Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree with a Major in Social Policy Analysis

Program Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree with a Major in Social Policy Analysis

Upon completing the BA degree with a major in Social Policy Analysis, students will be able to:

1. Understand social policy as an interdisciplinary field and demonstrate the ability to synthesize key knowledge, theories, and research across different disciplines in the social sciences.

2. Develop critical analysis, problem solving and research skills in order to design and evaluate evidence-based interventions for social problems.

3. Demonstrate the ability to communicate policy research and findings in written and oral formats. 

Requirements for the BA Degree with a Major in Social Policy Analysis 

For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Social Policy Analysis must complete:

  • A minimum of 14 courses (42-43 credit hours) to satisfy major requirements. 
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours required to satisfy degree requirements. 
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours outside the major.
  • A minimum of 9 courses (18 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above. 
  • A maximum of 2 courses (6 credit hours) from study abroad or transfer credit. For additional program guidelines regarding transfer credit, see the Policies tab.  

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this major. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the major’s academic advisor (or official certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary 

Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Social Policy Analysis 42-43
Total Credit Hours Required for the BA Degree with a Major in Social Policy Analysis 120

Degree Requirements

Prerequisites
MATH 101SINGLE VARIABLE CALCULUS I3
MATH 102SINGLE VARIABLE CALCULUS II3
Core Requirements
Foundations Coursework
ECON 100PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS3
POLI 210AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS3
POLI 338 / SOSC 301POLICY ANALYSIS3
SOPA 200APPROACHES TO SOCIAL POLICY3
Select 1 from the following:3-4
PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS
STATISTICAL METHODS-PSYCHOLOGY
SOCIAL STATISTICS
Advanced Coursework
SOPA 4003
SOPA 4013
Elective Requirements15
Students must complete a total of 5 courses from the Areas of Specialization listed below. At least 1 course must be taken from each of the 3 Areas of Specialization (see below for course lists for each Area):
Groups and Identities
Institutions
Policies, Processes, and Outcomes
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Social Policy Analysis42-43
Additional Credit Hours to Complete BA Degree Requirements17-18
University Requirements*60
Total Credit Hours120

 Footnotes and Additional Information

Elective Requirements

Students must complete a total of 5 courses (15 credit hours) from the Areas of Specialization listed below as electives. At least 1 course (3 credit hours) must be taken from each of the 3 Areas of Specialization. The remaining 2 courses (6 credit hours) may be taken from any of the Areas of Specialization.  

Area of Specialization: Groups and Identities
Select at least 1 from the following:
ILLNESS, DISABILITY, AND THE GENDERED BODY
LANGUAGE AND SOCIETY
LANGUAGE AND GENDER
LANGUAGE AND ETHNICITY
MINORITY POLITICS
PSYCHOLOGY OF GENDER
STEREOTYPING AND PREJUDICE
SOCIAL INEQUALITY
RACE AND ETHNIC RELATIONS
DEMOGRAPHY
MULTIRACIAL AMERICA
 Area of Specialization: Institutions
Select at least 1 from the following:
LAW, POWER AND CULTURE
MUSEUMS AND HERITAGE: EXHIBITING ART, EXHIBITING CULTURE
THE POLITICS OF THE PAST: ARCHAEOLOGY IN SOCIAL CONTEXT
BEHAVIORAL ECONOMICS
LAW AND ECONOMICS
CORPORATE FINANCE
FINANCIAL MARKETS
WORLD ECONOMIC HISTORY
INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATION
ADVANCED TOPICS IN LAW AND ECONOMICS
RELIGION, ETHICS, AND ECONOMICS
MONEY AND BANKING
THE CONGRESS
THE PRESIDENCY
AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
URBAN POLITICS
POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS
POLITICS OF REGULATION
POLITICS OF THE JUDICIARY
INDUSTRIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
ELECTION SYSTEMS, TECHNOLOGIES, AND ADMINISTRATION
HOUSTON: THE SOCIOLOGY OF A CITY
URBAN SOCIOLOGY
SCIENCE AT RISK? OUT OF THE LAB AND INTO PUBLIC SPHERE
SOCIOLOGY OF WORK AND OCCUPATIONS
SOCIOLOGY OF LAW
CRIME, PUNISHMENT AND SOCIETY
Area of Specialization: Policies, Processes, and Outcomes
Select at least 1 from the following:
ECONOMIC FORECASTING
POLITICAL ECONOMY
ENERGY ECONOMICS
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
ECONOMICS OF HUMAN CAPITAL
MARKET DESIGN
ECONOMIC MODELING AND PUBLIC POLICY
ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS
HEALTH ECONOMICS
PUBLIC FINANCE
PUBLIC ECONOMICS
REPRESENTATION AND POLICY MAKING
SEMINAR ON MONEY AND POLITICS
RACE AND PUBLIC POLICY
HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
STRESS AND HEALTH ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
POLLUTION AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT
ADVANCED SEMINAR IN HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
SPORT FINANCE AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
CRIMINOLOGY
SOCIOLOGY OF MENTAL HEALTH
MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY
SOCIOLOGY OF DISASTER
BASIC DEMOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUES
SOCIAL AUTOPSIES: HOW SOCIETY KILLS US
POPULATION HEALTH SEMINAR
GENDER AND HEALTH
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Policies for the BA Degree with a Major in Social Policy Analysis 

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: http://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 major in Social Policy Analysis should be aware of the following program-specific transfer credit guidelines:

  • No more than 2 courses (6 credit hours) of transfer credit from U.S. or international universities of similar standing may apply towards the major.
  • Request 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. 

For additional information, please see the Social Policy Analysis website: https://socialpolicy.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the BA Degree with a Major in Social Policy Analysis 

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.

For additional information, please see the Social Policy Analysis website: https://socialpolicy.rice.edu/