The Policy Studies area curriculum provides relevant
specialized training that builds on students' work in the basic curriculum.
Students are required to take six courses from one area of specialization.
In some areas, courses may be designated as core courses, with students
required to complete a certain number of those courses. The areas
are divided as follows: 1) Environmental Policy, 2) Government Policy
and Management, 3) Health Care Management, 4) International Affairs,
5) Law and Justice, 6) Managerial and Business Policy, and 7) Political
Courses for each area are listed separately. Given the nature of course
offerings at Rice, this list is neither exhaustive nor complete. In
addition, specific courses may be more or less appropriate for a given
student depending on their academic and career goals whether or not
the courses are listed within an Area. Therefore, there is often course
substitution for Area Curriculum courses. Credit for substitute courses
is approved by the director.
In addition, students may receive some Area Curriculum credit for
certain Study Abroad experiences or for research experience with Rice
faculty or through the Rice
Undergraduate Scholars Program. Students may
also elect to participate in the Washington
Semester Program at American
University, which includes both course work
and an internship within the federal government in Washington D.C.
Contact the Policy
Studies Director or the Career
Services Office for more information on this
programs. In addition, many students gain Policy Studies credit from
study abroad programs or other international experience. Of particular
interest are internships with the Scottish
Parliament as well as academic and internship
opportunities in London through Arcadia
Contact the Study
Abroad Office for more information on these
and other opportunities.