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Mission Statement


The College of Arts and Sciences encourages excellence in teaching through academic programs in the arts, humanities, social sciences, Harrington School of Communication and Media, mathematics, and physical sciences; engages in internationally renowned programs of research, scholarship, and creative activities; and supports application of knowledge through outreach to serve the changing needs of the state, the country, and the world.  The College offers graduate and undergraduate programs of research, scholarship and artistic expression to enable students to understand the intellectual and cultural heritages in the global community, the physical world, rapidly changing technologies, and social, economic, and political development. The College promotes students’ ethical and intellectual development and capabilities through critical and independent thinking, reading, and communicating. The College fosters breadth through engagement with theoretical foundations and basic skills, and depth through the intellectual challenges explored via intensive study in a field of concentration.  Student-faculty interaction is enhanced through independent and collaborative experiences to inspire life-long learning and civic engagement. 


Approved by the College of Arts and Sciences faculty on April 17, 2007; amended with the addition of the Harrington School of Communication and Media April 13, 2009.


The College of Arts and Sciences forms the core of the University of Rhode Island, delivering a liberal arts education for the 21st century and performing a central role in fulfilling the mission of the University in undergraduate and graduate education, research, and outreach.  We aspire to be a College of first choice for prospective students and faculty, offering internationally and nationally renowned programs.


news and notes

Check out the video about the Harrington School of Communication and Media, created by URI alum Dan Riordan's Gnarly Bay Productions:

URI students receive excellence awards from history department

URI English professor wins prestigious fellowship from American Academy in Berlin

URI dean, film professor Thomas Zorabedian to be honored by film festival, Feb. 22

URI economist says third quarter economic acceleration slowing in fourth quarter

URI chemistry student earns national research prize for nano-scale work with gold plating

URI chemistry professor and crime lab director named to federal group to assess forensic standards

New Warwick library director has ‘passion’ for information


URI Theatre 2014/2015 Season:


by Theresa Rebeck

"Avenue Q

by Jeff Whitty

"All My Sons

by Arthur Miller

"As You Like It"

by William Shakespeare

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For a copy of the Season Flyer click Here

Audition information for "Seminar" and "Avenue Q" Here

URI’s Medical Physics Program, one of two in New England, wins full accreditation by national group

KINGSTON, R.I., Nov. 17, 2014 – For several years, the University of Rhode Island, partnering with Rhode Island Hospital, has offered a program for students with a passion for physics and medicine – and now it’s reached a milestone...



Using a 50-year-old technology that’s been reinvented as an archaeological tool, Kate Johnson ’06 digs up the lost farms of New England

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Big Thinkers in the College of Arts and Sciences:


2014 graduate Sylvia Bogusz

Major: Communication studies, Italian

Look at Sylvia Bogusz’s resume, and you might think—just another college over-achiever. Think again. Nowhere does she list her triumphs over near-fatal injuries she suffered when a drunken driver hit her in 2007, nor does she let that define her. Read more

Former URI Soccer player participating in the 2014 World Cup for the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team

Geoff Cameron

If former Rhody soccer player Geoff Cameron’s big idea was to play in the World Cup, then he’s going to need a new big idea. That’s because he is now on the U.S. men’s national team roster for the 2014 World Cup this summer in Brazil, and he’s already competed with the team in a win against Ghana and a tied match with Portugal in the competition’s opening round. Read more

Click here for the College of Arts & Sciences New Archive