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


URI Theatre 2013/2014 Season:

"Be Aggressive

by Annie Weisman

"How The Other Half Lives

by Alan Ayckbourn

"Crimes of the Heart

by Beth Henley


by Fred Ebb & Bob Fosse

For more information click Here

For a copy of the Season Flyer click Here

Audition information for "Chicago" and "Crimes of the Heart" Here

Press Releases for the College of Arts & Sciences:

Two URI research teams recognized for ocean research by Secretary of Interior


Andrea Rusnock

URI's Rusnock to use Fellowship for smallpox study

URI picked for Obama program to boost number of Americans studying in Latin America

URI program chosen to help launch Obama’s Latin American initiative

The newest exhibit in the Fine Arts Center showcases graffiti art, some of which was painted right on the gallery walls.

Big Thinkers in the College of Arts and Sciences:

Steven Craveiro '13

Jenna Broccolo '12

Cherry Arnold '87

Tony Horton '80