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Degree Programs

Anthropology (B.A.)

The URI Anthropology curriculum offers courses in all major subfields of the study of humankind: archaeology, cultural anthropology, anthropological linguistics, and physical anthropology. In the process of obtaining an undergraduate degree (B.A.), Anthropology majors learn about human prehistory, evolutionary biology, and cultures around the world. Depending on their academic records and individual career goals, Anthropology graduates can either pursue advanced degrees (M.A. or Ph.D.) at other universities or take jobs in nonacademic fields. Either way, we believe their lives are enriched through the study of humankind.

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Course Requirements for the B.A. in Anthropology

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Sociology (B.A. or B.S.)

Sociology at the University of Rhode Island provides students with a wide range of opportunities and challenges. Built on the solid foundation of general education provided by URI, our programs of study offer extensive course work in family and intimate relations, criminology and corrections, and institutional analysis. In addition, opportunities for community service and internships are becoming more numerous. Our graduates have gone on to variety of careers -- education, public service, law enforcement, management -- as well as to some of the most outstanding graduate and professional schools in the country.

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There are two degree programs in Sociology offered at the University of Rhode Island:

The URI Department of Sociology is a member of the Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) International Sociology Honor Society.

Justice, Law and Society (Minor)

The minor in Justice, Law and Society is designed to provide students with a critical examination of the intersection of social justice, criminal justice and the law. Among the issues students will confront are the distribution of wealth, power, and property; the relationship of social inequalities to crime; inequities in the administration of law; and the law as an instrument of social change.

Such questions are central to liberal education, and the minor draws on the perspectives of a wide number of traditional academic disciplines as well as several newly emerging fields of study. Although beneficial for all students, the minor is particularly recommended for those contemplating careers in the law, criminal justice, education, and human services.

To learn more about the program requirements, please download the brochure (PDF)

For more information, e-mail Leo Carroll, or you may phone (401) 874-4135

News & Announcements


Donna Hughes, Carlson Professor of Gender and Women's Studies has accepted a joint appointment as Professor of Sociology. Professor Hughes is a leading international researcher on human trafficking. She has completed research on the trafficking of women and girls for sexual exploitation in the United States, Russia, Ukraine, and Korea and also does research and writing on women's rights.


Dr. Pravin Patkar, a Fulbright Scholar from India will be in residence in Sociology and Anthropology during the 2015-16 academic year. The founder of Prerana, a center for women and children in Kamathipura - the largest red-light district in the world -- he written extensively on the topic of human trafficking. He has worked with victims of bonded labor (modern-day slavery) and prostitution and sex trafficking, and is an advocate for laws and policy that protect victims and hold perpetrators accountable. Dr. Patkar will be doing research and co-teaching courses with Professor Donna Hughes.


Julie Keller Julie C. Keller has joined the department as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to URI, Professor Keller was a Visiting Assistant Professor and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Oberlin College.


Rosaria Pisa has been appointed director of the Gender and Women's Studies program. Professor Pisa has conducted in-depth fieldwork in rural and urban Mexico since 1993. Her research has evolved from studying the impact of the privatization of communal land on community life to her current focus on the gender dynamics of local and organic farming.


URI Anthropology & History student, Morgan Breene, earns prestigious international award to continue her studies of underwater archaeological sites. For full article click here



For the second year in a row, an anthropologist has been awarded the University’s Early Career Research Award.

Associate Professor Holly Dunsworth received the 2014 award for her research comparing energy use in apes and other mammals with particular reference to how the energetics and metabolic parameters of pregnancy, fetal growth, infant growth, and lactation and how those determine the timing of birth in humans and other mammals. Kudos to Holly!!!

Department contacts

Department Chair
Leo Carroll,

Justice, Law & Society Minor Coordinator
Professor Leo Carroll,

Administrative Assistant
Theresa Nobile,