A capstone experience integrates course work throughout the undergraduate major program. Capstone experiences include courses, internships, portfolios, senior theses, research/design projects, etc. They are scheduled for the senior year. Capstone experiences may be either required or simply recommended. See your program of study for more information.
Special Academic Opportunities
Non-native-speaking students who want to continue to perfect their English so as to enhance their chances of success in their studies may do so by taking courses in the English Language Studies Program. ELS 112 and 122 are two regularly offered courses that count toward the written communication requirement in the general education program. Students who need these courses are strongly urged to take them in their freshman year. Students can also take ELS 312 and 322 to strengthen their oral English skills.
The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) provides services for all internationals holding F and/or J nonimmigrant visa designations. OISS serves approximately 500 international visiting scholars, graduate and undergraduate students (degree and non-degree) and their dependents, from as many as 59 different nations. OISS is responsible for communicating and interpreting statutes, rules, and regulations that derive from the Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of Justice, and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly known as the Immigration and Naturalization Services). OISS also disseminates information pertinent to international visitors from the RI Division of Motor Vehicles, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Social Security Administration.
The staff at OISS is committed to providing valuable and comprehensive services to our international community. OISS also provides workshops and cross-cultural programming events for students, their dependents, and scholars. The center serves as a cross-cultural meeting place, hosting social events and recreational trips. A comfortable lounge is equipped with many amenities and is open to any URI student or URI student organization. We cosponsor events with civic clubs, such as Rotary International, the Rhode Island Association of International Advisors, and New England Land Grant Colleges International Advisors.
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Interest in marine science and oceanography at the University dates back to the mid-1930s. Over the past three decades, this strong emphasis on marine studies has extended to environmental topics, developing into an array of undergraduate programs in the natural, physical, and social sciences.
There are dozens of majors with a marine or environmental focus, especially within the College of Engineering and the College of the Environment and Life Sciences. Several of the majors are offered jointly with the Graduate School of Oceanography, which also offers undergraduates a minor in oceanography see the Interdepartmental Minors section of this catalog.
Undergraduates are encouraged to explore opportunities at the Narragansett Bay Campus for active participation in the oceanographic sciences. Juniors and seniors may spend an entire semester at the University’s Bay Campus pursuing their individual marine interests, for which they receive full academic credit. They work as part of a research team in the laboratory and in the field under the direct guidance of the Graduate School of Oceanography faculty.
Working with academic advisors, students can identify their majors and select the courses best suited to their individual academic objectives and career goals.
Military Science and Leadership (Army ROTC) is one of the nation’s top leadership programs. For details, see the description in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalog.
The National Student Exchange (NSE) program offers URI students the opportunity to study at more than 180 participating colleges and universities in 55 states, U.S. territories, and Canadian provinces, paying in-state rates or URI tuition while maintaining their status as URI students. NSE offers the opportunity to explore new geographical areas, experience academic diversity, and study under different educational and social circumstances in various parts of North America. Financial aid is available to participants. For further information, contact the Office of International Education and National Student Exchange in the International Student Center at 401.874.5546.
Students with special academic interests can take advantage of the talent and resources available at the region’s state universities without having to become a degree candidate at another institution. Under a cooperative agreement, URI students can study for one or two semesters at the other New England land-grant institutions if they wish to take a course, a sequence of courses, or part of a program not available at URI. Students participating in this program pay their normal URI tuition and fees and maintain their status as URI students. Advisors and members of the University College for Academic Success staff have more information about this program and its requirements.
Full-time students matriculated at one of the public institutions of higher education in Rhode Island may enroll for a maximum of seven credits of their full-time schedule per semester for study at one of the other public institutions at no additional expense. Each institution will determine and maintain the integrity of the degree to be awarded. Students will be subject to the course selection process applicable at the receiving institution. Off-Campus Study and Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies, School of Professional and Continuing Studies Special Programs courses are not included in this program, nor are students who are taking courses only during Summer Session. Students interested in this arrangement should contact Enrollment Services.
The Office of International Education and National Student Exchange sponsors University programs abroad, helps students make arrangements for foreign study, and maintains information about overseas study programs. The office also assists in the evaluation of credits from study abroad. The University sponsors exchange programs with universities in Denmark, England, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, and Spain, and URI is a member of several consortiums that enable URI students to participate in programs throughout the world. URI also participates in the New England-Quebec and New England-Nova Scotia exchange programs, making study available on an exchange basis at any of 21 English- and French-speaking universities in these Canadian provinces.
Many of these exchange programs make study abroad available to URI students at a modest cost. The study abroad director and advisors help students who wish to participate in these or other approved academic programs in choosing the appropriate programs, obtaining prior approval for courses to be taken abroad, and retaining matriculated status at URI during their absence from campus. Most forms of financial aid are applicable to study abroad. For more information, contact the Office of International Education and National Student Exchange.
The University provides a full range of undergraduate and graduate course offerings during two five-week sessions on the Kingston and Providence campuses. Courses begin immediately after Commencement and are offered during day and evenings as well as on-line. Summer intensives are offered at varying dates in the alternate session, and a number of special programs, including study in foreign countries, internships, and clinical placements, are available. Students may attend either or both campuses and enroll in any summer session. Students who are not matriculated at URI who are expecting to apply summer credit to their academic degree program are advised to obtain prior approval from their home campus before registering. Maximum course load is seven credits per summer session, including simultaneous courses in the alternate session. Exceptions are allowed with permission of the student’s academic dean.
The University provides a unique range of undergraduate and graduate course offerings during the winter session. This mini-semester, approximately in the 3 week period between January 2 and the day before the spring semester begins, consists of credit-bearing courses that offer new value-added experiences to students not possible during standard semesters. Examples may include but are not limited to: travel courses (domestic and international); gateway courses or modules to help students catch up; experiential learning opportunities, including student research, projects, service learning, and internships; high-demand laboratory and/or clinical courses; and popular general education or other existing courses. Maximum course load is 4 credits. Students who are not matriculated at URI who are expecting to apply Winter J-term credit to their academic degree program are advised to obtain prior approval from their home campus before registering. Federal financial aid is not available, however discounted tuition is offered. Registration occurs in the fall semester. Winter J-term courses will be shown on student transcripts. Students are not eligible to graduate in this Winter J-term session. However, students completing their final course during this session should confirm spring graduation eligibility with their Dean’s Office prior to registration.