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  • 86 full time faculty


  • Over 7,000 undergraduates taught annually
  • Over 1,000 active majors
  • 203 graduate students


  • Seven Departments - Anthropology, Economics,Linguistics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Sport Management
  • Two of the top five majors at Rice are in the Social Sciences- Economics and Psychology
  • Top 10 recipients of National Science Foundation (NSF) Political Science Grants from 1995-2005

Graduate Programs 

  • Departments with Ph.D. programs- Anthropology, Linguistics, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology
  • Professional master of arts degree in Global Affairs and Energy Economics

Interdisciplinary Programs 

  • Cognitive Sciences, Managerial Studies, Social Policy Analysis

Research Institutes and Centers 

  • The Douglas S. Harlan Program in State Elections, Campaigns and Politics, The Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, The Houston Education Research Consortium, The Shell Center for Sustainability, The Social Sciences Research Institute (SSRI)