Department of Sociology & Anthropology

507 Chafee Building, 10 Chafee Road, Kingston, RI 02881

401.874.2587 (ph); 401.874.2588 (f)

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Learn to ask the questions.

It all starts with a curiosity about human nature. What does it mean to be human? Why do we behave the way we do? How can we live together in this world? What can we learn about ourselves—and the future—from studying our ancestors and how they lived? As sociologists and anthropologists, these are the questions that fascinate us. And every day, we search for the answers—in the classroom, through our research, and in a variety experiential learning and fieldwork opportunities.

If you share this curiosity about what it means to be human and the social and cultural impact of our interactions, we invite you to join us. We offer you options—the B.A or B.S. programs in Sociology or the B.A. in Anthropology. We also offer a minor in sociology, anthropology, and in our unique Justice, Law and Society program.

Anthropology is such an exciting field because to do it well—to understand and to discover meaningful aspects of humankind and its history—you’ve got to literally explore the Earth.

– Professor Holly Dunsworth
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Why Sociology and Anthropology at URI?

We believe in learning by doing, and we offer you a strong internship and experiential learning program with options for a range of interests. Recent examples include internships at the Feinstein Center for a Hunger-Free America and the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office, and summer fieldwork opportunities in Mexico and Southern Italy.

Teaching undergraduates is our priority, and it’s personal. With 13 full-time faculty members in the department, you’ll get to know your professors and they’ll get to know you. Once you’re in one of our degree programs, your advisor will guide you throughout your program. If you’re undecided about your major, we’re here to answer your questions, offering the support you need to make a decision.

You’ll have opportunities to work with some of URI’s biggest thinkers—award-winning faculty researchers, who invite students to work with them on projects such as examining sentencing outcomes of the criminal justice system and how incarceration affects our aging prison population or studying human energetics from an evolutionary perspective by researching energy use in apes.

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