The Program

Honors at URI is structured as a program, not a separate college. This allows us to draw from the talents of faculty throughout the University who share your dedication to pursuing knowledge across disciplinary boundaries, and help you seek out experiences that complement your education.

All honors eligible students are welcome to enroll in Honors Courses, offered at all levels in topics that span the curriculum. URI Honors Courses emphasize enriched rather than accelerated learning, adding dimension and depth to the subject. Class size is limited to 20 students at the introductory levels and 15 students at the upper levels to foster dialogue and active learning. Honors eligible students also benefit from individualized guidance and support from our honors advisors and have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor on a piece of original research or creative work.

When you join the Honors Program, you’ll receive an Honors Program notation on your transcript, and have access to early registration. All graduating students who have completed the University Honors Program will receive a notation on their diploma and be recognized at the annual Honors Undergraduate Conference in May.


To receive a notation on their transcripts stating they have “completed the University Honors Program,” students must take at least 18 credits in Honors Program courses. Each of the requirements below must be a minimum of 3 credits. Honors Program credits must include:

One (1) Honors course at the 100/200 level;
One (1) Honors Colloquium (HPR 2XX);
One (1) Honors course at the 300/400 level;
One (1) Honors project—HPR 401.

One (1) Honors course at the 400-level, either HPR 411 or HPR 412 OR one (1) Honors project—HPR 402 (HPR 402 is for those students who choose to do a six-credit, full academic year Honors Project); and
One (1) Elective Honors Course at any level.