Aiming to Provide a Transformative

Undergraduate Education Experience

With the support of alumni, parents and friends who give of their time and talent through their work on advisory boards and other volunteer service and mentoring activities, and thanks to the generosity of so many who give of their treasure, together, we are enriching the undergraduate education experience — and advancing our vision for a more "connective humanities" at Rice.

We aim to transform the undergraduate experience at Rice and equip our students with an outstanding education that will prepare them to lead in addressing humanity's most pressing and intricate challenges.

  • Through our Politics, Law and Social Thought program, we're providing access and opportunity for Rice students to examine the place of law and politics in the future of democracy through a robust minor, and judicial and legal practicum and internship experiences.
  • In our Medical Humanities program and through our Medical Futures Lab, where students conduct research to solve real-life medical challenges, we're training humanist scientists and scientific humanists. Students have the chance to pursue internship and research opportunities in the Texas Medical Center through our Health, Humanism and Society Scholars Program.
  • Our newly founded Center for African and African American Studies, which is offering a new undergraduate minor minor in Fall 2020, provides unique opportunities for students through community engagement and dialogue with visiting scholars, writers and artists.
  • Our popular Big Questions courses invite students from outside the Humanities into our courses, allowing them to see the many ways that humanities inquiry can help students make sense of the world they live in and the daily dilemmas our society faces.
  • Our summer HEDGE internship program enables Rice undergraduate students to apply humanities skills and gain professional experience in law, health, business, journalism, the creative arts and other exciting career fields. Gifts to this program allow us to cover living expenses and some travel costs, which is crucial to ensuring equal access to these opportunities for all our students. Students are introduced to a variety of industries through career panels, workshops, externships, networking dinners, and other opportunities involving Rice alumni.

To learn more about our summer HEDGE internship program, the practicum experiences and opportunities to volunteer and mentor our students, please contact Nyeva Agwunobi (, Manager of Student Programs in the School of Humanities.

To learn more about funding opportunities and to discuss ways to make a gift, please contact Emily Stein, Senior Director of Development in the School of Humanities (