Minor Requirements and Courses

“To overcome poverty and the flaws of the economic crisis in our society, we need to envision our social life. We have to free our mind, imagine what has never happened before and write social fiction. We need to imagine things to make them happen. If you don’t imagine, it will never happen.”

Muhammad Yunus

PJHC minor courses are open to all Rice students, including those not pursuing the PJHC minor; however, in courses with limited space, preference will be given to declared minors. The required core courses are HUMA/SOCI 280 or HUMA/SOCI 371 and ASIA 329/SOCI 372/ SWGS 322 or SOCI/SWGS 394, which are offered each year. Students must submit a brief questionnaire to the program director to be considered for admission to HUMA/SOCI 371.

Students must meet the following requirements to complete the minor in PJHC:

  • Students must complete six courses (18 credit hours).
  • Students must take HUMA/SOCI 371 (or HUMA/SOCI 280), SOCI/SWGS 394 (or ASIA 329/SOCI 372/SWGS 322), an approved capstone course (HIST 421 or SWGS 470) or capstone course sequence (SOCI 469 and 470 or SWGS 494, 496, and 497). HUMA/SOCI 371 (or HUMA/SOCI 280) is a prerequisite of ASIA 329/SOCI 372/SWGS 322 and SOCI/SWGS 394. More detailed information on approved capstone courses is available here.
  • Students must choose three electives, including one course from the PJHC Non-Western elective list, one course from the Race and Ethnicity elective list, and a third course from the General elective list that also includes courses from the Race and Ethnicity and Non-Western lists. A complete list of approved elective courses may be found here.
  • As part of the minor, students must obtain three service credits, satisfied by participation in an approved direct service-learning experience. Students can choose from an array of options including internships, service trips, and coursework to complete this requirement. These options are described in detail here.

The General Announcements (G.A.) is the official Rice curriculum.  In the event that there is a discrepancy between the G.A. and any other websites or publications, the G.A. shall prevail as the authoritative source.

(Last updated: 02/01/2016)

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