Social Science Owl: Claire Noel

Most people think of Rice as a STEM focused school with most students majoring in natural science or engineering. I used to think the same thing and came into this university wanting to pursue a degree in natural science. However, I quickly found out that the people around me were not all studying science and a large amount of my friends were studying social sciences and humanities at Rice. Two of my O-week advisors, multiple people on my floor and in the campus band, and some of my closest friends are all pursuing a major in the social sciences. One of my friends, Claire, is a double major in political science and social policy analysis. Continue reading

The Various Classes at Rice

My first semester of college is over! Time flies. Handing in the last essays, doing the last readings – all of these things felt bittersweet. On one hand, I know that this is just the beginning and I have three and a half years left, but on the other hand, I know that those three and a half years will pass by in a blink of an eye.

I’m going to miss the dynamic, enthusiastic lectures of my history professor every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I’m going to miss the engaging, humorous atmosphere in my sociology class. I’m going to miss discussing everything from lyric poetry to Shakespeare in my English class. I’m going to miss comparing and contrasting religious practices from all around the world in my religious studies class. Having the chance to learn such interesting things from such interesting professors has been an incredible experience, and I am looking forward to more next semester.

There is a plethora of courses to take at Rice. I’m an English major, so the majority of my classes are humanities-based, but there is a rich array of science, engineering, math, and social science classes as well. Even within the humanities department, there is everything from Intermediate Korean to Theory of Knowledge. In fact, there are so many classes I want to take, that it isn’t possible to fit them all into my schedule! My range of classes this semester has let me explore, learn, and grow – after taking Introduction to Sociology and Introduction to the Study of Religion, for instance, I know I want to take more courses in these fields.