Generating practical solutions for the world's great challenges requires technical and scientific creativity—
and an understanding of the world’s human complexities: political, cultural, and economic.
MIT's Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences fields empower young scientists, engineers, thinkers, and citizens—with historical and cultural perspectives, and with skills in the arts, communication, and critical thinking to help them serve the world well, with innovations and lives that are rich in meaning and wisdom.
Areas of Focus
Research and Innovation
generating great ideas to meet the world's great challenges
MIT SHASS is home to research that has a global impact, and to superb graduate programs, all recognized as among the finest in the world. With 20+ areas of inquiry, the School's portfolio is vast—including international studies, music, economics, history, literature, languages, anthropology, political science and security studies, new media, linguistics and philosophy.
Teaching Critical Skills
giving all MIT students the foundations for lives of success, meaning, and wisdom
Meeting great challenges requires technical and scientific creativity, and an understanding of the world’s human complexities — cultural, political, and economic. The MIT SHASS disciplines empower young students, thinkers, and citizens with a range of critical skills needed for success in every endeavor. The cultural and historical perspectives, creativity, judgment, communication and critical thinking skills gained in engagement with the School's disciplines help MIT students create innovations—and lives— that are rich in meaning and wisdom.
Fields of Study
Educating Leaders and Global Citizens
providing transformative international education
The School has a central role in international education at MIT, and in preparing students to be leaders and good global citizens. Through MISTI, the School's applied international education program, MIT students learn how to work, collaborate, and thrive in cultures around the globe.
"The Power of the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at MIT"
Op-Ed by Dean Deborah Fitzgerald, The Boston Globe, 30 May 2014
MIT SHASS Fields of Study
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Music at MIT
"In One Voice," MIT Spectrum, Spring 2013
“MIT students speak the language of math and science. Music is sound. Sound is acoustics. In a sense, music is math and science,” says Evan Ziporyn, who heads MIT’s Music and Theater Arts Section, and who is a composer, clarinetist, and the Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music.
Video on the Rise of the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at MIT
3-minute video clip
Part of the "Common Threads" video produced for MIT's 150th anniversary celebration. Watch for the appearance of Winston Churchill!
The MIT Mission
To advance knowledge and to educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century. The Institute is committed to generating, disseminating, and preserving knowledge, and to working with others to bring this knowledge to bear on the world's great challenges.
MIT is dedicated to providing its students with an education that combines rigorous academic study and the excitement of discovery with the support and intellectual stimulation of a diverse campus community. We seek to develop in each member of the MIT community the ability and passion to work wisely, creatively, and effectively for the betterment of humankind.
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