Department of History

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

401.874.2528 (p); 401.874.2595 (f)

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Spring 2018 Deadlines


Jan. 28 – End of Open Add period

Feb. 4 – End of Permission Number Add Period

Feb. 4 – Last day to add Pass/Fail Option

Feb. 12 – Last day to drop class without a “W” on Academic Record

Mar. 5 – Last day to drop classes

Mar. 12-18 – Spring Break

Mar. 23 – Last day to change from Pass/Fail Option

Apr. 30 – Last day of classes


Bachelor of Arts in History

Experiential Learning

As a history major or minor at URI there are several ways for students to take advantage of experiential learning:



Our capstone sequence is the quintessential history experience. You will go through the steps required to produce a history research paper and then you will write it. You will learn research methods, historiography, and how to formulate your own hypothesis that will end in a thesis. You will work with primary source documents. The end result of the capstone is a “professional” history paper.


Certain minors offer hands-on experience, most notably our Underwater Archaeology minor.

Field Schools

Israel Archaeology Field School and Bermuda Field School led by URI faculty.


An example:
HIS 391 – Directed Study or Research. Students can complete directed studies on various experiential topics, an oral history of WWII with local veterans, for example, or the reading of original medieval texts while learning Latin and paleography.


The University’s Center for Career and Experiential Learning is a good place for students to begin their search for an internship.

Another option is for students to contact one of the Rhode Island Historical and Preservation Societies.

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