General Education Requirements:
All students(*) pursuing a bachelor's degree in the
College of Human Science and Services are required to
develop a 39-credit program in General Education within
the framework listed below.
||minimum three credits in written
minimum three credits in oral communication
|Fine Arts and Literature
|Foreign Language and Culture
||University Requirement of a total of six
credits with a minimum of three credits from
or sociology courses approved for General
*Students in the BOA programs in elementary education
and secondary education must
follow the General Education requirements of the College
of Arts and Sciences.
Many of the academic programs in the College of Human
Science and Services require a supervised field work
experience as part of the degree requirements. This
experience is designed to provide students with the
opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in a
career-related setting. Placements are made in a wide
variety of agencies such as public schools, health care
facilities, day care centers, and other human service
Satisfactory completion of a required field
experience depends on achievement of basic competencies
established by the academic department in cooperation
with the agency. The University supervisor is
responsible for determining whether or not the student
has attained the required competencies and, in some
cases, may extend the time required for the experience
until the student's performance is satisfactory.
It is the responsibility of the student to file an
Intent to Graduate form and a curriculum work sheet
approved by the advisor in the Dean's
Office. The deadline is September 15 for May
graduation, April 5 for August graduation, and May 5 for
FINAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR DEGREE
The final responsibility for meeting all course and
credit degree requirements rests with the individual
student. The Undergraduate Bulletin contains
everything a student needs to check his or her degree
requirements. All questions should be directed to the
Office of the Dean.
Approval of the advisor and the Dean is needed for a
schedule of more than 19 credits per semester.
Repeating Courses for Credit:
Unless otherwise stated in the course description, a
course cannot be repeated for credit. Credit can be
counted only once toward the total credits required for
graduation. Repeating courses in which a grade of C or
better was earned requires approval of the student's
academic dean; students may need to take such courses on
a pass-fail basis.
Scholastic Standing Committee
In exceptional cases, and subject to the approval of
the major department, Scholastic Standing Committee and
Dean, students may request exceptions to degree
requirements prescribed by the College of Human Science
and Services or by the General Faculty of the University
of Rhode Island. These requests tend to fall into (2)
two categories: General Education and
University Regulations. To petition these
requirements, students should obtain a (white) College
of Human Science and Services Scholastic Standing
Petition form and follow the general guidelines below.
Forms are available in the Deans Office in Quinn
Hall, Rm. 112.
(click here for detailed
Scholastic Standing Committee Petition form in PDF)
of General Education requirements:
File petition to the College of Human Science and
Services Scholastic Standing Committee. In all cases
the petition must be pre-approved by the department
chair of the student's major for consideration by the
Scholastic Standing Committee. If the petition is for a
substitution of a course not approved for general
education by the College of Human Science and Services,
the petition must also be approved by the chair of the
department in which the course being petitioned is
of University Regulations:
File petition to
the College of Human Science and Services Scholastic
Standing Committee. In all cases the petition must
be pre-approved by the department chair of the student's
major for consideration by the Scholastic Standing
In exceptional cases,
and subject to the approval of the major department,
students may modify any curriculum requirement
stipulated by the
major department. These requests tend to fall into (3)
three categories: requests for course waiver, course
substitution and requirement exceptions. To petition
these requirements, students should obtain a (pink)
College of Human Science and Services Program Exception
form from their Department Office or CHSS Deans Office
in Quinn 112 and follow the general guidelines below.
here for detailed instructions)
Program Exception Petition form in PDF)
of Major requirements:
Including requests for course waiver, course
substitution or program requirement exceptions, file Program Exception petition form approved and
signed by student's academic advisor and department
chair of student's major.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Having
a requirement or course waived by a Department or
Scholastic Standing Committee does NOT reduce the total
number of credits required for graduation.
