Welcome to our Special Programs page. The Department of English is proud of two Special Programs and the faculty members who make them possible:
The Summer in England Program runs every summer in the historic town of Bath in the United Kingdom. The program, open to undergraduates from any US institution, is run by faculty members from the English Department here at URI. Students take two courses, "ENG 350 Literary Theory" and "ENG 379 Contemporary Literature" and earn 6 URI credits over the three week session. The Program supplements its course offerings with excursion trips in and around Bath. Please visit the Summer in England Web Page for more information.
The URI English Department is the host institution for the statewide Changing Lives through Literature program. By agreement with the Rhode Island District Court, Bryant University, Rhode Island College, and the University of Rhode Island , literature professors from a range of Rhode Island universities and colleges teach courses to participants sentenced to our program in lieu of jail or other punishment. This alternative sentencing program, instituted by Chief Judge DeRobbio, and implemented through the Pre-Trial Services Unit of the District Court led by Director Judith Caprio, provides offenders with a way to consider their choices without being incarcerated. It is an inventive approach to reducing recidivism and enhancing the lives of its participants. The program is groundbreaking in its ability to bring University English departments and State Courts together in a common goal. Please visit the Changing Lives Through Literature Program Web Page for more information.
The URI Changing Lives Through Literature Program is co-sponsored by the John Hazen White Sr. Center for Ethics and Public Service.
The Edmund S. and Nathalie Rumowicz Program at the University of Rhode Island encourages interaction between disciplines in the sciences and the humanities dedicated to the study of the sea. The Rumowicz Endowment Fund supports three interrelated annual activities within the English department: 1) the "Literature and the Sea" seminar; 2) the Undergraduate Maritime Essay Contest; 3) and a keynote lecture. Please visit the Rumowicz Program Web Page for more information.