Suggested Introductory Subjects
The following is a list of subjects that have been suggested by the departments, programs, and sections as among those recommended for students who may not already have experience in these fields. This list is not all-inclusive, and is intended only as one possible starting point for students looking to explore the MIT SHASS fields. HASS-Exploration (HEX) subjects, for instance, provide another appropriate route, and many students will find additional subjects that match their own distinctive interests.
The full list of course offerings is available through the online subject listing and more information is always available through the departments, programs, and sections. Students should always refer to the official subject listing for updated schedules and locations. This list may not be updated after the start of classes.
Enjoy the exploration!
Fields of Study
21A.00 Introduction to Anthropology: Comparing Human Cultures | A. Moran-Thomas
21A.157 The Meaning of Life (New) | G. Jones and H. Paxson
21A.504J/STS.086J/WGS.276J Cultures of Computing | A. Steingart
14.01 Principles of Microeconomics | J. Harris
14.02 Principles of Macroeconomics | J. Poterba
14.70J/21H.134J Medieval Economic History in Comparative Perspective | A. McCants
21G.036J/CMS.356J Advertising and Media: Comparative Perspectives | J. Wang
21G.067 Digital Media in Japan and Korea (New) | P. Roquet
21G.074 Topics in Portuguese Popular Culture | A. Igrejas
GSL offers language instruction courses at a variety of levels to suit your skills. All but ELS provide subjects for complete beginners: Chinese, English Language Studies, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
24.900 Introduction to Linguistics | N. Richards
21L.001 Foundations of Western Literature: Homer to Dante | A. Bahr
21L.004 L2 Reading Poetry: From Ben Johnson to Beyonce | J. Terrones
21L.019 Introduction to European and Latin American Fiction: Great Fiction on the Page and the Screen | M. Resnick
STS.001 Technology in American History | M. R. Smith
STS.002 Finance and Society | W. Deringer
STS.012 Science in Action: Technologies and Controversies in Everyday Life (New) | D. Banerjee
WGS.101 Introduction to Women’s Studies | A. Walsh
WGS.275J/21G.057J/STS.022J Gender in Science, Technology, and Environment | B. Stoetzer
WGS.S10 Special Subject: Marginalized Masculinities (New) | K. Gray