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Minors in Sociology and Anthropology


You can earn a minor in either of our degree programs by following the University's general guidelines. You need to earn a minimum of 18 credits, 12 of which must be from courses at the 200 level above.


Although there are no specfici requirments, we urge students to follow the suggestions below. A minor with some focus is more beneficial to you than a mere collection of 18 credits.



Anthropology Minor (18 credits in Anthropology)


Students interested in a minor in anthropology should think about taking at least two, if not three, of the introductory courses (APG 200, APG 201, APG 202, APG 203). A solid foundation in the four fields of anthropology will create breadth and depth in your understanding of the anthropological approach to the world.


You will need to file a declartion of minor form with the Dean's Office before the beginning of your last semester.



Sociology Minor (18 credits in Sociology)


The place to begin a program of study leading to a sociology minor is in SOC 100. This course is the basis for the remainder of the curriculum. We suggest that you take at least two courses from our Inequality cluster (SOC 240, SOC 242, SOC 336, SOC 413, SOC 428, SOC 456). Additional courses can focus on a specific interest such as work and family instituions or criminology and criminal justice.


You will need to file a declartion of minor form with the Dean's Office before the beginning of your last semester.


If you have questions, please contact Professor Leo Carroll.





News & Announcements

New Faculty in Sociology:

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.


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,