Areas of Study

From classic humanities to cutting-edge health topics, stay current with your ever-changing world.

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Prose. Paint. Pixels. Pitch. Whether your preferred creative expression is writing, studio art, photography or music, the lectures and hands-on workshops of our Arts courses offer expert guidance and welcoming environments. Absolute beginners, serious amateurs and seasoned professionals are all invited to enhance their existing skills or learn something entirely new.

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Are you intrigued by historical, literary, philosophical and other insights on the human condition? Do you appreciate the power of critical thinking to shape our lives? Explore timely and timeless issues, guided by Rice University faculty and other community experts. Our lively intellectual community awaits you!

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Science, Technology & Health

Houston is an international leader in advancing science, technology and health. It is home to outstanding universities, the largest medical center in the world and the headquarters of the aerospace industry. Our courses convene experts from across fields and institutions to share the latest research-based insights. From astronomy to robotics to medicine to mindfulness, learn how recent and emerging discoveries in science, technology and health affect you, our society and the world at large.

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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 diverse global cultures? Social scientists from across disciplines join forces to shed light on the human psyche and society.

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In our increasingly complex world, the most profound insights and solutions often lie at the intersections of fields, people and ideas. We offer a range of courses that bring together experts from across disciplines and institutions. Join our diverse community of ever-curious scholars and learners to ponder some of the most important issues of the past, present and future.

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