At the beginning of the third year students may elect
to take either a general course or an honors course.
Third Year General B.A. Course
Four subjects, of which two must have been taken in
the second year and one in both first and second. At least
one subject from each of the groups A and B must be
1 Students who enter with credit in two modern languages may
substitute another subject for (3) in the second year; on the other
hand, students must take at least one second year language course
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taken. Students will receive advice in the selection of
Fourth Year General B.A. Course
Four subjects, two of which must have been taken in
the third year and one in both second and third or in first
and third. At least one subject from each of the groups
A and B must be taken. However, students will be al-
lowed to specialize in their senior year, provided they
substitute an advanced course for the required group A
or group B subject.
A student who wishes to become a candidate for a gen-
eral B.A. degree should report his candidacy in writing
at the beginning of the year in which he expects to take
To students who have completed a general four years'
course the B.A. degree will be awarded either with some
grade of distinction or without special mention.
The third and fourth year honors courses are intended
for students who wish to specialize in particular branches
of knowledge with a view to research work or teaching
or later professional studies.
In view of these special objects the requirements in
such courses will be more severe than in the general
courses in the same subjects. For this reason it is recom-
mended that students exercise due caution and seek advice
before electing to take an honors course. Only those
students who have shown in their first and second years
that they are especially well qualified will be permitted to
take an honors course. A student proposing to take an
honors course must satisfy the department concerned that
he is qualified to proceed with the study of that subject.
He will be required to take the lectures and practical work
provided for honors students in that subject during each
of the two years and in addition certain courses in allied
In 1925-26 honors courses will be available as follows:
(i) Pure and applied mathematics
(2) Theoretical and experimental physics
(3) Modern languages and literatures
(6) Economics and mathematics
The following programme in honors courses in physics
may be taken as typical of such courses:
Third year, four subjects: (i) mathematics, (2) physics
300. (3) physics 310 or 420, (4) one other subject.
Fourth year, four subjects: (i) mathematics, (2) physics
420 or 310, (3) physics 500, (4) one other subject.
A student who wishes to become a candidate for a de-
gree with honors should report his candidacy at the begin-
ning of his Junior year and renew his application at the
beginning of his Senior year.
The degree of BA. with honors will be awarded at
the end of the fourth year to students who have completed
an honors course. Candidates for honors who fail may be
excused such part of a general course as may be equiva-
lent to the work they have done. Candidates for honors
who are not making satisfactory progress may be required
to discontinue their honors course and may be excused
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such part of a general course as may be equivalent to the
work they have done.
For courses leading to the degree of Bachelor of Sci-
ence, see pages 77 and 91.
A student who has completed a general or an honors
course for the B.A. degree may obtain the Master of Arts
degree after the successful completion of one year of
A candidate for the M.A. degree must elect a principal
subject, and submit his schedule in writing when he re-
ports his candidacy. Such schedule must represent the
equivalent of four advanced courses to be passed with
high credit. The work shall consist of (a) personal in-
vestigation, the results of which must be submitted as a
thesis, and (b) at least two advanced courses of lectures,
one of which must be a graduate course in the principal
For courses leading to the degree of Master of Science,
see page 77.
A student who has completed a course for the B.A. de-
gree may be admitted as a candidate for the degree of
Doctor of Philosophy. In addition to high attainment,
preparation for the Ph.D. degree involves usually at least
three years of graduate work. Candidates for the degree
must submit a thesis and pass a public examination. The
thesis must present a distinctly original contribution to
the subject. It must be published in an accredited journal
or series, and fifty printed copies must be deposited in the
Candidates who successfully complete the first four
years of the engineering course will receive the degree of
Bachelor of Science. The B.S. degree with distinction
will be awarded to students whose work is of a high stand-
ard. Candidates who successfully complete a five-year
engineering course will receive the M.S. degree in a specified
branch of engineering, under requirements conforming
to those for the M.A. degree, namely, very high standing
and a thesis.
Candidates who successfully complete the five-year
course in architecture will be awarded the degree of
Bachelor of Science in Architecture. Students in archi-
tecture who satisfy all the requirements for the degree of
M.A. may elect to take that degree if they prefer.
