MIT School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences - Great Ideas Change the World

From Dean Fitzgerald


The Dean is in.

Welcome to the School's Website 

The humanities, arts, and social science disciplines at MIT are engaged in meeting the world's great challenges.
The School 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 section.  

The School has a central role in international education at MIT, and in preparing students to be leaders and global citizens. Through MISTI, the School's 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 combines feature articles with recent news, profiles, and research briefs.  

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.  

Dean Deborah Fitzgerald

Kenan Sahin Dean,
MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences;
Professor of the History of Technology,
Program in Science, Technology, and Society  

Q & A with the Dean
Biographical Note