- Academic Advising
- The Salve Regina University Core Curriculum: Enduring Questions and Contemporary Challenges
- Enduring Questions and Contemporary Challenges: Course Requirements
- Degree Requirements
- Baccalaureate Degrees
- Pre-Professional Health: Pre-Medical, Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Dental
- Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Degree Programs
- Double Majors
- Simultaneous Pursuit of Two Baccalaureate Degrees
- Second Degree Students
- Associate of Arts
- Professional Studies
Academic advising at Salve Regina University is an integral part of our teaching mission that provides students with foundational support to think clearly and make responsible choices about their academic program in order to reach educational, personal and career goals. Faculty and professional advisors will provide students with timely and accurate informational resources. Students, working with faculty advisors, will develop an academic and career plan and enhance their ability for sound decision-making and lifelong learning. Advisors will make referrals as needed to aid all students in their development as scholars and as individuals in service of harmony justice, and mercy.
At Salve Regina University, academic advising provides students with the opportunity to build a relationship with their advisor for the purpose of gaining assistance in planning their educational career, in learning the skills needed for academic success, and in learning how to access the variety of resources and services available to them on campus. Students at Salve Regina are advised by full-time faculty members. New students who indicate a preference for a specific major are assigned an academic advisor in their major who is trained to respond to the needs of first-year students. Students who wish to explore various courses of study before deciding on a major are assigned the Exploratory First-Year Academic Advisor, who is trained to help Exploratory students consider their options in order to choose a program of study that best fits their interests and goals. Once a student is ready to declare their major, the student will be assigned to a new faculty advisor from the major’s department.
Academic advising is a collaborative educational process whereby students and their advisors are partners in meeting the essential learning outcomes, ensuring student academic success, and outlining the steps for achievement of the students’ personal, academic, and career goals. This advisor/student partnership requires participation and involvement of both the advisor and the student as it is built over the student’s entire educational experience at the University. Both the student and the advisor have clear responsibilities for ensuring the advising partnership is successful.
- Hannah Cazzetta: Advisor for Exploratory students, Transfer students, and other advising questions/concerns
- Dr. Kimberly Curesky: Pre-Health Advisor
- Michael Wisnewski: Pre-Law Advisor
- Erin Fitzgerald: International Student Advisor
The Salve Regina University Core Curriculum: Enduring Questions and
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- PHL-225 Quest for the Good Life
- RTS-225 The Quest for the Ultimate: Dialogue with Global Religious 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 Credits Mathematics
- 4-6 Credits Science
- 6 Credits Modern & Classical Languages
- 3 Credits Religious and Theological Studies
- 3 Credits Philosophy
- 6 Credits Social Sciences
- 3 Credits History
- 3 Credits English Literature
- 3 Credits 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.
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 University Seminar, UNV-102 University Seminar II, RTS-225 The Quest for the Ultimate: Dialogue with Global Religious Traditions and PHL-225 Quest for the Good Life) 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. Major requirements are defined by the academic department. A minimum of 60 credits are required for graduation.
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.
