Minor in Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities

Program Learning Outcomes for the Minor in Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities

Upon completing the minor in Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities, students will be able to:

  1. Understand theoretical approaches to poverty and justice that draw from the capabilities framework, economics, history, sociology, philosophy, and other fields. Students will have in-depth knowledge of approaches to enhancing human flourishing and will understand the social, institutional, and political contexts that underlie deprivations and inequities.
  2. Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the multiple influences on well-being beyond income and material wealth, including gender, racial, and ethnic disparities, and the impact of colonialism on the Global South. Students will be able to provide examples from different geographic regions,  not exclusively from one country or region, and be able to apply the capabilities approach when evaluating these disparities.
  3. Gain, through direct service, experiential knowledge of the challenges faced in disadvantaged communities.
  4. Achieve an interdisciplinary knowledge of approaches to enhancing human well-being and mitigating human deprivations. Students will be able to apply this knowledge in evaluating potential policy solutions.
  5. Demonstrate the oral, written, and visual communication skills essential for sophisticated and successful advocacy.
  6. Become a global citizen by understanding the role that advocacy and service play in addressing poverty, strengthening justice, and improving well-being. 

Requirements for the Minor in Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities

Students pursuing the minor in Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities must complete:

  • A minimum of 6-8 courses (18-22 credit hours, depending on course selection) to satisfy minor requirements.
  • A minimum of 3 PJHC Service Credits from the direct service learning experiences.

The courses used to meet the PJHC minor are open to all Rice students, including those not pursuing the minor; however, in some courses with limited space, preference will be given to declared minors.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this minor. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the minor’s academic advisor, or where applicable, the Program Director. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the minor's Official Certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Interdisciplinary Minor in Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities18-22

Minor Requirements

Core Requirements
PJHC 371POVERTY, JUSTICE, AND HUMAN CAPABILITIES 13
PJHC 394HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IN GLOBAL AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES3
Elective Requirements
Select 3 elective courses (see course lists below)9
Capstone Requirement 2
Select 1 of the following options:3-7
Capstone Course Option
RACE, EDUCATION AND SOCIETY IN THE URBAN SOUTH
ADVANCED SEMINAR IN POVERTY, JUSTICE, AND CAPABILITIES
Capstone Course Sequences Option
Select 1 of the following:
COMMUNITY BRIDGES TRAINING
and INEQUALITY AND URBAN LIFE
PRE-SEMINAR IN ENGAGED RESEARCH
and ENGAGED RESEARCH PRACTICUM
and ENGAGED RESEARCH SEMINAR
Direct Service Learning Experience
Students must complete a total of three PJHC Service Credits. See below for more information.
Total Credit Hours18-22

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Elective Requirements

Students must complete a total of 3 courses (minimum of 9 credit hours) from the 3 Elective Categories (i. Global South, ii. Race and Ethnicity, and iii. General Electives) as listed below to satisfy the Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities minor's Elective Requirements. An additional course from the Global South or Race and Ethnicity list can be used to fulfill the General Elective requirement. Students must select separate courses to fulfill the Global South and Race and Ethnicity requirements. As course offerings may vary from year to year, students are urged to consult with the undergraduate advisors (see https://pjhc.rice.edu/) at the beginning of each semester. Please note that not all courses listed below will be offered every academic year. 

