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


Master of Arts in History

The URI Department of History offers a master’s program with three major areas of study:


historyphoto2Graduate students enrolled in the history program should declare a primary concentration in one of the above-mentioned fields and a minor concentration in another field. The anthropology and archaeology option, however, is not available as a minor only as a major field of study. Students can, however, choose a minor from another department such as English, labor and industrial relations, Spanish, marine affairs, political science, psychology or women’s studies.

Students may take up to six credits of graduate work in history at Rhode Island College, and graduate students at Rhode Island College may take up to six credits of graduate work at the University of Rhode Island. Students also may request permission from the graduate school to transfer up to six credits of graduate work from another university.

Advanced topics courses and graduate seminars are held once a week, almost always in the late afternoon, so that students who are working or teaching in area schools will find it easier to attend. About half of our students attend full time, and the other half take a class or two per semester. We welcome students from other graduate programs such as education, English and political science. We also welcome non-degree students who need graduate work for professional development or wish to take courses for personal enrichment. Students attending school full time generally take two years to complete the M.A. in History.



Contact Information

For general inquiries, contact Director of Graduate Studies
Evelyn Sterne:
p: 401.874.4074
f: 401.874.2595

For inquiries about the archaeology and anthropology option, contact Professor Roderick Mather:
p: 401.874.4093

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