|ARA-111||Elementary Arabic I||3|
|ARA-112||Elementary Arabic II||3|
|CHN-111||Elementary Chinese I||3|
|CHN-112||Elementary Chinese II||3|
|FRN-111||Elementary French I||3|
|FRN-112||Elementary French II||3|
|FRN-205||Intermediate French I||3|
|FRN-206||Intermediate French II||3|
|FRN-241||Communication and Cultures I||3|
|FRN-242||Communication and Cultures II||3|
|FRN-302||Advanced French Conversation||3|
|FRN-304||Advanced French Grammar and Composition||3|
|FRN-305||French Culture and Civilization- The Hexagon||3|
|FRN-306||Cultures of Francophone World||3|
|FRN-311||Survey of French Literature I||3|
|FRN-312||Survey of French Literature II||3|
|GRM-111||Elementary German I||3|
|GRM-112||Elementary German II||3|
|ITL-111||Elementary Italian I||3|
|ITL-112||Elementary Italian II||3|
|ITL-205||Intermediate Italian I||3|
|ITL-206||Intermediate Italian II||3|
|ITL-241||Italian Culture & Civilization||3|
|ITL-242||Introduction to Italian Literature||3|
|LAT-101||Elementary Latin I||3|
|LAT-102||Elementary Latin II||3|
|PTG-111||Elementary Portuguese I||3|
|PTG-112||Elementary Portuguese II||3|
|SPA-111||Elementary Spanish I||3|
|SPA-112||Elementary Spanish II||3|
|SPA-205||Intermediate Spanish I||3|
|SPA-206||Intermediate Spanish II||3|
|SPA-208||Spanish for the Professions||3|
|SPA-241||Communication and Cultures I||3|
|SPA-242||Communication and Cultures II||3|
|SPA-305||Spanish American Cultures and Civilizations||3|
|SPA-306||Spanish Culture and Civilization||3|
|SPA-307||Spanish for Business and Finance||3|
|SPA-311||Masters of Spanish American Literature||3|
|SPA-312||Masterpieces of Spanish Literature||3|
|SPA-322||Contemporary Hispanic Life: Total Immersion||3|
|SPA-421||The Hispanic Caribbean||3|
|EAP-103||Academic Communication Skills||3|
|EAP-104||Advanced Communication Skills||3|
|EAP-111||Academic Research and Writing||3|
|EAP-112||Academic Writing in Disciplines||3|
|HIS-103||Western Civilization I: 500 B.C.-1500 A.D.||3|
|HIS-104||Western Civilization II: 1500-Present||3|
|HIS-113||History of the United States to 1877||3|
|HIS-114||History of the United States since 1877||3|
|HIS-203||Hitler and the Holocaust||3|
|HIS/CHP-225||Introduction to Public History||3|
|HIS/AST-251||Sport in America||3|
|HIS-265||Modern Global History||3|
|HIS/AST-313||American Immigrant Experience||3|
|HIS-316||American Economic History||3|
|HIS-320||The American Revolution||3|
|HIS-321||America's Civil War||3|
|HIS-324||American Political Thought||3|
|HIS-331||Contemporary Latin America||3|
|HIS-332||Contemporary Middle East||3|
|HIS-340||History of Warfare||3|
|HIS-415||Modern American Foreign Policy||3|
Students will select one course from the following list:
|ENG-205||Contemporary Global Literature||3|
|ENG-210||Myth and Symbol||3|
|ENG-215||Elements of Modernism in Twentieth-Century American Literature||3|
|ENG-216||Literature and Medicine||3|
|ENG-217||African American Literature||3|
|ENG-218||Food and Literature||3|
|ENG-224||Elements of Craft||3|
|ENG-228||The Romantic Revolution||3|
|ENG-230||British Modernism and the End of Empire||3|
|ENG-240||Witches in American Literature||3|
|ENG-241||Film and Literature||3|
|ENG-284||America in the Graphic Novel||3|
|ENG-310||Fairy Tales and Fantastic Literature||3|
|ENG-313||The American Literary Renaissance||3|
|ENG-314||Realism and Naturalism in Nineteenth- Century American Literature||3|
|ENG-315||The Harlem Renaissance||3|
|ENG-321||British Literature from Beowulf to Everyman||3|
|ENG-322||Literature of the English Renaissance From Wyatt to Marvell||3|
|ENG-324||Literature of Oxford||3|
|ENG-325||Studies in Shakespeare||3|
|ENG-326||Restoration and Eighteenth- Century British Literature||3|
|ENG-327||Young Adult Literature||3|
|ENG-329||The Inklings: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and their Circle||3|
|ENG-330||Literary Landscape of Newport||3|
|ENG-336||The Catholic Imagination in Modern Literature||3|
|ENG-337||Modern Irish Writers||3|
|ENG-345||Studies in World Literature||3|
|ENG-349||Literature From the Middle East||3|
|ENG-375||Vienna and the Modern World||3|
|ENG-376||The World of Jane Austen||3|
|ENG-378||Great Women Novelists||3|
|ENG-410||British and American Novels After 9/11||3|
|ENG-412||Seminar in Major Authors||3|
Students will complete one course from the following list:
|MTH-170||Concepts in Mathematics||3|
|MTH-171||Mathematics in Social Sciences||3|
|MTH-172||Quantitative Methods for Business||3|
|STA-173||Statistical Methods (only for Nursing majors)||3|
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.
