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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  Environmental Engineering 
Civil and Environmental Engineering  Materials Science and NanoEngineering 
Computational and Applied Mathematics  Mechanical Engineering 
Computer Science  Statistics 
   
School of Humanities 
Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations  Latin American Studies 
Art History  Linguistics 
Asian Studies  Medieval and Early Modern Studies 
Classical Studies  Philosophy 
English  Religious Studies 
French Studies  Spanish and Portuguese 
German Studies  Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality 
History  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 
Biological Sciences  Environmental Studies 
Biochemistry and Cell Biology  Kinesiology 
Chemical Physics  Mathematics 
Chemistry  Physics 
School of Social Sciences 
Anthropology  Policy Studies 
Cognitive Science  Political Science 
Economics  Psychology 
Managerial Studies  Sociology 
Mathematical Economic Analysis  Sport Management 
   
In addition to the majors listed above, the School of Social Sciences also offers courses in Accounting (but not as an academic major). 
 

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  Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities 
Energy and Water Sustainability  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)  Prelaw (Advising)
Prebusiness (Advising) Premedicine (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.