December 12, 2017

Great Minds Don’t All Think Alike

Student opens laptop in an outdoor classroom.
Student opens laptop in an outdoor classroom.

They say great minds think alike. But at Providence College, that’s not exactly the case.

Sure, there are shared experiences that unite us — such as the Core Curriculum, PC’s distinctive Development of Western Civilization sequence, and our Catholic and Dominican identity, which underpins everything we do.

These signature elements provide our students with a road map of sorts, but they don’t define the journey — or the destination. Instead, they serve as mile markers on a road to inquiry that starts here and never really ends.

At PC, we’re comfortable with questions, with debate, with duality. Your studies here will challenge you to find commonality among topics that seem, on the surface, to be opposites. “Or” often becomes “and.”

You’ll learn how to think rather than what to think. You’ll encounter diverse — and divergent — points of view. Perhaps most important, you’ll learn to approach complex problems from many different angles. You’ll consider all perspectives. And you’ll be better for it.

Because great minds don’t all think alike.