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University Honors Program


Looking for our Fall 2014 courses?

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Please note: The majority of spaces in most 100- and 200-level courses are reserved for incoming freshmen. If you are unable to register for a 100- or 200-level course, we encourage you to explore alternative courses in the curriculum. You can also keep an eye on e-Campus, especially after New Student Orientation ends in late June.

Honors is also offering two Summer 2014 courses:

On-Campus: HPR 319 - Meditation, Mindfulness and Peace (Within Ourselves and in the World)

  • Dates: May 21 - June 20
  • Meeting Time: TuTh 6-9:15pm
  • Meeting Location: Lippitt Hall
  • Credits: 3
  • Instructor: Art Stein
  • Prerequisite: 3.3 GPA or instructor permission.

Experience "hands-on" learning as we explore a variety of meditations, mindfulness, and contemplative practices, East and West. Within and beyond the classroom, our learning community can discover how this understanding relates to the quality of our human relationships and the challenges of building a more just, nonviolent, and sustainable world. Learn to... Deepen self understanding; manage stresses of everyday life; and integrate physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of our human nature within different cultural contexts. For more information, contact Prof. Stein at or Deb Gardiner in the Honors Office.

Study Abroad: APG 301H - The Anthropology of Nutrition: Sustainable Communities and Food Cultures in Naples, Italy

  • Dates: June 2 - 8
  • Meeting Location: Naples, Italy
  • Credits: 3 Instructor: Rosaria Pisa
  • Cost: $3,500 + airfare
  • Prerequisite: 3.3+ GPA. Also offered for credit under APG 301, SOC 497, or APG 470

Two-week immersion program in sustainable agriculture and food studies in Naples, Italy. Learn about the highly localized and seasonal food culture of the Campania region. Interact with local producers, foodies, and activists. Engage in hands-on learning through farm-stays cooking classes, food festivals, and music. Relish in the historical, cultural, and cosmopolitan richness of the City of Naples. For more information, contact Prof. Pisa at


What are Honors Courses?
Honors Program courses emphasize enriched rather than accelerated learning, adding dimension and depth to the subject at hand. They stress dialogue and active learning and are limited to 15 students at the upper levels and 20 students at the beginning level. The result is closer classroom interaction and greater intellectual and emotional investment. Honors classes are offered at all levels of the curriculum, from 100 level to 400 level.

Who can register?
  • Honors Seminars (100 or 200-level):
    Entering freshmen who meet the Honors eligibility criteria.
    Current/continuing students who earn a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher at URI.
  • Honors Colloquium (HPR 201 or 202):
    Sophomores, juniors and seniors who have completed at least one Honors course and have a cumulative URI GPA of 3.30 or higher.
  • Honors Tutorials/Seminars (300 or 400-level):
    Sophomores, juniors and seniors with a cumulative URI GPA of 3.30 or higher.
    Freshmen interested in an Honors Tutorial in their second semester should contact the course instructor and request a permission number. Enrollment will be conditional upon earning a GPA of 3.30 or higher in their first semester.
  • Honors Senior Seminars (HPR 411 or 412)
    Second-semester juniors and seniors with a cumulative URI GPA of 3.30 or higher.
  • Honors Project (HPR 401 or 402):
    Students typically complete their Honors Project over one or two semesters as seniors, but can also request approval to complete their project in an earlier year. Students interested in completing an Honors Project should contact Prof. Carolyn Hames at
  • Note: Students who entered the University before Fall 2010 require a GPA of 3.20 to be eligible for Honors courses and to complete the University Honors Program.
How to find Honors courses on e-Campus:
  • Go to "Class Search"
  • Click on "Additional Search Criteria"
  • Type "honors" in the field "Course Keyword"
This will produce a list of all honors courses offered, in alphabetical order from ARH to WRT.






Announcing: Spring 2014 courses!


CONGRATULATIONS to the following students:


Alyssa Neill, '14, a Nutrition & Dietetics major and Honors student was one of only 61 juniors nationwide to be awarded the prestigious Truman Scholarship in 2013. Selected for her academic achievement, leadership ability and commitment to a career in public service, Alyssa received a $30,000 scholarship for graduate study, attended a Truman leadership institute, and has joined the ranks of a global network of Truman Scholars. Read more in the URI Press Release.

Juniors Christopher Bobba (Chemical Engineering/Biological Sciences) and Russell Dauksis (Marine Biology) who have been named as Goldwater Scholars, and to Farid Topchiev (Chemical Engineering and German) who has received a Goldwater Honorable Mention! See their URI Press release to learn more.

Brian Stack (senior History/Philosophy) who has received a prestigious Humanity in Action Fellowship!

URI Honors Student Megan O'Brien has been awarded a 2012-2013 Fulbright Scholarship to Iceland. Read more about Meghan's story here, and follow her blog!

Brittany O'Brien has been awarded a 2012 National Security Education Program (NSEP) Boren Scholarship to study Swahili in Kenya for the fall semester. Brittany has also been granted an NSEP African Languages Initiative Summer Supplement to study Swahili at the University of Florida prior to her departure.

These six URI sophomores who won Hollings Scholarships from NOAA this year: Michael Canton, Eilea Knotts, Sarah Merolla, Benjamin Sevey, Callie Veelenturf and Brenton Wallin. Read more in their URI Press Release.

Farid Topchiev, who has been awarded two prestigious scholarships to study in Germany - the DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship and the Whitaker Undergraduate Scholarship!










Honors Director:
Lynne Derbyshire, 401.874.4732

Associate Director:
Cheryl Foster, 401.874.4022

Associate Director:
Carolyn Hames, 401.874.2813

Assistant Director:
Kathleen Maher, 401.874.5875

Program Coordinator:
Deborah Gardiner, 401.874.2303


Program Specialist:
Caitlin Green, 401.874.9483

General inquiries: