Ideas at Work
Basic research in the humanities, arts, and social science fields is the engine for the School's capacity to effect positive change around the globe.
To name just a few areas of impact, MIT SHASS research helps alleviate poverty, safeguard elections, steer economies, understand the past and present, inform health policy, assess the impact of new technologies, understand human language, and create new forms at the juncture of art and science.
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The Power of the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at MIT
"At MIT — a bastion of STEM education — we view the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences as essential — both for educating great engineers, scientists, and citizens, and for sustaining our capacity for innovation. From climate change to poverty, healthcare, water, and energy, the challenges of our age are unwaveringly human in nature and scale; and engineering and science issues are always embedded in broader human realities, from deeply-felt cultural traditions to building codes to political tensions."