|BIO-105||Human Anatomy & Physiology I||4|
|BIO-106||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|BIO-110||Human Biology: Physiology and Health||3|
|BIO-111||General Biology I||4|
|BIO-112||General Biology II||4|
|BIO-140||Humans and their Environment||3|
|BIO-220||Cell Biology and Chemistry||4|
|BIO-253||Genetics: Classical, Molecular and Population||4|
|CHM-113||General Chemistry I||4|
|CHM-114||General Chemistry II||4|
|CHM-121||Chemistry of Human Health||4|
|CHM-130||Chemistry in Society||3|
|PHY-201||General Physics I||4|
|PHY-202||General Physics II||4|
|PHY-205||Principles of Physics I||4|
|PHY-206||Principles of Physics II||4|
|SCI-105||Integrated Science with Computers||3|
Religious and Theological Studies
In addition to the common core religious and theological studies course, students will select one course from the following list:
|RTS-221||The Experience of Loss: Help, Hope and Healing||3|
|RTS-262||What the Bible Really Tells Us: The Essential Course for Biblical Literacy||3|
|RTS-300||Religious Diversity of Newport||3|
|RTS-305||The Spiritual Quest||3|
|RTS-315||Thomas Aquinas: Background, Thought, and Legacy||3|
|RTS-316||The Satan Seminar||3|
|RTS-321||Superheroes, Saints and Sinners: Spiritual Themes in Contemporary Fiction||3|
|RTS-325||Who Is My Neighbor? Mercy in the Christian Life||3|
|RTS-326||Learning Theology with C.S. Lewis||3|
|RTS-327||Technohuman? Technology, Genetics, God and the Future of Humanity||3|
|RTS-328||Disability, Vulnerability and Human Flourishing||3|
|RTS-332||Care for Creation: Christianity, Ethics and the Environment||3|
|RTS-335||Social Ethics in a Volatile World||3|
|RTS-336||Marriage and Family Life||3|
|RTS-339||Friendship, Love & Romance: The Call to Intimacy||3|
|RTS-340||Church in the Twenty-First Century||3|
|RTS-341||Explorations in Christian Theology||3|
|RTS-345||Engaging the Catholic Experience||3|
|RTS-347||Symbol, Icon and Beauty in Religious Traditions||3|
|RTS-355||Christian Jewish Relations: From Hostility to Hope||3|
|RTS-356||Contemporary Christian Spirituality||3|
|RTS-364||Understanding the Hebrew Scriptures||3|
|RTS-365||The Psalms and the Prophets: A Quest for God and Justice||3|
|RTS-372||Jesus and the Gospels: "Who do you say that I am"||3|
|RTS-374||The Life and Letters of St. Paul||3|
|RTS-375||Good Girls, Bad Girls: Women of the Bible||3|
|RTS-381||Engaging the Jewish Experience||3|
|RTS-382||Engaging the Muslim Experience||3|
|RTS-383||Engaging the Hindu Experience||3|
|RTS-384||Engaging the Buddhist Experience||3|
|RTS-385||Utopia and Dystopia: Exploring the Roots of Religious Terror||3|
|RTS-386||New Religious Movements and Alternative Spiritualties||3|
One course in Philosophy in addition to the common core course, approved by a committee of the faculty.
