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Development of Western Civilization

Looking Backward, Thinking Forward

A Providence College education prepares a student to be someone, more than to do something. It prepares students to hear more when they listen, reach deeper when they think, and say more when they speak. The Development of Western Civilization (DWC) program is at the heart of this preparation.

You’ll explore human history through many perspectives — from literature to philosophy to theology to art, and more — from professors who nurture interdisciplinary thinking and relish collaborative teaching.

DWC will change the way you see the world by teaching you to find connections between seemingly unconnected ideas. Just as important, DWC will prepare you for a career and life because it teaches you to think. And that will prepare you to make history.

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“A liberal arts education is so valuable. Skills like writing and speaking articulately are vitally important no matter what you choose to do. When you’re in your DWC seminar, you learn how to read deeply, how to analyze text, how to speak coherently with your classmates. You build confidence in your thoughts and ideas in a small classroom setting.”

Kathryn ‘Katcy’ Stephan ’16
Theatre & English Double Major
Live News Video Production Fellow at BuzzFeed