Global South Courses
Select 1-2 courses from the following:3-6
PERSPECTIVES ON MODERN ASIA
HISTORY AND ETHNOGRAPHY *
NEOLIBERALISM AND GLOBALIZATION
NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS IN AFRICA
THE FOURTH WORLD: ISSUES OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
THE WORLD AND SOUTH ASIA
RELIGIONS FROM INDIA
SEX, MONEY, AND POWER AROUND THE WORLD
TEMPLES, TECHNOLOGY, AND TRANSITION: INDIA IN THE 21ST CENTURY
MODERN GIRL AND ASIA IN THE WORLD
URBAN LAB ISTANBUL
METABOLIC ENGINEERING FOR GLOBAL HEALTH ENVIRONMENTS
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
ADVANCED TOPICS IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT *
THIRD WORLD LITERATURE
CONTEMPORARY ANGLOPHONE LITERATURES
GLOBAL FICTIONS
CULTURAL STUDIES *
TOPICS IN LITERATURE AND CULTURE *
SUSTAINABLE WATER PURIFICATION FOR THE DEVELOPING WORLD
MODERN SLAVERY
HISTORY OF SOUTH ASIA
MODERN ARAB HISTORY
THE MIDDLE EAST FROM THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD TO SULAYMAN THE MAGNIFICENT
MIGRATIONS AND DIASPORAS IN THE INDIAN OCEAN WORLD
THE RISE AND FALL OF SLAVERY IN THE ATLANTIC WORLD, 1791-1888
MODERN SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING: GLOBAL AND LOCAL
SPECIAL TOPICS (minimum of 3 credit hours.) *
COMPARATIVE URBAN POLITICS AND POLICY
INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN RELIGIONS
GENDER AND ISLAM
RELIGION AND GLOBAL POVERTY
THEOLOGY IN AFRICA
CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM IN AFRICA
MAJOR ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY ISLAM
CHRISTIANITY IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH
RELIGION AND POLITICS IN AFRICA
RELIGION AND LITERATURE IN AFRICA
IDENTITIES IN A DIVERSE WORLD
GENDER AND SCIENCE
FEMINIST AND QUEER THEORY IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA
Race and Ethnicity Courses  
Select 1-2 courses from the following:3-6
CULTURES AND IDENTITIES: RACE, ETHNICITY, AND NATIONALISM
ASIAN AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY COMMUNITIES
ANTHROPOLOGY OF RACE, ETHNICITY AND HEALTH
URBAN LAB SHANGHAI
WOMEN IN CHINESE LITERATURE
ASIA 492 / HIST 492 / SWGS 492
RACE, CLASS, GENDER IN EDUCATION
URBAN EDUCATION: ISSUES, POLICY, AND PRACTICE
INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE
THE AMERICAN WEST AND ITS OTHERS
CHICANO/A LITERATURE
YOUTH STUDIES
BLACK MANHATTAN: 1915-1940
THE BLACK IMAGINARY: 1775-PRESENT
STUDIES IN CHICANO/A LITERATURE
RED, WHITE AND BLACK IN EARLY AMERICA CREATING RACIAL IDENTIES IN THE ERA OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
HISTORICAL SURVEY OF JEWISH CIVILIZATION FROM ITS ORIGINS TO THE PRESENT
IMMIGRATION IN 20TH AND 21ST CENTURY UNITED STATES SOCIETY
RACE AND MEDICINE IN AMERICAN HISTORY
CONTEMPORARY CHINA
BLACKS IN THE AMERICAS
BLACK LIFE IN THE NINETEENTH-CENTURY UNITED STATES
MEXICO: 1910 TO PRESENT
COLONIAL SPANISH AMERICA
LATIN AMERICAN CULTURAL TRADITIONS
MODERN LATIN AMERICA
U.S. WOMEN'S HISTORY I: COLONIAL BEGINNINGS TO THE CIVIL WAR
U.S. WOMEN'S HISTORY II: CIVIL WAR TO THE PRESENT
CONTINUITIES AND CHANGES IN BRAZILIAN HISTORY
SLAVERY AND THE FOUNDING FATHERS
MODERN SLAVERY
THE AMERICAN SOUTH
POVERTY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN LATIN AMERICA
ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE AND THE ORIGINS OF AFRO AMERICA
THE CULTURE OF IDENTITY POLITICS IN CONTEMPORARY BRAZIL
19TH CENTURY WOMEN'S NARRATIVES
MODERN CHINA
BLACK AMERICA: FROM NADIR THROUGH THE GREAT DEPRESSION
JEWISH HISTORY, 1500-1948
FREEDOM OF SPEECH *
CHINESE WOMEN THROUGH TIME
THE RISE AND FALL OF SLAVERY IN THE ATLANTIC WORLD, 1791-1888
RACE, EDUCATION AND SOCIETY IN THE URBAN SOUTH
HISTORY OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, 1954 TO THE PRESENT
MODERN SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING: GLOBAL AND LOCAL
TOPICS IN LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY
SPECIAL TOPICS - BECOMING AMERICANS: THE JEWISH IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE IN THE UNITED STATES
LATINA AND AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN'S ACTIVISM IN THE URBAN METROPOLIS
CHICANA AND LATINA EXPERIENCE THRU FILM
AFRICAN AMERICAN POLITICS
LATINO POLITICS IN THE UNITED STATES
MINORITY POLITICS
RACE AND PUBLIC POLICY
SEX, GENDER, AND POLITICAL REPRESENTATION IN LATIN AMERICA
MULTICULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY
RELIGION AND HIP HOP CULTURE IN AMERICA
RELIGION AND BLACK LIVES MATTER
INTRODUCTION TO THE BLACK CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES
THE RELIGIOUS THOUGHT OF MARTIN L. KING, JR. AND MALCOLM X
WHAT'S RELIGIOUS ABOUT BLACK RELIGION?
AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE AND RELIGION
SOCIAL INEQUALITY
HOUSTON: THE SOCIOLOGY OF A CITY
RACE AND ETHNIC RELATIONS
MULTIRACIAL AMERICA
SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION
RACE, SOCIETY AND POPULATION CHANGE
AFRICAN AMERICAN-JEWISH RELATIONS: RACE, RELIGION, POLITICS, AND POPULAR CULTURE
ART AND ACTIVISM: CRITICAL STUDY OF HOPE IN TIMES OF CRISIS
RACE AND ETHNICITY SEMINAR
RESEARCH SEMINAR: THE HOUSTON AREA SURVEY
SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION
IMMIGRATION IN A GLOBAL WORLD
INEQUALITY AND URBAN LIFE
THE CITY IN LATIN AMERICA
LATIN AMERICAN WOMEN'S CULTURE
THE FUTURE OF FOOD: FEMINIST, QUEER, AND CRITICAL APPROACHES
SEX AND GENDER IN MODERN JEWISH CULTURE
WOMEN'S SOCIAL MOVEMENTS IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
RACE, POWER AND THE POLITICS OF PLACE
General Elective Courses
Select up to 1 from the following (or select an additional Global South or Race and Ethnicity Elective)0-3
ETHNOGRAPHIES OF CARE
MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
SPECIAL TOPICS (minimum of 3 credit hours.) *
ASIA ON THE MOVE: GENDER, SEXUALITY, AND GLOBAL MIGRATION
APPROPRIATE DESIGN FOR GLOBAL HEALTH
HEALTH ECONOMICS
QUEER LITERARY CULTURES
FEMINIST THEORY
INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL HEALTH
INTERGRATED APPROACHES TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY HEALTH
VIOLENCE IN AMERICA: A PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE
DISPARITIES IN HEALTH IN AMERICA
SPECIAL TOPICS IN HEALTH SCIENCES *
AMERICAN URBAN HISTORY, 1609 TO TODAY
SEX, GENDER, AND FAMILY IN EUROPE, 1300-1700
BIOMEDICAL APPROACH TO HISTORY
STREETS AND URBAN LIFE: PARIS TO ISTANBUL
HISTORY OF FEMINISM
AMERICAN RADICALS AND REFORMERS
WESTERN EUROPEAN WELFARE STATE, 1880-1980: ORIGINS, CONSOLIDATIONS, CRISIS
HISTORY OF HUMAN RIGHTS
SOCIAL AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
ETHICS, MEDICINE, AND PUBLIC POLICY
ADVANCED SEMINAR IN POVERTY, JUSTICE, AND CAPABILITIES
ADVOCATING FOR IDEAS TO CHANGE THE WORLD
THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK OF RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE
HEALTH POLICY
ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY
URBAN POLITICS
REPRESENTATION AND POLICY MAKING
POLITICS OF AMERICAN NATIONAL SECURITY
EDUCATION POLICY
PSYCHOLOGY OF GENDER
SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER
SOCIOLOGY OF WORK AND OCCUPATIONS
SOCIOLOGY OF IMMIGRATION
SOCIOLOGY OF GLOBALIZATION
MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY
SOCIOLOGY OF DISASTER
HEALTH DISPARITIES IN THE UNITED STATES
GENDER SEMINAR
SOCIOLOGY OF FOOD
POPULATION HEALTH SEMINAR
FAMILY SEMINAR
GENDER AND HEALTH
INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN & GENDER
INTRODUCTION TO LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER STUDIES
GENDER, SEXUALITY AND THE ADAPTATION OF TRANSNATIONAL LITERATURE TO PERFORMANCE
SEXUAL DEBATES IN THE U.S.: SOCIAL AND CULTURAL CONTEXTS OF SUPREME COURTS DECISIONS
ENGAGED RESEARCH SEMINAR

