The School of Humanities
The department houses the programs of Classical Studies, French Studies, and German Studies and the minor in Politics, Law, and Social Thought. (See PLST for more info.) The programs that comprise the department offer instruction in the literatures, cultures, and languages in the European tradition. Each program offers its own major.
Jump to: BA Degree with a Major in Classical Studies BA Degree with a Major in French Studies BA Degree with a Major in German Studies
Upon completing the BA degree, students majoring in Classical Studies will:
For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Classical Studies (CLST) must complete:
The CLST major offers two areas of specialization:
The program in Classical Studies offers instruction in the Greek and Latin languages, in Greek and Roman literature (studied in the original and in translation), in the classical civilizations surveyed as a whole, and in particular themes, genres, and periods of classical culture and their influence through subsequent ages. The program provides maximum flexibility without sacrifice of focus. We cater to students who wish to prepare for graduate school in classics and also to students who are interested in Greek and Roman culture for other reasons and wish to take a less specialized approach. Students will be able to explore ancient Greece and Rome from a variety of different angles and with whatever emphasis best suits their individual needs and goals. For more information, please see the Classical and European Studies website .
CORE REQUIREMENTS Students must complete a total of 2 courses (6 credit hours) from the following to satisfy the Classical Studies major's Core Requirements.
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATIONTo fulfill the remaining Classical Studies major requirements, students must complete the requirements for one area of specialization as listed below. Some courses in ancient philosophy, history, art history, and religion offered by the departments of Philosophy, History, Art History, and Religion also satisfy requirements for either specialization of the Classical Studies major. For advice about which courses do this, consult the program director.
Classical Languages Specialization Students must complete a total of 8 courses (24 credit hours) as listed below to satisfy the requirements for the Classical Languages specialization.
Classical Civilizations SpecializationStudents must complete a total of 8 courses (24 credit hours) from CLAS, GREE, or LATI course offerings. A minimum of 2 courses (6 credit hours) must be taken at the 300-level or above. Back to top
Upon completing the BA degree, students majoring in French Studies will be able to:
For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in French Studies (FREN) must complete:
Students pursuing two majors (i.e., are double majors) who have declared the French major must complete a minimum of 8 courses (24 credit hours) to satisfy major requirements. Double majors who drop their second major are required to meet the requirements listed for single majors.
The program in French Studies offers a wide range of courses in literatures and cultures from France, Africa north and south of the Sahara, the Caribbean, and Québec. It covers major chronological periods while simultaneously anchoring the study of French cultures in a broad spectrum of disciplines that include literary, film, art, and historical studies. The program also offers advanced French language instruction focusing on writing, translation, and literary analysis. We strongly encourage students to spend time studying in a francophone country, and to that end the faculty and the Rice Study Abroad Office will help them select an appropriate program. An Honors Program in French Studies provides seniors with the opportunity to develop individual research projects culminating in the Honors thesis. For more information, please see the French Studies website .
As many as two French courses taught in English may count toward a major in French Studies. Students who have taken French courses at the 300-level and 400-level (except those taught in English) cannot enroll simultaneously or afterward in 200-level French courses for credit. Students with diplomas from French-speaking institutions must consult with the department before enrolling in courses, and all majors and prospective majors must have their programs of study approved by an undergraduate advisor. All students who arrive at Rice with AP credit in French of '4' or '5,' or who have passed the International Baccalaureate with a '6' or '7' in this language, can immediately enroll in all courses at the 300 or 400-level without taking a placement exam. Otherwise, all students are required to take the placement exam administered by CLIC and will be assigned to courses in accordance with their level.
CORE REQUIREMENTSStudents must complete a total of 3 courses (9 credit hours) as listed below to satisfy the French Studies major's Core Requirements. The courses taken to satisfy the Core Requirements must be taken at Rice University. It is strongly suggested that these courses be taken as early as possible.
Major Literary Works and ArtifactsStudents must complete 2 courses (6 credit hours) from the following:
Writing WorkshopStudents must complete the following course:
ELECTIVESTo fulfill the remaining French Studies major requirements, single majors must complete a total of 7 additional courses (21 credit hours) from departmental (FREN) course offerings at the 300-level or above, including at least 3 courses (9 credit hours) at the 400-level. Double majors must complete a total of 5 additional courses (15 credit hours) from FREN course offerings, including at least 2 courses (6 credit hours) at the 400-level. Students are required, with rare exceptions, to take 2 of their 400-level courses in the department.
The Honors Program in French Studies is meant to recognize outstanding French majors and to offer an opportunity to complete a senior thesis in close collaboration with a French Studies faculty member. Back to top
Upon completing the BA degree, students majoring in German Studies will be able to:
For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in German Studies (GERM) must complete:
Students who are pursuing two majors (i.e., are double majors) who have declared the German Studies major must complete:
Requests for exceptions to these rules will be considered by the Program Director. Double majors who drop their second major are required to meet the requirements listed for single majors.
German Studies at Rice is a research-centered and undergraduate-focused program with internationally renowned faculty. Courses are offered in both German and English. The program covers German history, literature, and culture, from the seventeenth century to the present, with a strong emphasis on Germany’s role in a wider European and transatlantic context. Particular departmental strengths are in the areas of modern intellectual history, 18th- to 20th-century literature and philosophy, film and media studies, as well as political theory. The close connection between research and teaching lies at the core of the curriculum. For more information please see the German Studies website .
CORE REQUIREMENTSStudents must complete the following 4 courses (12 credit hours) to satisfy the German Studies major's Core Requirements.
*Both GERM 301 and 302 may be replaced by an eight-week intensive summer language course at the University of Leipzig, Germany.
**Can be substituted by another course from GERM offerings at the 300 or 400-level.
ELECTIVESTo fulfill the remaining German Studies major requirements, single majors must complete a total of 6 additional courses (18 credit hours) from departmental (GERM) course offerings at the 300-level or above, including at least 3 courses (9 credit hours) at the 400-level. Up to 2 courses (6 credit hours) may be completed from the program's offerings in English. Double majors must complete a total of 4 additional courses (12 credit hours) from GERM course offerings, including at least 2 courses (6 credit hours) at the 400-level. A maximum of 1 course (3 credit hours) may be completed from the program's offerings in English.
Courses Offered in English
German Studies offers an honors program for majors excelling in their studies. Honors work consists of two semesters of independent research under faculty supervision on a topic proposed by the student leading to a substantial essay (GERM 493 in fall, GERM 494 in spring). Outstanding students are presented annually with the Max Freund Prize.Back to top
For more information regarding the minor in Politics, Law, and Social Thought, please see the Politics, Law and Social Thought page.
Note: Internally, the university uses the following abbreviations (4-digit codes) to identify Classical Studies, French Studies, and German Studies. The following is a quick reference:
Course Catalog/Schedule: - Course offerings/subject code for Classical Studies: CLST - Course offerings/subject code for French Studies: FREN - Course offerings/subject code for German Studies: GERM Department Code and Description - Classical and European Studies: CLEU Degree Code and Description - Bachelor of Arts degree: BA Major Codes and Descriptions - Major in Classical Studies: CLST - Major in French Studies: FREN - Major in German Studies: GERM
Classical and European Studies does not offer an academic program at the graduate level.
The official course offerings, including course descriptions, for Classical and European Studies can be found in Rice's Course Catalog: Classical Studies , French Studies , or German Studies .
To view the most recent course schedule for the 2016-2017 academic year, see Rice's Course Schedule.
For additional information regarding Classical and European Studies, see the department's website: http://ces.rice.edu/.