Transfer students should be advised that admission to
some programs in the College of Human Science and
Services requires meeting certain prerequisites or
separate admission criteria. Teacher education programs
in the Department of Education, Department of Human
Development and Family Studies, and the Department of
Physical Education and Health have specific admission
criteria and generally require that a matriculated
student complete at least one semester of work at the
University of Rhode Island before applying for
admission. Transfer students may be admitted to the
University, but are not admitted directly into these
Students interested in any of the above programs
should refer to the specific program descriptions.
Prior Approval for Off-campus Study:
- Obtain current catalog from the institution where the course work will be taken (this is not required if the course work will be taken from Rhode Island
College or the Community College of Rhode Island).
- Take the catalog to the chairperson of the University department that offers the equivalent course and request his/her signature.
(CCE students need not complete this step).
- Return the signed form to the dean of your college for final approval.
- Upon completion of the course(s), request that a transcript be sent to the dean of the college in which you are enrolled.
PRIOR APPROVAL ASSURES CREDIT FOR WORK TAKEN AT ANOTHER POSTSECONDARY INSTITUTION PROVIDED A
SATISFACTORY GRADE IS EARNED (C or better at all institutions except Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island from
which a C- or D is accepted but only as a free elective.)
The credits for courses taken at another institution will transfer but not the actual letter grade earned; therefore, the grades
earned in theses courses will not affect a student's grade point average.
A readmitting student is one who has had
a break of at least one regular (Fall or Spring)
semester-two semesters if readmitting to the College of
Continuing Education-during pursuit of an undergraduate
degree. Such a break in continuous attendance
automatically terminates a student's active status,
necessitating readmission in order to continue toward a
Additionally, students who graduate from
the University and wish to pursue a second undergraduate
degree must apply for readmission, even if there has
been no break in continuity of attendance.
A readmitting student may seek
readmission into a college and/or program different from
that formerly attended. In such a case, the student
should direct the application to the dean of the college
in which admittance is sought. Students formerly in
University College who have earned at least 25 credits
toward graduation may submit their application for
readmission directly to the degree-granting college.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR READMISSION
IF APPLYING FOR READMISSION TO THE KINGSTON CAMPUS:
You may apply either by mail or in person. If applying
by mail, please complete the application and return to:
Your application will be routed by campus mail and a
decision sent to you directly from the college to which
you are applying. Transcripts of coursework taken at
another institution since your last enrollment at the
University should be sent directly to the college of the
University into which your are seeking readmission.
Office of the Registrar
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, Rhode Island 02881
If applying in person do the following:
- Request an application from Enrollment Services..
- Take the application to the dean of the college to
which you are applying. You should have submitted to
that dean official transcripts of coursework taken
at another institution since your last enrollment at
- After an evaluation and decision has been made on
your application you will be notified directly by
the college to which you have applied.
After notification of an acceptance from your dean, the
Office of the Registrar will send you a re-enrollment
card which must be returned with a $50 nonrefundable
deposit to confirm your enrollment. The deposit will be
applied against your term billing.
Completion of questions related to sex, marital status,
date of birth, citizenship and ethnic origin is
optional. The information requested is gathered in order
to report aggregate totals to the United States
Department of Education in compliance with Title VI of
the Civil Rights Act Of1964 and subsequent laws and
regulations. Summaries are also provided to the Rhode
Island Department of Education and to various academic
and administrative offices of the University. These
summaries are used to assess progress toward
affirmative action goals to which the University is
IF APPLYING FOR READMISSION TO THE COLLEGE OF
All applications for readmission to the College of
Continuing Education must be directed to:
Office of Finance and Records
College of Continuing Education
University of Rhode Island
Promenade and Gaspee Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02908
A decision will be sent to you directly
from the College of Continuing Education.
You must submit official transcripts of all
academic work taken at other institutions since your
last attendance at the University before a decision will
be made on your application for readmission. These
transcripts should be sent to the dean's office of the
college into which you are seeking readmission. A
decision on your application will not be made until
these transcripts are received and evaluated.