When it comes to finding classes, a simple search on e-Campus or in the course catalog will usually suffice. But there seems to be some confusion about which classes have been removed and which are simply full. While some students claim that certain classes are no longer offered at the University of Rhode Island, a full list of deleted courses (below) from John Humphrey of Enrollment Services can tell students which classes survived the yearly purge.

If a class is no longer offered, it would not be listed in the public course catalog. According to Humphrey, if a class has not been taught in two years it will not be listed publicly. If professors wish to bring it back, it can be re-added to the catalog. However, classes that have not been taught for more than four years are off the table, and would have to return to the catalog as a new class.

“We have a responsibility to meet our accreditation standards,” Humphrey said. “We review courses so that the catalog is up to date.”

However, some students like sophomore Janet Novack mistakenly believe that a course has been removed from the catalog, when it is actually full, or not being offered during a certain semester. Novack heard about a class called “Color Science” from a friend, and was interested in enrolling. Unfortunately, she was unable to enroll in the class and assumed that it was no longer offered. However, TMD 113, Color Science, is not on Humphrey’s list of deleted courses and, in fact, still appears in the course catalog.

“Sciences are hard for me and I was really looking forward to taking this one,” she said.

Novack’s confusion, according to Professor Timothy George of the history department, may stem from a misunderstanding of how courses get scheduled.

“It is entirely normal and proper that every faculty member teaches a range of courses and cannot possibly offer them all every semester,” George said. Out of the eight classes that Professor George has taught at URI, only six are available in his regular rotation, and even then he may not be able to teach all of them every year.

Problems also arise when there are not enough professors to teach the classes that students are interested in. The history department has lost five tenured faculty members specializing in U.S. history to retirement in the past few years. To make matters worse, the department has only been able to hire one new historian.

“This puts us in a frankly embarrassing situation,” said Professor George. “We are a university that prepares many history and secondary education double majors to be middle school and high school U.S. history teachers, but we do not have a single tenure-track faculty member specializing in pre-Civil War U.S. history.”

On the other hand, departments such as film studies and computer science boast growing course offerings. According to Professor Joan Peckham, director of the computer science department, the only computer science classes that have not been offered in a long time are graduate courses that are not as up-to-date as the ones the department offers today.

“With the rise of big data, computer science and statistics are undergoing rapid changes, and we are doing our best to keep up with the times,” Peckham said.

Film Studies as a major is also expanding rapidly. “Film studies has only existed as a major for about eight years,” said Professor Rebecca Romanow, director of the film department. “We have not stopped offering any courses because the major is still growing.”

In fact, while the list from Enrollment Services shows 46 classes that have not been offered in the past two to four years, it also shows an impressive 104 new courses to be offered at URI that have been approved since the fall of 2013.

“I didn’t even know the university was adding so many new classes,” said Mamanding Nasso, freshman. “I think that could create a lot more interest in certain departments and classes.”

Six Courses not taught in past two years reviewed by Colleges and Departments and confirmed to be removed from the public offering of courses 2014-2015

  • CSC 414
  • WRT 240
  • AFS 581
  • AVS 505
  • ENG 555
  • MTC 501

40 Courses not taught in past four years reviewed by Colleges and Departments and confirmed to be removed from the 2014 – 2015 catalog.

  • BIO/ENT 386
  • BUS 140H
  • BUS 318
  • BUS 365H
  • CCC 151
  • CHE 403
  • CLS 450
  • COM 322H
  • COM 409
  • ENT 386
  • FAL 151
  • GEG 203
  • HDF 471H
  • ISE 452
  • PHL 101H
  • PSY 470
  • SOC 446
  • THN 471H
  • AFS 521
  • BCH 502
  • BCH 585
  • BIO 536
  • BIO 564
  • EDC 509
  • EDC 511
  • EDC 528
  • ELE 539
  • ELE 585
  • ELE 606
  • ENG 550
  • EVS 610
  • EVS 612
  • GEO 555
  • LRS 579
  • MIC/BCH 502
  • OCE 688
  • OCG 689
  • PSY 642
  • PSY 674
  • STA 500

104 new courses approved since Fall 2013 to be offered at the university.

  • HIS 177X
  • HIS 379X
  • MUS 100X
  • NFS 245X
  • ARB 200X
  • MTH 140X
  • ELE 425
  • OCG/GEO/CVE 519
  • CMD 586X
  • NEU 504
  • CSF 102X
  • MTH 140X
  • NRS 475X
  • HIS 178 (177X)
  • HIS 379
  • EGR 450X
  • MCE 534
  • OCE 562
  • CSF 102
  • CSC 106
  • CSC 192
  • CSC 292
  • CSC 392
  • ITR 300
  • EVS 540X
  • ART 214
  • ISE 425X
  • ISE 445X
  • MBA 532
  • MBA 533
  • MBA 534
  • MBA 535
  • MBA 536
  • MBA 537
  • BIO 498
  • ITL 316
  • ITL 317
  • PSC/EDC 306
  • ENG 695
  • GEO 512
  • COM 230
  • PRS 320
  • CSF 410
  • CSF 414
  • CSF 432
  • CHE 570X
  • EDC 531
  • EDC 534
  • CSF 512
  • CSF 516
  • CSF 534
  • CSF 536
  • CSF 538
  • ARB 111X
  • ARB 211X
  • ARB 311X
  • ARB 111
  • ARB 112
  • ARB 211
  • ARB 212
  • ARB 311
  • ARB 312
  • ARB 325
  • ARB 497
  • BIO 444
  • CSF 412
  • CSF 434
  • NUE 391
  • NUE 392
  • PSY 302
  • WRT 646
  • LSC 516
  • LSC 560
  • LSC 570
  • HDF 555
  • HDF 556
  • MBA 558
  • MBA 570
  • NUR 611
  • BPS 557X
  • PHP 685
  • WRT 331
  • KIN 125
  • NFS 212
  • KIN 320
  • KIN 390
  • BES 599
  • BES 699
  • HIS 176
  • POR 205
  • POR 206
  • PSC/GWS 441
  • SOC 332
  • NEU 591
  • OCG/OCE 512
  • CHM 500
  • CHM 505
  • CHM 506
  • CHM 507
  • PRS 300
  • ARB 100
  • ECN/PSC 333
  • THN/NUR 424
  • THN/NUR 425