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Interdepartmental Minor


  • Undergraduate students may declare a “minor” in thanatology (study of loss, death, and grief). Requirements may be satisfied by completing 18 or more credits of interdepartmental studies related to thanatology. To declare a minor, a student must develop a course plan with Professor Carolyn Hames ( or 401-874-2813), complete the thanatology minor form, and receive approval from the student’s assistant/associate dean. A student’s approved minor(s) will be listed on the student’s academic record after graduation.
  • At least 12 of the 18 credits required for the minor shall be at the 200 level or above. A minimum grade point average of 2.0 must be earned in the 18 or more credits required for the minor.
  • At least half of the credits required for a minor must be earned at the University of Rhode Island.
  • No courses may be used to apply to both major and minor fields of study. Courses in general education may be used for the minor. Courses in the minor may not be taken under the pass-fail grade option.
  • Applications for a minor must be filed in the students assistant/associate dean’s office no later than the beginning of the student’s final semester.
  • Approval of a minor does not guarantee space in any course required for the minor.

Course Requirements in Thanatology

Students are required to take three courses in thanatology (9 credits); one course in communication, counseling, gerontology, or psychology (3 credits); and one course in ethics, philosophy, or religion (3 credits). The remaining course (3 credits) may be selected from these and other related areas, decided in conjunction with the faculty advisor. The courses under each category are listed under course descriptions.


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