Department of History

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

401.874.2528 (p); 401.874.2595 (f)

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Study the Past. Create Your Future.

You are always curious, wanting to find the facts. You like to look things up and find the answers for yourself, rather than rely on what someone else tells you. It makes sense that you are thinking about majoring in history. And URI is a great place to do just that.

We’re a group of observers, information seekers, and analyzers. We read, collect, and interpret information every day. Our faculty is committed to education and research, taking pride in teaching our students to write persuasively, read critically, think creatively and work independently. History is one of the most versatile undergraduate majors you can choose, exposing you to all aspects of humanity—arts, languages, science and economics—and setting you up for success in any career path you choose. Come join us.

I like people. I like to know why we do what we do, how we got to the present.

– Morgan Breene ’14, History and Anthropology Major
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Why History at URI?


We give you a wide variety of courses to choose from—everything you need to develop an informed understanding and appreciation of past societies and cultures. You will have the opportunity to tailor your program of study to suit your own interests—choosing from courses on the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa ranging from ancient times to the recent past. And our courses are available at both our Kingston and Providence campuses, making earning a degree in history at URI accessible to more students.


We offer our history majors an outstanding research experience with our two-course capstone sequence. Students will get to work closely with a professor on an individual project for two semesters. And there are other fascinating opportunities—our Applied History Lab where students use historical and archaeological methods to shape public policy and preserve history, along with fieldwork opportunities at schools in Israel and Bermuda.


Our history program blends nicely with other disciplines at the University, giving you a chance to discover other interests. Because our program provides you with more than 50 credits of free electives, you can sample courses from other departments at URI, complete a second major, complete the Teacher Education Program, study abroad, take advantage of internship programs, or pursue whatever interests you may have outside of your major.

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