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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

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

New Faculty in Sociology:

Dr. Melanie S. Brasher has joined the department as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University in 2013. Prior to coming to URI, Dr. Brasher was a visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Dickinson College. Her appointment is a joint appointment in Sociology and in Human Development and Family Studies where she will participate in the Gerontology program. For more info click here.

Dr. Hilda Lloreans has joined the department as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut in 2005. Prior to coming to URI, she was a visiting Assistant Professor at Brown University and a Lecturer at Middlebury College. She has also held positions as a Research Associate at the University of Puerto Rico and at the Institute for Community Research in Hartford, Connecticut. For more info click here.

Early Career Faculty Research Award

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