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This major is only available to students who matriculated fall 2016 or earlier.

The Policy Studies major gives students with an opportunity to gain useable, real-world knowledge that provides value-added benefits in their future careers.

Areas of study  include:   Energy Policy Studies ,  Environmental Policy ,  Health Care Management ,  International Affairs ,  Law and Justice ,  Urban and Social Change .

Students learn the basics of the policy world, apply that knowledge to their policy area, and then test their abilities “outside the hedges” through participation in internships, both around Houston and in Washington DC, or abroad through the Rice Policy Studies in London Program.

The major provides Rice students with a competitive advantage over students from other schools as they enter the job force or continue on to professional or graduate schools.

Recent graduates have worked as staff in the White House, the Executive Office of the President, the Texas State Legislature, made documentary films, and have attended top law and graduate schools.