The School of Humanities
Politics, Law and Social Thought (PLST) is a transdisciplinary minor and is open to all undergraduate students at Rice from all backgrounds. Its task is the study of political ideas in their philosophical and historical contexts as well as with regard to their effects on constitutional law and social and political practices. The central focus of the minor is political theory, taken in a wide sense to mean the theory and philosophy of how polities form, function, and fail. The minor has a strong orientation toward works of political, legal, and social philosophy, understood in their historical context. Politics, Law and Social Thought is a program of study that enables Rice students to successfully engage with the “big” political questions relevant to contemporary society in a global setting: Why democracy? What are the foundations of law? What is political liberty? What is political citizenship? Are states necessary? How do normative political and social orders come into existence? Is there a philosophical justification for human rights?
Upon completing the Politics, Law and Social Thought minor, students will be able to:
Students pursuing a minor in Politics, Law and Social Thought (PLST) must complete:
INTERNSHIPSStudents may count one internship with 3 credit hours toward the requirements for the minor, as long as the activities related to the internship relate in a substantive way to political, legal, or social thought. Proposed internships should be submitted to the director for approval before the internship itself begins, and the student should submit to the director a short reflective essay on the content of the internship within a month after it is completed.
CORE REQUIREMENTStudents must complete 1 course (3 credit hours) from the following to satisfy the Politics, Law, and Social Thought minor's Core Requirement.
ELECTIVESTo complete the Politics, Law, and Social Thought minor, students must complete a total of 5 courses (15 credit hours) from the following Rice departmental course offerings. If a student took more than one course from the Core Requirement list, that course may be used toward the elective requirements. No more than 2 courses (6 credit hours) from the same department may be used to fulfill the minor requirements.
Classical and European Studies
Note: Internally, the university uses the following abbreviations (4-digit codes) to identify the undergraduate minor in Politics, Law, and Social Thought. The following is a quick reference:
Course Catalog/Schedule - Course offerings/subject code: PLST. Courses from various subject may apply toward the minor.Department Description and Code - Classical and European Studies: CLEU Minor Description and Code - Minor in Politics, Law, and Social Thought: PLST
Politics, Law, and Social Thought does not offer an academic program at the graduate level.
The official course offerings, including course descriptions, listed in the Politics, Law, and Social Thought Undergraduate Requirements section 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://politics.rice.edu/.