Welcome to the URI English Undergraduate Studies Program pages.
Our undergraduate program is challenging and flexible; many of our students supplement English with a minor or second major in closely related fields (see 'Interdisciplinarity' below). About 24% of our Majors combine their English B.A. with an Elementary or Secondary Education major, allowing them to become public or private school teachers immediately after graduation. Many receive the advanced training and professional advising that enables them to enter first-rate graduate programs in English, Creative Writing, Comparative Literature, Film or Media Studies, History, Medicine, and Business Administration. Others go on to some of the country's top Law Schools, while many find that their strong writing and analytical skills prepare them to enter careers in publishing, journalism, advertising and marketing, college administration, grant writing, non-profit organizations, social services, insurance, civil service, retail business, and NGOs.
Students also take five courses designed to give them coverage of every major period of literature in English, as well as five electives in English.
Click here to see the full list of course requirements for majoring in English.
Applications for the English Minor are available in the English Department, located at 114 Swan Hall.
Through a generous endowment from Edmund S. and Nathalie Rumowicz, we regularly offer an undergraduate seminar on the Literature of the Sea in collaboration with faculty and students from Marine Affairs and the History Department. The Rumowicz endowment also makes possible a yearly distinguished lecture on Literature of the Sea, and an undergraduate essay contest that draws contestants from disciplines all over the campus..
Each year, students of the English Department have the opportunity to compete for numerous scholarships and prizes, which celebrate and facilitate academic success as well as excellence in numerous forms of writing, such as the critical essay, poetry, and non-fiction prose.
Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious honor society in the U. S. Students with excellent grade point averages who take mostly liberal arts courses, display breadth in their program of study, and have completed required levels of math and a foreign language are invited to join the URI chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in their junior or senior year of college. Juniors must have a grade point average of 3.75 or above; seniors must have a 3.5 or higher GPA.
These are the current math, language, and breadth requirements for initiation: MTH 111 is recommended, MTH 107 may be accepted. Language is completion of the intermediate level, which is 104 in most cases but not all. Breadth is 18 credits above the introductory level in a Liberal Studies discipline unrelated to the major, or a second major or minor in an unrelated Liberal Studies discipline.