Department of History

Washburn Hall, 80 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

401.874.2528 (p); 401.874.2595 (f)

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Fall 2017 Deadlines


Sept. 12 - End of Open Add period

Sept. 19 - End of Permission Number Add Period

Sept. 19 - Last day to add Pass/Fail Option

Sept. 27 - Last day to drop class with no W designation

Oct. 1 - May 2018 graduation applications due

Oct. 18 - Last day to drop classes

Oct. 20 - Last day to change from Pass/Fail Option

Dec. 11 - Last day of classes



As a history major at the University of Rhode Island you will cultivate an informed understanding and appreciation of past societies and cultures through our department’s diverse course offerings. We pride ourself on teaching our students to write persuasively, read critically, and think creatively about human experiences in the past throughout the world. And, our capstone course sequence for majors provides students with an outstanding research experience.

We offer a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in history, along with combined graduate degrees in history and information and library studies; and history, archaeology and anthropology. Many of our undergraduates double major in elementary or secondary education, political science, anthropology, gender and women’s studies, or Africana studies. Our students pursue careers in business, education, public history, law, public service, and advanced historical research.


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B.A. in History

Minor in History

  • Undergraduate students may minor in history by completing 18 credits in the field. At least 12 credits must be at the 200 level or above and at least 9 credits must be from courses taken at the University of Rhode Island.

Minor in Underwater Archaeology


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M.A. in History

  • Specialization in United States or European History
  • Specialization in Archaeology and Anthropology

M.A./M.L.I.S. Cooperative Program in History and Library Information Studies


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