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Majors, Minors and Flexible Distribution Requirements

Rice offers more than 50 undergraduate majors across six divisions of study, including Architecture, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. Additionally, minors, interdisciplinary and preprofessional programs complement our comprehensive curriculum, with multiple opportunities for research and collaboration. You can learn more about each major and minor by clicking on the links below.

Majors list by School

 
School of Architecture 
Architecture   
Architectural Studies   
   
George R. Brown School of Engineering 
Bioengineering  Electrical and Computer Engineering 
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering  Materials Science and NanoEngineering 
Civil and Environmental Engineering  Mechanical Engineering 
Computational and Applied Mathematics  Statistics 
Computer Science   
   
School of Humanities 
Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations  History 
Art History  Latin American Studies 
Asian Studies  Medieval and Early Modern Studies 
Classical Studies  Philosophy 
English  Religious Studies 
French Studies  Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality 
German Studies  Visual and Dramatic Arts 
Hispanic Studies (includes Spanish and Portuguese)   
   
In addition to the majors listed above, the School of Humanities also offers courses in the following areas (but not an academic major): Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese and Russian. 
   
The Shepherd School of Music 
Composition  Music Theory 
Music History  Performance 
   
Wiess School of Natural Sciences 
Astronomy  Earth Science (Geology/Geophysics) 
Astrophysics  Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 
Biochemistry and Cell Biology  Environmental Studies 
Biological Sciences  Kinesiology 
Chemical Physics  Mathematics 
Chemistry  Physics 
   
School of Social Sciences 
Anthropology  Policy Studies 
Cognitive Science  Political Science 
Economics  Psychology 
Linguistics  Sociology 
Managerial Studies  Sport Management 
Mathematical Economic Analysis    
   

Minors, Interdisciplinary and Preprofessional Programs

Minors 
African Studies  Global Health Technologies 
Anthropology  Jewish Studies 
Biochemistry and Cell Biology  Mathematics 
Business  Naval Science 
Computational and Applied Mathematics  Neuroscience 
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology  Politics, Law and Social Thought 
Energy and Water Sustainability  Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities 
Environmental Studies  Sociology 
Financial Computation and Modeling  Statistics 
   
Interdisciplinary Programs 
Air Force Science  Military Science 
Applied Physics Program  Neurosciences Program 
Leadership Rice  Writing and Communication 
   
Preprofessional Programs and Advising 
Education (Secondary Teaching Certificate)  Pre-Law (Advising)
Pre-Business (Advising) Pre-Medicine (Health Professions Advising)

 


 

Flexible Distribution Requirements

With the goal of giving undergraduates a broad education beyond their major, Rice has established flexible distribution requirements as part of the requirements for graduation. By the time they graduate, students must take 12 hours each in the fields of humanities, social sciences, and applied sciences. Rice builds flexibility into the requirements so that students have the freedom to select the courses that interest them most.

Visit Rice's General Announcements website for more information on graduation requirements for your degree.