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.


Spring 2020 Courses

The Psychology of Love, Loss and Renewal

Dr. Christopher Fagundes reviews researchbased insights on the psychology of love and loss and the potential for restoration and renewal throughout life.

Transformed by Travel: Around the World With Rice University

Explore the world with Rice University faculty and other experts in this new lecture series featuring a different region of the globe each week.

The Wisdom of Age: Positive Psychology and Lifelong Development

This course shares research and strategies to foster the positive psychology of aging including the capacity for greater wisdom, resilience, compassion, empathy and meaning.


Personal Finance Courses

Retirement, Investing, Income Tax and Estate Planning

This course provides an overview of retirement, investing, income tax and estate planning for those in search of financial freedom and security in an uncertain investment climate.

Stock Market and Investment Fundamentals

Certified financial planner and registered investment advisor William Frisco teaches both novice and longtime investors how to manage risks and globally diversify portfolios.


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