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 a minor that provides the opportunity to study film and media from diverse historical periods around the globe. Drawing on different disciplines across the university—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. In addition to the history and theory of cinema, courses pertaining to the minor also concentrate on more recent forms of media such as television, advertising, the internet, video art, medical imaging, and expanded cinema. Students are presented with a wide array of theoretical, historical, political, and formal approaches to the moving image in an effort not only to better understand different cultural, mainstream, and artistic approaches to cinema, but also our media-saturated world at large.
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 minor provides coherence, structure, and credentials to the training that many Rice students already receive in this interdisciplinary field. The minor is structured with a required core course, electives from several departments, and capstone practica/internship courses. Students pursue this minor under the supervision of the core faculty members in English History, Art History, Religion, Philosophy, Anthropology, and the HRC.
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. Cultural heritage is the backbone of the world's history and culture, including languages, 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 continued 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.