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Development of Western Civilization

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.

​From the Director


These are exciting times in the DWC Program — a hallmark experience that has captured the innovative and creative spirit of PC students for more than four decades. Small classes, a central focus on seminars, and exciting colloquia in the fourth semester are just some of the features that make DWC a stimulating experience for students.

Another thrilling aspect of DWC is that more faculty from more academic departments are getting involved. This year alone, 85 faculty from 17 academic departments and programs are participating — from the science and business disciplines to the humanities and the arts. The DWC experience is intended to be both the core of the PC curriculum and the beginning of a lifelong love of learning. We look forward to you joining us in that journey.  

Dr. Vance G. Morgan

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