STANDING IN SCHOLARSHIP OF UNDER-
Schedule of Undergraduate Students. â€” The regular
schedule of undergraduate students is five courses in the
Freshman year, five courses in the Sophomore year, four
courses in the Junior year, and four courses in the Senior
year. The regular schedules for students of Engineering
and Architecture may be found in these Announcements
beginning on pages 77 and 91 respectively. Admission
to less than the regular schedule is rarely granted, and
then only in the most exceptional circumstances. One
extra course may be taken in the second year and one in
the third year by students who are not on probation.
Deficiencies of the first two years must be removed before
the year in which a student is a candidate for a degree,
and may not be removed by extra courses in that year.^
' This regulation applies to students who entered in September,
192 1, and later.
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An excess schedule must be reduced if a student fails to
attain a grade of III or better in three courses, or if he
fails to pass any course without at the same time doing
work of exceptional quality in his other courses. No
credit is given toward graduation for less than a full year's
course in any subject, but a course which has been dropped
by permission after the February examinations and in
which a student's standing is satisfactory may be carried
to completion in a succeeding year. Summer school courses
will be accepted to remove not more than one Freshman
or Sophomore deficiency. To remove a college deficiency
no credit will be given for a course unless it is the equivalent
in content and quality of a full year course at the Institute.
Examinations. â€” All courses at the Rice Institute are
year courses. Preliminary examinations are given to
Freshmen and students on probation in December. Regular
written examinations are given to all students in February
and at the close of the academic year in June. In Junior
and Senior courses (listed as 300 or 400 courses) the June
examinations cover the work of the whole year. In
elementary courses (listed as 100 or 200 courses) exami-
nations cover the work done from the time of the preced-
Dropping of Students for Deficiencies in Scholarship. â€”
A student will be required to withdraw from the Institute
if he fails in as much as one half of the work of his schedule.
He may also be dropped for failure to improve while
on probation, or for poor scholarship due to absences
from the exercises of his schedule. Any student who
withdraws from the Institute during the last five weeks
of any term on account of failure in his courses will be
regarded as dropped from the Institute. A student dropped
during the year will not be readmitted before the begin-
ning of the following academic year, and then only to the
standing attained at the beginning of the academic year
in which the student was dropped. A student dropped
from the Institute at the end of the academic year for (a)
failure in as much as half of the work of his schedule,
or (b) failure to improve while on probation, may re"nter
the Institute at the beginning of the following year but
without any credit for the past year except in courses
in which his grade for the year is III or better.^ Students
who have been dropped are not permitted to return unless
acceptable evidence is supplied of further study or of
satisfactory work in necessary employment. Dropped
students, when allowed to return, are received only on
probation. Students who have been dropped twice are
not entitled to readmission.
Probation. â€” A student who is carrying five courses
will be placed on probation if among his grades for the
term there are two V's or no grade better than IV. A
student who is carrying four courses will be placed on
probation if he has one V and one other grade below III,
or has failed to obtain a grade of III or better in at least
one course. A student with fewer than four courses will
be placed on probation if he has one V, or if he does not
obtain at least two grades of III or better. To be removed
from probation a student with five courses is required to
secure at least two grades of III or better; one with four
courses is required to secure at least three Ill's or two
^ The symbols have the following meanings: I Very high standing,
II High standing, III Medium standing, IV Low standing, V Failure.
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Ill's and no V's; one with fewer than four courses is
required to secure at least three grades of III or better.
Probation is a period of scholastic trial, and during that
period the student on probation is not permitted to repre-
sent the Institute in any capacity. Probation is terminated
only at the regular examination periods.
