Consumer Health and the Media

Study of factual information and guidelines that enable consumers to act intelligently in selecting health products and services, with emphasis on the economic aspects of health. Taught by Dr. Cassandra S. Diep. HEAL212

Drawing Studio

A continuation of Beginning Drawing, where students continue to investigate the concepts, materials, and possibilities of drawing. Students will explore further drawing in all its permutations, experimenting with scale, new materials, and new techniques. Assignments will continue focusing on working from life while also offering opportunities to work more subjectively. Taught by Karin Broker, professor of printmaking and drawing. ARTS323

Literature and Religion

This course examines the place of religious thought in literature and culture from the pre-modern to the modern world. Led by Dr. Joseph A. Campana, the course examines how religious problems and questions from an investment in a theological world view to the critique of God and the providence have shaped literary form and function. ENGL274

Literature and the Environment

Dr. Timothy Morton leads this course that asks the question: How does literature express or shape environmental values? In this class students will read American fiction and nonfiction exploring the relationship between human and nonhuman nature. ENST368

Monster - Conceiving and Misconceiving the Monstrous in Fiction and the Biosciences in Medicine and Art

The monsters that inhabit our world are products not just of nature but of human conception. They wander forth out of evolution and language, out of brain physiology and prejudice, out of the pages of fiction and the corridors of art. It is this variety that humanist Dr. Deborah Harter and bioscientist Dr. Mike Gustin endeavor to capture as they ask how our notions of the monstrous help us to understand who we are, what we fear, and with what consequences we perceive and misperceive human variation. BIOC368


Dr. Amber P. Dermont, associate professor of English, introduces students to the art and craft of screenwriting through a focused study of terminology, formatting, and cinematic technique. Assignments will include writing exercises, weekly viewing of films, and readings of screenplays. Students will write their own treatments, outlines, and full-length screenplays. ENGL302

Spatial Humanities Masterclass

This course explores current developments in humanistic practices and theories of cartography and 3-D modeling. Undergraduates and graduate students from across campus form research cohorts with Rice faculty, external scholars, and practitioners. Each course assigns credit hours based on the number of guess speakers and class meetings on a semester-by-semester basis. Over and above the undergraduate workload in this section, graduate students will be required to give one public talk as part of the Spatial Humanities Initiative lecture series, lead one class discussion or training session related to their talk, and submit a research proposal for a project that can be integrated into the initiative. Taught by Professor Farès el-Dahdah, educator, scholar, humanist, and designer. HURC650

Sport Contracts and Negotiation

This course introduces students to contracts and negotiations and how they are used in sport management. Students develop an understanding of contract language, drafting and negotiation, as well as practical experience applying those techniques through exercises and role-play designed to increase understanding and enhance learning. Taught by Karen L. Jones, JD, MA. SMGT465

Sport Law and Advanced Sport Law

This course is designed to introduce students to the American legal system and to the types of legal reasoning used by lawyers and judges. This course will also provide an overview of how various areas of sports are integrated with the American legal system. Taught by Karen L. Jones, JD, MA.

Studies in Literature and Other Disciplines

A variable topics course taught by Dr. Timothy Morton. Recent topics have included Visual Cultures 1550-1800 and Problems of Close Reading in Literature and Film. ENGL591

The Ultimate Potential of Virtual Reality: An Exploration

Virtual reality (VR) can be a powerful tool. Led by Jordan C. Szymczyk, this class explores the application and potential of VR in multiple domains through guest lectures, interviews, papers, discussions, and most importantly, experiences in VR. Topics covered include art, medical, industrial training, psychology, education, and more. COLL143

Topics in Creative Nonfiction Writing

A variable topics workshop in the writing of creative nonfiction. Topics will vary from semester to semester and may include "Nature Writing," "Life Writing," "History of the Essay," and more. Taught by Dr. Lacy M. Johnson, a Houston-based artist, curator, professor, activist, and author of the memoir The Other Side (Tin House, 2014). ENGL309

Topics in Fiction Writing

A variable topics workshop taught in the writing of fiction taught by Dr. Amber P. Dermont, associate professor of English. Topics will vary from semester to semester and may include "Fairytales, Folklore, Fantasy, and Fright," "Persona," "Experiments in Fiction," and more. ENGL306

Writing Everyday Life

This course, led by anthropologist Dr. Lina Dib, is dedicated to the poetics of everyday life. It draws from the forms and colors of what surrounds us day-to-day, from landscapes, to bodies and objects. Students develop research and writing skills through creative fieldwork assignments and workshops. FWIS130