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It Won't Be Easy, But It Will Be Unforgettable

Like all PC students, Liberal Arts Honors participants study the Development of Western Civilization, informally known as “Civ” or “DWC.” Honors students can expect added rigor, higher expectations, stricter standards — in short, it won’t be easy. But the payback is transformational. These challenging classes will change the way you see the world and your place in it.

Academic Highlights 

  • Four-course, 20-credit DWC sequence (earning 4 more credits than traditional Civ)
  • Small classes — usually with only about a dozen students
  • Seminar-style classrooms in the new Ruane Center for the Humanities
  • One or more capstone colloquia during junior and senior year

Honors Colloquia

Topics vary by semester — new courses are regularly introduced — and encourage students to give a voice to new perspectives and uncommon ideas. Recent offerings include:

Beauty and Violence
The Budda and The Christ
Church and Society
Coming of Age in Fiction and Film
European Union
Gender, Race, and Class in America
HIV: Closer to a Cure
The Human Brain
Islamic Art and Architecture
Kuhn’s Philosophy of Science
Personalized Medicine: Future or Fantasy?
Thomas Aquinas on Faith

Learn more about the DWC Honors Core Curriculum


I would never have imagined that the disciplines of English, philosophy, and history could intertwine so well. These topics even appear in casual conversations with friends when we seek answers to our current issues and relationships.

Iryna Bocharova ’15
Major: Quantitative Economics

LAHP Office
Ruane Center for the Humanities 247
Fax: (401) 865-1864

Dr. Stephen J. Lynch / (401) 865-2233

Associate Director 
Dr. Suzanne Fournier / (401) 865-2587

Graduate Assistant
Stephanie Callahan / (401) 865-1814

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