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New Academic Structure for Fall 2016

Following the creation of the College of Health Sciences, a number of programs of study have moved from one college to another. The administration initiated this change to reflect a changing society and changing needs at URI.

Students do not need to do anything. Appropriate technical changes have been completed by the Registrar and University Computing Systems. The tuition and fee structure will change for some students starting in Fall 2016.

The College of Human Sciences and Services is dissolved, and the Feinstein College of Continuing Education is now known as the Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies located on Kingston and Providence campuses. Additionally, a new school has been formed, the School of Professional and Continuing Studies located on the Providence campus (under Feinstein College of Educational and Professional Studies).

For more information regarding the creation of the College of Health Sciences and other changes, please read this announcement from President Dooley (pdf).

Major changes

Program of Study Former Assigned College New College
Nutrition and Dietetics Environment and Life Sciences Health Sciences
Psychology Arts and Sciences Health Sciences
Physical Therapy, Health Studies, Kinesiology, Communicative Disorders Health Sciences and Services Human Sciences
Human Development and Family Studies Human Sciences and Services Health Sciences
Early Childhood Education* Human Sciences and Services Health Sciences
Textile Marketing & Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, and Design Human Sciences and Services Business Administration
Elementary Education and Secondary Education Human Sciences and Services Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies
Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies College of Continuing Education Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies

* Some curriculum requirements to be fulfilled under Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies.

Other programs have not changed colleges; graduate programs will remain under the Graduate School.

Providence-based students may choose the following majors offered through the School of Professional and Continuing Studies based in the Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies:

  • Applied Communications (BIS)
  • Business Institutions (BIS)
  • Communication Studies
  • English
  • Film Media
  • Gender and Women’s Studies
  • Health Services Administration (BIS)
  • History
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Human Studies (BIS)
  • Medical Laboratory Science (Biotech Manufacturing only)
  • Psychology BA

New College Contacts

College of Health Sciences (all inquiries) 874.4402 or 874.2125
College of Education and Professional Studies (education majors) 874.5930
College of Education and Professional Studies (all other majors) 277.5160

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