|PHL-125||Philosophy of the Human Person||3|
|PHL-126||The Pre-Socratics, the Sophists and Socrates||3|
|PHL-140||Medieval Political Philosophy||3|
|PHL-141||Medieval Political Philosophy||3|
|PHL-201||Classical Political Philosophy||3|
|PHL-202||Modern Political Philosophy||3|
|PHL-235||God and the Philosophers||3|
|PHL-236||Philosophy of Justice||3|
|PHL-237||Science Fiction and Philosophy||3|
|PHL-261||Classic American Philosophy||3|
|PHL-271||Ancient and Medieval Philosophy||3|
|PHL/ADJ-325||Philosophy of Law||3|
|PHL-333||Reasoning about Race: The Ontology and Ethics of Racial Justice||3|
|PHL-335||Philosophy and Art||3|
|PHL-337||The Enlightenment and its Critics||3|
|PHL-338||Women in Philosophy||3|
|PHL-339||Great Thinkers in Ancient Philosophy||3|
|PHL-349||Great Thinkers in Medieval Philosophy||3|
|PHL-359||Great Thinkers in Modern Philosophy||3|
|PHL-369||Great Thinkers in Contemporary Philosophy||3|
|PHL-435||Topics in Philosophy of Science||3|
|PHL-439||Topics in Ancient Philosophy||3|
|PHL-449||Topics in Medieval Philosophy||3|
|PHL-459||Topics in Modern Philosophy||3|
|PHL-469||Topics in Contemporary Philosophy||3|
Students will select two courses from the following. Each course must be from a different discipline.
|ECN-314||Comparative Economic and Political Systems||3|
|ECN-315||Economic Growth and Development||3|
|ECN-316||American Economic History||3|
|ECN-317||Economic Ideas in Historical Perspective||3|
|ECN-392||China's Evolving Economy||3|
|POL-115||The American Political System||3|
|POL-120||How to Rule the World: Introduction to International Relations||3|
|POL-201||Classical Political Philosophy||3|
|POL-202||Modern Political Philosophy||3|
|POL-211||International Relations and Diplomacy||3|
|POL-215||American Government: Classic and Contemporary Readings||3|
|POL-324||American Political Thought||3|
|POL-331||Contemporary Latin America||3|
|POL-332||Contemporary Middle East||3|
|POL-345||International Environment and Development||3|
|POL-403||Constitutional Law and Development||3|
|POL-406||The Fourth Amendment: Search and Seizure||3|
|POL-415||Modern American Foreign Policy||3|
|POL-416||Contemporary Europe and Russia||3|
|POL-421||Congress and the Legislative Process||3|
|PSY-100||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|PSY-253||Psychology and the Law||3|
|PSY-255||Psychology of Prejudice||3|
|PSY-282||Psychology: Science Vs. Pseudoscience||3|
|PSY-390||Optimal Human Functioning/Positive Psychology||3|
|LIN-200||The Social Fabric: Language in Society||3|
|LIN-245||Introduction to Linguistics||3|
|SWK-120||Social Problems: Analysis by Race, Class and Gender||3|
Sociology and Anthropology
|GLO-100||Introduction to Global Studies||3|
|SOA-110||The Sociological Imagination||3|
|SOA-130||Anthropology: Interpreting Cultural Differences||3|
|SOA-190||Introduction to Archeology||3|
|SOA-200||The Social Fabric: Language in Society||3|
|SOA-211||Race and Ethnic Relations||3|
|SOA-218||Exploring North American Indigenous Cultures||3|
|SOA-230||Gender and Sexuality: Cross-Cultural Perspectives||3|
|SOA-249||Global Health: Society, Medicine, and the Body||3|
|SOA-260||The Anthropology of Human Rights||3|
|SOA-320||"Sex" at "Work"||3|
Visual and Performing Arts
Students will select one 3-credit course (or three 1-credit courses) from the following list:
|ART-101||Art in Society||3|
|ART-108||Introduction to Art History: Stories, Lives, Passions||3|
|ART-140||The Art of Website Design||3|
|ART-165||Photography, Race, & Identity||3|
|ART/CHP-180||Historic Building Documentation||3|
|ART/CHP-207||Introduction to Architecture||3|
|ART-218||Introduction to Digital Art & Design||3|
|ART-220||Introduction to Making Art with Code||3|
|ART-231||Introduction to Ceramics: Clay, Culture and Creativity||3|
|ART-241||Introduction to Graphic Design||3|
|ART-244||Introduction to Illustration: Pictures for People||3|
|ART-246||Intro. to Illustration: Visual Narrative||3|
|ART-250||Introduction to Painting: Observation & Color||3|
|ART-256||Introduction to Painting: Constructing Painted Spaces||3|
|ART-271||Introduction to Digital Photography||3|
|ART-272||Introduction to Film Photography||3|
|ART-322||Gender and Sexuality in Art||3|
|DNC-100||Dance in Society: Aesthetics and Cultural Contexts||3|
|DNC-210||Roots of Jazz Dance: Africanist Aesthetics and the American Experience||3|
|MSC-100||Introduction to Music: Masterpieces||3|
|MSC-111||Essentials of Music Theory: An Introduction to Notation||3|
|MSC-220||History of Music Through 1750||3|
|MSC-221||Bach to Rock: Music from 1750 to the Present||3|
|MSI-161||Individual Double Bass||1|
|MSI-163||Individual French Horn||1|
|THE-004||New York Theatre||1|
|THE-101||Introduction to Theatre Arts||3|
|THE-102||Foundations of Acting||3|
|THE-220||African American Drama||3|
|THE-221||Gender and Sexuality in Performance||3|
Community Service Requirement - Feinstein Enriching America Program
For 25 years the Feinstein Enriching America Program in the Center for Community Engagement and Service has fostered the integration of community engagement and service as foundational to a Mercy education. The Feinstein Enriching America Program supports the engagement of undergraduate students in the local community responding to the expressed needs of community partners through direct service and advancing work on the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy: antiracism, immigration, women, earth and nonviolence.
