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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


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,