Promotion. â€” To attain Sophomore standing, a student
must have obtained in four of the five courses of the
Freshman year, passing grades of which two must have
been III or better. To attain Junior standing, a student
must have obtained in at least nine of the ten courses
of the Freshman and SophomcCre years, passing grades of
which four must have been III or better. To attain
Senior standing, a student must have obtained passing
grades, of which six must have been III or better, in
at least thirteen courses of the five courses of the Fresh-
man year, the five courses of the Sophomore year, and
the four courses of the Junior year, required for full Senior
standing. To obtain the degree of Bachelor of Arts, a
student must have obtained passing grades, of which
eight must have been III or better, in five Freshman
courses, five Sophomore courses, four Junior courses, and
four Senior courses, required for the first degree. Atten-
tion is called to the fact that this four years' course is
built up by years. Accordingly four courses of the Fresh-
man and Sophomore years respectively will not be credited
as the eqliivalent of four courses of the Junior and Senior
years respectively, a higher standard and wider range
of collateral work being required of Juniors and Seniors
who elect in either of those years an elementary subject
of the Freshman and Sophomore years.
No student shall attain Sophomore, Junior, or Senior
standing in Engineering and Architecture who lacks more
than one course of the standard schedule required for
full standing in those years.
SUBJECTS OF INSTRUCTION FOR 1925-26
Of the courses to be offered during the scholastic year
1925-26 it is possible to announce those described below.
The numbers designating the courses have the following
signification: courses whose numbers begin with i are
open to all students of the Institute; courses whose num-
bers commence with 2 are open to Sophomores, Juniors,
and Seniors; those beginning with 3 are open to Juniors
and Seniors; those beginning with 4 are Senior courses.
Unless otherwise indicated, all courses consist of at least
three exercises a week.
For each course the days of the week and the hours
have been indicated. The Roman numerals refer to the
group in the examination schedule. In general, subjects
which fall in the same group may not be taken in the
same year. Any possible exceptions to this rule must be
arranged through the Registrar's Office at or before the
time of registration.
English 100. The theory and practice of English
composition, and the study of fundamental literary forms.
Required of Freshmen. M W F 8:30, 9:30 or 10:30; or
T Th S 8:30 or 10:30 I
English 200. Outlines of the history of English
Literature, with collateral reading of authors representa-
tive of the various periods. M W F 1 1 :30 XI
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English 300. A study of the English Drama, ex-
clusive of Shakespeare, from its beginnings in the Middle
Ages to the time of Goldsmith and Sheridan.
TThS 11:30 IV
English 320. Exposition and Argumentation, The
study of contemporary problems in society and govern-
ment, and, somewhat later, of the principles of argument
and debate, the collection and weighing of evidence,
fallacies, refutations. Themes and briefs. Conferences.
TThS 8:30 III
English 340. The English Novel, with especial ref-
erence to the chief novelists of the nineteenth century.
MWF 10:30 VII
English 360. Tudor Prose and Poetry. A study of
the historical backgrounds and critical and cultural ideals
of the sixteenth century, of mediaeval traditions, human-
istic influences, and new types introduced in the literature
from Caxton to Spenser. (Alternates with English 370.
Not offered in 1925-26.)
English 370. Spenser and Milton. A systematic
study of the works of Spenser and Milton. (Alternates
with English 360.) TThS 8:30 III
English 400. Shakespeare and Modern Drama. A
systematic study of Shakespeare with especial emphasis
on the tragedies, followed by a rapid survey of modern
drama. Open only to Seniors. MWF 9:30 XI
English 410. Eighteenth-century Prose and Victorian
Literature. (Alternates with English 420. Not offered
English 420. Eighteenth-century Poetry, and Nine-
teenth-century Literature, from the pubHcation of the
Lyrical Ballads, 1798, to Queen Victoria's accession,
1837. (Alternates with Enghsh 410.) M W F 11:30 IX
English 430. An introductory course in Old English,
followed by a careful reading of Beowulf. (Alternates
with English 440.) Hours to be arranged.
English 440. An introductory study of Chaucer and
other Middle English authors, with a brief sketch of
Middle English literature. (Alternates with English 430,
Not offered in 1925-26.)
English 460. Seminar in American Literature. A
study of the principal authors from the Colonial Period
of Modern Times, with especial emphasis on the develop-
ment of American culture and ideals. T 2:00-5:00
French 100. Elementary French. Phonetic dicta-
tion, grammar, composition, conversation, translation of
simple French. Sketch of French History.