- All students matriculating prior to the 2021-2022 undergraduate catalog must complete the Feinstein Enriching America Program requirement through the completion of (at least) ten hours of community service. These hours must be logged into the community service portal on Campus@Salve [including those completed during Explorientation, Week of Welcome (WOW), New Seahawk Orientation and the First Year Transitions (FYT) course] and approved by the Center for Community Engagement and Service by the spring semester of students’ graduation year at Salve. The inclusion of GST-111: Feinstein Enriching America Program on the student transcript indicates the completion of this graduation requirement.
All students under the 2021-2022 undergraduate catalog and following will complete the Feinstein Enriching America Program requirement through participation in the Feinstein Day of Service during New Seahawk Orientation or WOW [~4 hours of service] and the completion of two experiences of direct service with local community partners during their First Year Transitions (FYT) course [~6 hours of service]. Students must log their completed service hours into the community service portal on Campus@Salve and complete associated reflection assignments to fulfill the Feinstein Enriching America Program requirement as part of FYT. The inclusion of FYT-100 First Year Transitions or FYT-200 Transfer Transitions on the student transcript indicates the completion of this requirement. [Students exempted from completing FYT will be exempted from this requirement.]
Only under exceptional circumstances may students be considered for exemption from the requirement. Appeals are made to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies.
Students can find a list of approved opportunities on the Center for Community Engagement and Service page.
Community service can include working with children or the elderly, volunteering in a sports-oriented atmosphere or in local soup kitchens, helping with food drives, working with animals, tutoring, assisting with environmental projects and more.
The center maintains an extensive inventory of service opportunities and facilitates transportation to service sites. Projects not offered through the center must be approved before they can be considered appropriate for a community service experience.
The Feinstein Enriching America Program at Salve Regina is made possible through the generosity of Alan Shawn Feinstein and the Feinstein Foundation.
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.
The minimum requirement for a bachelor’s degree is 120 credits. A minimum of 30 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 30 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 Dean of Undergraduate Studies.
The University confers undergraduate degrees in the following disciplines:
- Accounting (B.S.)
- American History (B.A.)
- American Studies (B.A.)
- Art History (B.A.)
- Biochemistry (B.A.)
- Biochemistry (B.S.)
- Biochemistry (B.A.)/Pharmacy (3+3)
- Biology (B.A.)
- Biology (B.S.)
- Biology (B.S.)/Medical Technology (B.S.)
- Biology (B.S.)/Pharmacy (3+3)
- Biology and Secondary Education (B.A.S.)
- Business Administration (B.S.)
- Chemistry (B.A.)
- Chemistry (B.A.)/Biomedical Engineering (B.S.) (3+2)
- Chemistry (B.A.)/Chemical Engineering (B.S.) (3+2)
- Chemistry (B.S.)
- Chemistry and Secondary Education (B.A.S.)
- Communications (B.A.)
- Creative Writing & Publishing (B.A.)
- Criminal Justice and Criminology (A.A.)
- Criminal Justice and Criminology (B.A.)
