meaningful educational experience.
Sometimes, this is done in
a traditional classroom setting. There are a variety
of other opportunities, however, for students
to learn and grow. Undergraduates play an active
role in the research programs of the faculty.
In fact, there are numerous opportunities for
undergraduates to undertake their own research.
While each department and program
in the social sciences is distinctive, students
will find that, whatever their interests, there
are courses in more than one department that will
be of interest to them. We encourage all students
to explore the offerings of other departments
and programs, rather than to presume that there
is only one course of study that will satisfy
The departments in the social sciences
Anthropology involves the study of human beings
and their cultures.
Economics is the study of how people or groups
choose to allocate scarce resources when there
are competing ends.
Science. Political science deals with the
theory and practice of politics and the description
and analysis of political systems and political
Psychology is concerned with human behavior and
The focus of sociology is the study of humans,
groups, and societies, particularly their interactions.
The multidisciplinary programs
in the social sciences are:
Sciences. Cognitive Sciences is the multidisciplinary
study of the mind.
Studies. Managerial Studies involves understanding
the environment in which businesses and other
organizations exist as well as learning about
some of the tools used by managers in their jobs.
Studies In Policy Studies, students learn
to analyze and evalutate the determinant effects
of policy decisions, and to gain an understanding
of the policy-making process and to learn about
one or more general areas of policy.
Please note that undergraduate
admission to Rice University is handled by the
Admissions Office. Questions about this process
should be directed to that office.