Minor Requirements and Courses

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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: PJHC 371 and PJHC 394, which are offered each year*. Students must submit a brief questionnaire to the program director to be considered for admission to PJHC 371.

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

  • Students must complete six courses (18 credit hours).
  • Students must take PJHC 371, PJHC 394, and an approved capstone course (HIST 421 or PJHC 470) or capstone course sequence (SOCI 469 and 470 or SWGS 494, 496, and 497). PJHC 371 is a prerequisite for PJHC 394. 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.

                     * Note: PJHC 371 was formerly known as HUMA/SOCI 371 and HUMA/SOCI 280. PJHC 394 was formerly known as SOCI/SWGS 394 and ASIA 329/SOCI 372/SWGS 322. PJHC 470 was formerly known as SWGS 470. The previous versions of these courses will count toward fulfilling minor requirements. Please consult the Registrar and the PJHC Program Administrator if you find your credits are not displaying accurately in Degree Works.

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: 03/23/2018)

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