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Direct Service Learning Experience

As part of the Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities (PJHC) requirements, students must participate in an approved PJHC direct service learning experience. Students must complete 3 PJHC service credits. Students can choose from an array of options, including internships, service trips, and coursework to complete this requirement. Direct service learning experiences carry 1, 2, or 3 service credits. These options are described in detail at https://pjhc.rice.edu/service-learning-requirement/

Policies for the Minor in Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities

Program Restrictions and Exclusions

Students pursuing the minor in Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities should be aware of the following program restriction:

  • As noted in Majors, Minors, and Certificates, i.) students may declare their intent to pursue a minor only after they have first declared a major, and ii.) students may not major and minor in the same subject.

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: https://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Program Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the minor in Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities should be aware of the following program-specific transfer credit guidelines:

  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis. 

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities website: https://pjhc.rice.edu/.

Opportunities for the Minor in Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

Susan McAshan Summer Service Internship

Declared Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities minors are eligible to apply for funding to support a summer service internship. Students must have completed PJHC 371, PJHC 394, and at least one approved elective by the end of the spring semester before their internships. Funding supports student interns’ direct service work with international or US-based community service organizations. Students receive 3 service credits upon the completion of their Susan McAshan Summer Service Internship. Additional details may be found at the PJHC website: http://pjhc.rice.edu/summer-service-internship-funding/

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities website: https://pjhc.rice.edu/

See https://humanities.rice.edu/student-life for tables of fellowships, prizes, and internships/practica that may be relevant to this minor.