- Cultural and Historic Preservation (B.A.)
- Dance (B.A.)
- Early Childhood Education (B.S.)
- Early Childhood Education and Special Education (B.S.)
- Economics (B.A.)
- Economics (B.S.)
- Elementary Education (B.S.)
- Elementary Education and Special Education (B.S.)
- Environmental Studies (B.A.)
- European History (B.A.)
- Finance (B.S.)
- French (B.A.)
- Global Business and Economics (B.S.)
- Global Studies, International Development Concentration (B.A.)
- Global Studies, Mercy Critical Concern Concentration (B.A.)
- Global Studies, Regional Concentration (B.A.)
- Global Studies, Socio-cultural Identity Concentration (B.A.)
- Healthcare Administration (B.S.)
- History and Secondary Education (B.A.S.)
- Literature (B.A.)
- Literature/Secondary Education (B.A.S.)
- Marketing (B.S.)
- Mathematics (B.A.)
- Mathematics (B.A.)/Electrical Engineering (B.S.) (3+2)
- Mathematics (B.A.)/Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) (3+2)
- Mathematics (B.A.)/Systems Science & Engineering (B.S.) (3+2)
- Mathematics (B.A.)/Data Science (M.S.) (3+2)
- Mathematics and Secondary Education (B.A.S.)
- Medical Technology B.S.
- Music (B.A.)
- Music Education (B.A.S.)
- Nursing (B.S.)
- Philosophy (B.A.)
- Political Science (B.A.)
- Psychology (B.A.)
- Religious and Theological Studies (B.A.)
- Secondary Education (B.A.S.)
- Social Work (B.S.)
- Sociology and Anthropology (B.A.)
- Spanish (B.A.)
- Studio Arts, Ceramics Concentration (B.A.)
- Studio Arts, Graphic Design Concentration (B.A.)
- Studio Arts, Illustration Concentration (B.A.)
- Studio Arts, Interactive Media Arts Concentration (B.A.)
- Studio Arts, Painting Concentration (B.A.)
- Studio Arts, Photography Concentration (B.A.)
- Theatre Arts (B.A.)
- World Languages Education - French (B.A.S.)
- World Languages Education - Spanish (B.A.S.)
- Biology, Environmental Sciences Concentration (B.S.)
- Biology, Microbiology Concentration (B.S.)
- Finance, Corporate Finance Concentration (B.S.)
- Finance, Wealth Management Concentration (B.S.)
- Political Science, American Government and Public Law (B.A.)
- Political Science, International Relations and Comparative Politics Concentration (B.A.)
- Religious and Theological Studies, Christian Theology Concentration, B.A.
- Religious and Theological Studies, Ethics Concentration, B.A.
- Religious and Theological Studies, Scripture Concentration (B.A.)
- Religious and Theological Studies, World Religions Concentration (B.A.)
- Theatre, Acting Concentration (B.A.)
- Theatre, Music Theatre Concentration (B.A.)
- Theatre, Technical Concentration (B.A.)
The University offers a number of single discipline and interdisciplinary minors which students may complete to enhance their education.
- ABA Minor
- Accounting Minor
- Art History Minor
- Biology Minor
- Business Administration Minor
- Chemistry Minor
- Communications Minor
- Creative Writing Minor
- Criminal Justice and Criminology Minor
- Cultural and Historic Preservation Minor
- Dance Minor
- Data Analytics Minor
- Economics Minor
- Entrepreneurship Minor
- Environmental Studies Minor
- Film Minor (Interdisciplinary)
- Finance Minor
- Food Studies Minor
- French Minor
- Global Business and Economics Minor
- Global Studies Minor
- Healthcare Administration Minor
- History Minor
- Hospitality and Tourism Management Minor
- Human Services Minor
- Italian Studies Minor
- Literature Minor
- Marketing Minor
- Mathematical Finance Minor
- Mathematics Minor
- Music Minor
- Neuroscience Minor
- Philosophy Minor
- Political Science Minor
- Psychology Minor
- Religious and Theological Studies Minor
- Secondary Education Minor
- Sociology and Anthropology Minor
- Spanish Minor
- Spanish Minor for Health and Service Professions
- Special Education Minor
- Sports Management Minor
- Studio Art Minor
- Theatre Arts Minor
- Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor
Salve Regina University has a pre-law advisor who will consult with students interested in pursuing a career in the law. The pre-law advisor also hosts events where students can meet with Salve alumni to learn about their experience applying and attending law school.
