Lori E. Ciccomascolo, Interim Dean
Anne M. Seitsinger, Interim Associate Dean
Nancy Kelley, Assistant Dean

The College of Human Science and Services is a people-oriented college designed to focus on the human and material resources needed to help individuals and groups solve human problems encountered in contemporary society. Our programs prepare students for a variety of professions in teacher education, health-related fields, and fields that have evolved from URI’s historic land-grant mission in home economics. These programs include both formal and informal experiences with people in a wide variety of public service settings that enable students to develop the competencies needed in the field of human services. The teacher education programs offered through the college are outlined in the following departmental descriptions. For more information, see “Teacher Education Programs” in Preprofessional Preparation.

Degrees offered include a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in communicative disorders; health studies; human development and family studies; kinesiology; secondary education; textile marketing; and textiles, fashion merchandising, and design; and Bachelor of Arts degrees in elementary or secondary education.

The college sponsors a number of organizations and activities that provide special opportunities for students, including two child development centers, a family therapy clinic, historic textile and costume collection, computer laboratory, physical therapy clinic, and a speech and hearing clinic.

Minors. Students can declare a minor, which will appear on their transcripts as a category separate from their major. See Minor Fields of Study.

The college participates in the following interdisciplinary minors: gerontology, hunger studies, leadership studies, and special populations (see Interdisciplinary Minors). Details on minors offered within the college can be found later in this section.

For more information, visit uri.edu/hss or call 401.874.2244.

In case of discrepancies between this Catalog and the departmental materials, this URI Catalog is considered definitive. Departmental websites and departmental curricular and course materials are maintained independently and do not necessarily reflect University-approved curricular and course information.


Communicative Disorders: Professor Kovarsky, chairperson. Professors Kovarsky, Singer, and Weiss; Associate Professor Kim; Assistant Professor Mahler; Clinical Assistant Professors Connors and Theadore; Adjunct Assistant Professor R. Singer.

School of Education: Professor Byrd, director. Professors Byrd, Eichinger, Peno, Seitsinger, Trostle Brand, and Willis; Associate Professors Adamy, Coiro, Deeney, deGroot, Fogleman, Hicks, Kern,  and Shim; Assistant Professors  Moore and Sweetman;  Lecturers Hersey and Semnoski.

Human Development and Family Studies: Professor McCurdy, chairperson. Professors J. Adams, Clark, Kisler, McCurdy, and Xiao; Associate Professors S. Adams, Branch, Kisler, Sparks, and Vaccaro; Assistant Professors Brasher, Dice, Leedahl, and Porto; Lecturers Adler and Kim; Adjunct Instructors Blumen, Kerbel, Penhallow, and Warford; Professors Emeriti Cohen, Maynard, and Schaffran.

Kinesiology: Professor Riebe, chairperson. Professors Blissmer, Lamont, and Riebe; Associate Professors Ciccomascolo, Delmonico, Hatfield, Kusz, and Xu; Assistant Professors Beck, Clapham, Fournier, Greaney, and Sabnik ; Lecturers Armstrong, Harper, Lateef, Orendoff, and Steen.

Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, and Design: Associate Professor Hannel, chairperson. Professors Bide, Ordonez, and Welters; Associate Professors Harps-Logan and Hannel; Assistant Professors Aspelund, Gagnon, and Lu; Adjunct Professor Emery.

Interdisciplinary Programs: Gerontology—Professor Clark, director; Health Studies—Assistant Professor Greaney, director; Human Science and Services—Interim Dean Ciccomascolo, program head; Leadership Studies—Professor McCurdy, acting program head.

Curriculum Requirements

General Education Requirements. All students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the college are required to develop a 39-credit program in general education within the framework described at the start of the Undergraduate Program Requirements section of this catalog.

Students within the college must take, as part of their English communication requirement, a minimum of three credits from WRT 104 or 106 and a minimum of three credits from COM100; or as part of their social sciences requirement, a minimum of three credits from APG, PSY, and SOC courses approved for general education. Individual programs within the college may require specific courses.

Students in the elementary and secondary education program must follow the basic liberal studies requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Field Work. Many of the college’s academic programs 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, child care centers, and other human service settings. 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. If in the opinion of the University supervisor the performance of the student is unsatisfactory, and particularly if client/patient safety is at risk, the student may be removed from the field experience prior to the end of the semester or term.

Course Load. 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.

Curricular Modifications. In consultation with the advisor, and with the approval of the department chairperson, a student will be permitted to modify the normal requirements of the department in which the student is majoring. The decision of the department chair is final. Requirements outside the major may be modified only with the approval of the Scholastic Standing Committee of the College of Human Science and Services. Petition forms are available in the Office of the Dean. Minimum grade point average and total credit requirements are not petitionable.

Transfer Students. Transfer students should be advised that admission to some programs in the college requires meeting certain prerequisites or separate admission criteria. Teacher education programs in the School of Education, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, and the Department of Kinesiology have specific admission criteria and generally require that a matriculated student complete at least one semester of work at URI before applying for admission. Transfer students may be admitted to the University, but are not admitted directly into these programs.

The Plan for Early Contingent Admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in Physical Therapy requires careful and timely course planning typically beginning with the freshman year at URI. It is unlikely that transfer students would have the appropriate sequence of courses, including the prerequisites, that would allow them to take advantage of this option.

Students interested in any of the above programs should refer to the specific program descriptions and consult the department for additional information.

Graduation. It is the responsibility of each student to file an Intent to Graduate form and curriculum work sheet approved by his or her advisor in the Dean’s Office. The deadline is October 15 for May graduation and August graduation, and April 15 for December graduation.

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