M W F 8:30 or T Th S 8:30, 10:30 VI
French 200. Second Year French. A continuation
of French 100. A considerable amount of outside read-
ing will be assigned besides translation in the class. Re-
view of grammar, composition, dictation. Outlines of
French Literature. M W F 9 :30 or T Th S 9 :30 VI
French 310. Third Year French. Advanced Com-
position. Open to students who have passed French 200
with a grade of III or better. Study of pronunciation
and the teaching of it by the phonetic method. Practice
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in reading and speaking. Causeries sur la France. Re-
view of grammar. Themes. M W F 9:30 III
French 320. A survey of the entire History of French
Literature, with its social background. Open to students
who have passed French 200. The course is intended
for students of English and History as well as for those
who desire to specialize in French. Lectures in English.
Practice in literary translation from the French. Exten-
sive reading of representative texts in French.
TThS 9:30 V
French 410. Fourth Year French. Cours de Style.
Open to students who have passed French 310 with a
grade of HI or better. Themes and translations into
French. Analysis of style of French writers from the
seventeenth century to the twentieth. French versifica-
tion. Sketch of Historical Grammar. Opportunity will
be offered to practice elementary teaching under the super-
vision of the instructor. TThS 8:30 HI
French 420. French Literature. Open to students
who have passed French 310 with a grade of HI or better,
and who can understand spoken French. Students must
also have passed French 320 with a grade of HI or better,
or else take French 320 at the same time as French 420.
A representative writer will be studied in each of the
three terms. Lectures, collateral readings, reports and
essays, all in French. TThS 9:30 IV
French 430. Entirely similar in requirements, pur-
pose, and method with French 420, except that, instead
of a representative writer, a special branch of literature
will be taken up each term. (Alternates with French 420.
Not offered in 1925-26.)
Requirements for Honors Course in French, and for
recommendation as teacher of French: Courses 310, 320,
410, 420, and 430, passed with high credit (grades of I
German 100. Elementary German. Grammar, reading,
translation, composition, conversation.
MWF 11:30 or TThS 11:30 IV
German 200. Second Year German. Historical,
descriptive and narrative prose. Grammar review, in-
creased conversation. Composition based on the reading
matter. Collateral and outside reading. History of
German literature. TThS 10:30 XII
German 300. Survey of German Eighteenth and Nine-
teenth Century Classic Literature. Reading and inter-
pretation of selected German dramatists, novelists and
poets. Lectures, collateral reading, discussion, themes.
(Alternates with German 310.) TThS 9:30
German 310. Goethe's Life and Works. Lectures,
reading of selected dramas, poetry and prose of Goethe,
collateral reading, discussion, themes. (Alternates with
German 320. Scientific German. For students special-
izing in science. Reading and translation of German
scientific prose, with special emphasis on the study of
technical vocabulary and idiom leading to a ready reading
ability. Scientific discussion and conversation in German.
(Not offered in 1925-26.)
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Italian 300. Elementary Italian. Open to students
who have had at least two years of French, Spanish, or
Latin. Grammar and composition. A large amount of
reading will be required. MWF 10:30
Spanish 100. First Year Spanish. Grammar, com-
position, and selections for reading from modern Span-
ish authors. Emphasis is laid on accurate pronunciation,
on the essentials of grammar, and on careful study of
simple Spanish prose. Oral exercises and composition,
MWF 8:30, 10:30 or ii:30or TThS 8:30 II
Spanish 200. Second Year Spanish. Review of gram-
mar, composition and dictation. Translation of repre-
sentative works of modern novelists. Collateral readings,
with occasional reports and essays in Spanish.
MWF 8:30 or 10:30 or T Th S 11 :30 II
Spanish 210. Commercial Spanish. Open to stu-
dents who have passed Spanish 200, or Spanish 100 with
a grade of III or better. Spanish correspondence. Busi-
ness forms and vocabulary. Rapid survey of the geog-
raphy and history of the Latin American countries.