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.
Pre-Professional Health: Pre-Medical, Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Dental
Salve has a pre-health advisor to recommend medical school pre-requisites during their undergraduate experience. 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.
Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Degree Programs
Two options are available for students wishing to start on their graduate degree in their senior year: a 5-year pathway (5Y) which allows for completion of the degree in one year after completing their undergraduate degree, and an Accelerated pathway which provides the ability for students to begin their graduate program in the senior year but complete their graduate program at their own pace. More information about these programs including a full listing can be found at salve.edu/graduate-and-professional-studies/combined-bachelors-masters-programs.
5 Year (5Y) Pathway
Designed for undergraduates to begin their graduate program while still in their senior year of undergraduate studies but is specifically designed to allow students to complete their master’s studies in one-year post-graduation from their undergraduate program. The 5Y pathway has a flat rate of tuition for the fifth year and students retain the services that they had as undergraduate students. Students in the 5Y pathway require 126 credit hours to complete their undergraduate degree and must take 4 courses in their senior year. Of the 4 graduate courses taken in their senior year, only 2 can count towards the undergraduate credit requirements. Students in the 5Y pathway will matriculate into the 5Y program for the specified master’s program upon graduation from the undergraduate program. 5Y students MUST take 4 courses in the Fall and 4 courses in the Spring semesters of the fifth year to remain as 5Y students. If students opt to no longer follow the 5Y course path, they will revert to traditional graduate students for the remainder of their enrollment. Only certain programs are designed to support the 5Y pathway. The 5Y programs are:
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- MS in Administration of Justice and Homeland Security
- MS in Healthcare Administration
- MA in International Relations
- MS in Innovation and Strategic Management
These programs may also be taken in the Accelerated pathway but there will be no continuation of undergraduate services and the students will be billed at the traditional graduate credit hour rate upon matriculation into the graduate program. 5Y students may also opt to transition into the Accelerated program if they cannot complete 4 graduate courses in their senior year.
Designed for undergraduates to begin their graduate program while still in their senior year of undergraduate studies. The pathway requires students who are able to take 2, 3, or 4 graduate courses in their senior year. Students may not take only 1 graduate course as undergraduates. Students in the Accelerated pathway will matriculate into the traditional graduate program upon graduation from the undergraduate program and will pay standard tuition rates for the specified degree. The following programs may be taken in Accelerated mode:
- MS in Behavioral Analysis
- MA in Holistic Counseling (48 credits)
- MA in Rehabilitation Counseling (48 credits)
- MA in Leadership Dynamics and Practice
- MS in Administration of Justice and Homeland Security
- MS in Healthcare Administration
- MA in International Relations
- MS in Innovation and Strategic Management
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.
- Undergraduate students who are enrolled in graduate courses must be full time (minimum of 12 credits) at the start of the 15-week semester. Graduate level courses that begin in the second session do not count toward the minimum.
- Undergraduate students may register for no more than two graduate courses per semester and for a total of no more than four graduate courses while having undergraduate status.
Final acceptance is conditioned on successfully completing the undergraduate degree. Students interested in pursuing one of these programs should contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies 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 accelerated bachelor's/master's degree programs.
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 (RTS-225 The Quest for the Ultimate: Dialogue with Global Religious Traditions and a core RTS course). Second degree students must complete a minimum of 30 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 (RTS-225 The Quest for the Ultimate: Dialogue with Global Religious Traditions and a core RTS course) and complete EAP courses through EAP-104 Advanced Communication Skills and EAP-111 Academic Research and Writing-EAP-112 Academic Writing in Disciplines, 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 30 credits, exclusive of credit by examination options, must be taken in course work at Salve Regina as the residency requirement.
