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2019-2020 University Catalog 
2019-2020 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

2019-2020 University Catalog


University Catalog

Feinstein School of Humanities, Arts and Education (FSHAE)
Feinstein School of Social and Natural Sciences (FSSNS)
School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation (SAAHP)
Mario J. Gabelli School of Business (GSB)
School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management (SECCM)
School of Justice Studies (SJS)
University College (UC)
School of Law (SOL)

Please note: Matriculated students must complete the degree requirements specified in the Catalog under which they entered the University unless they declare a later Catalog, in which case they are bound to all provisions specified unless otherwise stipulated therein. Responsibility for course selection and fulfillment of all graduation requirements rests with the student.

General information and undergraduate and graduate courses of study for academic year 2019-2020.

About the University

Roger Williams University, located on the coast of Bristol, R.I., is a forward-thinking private university with more than 40 undergraduate majors spanning the liberal arts and the professions, where students become community-minded citizens through project-based, experiential learning.

The principles and philosophies carried throughout the University date back to our namesake, Roger Williams. Founder of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Roger Williams was the first major figure in colonial America to forcefully argue the need for democracy, religious freedom and understanding of America’s native cultures.

At the Roger Williams University of today, his legacy is still at work. Through his scholarship in language, theology and law, Williams’ life reflected the value of learning and teaching. The University honors his legacy by modeling a community in which diverse people and diverse ideas are valued, intellectual achievement is celebrated and civic responsibility is expected.

Both in the classroom and in the community, a lifelong love of learning is fostered at RWU, where students explore their academic interests via traditional and project-based learning, and with the support of an engaged faculty that promotes freedom of expression. Expanding upon its solid academic foundation, the University has enhanced its value to students in all disciplines through the Affordable Excellence initiative, launched in 2012 as a direct response to the critical issues facing higher education in the 21st century: escalating costs, rising debt upon graduation and job preparedness for graduates.

Building on its current strengths and supported by its unique history, Roger Williams University is poised to expand its tradition of achievement and excellence as we move forward even further into the 21st century.

Core Purpose

To strengthen society through engaged teaching and learning. We inspire and educate students to lead fulfilled lives by ensuring they acquire and develop the knowledge, skills and habits of mind necessary to become reflective, responsible individuals who interact with society in mutually rewarding ways.

Core Values


We are committed to an expansive student-centered experience, characterized by academic rigor, critical thinking, collaboration and community engagement that enriches students, the University and the broader society.


We collaborate with one another and with constituencies outside the University to promote individual learning and to help address community needs.


We provide an educational environment that bridges theory and practice, enhancing the ability of students to fulfill their potential and to contribute to society.


We welcome and value all expressions of diversity and identity, actively promote inclusion and prepare students to challenge societal norms and to thrive in a culturally diverse and global society.


We are nimble in developing and piloting changes for the continuous improvement of learning, service and all other aspects of University life.

University Goals

To build the University the world needs now.