In the School of Humanities, five departments offer the PhD degree: Art History, History, English, Philosophy, and Religion. These graduate programs offer students the opportunity to work, study, and teach in an indisciplinary, collaborative environment in one of the top research universities in the country.
Rice is located in Houston's Museum District, a diverse community filled with art, music, and theater venues--making it a culturally rich environment in which to work, live, and enjoy. Just a short walk away are the world-renowned Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Menil Collection, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Lawndale Art Center, and the Holocaust Museum, just to name a few. On campus, we have the Shepherd School of Music, Rice Media Center, the new Moody Center for the Arts, and the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, which is host to popular, classic, and Shakespearean theater performances; independent and cultural film screenings and festivals; as well as art exhibitions that enhance our academic mission and curriculum.
Houston is also home to professional sports teams, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, NASA, the Houston Zoo, world-class shopping and dining, and beautiful green spaces, parks, and running/walking/biking trails.
Rice is a great place to learn, and Houston is a great place to live.
For more information on living in Houston, please see this information on City Life.
For in-depth data on the global city that is Houston, please see Kinder Institute's Houston Area Survey 2016.