The Professional Studies program seeks to address the needs of adult learners by offering 7-week compressed online courses. Such courses are available only to students enrolled in a professional studies program. Professional studies 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 professional studies is available online at the RN to BSN website (https://salve.edu/rn-bs-nursing). For information on the RN to BSN program, please see the Professional Studies section of the Graduate and Professionals Studies 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. Students can learn about Service Learning opportunities through the Center for Community Engagement and Service.
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.
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 aim of the Pell Honors Program is to realize Senator Claiborne Pell's vision of a liberal arts education as the key to informed citizenship. Through the Pell Honors Program, students develop their analytical and communication skills by entering into respectful but critical debates on topics such as politics, international affairs, human nature, ethics, religion, and society and culture.
The highly selective Pell Honors Program is open to students from all academic majors. Students who demonstrate strong potential for academic excellence, exhibiting both intellectual curiosity and a passion for learning, are identified during the University admissions process. These students are invited to apply for acceptance into the program. Current students who wish to apply to the program may do so at the end of the fall semester of their freshman year. The process starts by scheduling a meeting with the program director in November. To be eligible for admission into the program, students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or above during their first semester and must submit an application packet that includes the completion of the Pell Honors admissions essay, a writing sample (in the form of a course paper from their first semester), and two letters of recommendation from full-time Salve Regina faculty. The application materials must be submitted to the program director by the fall semester’s last day of classes.
The honors program extends through the traditional four years of baccalaureate study but can be completed in three years. The program consists of the following main components:
- Specially-designed honors sections of the University Seminars, history and social science core courses, and Special Topics seminars;
- An experiential learning requirement in the form of an academic internship, a study abroad experience, sponsored research with a faculty mentor, or professional fieldwork (nursing, education, and social work majors only);
- Participation in a variety of academic and co-curricular opportunities that may include workshops, lectures, reading groups, discussions, and field trips.
Pell Honors students must maintain a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average to remain in the program.
Pell Honors Program students in good standing (cumulative GPA 3.3 or higher) may request to waive fees for up to 9 overload credits by completing an Overload Approval Form.
For more information see Pell Honors Program.
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 responsibilities, learning objectives, and academic requirements for the internship. Students enroll in an internship course and must work between 105-120 hours to earn 3 credits (requisite hours vary by department). Students must complete the work concurrently during the semester in which they are registered for the internship, and may not earn credit for work completed prior to submitting a completed and approved 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.
Center for Global Education & Fellowships
In support of the mission of Salve Regina, the Center for Global Education & Fellowships 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 partnerships, international student services, fellowship advising, the English for Academic Purposes program and a range of on-campus international programming. Programming includes International Education week, held annually in November, and the Language House, a residential living and learning community focused on the French and Spanish languages and cultures.
International Student Services
The Center for Global Education & Fellowships assists newly accepted students with all pre-arrival and pre-enrollment 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. Each international student will be assigned an academic advisor from the Center for Global Education & Fellowships to assist them in the selection of academic courses. This advisor will be a supplemental advisor to their faculty major advisor.
The Center for Global Education & Fellowships 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 with the Center for Global Education & Fellowships. Federal Financial Aid, institutional aid and merit scholarships are available to students enrolling in approved study abroad programs during the semester and academic year. Students should consult with their Study Abroad advisor as well as the Office of Financial Aid to consider their various program options and costs, to understand any adjustments to their aid packages and to explore applicable external scholarship opportunities.
English for Academic Purposes
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses offered by the Center for Global Education & Fellowships are for students who are non-native speakers of English and are taken during their first two semesters. The courses are designed to develop their academic English skills and to help them gain a clear understanding of American academic culture to succeed in college. Students take two EAP courses each semester in conjunction with two to three other credit-bearing undergraduate courses. All EAP courses earn three credits and either fulfill the University’s foreign language requirement or qualify as elective credit for EAP students.
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.
|MSL-101||Introduction to Leadership I||1|
|MSL-102||Introduction to Leadership II||1|
|MSL-201||Leadership and Military History||3|
|MSL-202||Leadership and Team Building||3|
|MSL-300||Leadership Training Internship||6|
|MSL-301||Advanced Leadership Management I||3|
|MSL-302||Advanced Leadership Management II||3|
|MSL-402||Adaptive Leadership in a Complex World||3|