MIT aims to help provide access to a quality education by 2050 to anyone, anywhere, with the will to learn. A quality education is the foundation for economic and social progress for all people, but today, nearly 1 billion people around the world do not have access to a basic education. The MIT-SHASS disciplines contribute to meeting this goal in four primary ways:
Research to Policy
To help make education a universal reality, MIT's social science, arts, and humanities fields conduct research that informs public policy about education, and analyzes solutions to the array of economic, cultural, and political factors that create barriers to a good education.
Empowering every MIT student
MIT SHASS faculty also teach every MIT undergraduate. By empowering MIT students with political, economic, cultural, and historical perspectives — as well as skills in critical thinking, languages, and communication — the School increases the capacity of every MIT graduate to serve the world well, across the broad range of humanity's challenges.
International Education and Global Citizens
The SHASS faculty and coursework are also at the core of international education at MIT. Through all the SHASS disciplines and via MISTI — the School's applied international education program — MIT students learn how to collaborate and lead on teams around the globe.
Generating Online Educational Tools
MIT SHASS faculty are developing innovative MOOCs (massive online open courses) and other forms of online open access information. In addition to the course information itself, of interest are the ways the SHASS-generated MOOCs are exploring solutions to one of the greatest challenges of the MOOC concept: to translate the undisputed power of the small, discussion seminars and classes that characterize humanities education into the online, massive scale course formats.