Drawn from the schools of social sciences and humanities, the African Studies program offers a minor. Its faculty have strengths in archaeological and anthropological research, history, African religions and theory, African arts, and global health technologies.
The Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations program offers an interdisciplinary major that explores the worlds of the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Jews, and the civilizations of the Christians and Muslims in their formative periods.
This interdisciplinary program offers the opportunity to study film and media from diverse historical periods around the globe. Drawing on different disciplines across the university—including faculty and resources from Art History, Visual and Dramatic Arts, Classical and European Studies, English; Religion; and Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies—the minor in Cinema and Media Studies aims to develop the critical tools for viewing and analyzing the moving image in all its manifold forms.
Jewish Studies is an interdisciplinary field that encompasses the texts, history, languages, philosophy and culture of Jews and Judaism as they have endured over three millennia and throughout the world. The Jewish Studies program offers a minor.
The Medical Humanities Group consists of a cohort of scholars whose research and career interests blend academic skills with public engagement. Faculty and students foster local relationships with the Texas Medical Center and other medical institutions in Houston while bringing to light important histories, critical questions, narratives, and opportunities in the emerging field of Medical Humanities.
Medieval and Early Modern Studies offers a major that gives students the chance to specializing in a discipline or area while gaining an overview of vital aspects of medieval learning, arts, languages, and cultures.
As defined by two UNESCO conventions, adoped in 1972 and 2003, cultural heritage consists of the tangible and intangible elements of a people's or a society's legacy. Curtural heritage is the backbone of the world's history and culture, including langagues, arts, built environments, customs, religious practices, material goods, oral traditions, governing methods, philosophies, knowledge, and more. The field of cultural heritage studies investigates the ways that these elements and their legacies can be identified, preserved, conserved, and in certain cases, made available for continud use, practice, research, pedagogy, and understanding.
Politics, Law and Social Thought draws upon departments in both the School of Humanities and the School of Social Sciences at Rice. Its minor draws undergraduates into the study of the big questions in political theory and law that inform policy decisions and that shape contemporary society in a global setting.
The Poverty, Social Justice and Human Capabilities program offers a minor that gives students a rigorous understanding of human well-being, both in the US and internationally, and ensures related experience through its service learning component.