Jul 15, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog

2023-2024 University Catalog

2023 - 2024
University Catalog







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. 

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.



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