TThS 10:30 II
Spanish 300. Third Year Spanish. Open to all stu-
dents who have completed Spanish 200 or 210 or their
equivalent. Recommended to new students entering with
advanced credit in Spanish from other schools. Grammar
and composition. Reading of short stories as a basis for
conversation. Collateral reading of modern prose; re-
ports in Spanish. M W F 8:30 II
Spanish 320. Survey of Spanish History and Spanish
Literature. Open to Juniors and Seniors who have passed
Spanish 200, 210, 300 or 330 with a grade of III or better,
and to Sophomores upon special recommendation. Not
open to Freshmen. Reading of Spanish plays and lyrics
in class. Lectures, collateral readings and reports. Con-
ducted in Spanish. M W F 9:30
Spanish 330. Advanced Commercial Spanish. Open
to students who have passed Spanish 200, 210, and 300
with a grade of III or better. Review of Commercial
Spanish 210, physical geography and historical back-
ground of Latin American countries. Economic develop-
ment and trade conditions in Latin America. Conducted
in Spanish. M W F 8:30
Spanish 410. History of Hispano-American Civiliza-
tion. Open to students who have passed Spanish 210,
300, 320 or 330 with a grade of III or better. Lectures,
readings, reports and discussions. Conducted in Spanish.
MWF 11:30 II
Spanish 420. Types of Spanish Literature. Open
to students who have passed Spanish 320 with a grade of
III or better. Study of some of the earlier monuments
of Spanish literature and of the Siglo de Oro. Sketch of
historical grammar. Readings and reports. Conducted
in Spanish. MWF 9 :30
Requirements for Honors Course in Spanish and for
recommendation as teacher of Spanish: Spanish 300, 320,
330, 410 and 420, with high credit (I or II).
Latin 100. Selections from Nepos, Sallust, Livy,
Cicero, and Ovid. Latin grammar, composition and
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essays. Roman literature. Collateral reading, lectures.
Hours to be arranged.
Latin 200. Selections from Cicero, Livy, Horace,
and Tacitus. Roman literature. Latin composition and
essays. Collateral reading, lectures. Hours to be ar-
Latin 300. Extensive reading in Horace, Juvenal,
Cicero, Livy, Tacitus, Plautus, and Terence. Essays and
advanced composition. Versification, Roman literature.
Chapters in J. E. Sandys' Companion to Latin Studies on
epigraphy, palaeography, art, and textual criticism.
Hours to be arranged.
Greek 300. Introduction to Greek Literature. Reading
of Homer, Plato, and the Bible. (Not offered in 1925-26.)
Mathematics 100. Elementary Analysis. The ele-
mentary functions, algebraic, trigonometric and exponen-
tial; their differentiation and integration. Emphasis is
placed upon applications to science and geometry. The
course, constituting the required Freshman course in
mathematics, forms a general introduction to work in
mathematics and science, pure and applied.
During the year a special section is formed for students
who have considerable facility in mathematical reasoning.
Mathematics 200. Differential and Integral Calculus.
Elements of differential equations, differentials, definite
integrals, infinite series and their applications.
This course continues the work of Mathematics 100 in
Calculus and Analytic Geometry. Students who have
considerable facility in mathematical reasoning should
take Mathematics 210. T Th S 8 130 or 9 130
Mathematics 210, Differential and Integral Cal-
culus. This course covers the ground of Course 200, but
is more complete and goes further. It is intended for
students who have considerable facility in mathematical
reasoning. It is a sufficient introduction to Mathematics
310, and is open to students who obtain high grades in
Mathematics 100 or otherwise satisfy the instructor of
their fitness to take the course. T Th S 8 :30 X
Mathematics 300. Advanced Calculus and Differ-
ential Equations. Differentiation and integration of func-
tions of several variables; multiple integrals; introduc-
tion to the theory of differential equations; Fourier series.
This course or Mathematics 310 should be taken by stu-
dents whose major interest lies in physics or engineering;
it is open to those who pass successfully in Course 200
or 210 in mathematics. MWF8:30 XII
Mathematics 310. Advanced Calculus and Differ-
ential Equations. Applications to Mechanics and Ther-
modynamics. This course is intended for students with
special ability in mathematics who have had Mathematics
210. Mathematics 340 is also a desirable preparation.