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Social Sciences

Are you a student of human nature, curious about why people think, feel and act the way that they do? Do you seek to better understand yourself, others and the forces shaping our communities, markets, and global cultures? Social scientists from across disciplines shed light on the human psyche and society.


Fall 2020 Courses

The 2020 Elections: Pandemic, Polarization and the Future of the United States

Join Rice University faculty and other experts to consider how the dual forces of political polarization and the COVID-19 pandemic may affect the 2020 U.S. elections and our future.

Technology, Culture and Society in the Age of COVID-19

Rice University faculty and other experts explore the power of technology harnessed for social good in the age of COVID-19, from disease modeling to contract tracing to online education equity.

The United States’ Green Future: Economy + Environment

Discover a framework to create a green future for the U.S. and world that is both environmentally and economically sustainable.


Personal Finance Courses

Post-Pandemic Retirement Planning: The New Playbook

This course offers strategies to navigate the new realities of retirement planning, investing, income tax and estate planning in an uncertain financial climate.

Understanding and Surviving Financial Panics: Structuring Investment Portfolios

Novice and longtime investors gain insight on structuring bond and stock portfolios and explore the history of financial panics and investment implications of the pandemic and U.S. elections.


Interested in exploring our diverse course offerings? Consider our Midweek Medley sampler series class.