course will need to complete one additional semester of study in French or Spanish. Students who place below the fourth semester course will need to take two additional semesters of language study. Students who have taken a language other than French or Spanish will be placed in the appropriate class level by faculty.
Students may also choose to begin a new language at the elementary level, in which case they must complete two courses in that language. . Students whose first language is not English may need to complete EAP courses for this requirement.
Students will select one course from the following list:
Students will complete one course from the following list:
Students may fulfill the natural sciences core curriculum course area by taking any two 3 credit courses or one 4-credit course in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Science. The following courses may fulfill the natural sciences requirement.
Religious and Theological Studies
In addition to the common core religious and theological studies course, students will select one course from the following list:
One course in Philosophy in addition to the common core course, approved by a committee of the faculty.
Students will select two courses from the following list. Each course must be from a different discipline.
Sociology and Anthropology
Visual and Performing Arts
Students will select one 3-credit course (or three 1-credit courses) 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 (UNV 101 , UNV 102 , RTS 225 and PHL 225 ) 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.
The University confers undergraduate degrees in the following disciplines:
Administration of Justice, International Justice and National Security Studies (B.A.)
Administration of Justice, Juvenile Justice Concentration (B.A.)
Biology, Environmental Sciences Concentration (B.S.)
Biology, Microbiology Concentration (B.S.)
History, American History Concentration (B.A.)
History, European History Concentration (B.A.)
Political Science, American Government Concentration (B.A.)
Political Science, International Relations and Comparative Politics Concentration (B.A.)
Religious and Theological Studies, Christian Ethics and Society Concentration (B.A.)
Religious and Theological Studies, Christian Theology Concentration (B.A.)
Religious and Theological Studies, Scripture Concentration (B.A.)
Religious and Theological Studies, World Religions Concentration (B.A.)
Studio Arts, Ceramics Concentration (B.A.)
Studio Arts, Graphic Design Concentration (B.A.)
Studio Arts, Interactive Media Arts Concentration (B.A.)
Studio Arts, Painting Concentration (B.A.)
Studio Arts, Photography Concentration (B.A.)
The University offers a number of single discipline and interdisciplinary minors which students may complete to enhance their education.
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 February 15th of their junior year. Applicants should have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30 and should expect to take up to 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. Consult the specific program for details on Joint Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Programs.
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.
A minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average is required to qualify for a Salve Regina University degree. Some programs require a higher grade point average. Consult the program description in this catalog or the department for specific requirements.
Community Service Requirement
Many volunteer opportunities exist for Salve Regina University students such as the Feed-A-Friend food drive, Big Sisters of Rhode Island, the Positive Role Model Program, and the Special Olympics. Locally, Salve Regina volunteers support the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, the Potter League, Salvation Army, area soup kitchens, literacy projects, and Aquidneck Island schools.
Feinstein Enriching America Program
The Feinstein Enriching America Program introduces students to the benefits of service learning. It encourages ongoing participation in community service initiatives and service learning courses while students attend the University and in the years following graduation. Participation in the Feinstein Enriching America Program is a requirement for the First Year Transitions for graduation. Only under exceptional circumstances may students be considered for exemption from the requirement. Appeals are made to the dean of the student’s respective program. All hours must be completed in Rhode Island and logged under the Community Service tab in your mysalve account.
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. For more information, contact the Office of Arts and Sciences.
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. Summer courses and a heavier course load, including overload fees, may be required to complete a second major. 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 Curriculum 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.
The Continuing Education program seeks to address the needs of adult learners by offering evening courses that meet at the Center for Adult Education in Warwick RI, 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. Registration information for continuing education is available online at the Continuing Education website (http://www.salve.edu/continuing-education/register-classes). For information on the RN to BSN program, please see the Nursing section of this catalog.
Special Programs and Opportunities
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.
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 and Global Studies.
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:
- Specially-designed honors sections of the University Seminar and core courses;
- Co-curricular activities connected with the Pell Center;
- A junior-level internship or study-abroad experience;
- A Pell Honors Capstone Experience.
For more information see Pell Honors Program .
VIA in Latin denotes a “pathway.” Students in Salve Regina University’s VIA Program will discover:
1) A pathway through Salve’s core curriculum.
2) A pathway through the five critical concerns of the Sisters of Mercy: non-violence, anti-racism, the earth, women, and immigration.
3) A pathway through their four years at Salve that will lead to the lifelong pursuit of wisdom and mercy - essential components of “the good life.”
4) A pathway through a broad-based liberal arts education which develops the “real life skills” valued in the contemporary work-place.
Students in VIA become part of an active learning community, taking seminar-style courses that emphasize active engagement and focused discussion. All students receive information about the VIA program during the fall semester of first year. To assure full consideration, students interested in joining VIA should indicate their interest to either of the co-directors in time for Spring Registration.
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 form which specifies the student’s role, responsibilities, and academic requirements for the internship. Students enroll in an internship course and 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.
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.