Welcome to the School's Website
The humanities, arts, and social science disciplines at MIT are engaged in meeting the world's great challenges. To learn why MIT considers the humanities, arts, and social sciences essential for educating young engineers, scientists, thinkers, and citizens, and for sustaining the Institute's capacity for innovation, visit our Mission page, and read The Power of the Humanities at MIT.
MIT SHASS is home to a distinguished faculty whose research has global influence, and to superb graduate programs, all recognized as among the finest in the world. To name just a few areas of impact, the School's research helps alleviate poverty, safeguard elections, steer economies, understand the past and present, improve health policy, articulate morality, plan space policy, assess the impact of new technologies, understand human language, and create new forms at the juncture of art and science. Take a look at some of the exciting explorations in our Research Portfolio.
The School's mission also includes a core part of an MIT education: our faculty help all undergraduates gain a range of critical skills needed for success in every endeavor. The depth and range of cultural and historical perspectives, and the capacity for judgment, critical thinking, and lifelong creativity gained in engagement with the School's disciplines are among the hallmarks of an MIT education. Learn more about the subjects we teach in the Fields of Study and TOUR de SHASS sections.
The School also has a central role in international education at MIT, and in preparing students to be leaders and global citizens. Through MISTI, the School's pioneering applied international education program, MIT students learn how to work, lead, and thrive in cultures around the globe.
Current and previous editions of Said and Done, the School's monthly publication, can also be found on this website; each issue presents the most recent features, research, news, and events. Another feature of this website is The Listening Room — an online collection of the finest works from MIT's renowned music program. You'll find superb recordings of classical, jazz, world music, as well as new works by MIT's distinguished faculty composers and performers.
I hope you will enjoy the wealth of thought, resources, and inspiration concentrated on this site — and I invite you to be part of the School’s endeavor to bring great ideas and positive change into the world.
Deborah K. Fitzgerald
Kenan Sahin Dean
MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences;
Professor of the History of Technology,
Program in Science, Technology, and Society
Commentary on the Power of the Humanities at MIT
Deborah K. Fitzgerlad, The Boston Globe
April 30, 2014