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Anthropology  Anthropology
The Anthropology Department at Rice specializes in social and cultural anthropology and archaeology. In social and cultural anthropology, students focus on the cultural roots of our world in the study of elites, gender, art, science, and medicine. Archaeology allows students to explore human prehistory through evidence of past human activities and excavations, notably in Africa. Anthropology offers both undergraduate and graduate programs.
Economics  Economics
The Economics Department at Rice specializes in microeconomic theory (how individuals make economic decisions), macroeconomics (how society makes economic decisions), applied economics (in health, tax, energy, labor, banking, finance), and econometrics (statistical theory and applications). Economics offers both undergraduate and graduate programs, including a major in Mathematical Economic Analysis.
Linguistics  Linguistics
The Linguistics Department at Rice specializes in cognitive/functional linguistics, typology and language universals, sociolinguistics, discourse studies, phonetics and speech processing, laboratory phonology, language change and grammaticization, and field studies in American Indian, Australian, Austronesian, African, and other languages. Linguistics offers an undergraduate and graduate program.
Political Science  Political Science
The Department of Political Science at Rice specializes in American politics (U.S. government, elections, and citizens’ behavior), comparative politics (governments in other countries), and international relations (conflict and cooperation in the world). Political Science offers both undergraduate and graduate programs.
psyc  Psychology
The Psychology Department at Rice specializes in cognition (perceiving, remembering, learning, verbalizing), neuroscience (the mapping of patterns of the brain), human factors/human-computer interaction (computer-based tasks and learning), industrial organization (human behavior at work), training (knowledge acquisition), social psychology (attitudes and social interaction), and perception (sensory processes). Psychology offers both undergraduate and graduate programs.  
Sociology  Sociology
The Department of Sociology at Rice specializes in race and ethnic stratification (differences in income, health care, and education based on race and ethnic background), gender (women’s groups and communication), religion (its influence on individuals’ and elites’ decision making), health (access to care, differences in health problems across groups, drug use) and demographic change (including migration and other population shifts over time in the U.S. generally and Houston specifically). Sociology offers both undergraduate and graduate programs.
Sport Management   Sport Management
The Department of Sport Management explores basic business concepts as related to the sport industry. These topics include finance, marketing, leadership, management, law, revenue generation, ethics, and public relations. Internships play a critical role in the learning experience for sport management majors. To that end, Rice has partnerships with the Houston Astros, Texans, Rockets, and Dynamo organizations. Sport Management offers an undergraduate program.