The School of Humanities, The School of Social Sciences, and the George R. Brown School of Engineering
The Program in Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities (PJHC), provides students with a multifaceted understanding of human well-being, both in the U.S. and internationally. This unique interdisciplinary minor emphasizes a “capabilities approach,” which considers what people are able to do and be—for example, live to old age and engage in economic and political activities—rather than strictly what material goods they possess. The program also acknowledges the central importance of a variety of additional influences on well-being beyond income, such as gender, racial, and ethnic disparities; health status; education; human rights; political freedoms; and material necessities like food and shelter. A key goal of the PJHC is to enrich students’ understanding of poverty and inequality, so that, regardless of their choice of occupation, they will maintain a longstanding commitment to enhancing the well-being of all people. More generally, the program aims to train Rice students to be future leaders in solving global problems in human well-being.
The PJHC minor combines high-caliber undergraduate courses with service learning experiences with agencies that help disadvantaged communities and people. Students are placed with organizations where they work directly with clients and gain experiential knowledge that broadens their perspective on human lives and capabilities. Through these academic and experiential learning opportunities, students explore deeper understandings of the structural factors underlying poverty and human well-being and potential policy solutions. The program further aims to promote dialogue among all disciplines about how to address issues of poverty alleviation and human well-being with a sophisticated understanding of the challenges and sound strategies for moving forward.
Although impediments to human well-being take many forms, barriers to the capabilities of women and girls persist across societies; women and girls are therefore disproportionately represented among the poor and those unable to attain their full capabilities. Acknowledging gender inequality as a powerful influence on disparities in human well-being, the academic component of the program, including the content of core and required courses, recognizes gender as a central analytic category.
Upon completing the Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities minor, students will be able to:
Students pursuing the minor in Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities (PJHC) must complete:
PJHC minor courses are open to all Rice students, including those not pursuing the Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities minor; however, in courses with limited space, preference will be given to declared minors.
CORE REQUIREMENTSStudents must complete the following 2 courses (6 credit hours) to satisfy the Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities minor's Core Requirements. Students must submit a brief questionnaire to the program director to be considered for admission to HUMA/SOCI 371. This questionnaire can be accessed at pjhc.rice.edu/enrollment-questionnaire/.
ELECTIVESStudents must complete a total of 3 courses (minimum of 9 credit hours) as listed below to satisfy the Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities minor's Electives requirement. An additional course from the Non-Western or Race and Ethnicity list can be used to fulfill the General Elective requirement. Students must select separate courses to fulfill the Non-Western and Race and Ethnicity requirements. Additionally, the 3 required elective courses must come from at least two different schools. As course offerings may vary from year to year, students are urged to consult with the undergraduate advisors (see http://pjhc.rice.edu/) at the beginning of each semester. Please note that not all courses listed below will be offered every academic year. )
Non-Western Courses Students must complete 1 course (minimum of 3 credit hours) from the following:
Race and Ethnicity Courses Students must complete 1 course (minimum of 3 credit hours) from the following:
General Elective CoursesStudents must complete 1 course (minimum of 3 credit hours) from the following:
CAPSTONE REQUIREMENTTo fulfill the remaining Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities minor requirements, students must complete the requirements of either "Capstone Course" or "Capstone Course Sequences" as found below to satisfy the PJHC minor's Capstone Requirement. Students can use additional capstone courses to fulfill the General Elective requirement (SWGS 496/497 or SWGS 470) or the Race and Ethnicity requirement (HIST 421 or SOCI 470). HIST 421 and SOCI 470 do not fulfill the Race and Ethnicity requirement unless a second capstone course is completed. Students who complete the entire Engaged Research course sequence may use SWGS 497 to fulfill the General Elective requirement.
Capstone Course Students must complete 1 course (3 credit hours) from the following:
Capstone Course SequencesStudents must complete one course sequence, for a total of 2-3 courses depending on course selection (5-7 credit hours), from the following:
DIRECT SERVICE LEARNING EXPERIENCEAs part of the Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities requirements, students must participate in an approved Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities direct service learning experience. Students must complete 3 Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities service credits. Students can choose from an array of options, including internships, service trips, and coursework, to complete this requirement. Directed service learning experiences carry 1-3 Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities service credits. These options are described in detail at http://pjhc.rice.edu/service-learning-requirement/ .
Note: Internally, the university uses the following abbreviations (4-digit codes) to identify the undergraduate minor in Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities. The following is a quick reference:
Course Catalog/Schedule - Course offerings/subject code: Courses from various subject codes may apply toward the minor. Department Description and Code - Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities: PJHC Minor Description and Code - Minor in Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities: PJHC
Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities does not offer an academic program at the graduate level.
The official course offerings, including course descriptions, listed in the Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities Undergraduate Requirements can be found in Rice's Course Catalog.
To view the most recent course schedule for the 2016-2017 academic year, see Rice's Course Schedule.
For additional information regarding Politics, Law, and Social Thought, see the department's website:http://pjhc.rice.edu/.