Students who wish to take a course at another institution or program
during the summer, while studying abroad, or at some other time, must
demonstrate that the course has substantial anthropological content and a
workload equivalent to a Rice Anthropology Department course. This may
be difficult because many programs, especially study abroad programs,
often do not provide such information in advance. In such circumstances,
preliminary approval may be granted, but it will be up to the student
to provide documentation upon return to Rice that the courses taken are
equivalent to Rice anthropology courses. Please note: preliminary
approval does not guarantee final approval.
We strongly encourage students planning to take credit hours elsewhere
to seek approval prior to taking the course. Students should e-mail the
transfer advisor directly, along with the course syllabus and any other
supporting material. The advisor reviews this material and then replies
to the student in writing with a decision.
Students planning to graduate with a major in Anthropology must take a
minimum of six (6) anthropology courses (18 hours) at Rice. This means
transfer credit (foreign or domestic) cannot count for more than four
(4) courses (12 hours) of the ten courses (30 hours) required for a
Students planning to graduate with a minor in Anthropology must take a
minimum of four (4) anthropology courses (12 hours) at Rice. This means
transfer credit (foreign or domestic) cannot count for more than two (2)
courses (6 hours) of the six courses (18 hours) required for a major.
1. Once a student has matriculated at Rice, courses from two-year
institutions (community colleges for junior colleges) will be accepted
for transfer credit only if they meet the rigorous standards described
below. For incoming transfer students, these standards may be more
2. The Anthropology Department does not accept online courses for transfer credit.3.
There are two types of transfer credits: direct transfer
corresponding to a specific class at Rice, and 2xx/3xx transfer when
no similar class exists at Rice (may be counted as an elective towards
the major or minor). The course does not have to be listed as an
anthropology course at another institution, but must have
anthropological content (as determined by Rice department faculty).4.
Students may not transfer courses taken pass/fail or on a similar
basis at other institutions. The grade earned must be C- (or equivalent)
or better.5. A syllabus (in English, Spanish, Portuguese, or
other language readable by Anthropology faculty members) is required in
order for the course to be reviewed. Course descriptions alone are
insufficient.6. International institutions/programs must be
approved by Rice (see Rice Study Abroad for this - abroad.rice.edu) as
foreign institutions do not have formal accreditation.7. Credit
for independent study (Anth 404) will normally be granted only to
anthropology majors and upon presentation of adequate documentation of
the rigor of the project (final paper and bibliography).8.
Assigning distribution credit is the responsibility of the Registrar's
office, which requires that any course for which distribution credit is
given must be the precise equivalent of a Rice course that has
1. We compare the course syllabus with syllabus from a current
Rice class to determine if it has similar coverage and rigor. If these
appear to be equal, direct transfer credit can be recommended.2.
For non-Rice equivalent courses, we make a case-by-case evaluation.
Does the course appear to be rigorous? Does it draw upon a substantial
anthropology literature? Does the syllabus indicate intellectual merit?
Is the course intellectually appropriate? We may ask to see your
written work and/or examinations.
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