All the MIT SHASS disciplines conduct basic research
Discovery-driven research is the currency of human progress. Research expands our shared body of knowledge, and it handsomely returns society’s investment by generating new knowledge that expands and sometimes fundamentally changes our understanding of ourselves and the world. All the MIT SHASS disciplines conduct basic research, and champion the importance of basic research to society as a whole.
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.
The MIT Campaign for a Better World
Announcing the new comprehensive campaign, MIT President L. Rafael Reif said, "Humanity faces urgent challenges — challenges whose solutions depend on marrying advanced technical and scientific capabilities with a deep understanding of the world's political, cultural, and economic complexities."
Discover the role of MIT's Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences fields in solving the economic, cultural, and political dimensions of global issues, and in problem-solving in collaboration with our STEM colleagues. More