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MIT SHASS Majors


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MIT SHASS offers 19 undergraduate majors.  

As with most majors at MIT, these consist of a core of required subjects and a set of electives, and combine the study of basic principles with practical applications. The major course of study is designed to prepare students for careers in that field or for graduate study.

Most students who major within the School do so through one of the following departments, sections, and programs:



Major Fields

Anthropology
Comparative Media Studies
Economics (Economics, Mathematical Economics)
Global Studies and Languages (French, German, Spanish)
History
Humanities
Humanities and Engineering
Humanities and Science
Linguistics
Literature
Music
Philosophy
Political Science
Science, Technology, and Society
Theater Arts
Writing (Creative Writing, Digital Media, Science Writing)

 



Interdisciplinary Majors

SHASS also offers six Interdisciplinary Majors. These programs are made up of coursework from multiple SHASS departments. Students who complete these programs receive an S.B. in Humanities, Course 21.
  

Interdisciplinary Major Fields Faculty Coordinator
American Studies Christopher Capozzola
Ancient and Medieval Studies Anne McCants
Asian and Asian Diaspora Studies Hiromu Nagahara
Latin American and Latino Studies Paloma Duong
Russian and Eurasian Studies Elizabeth Wood
Women’s and Gender Studies Helen Elaine Lee



          
 



How to prepare an Interdisciplinary Major proposal 

Students interested in one of the above Interdisciplinary Majors or interested in creating a customized HASS major should fill out the following PDF form and contact the Faculty Coordinator or the HASS Academic Administrator for guidelines and procedures. 

Interdisciplinary Major Proposal Form (PDF)
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Learn more about The Power of STEM + SHASS at MIT
 

 

At MIT, we view the humanities, arts, and social sciences as essential, both for educating great engineers, scientists, scholars, and citizens, and for sustaining the Institute’s capacity for innovation.   

Why? Because the Institute’s mission is to advance knowledge and educate students who are prepared to help solve the world’s most challenging problems – in energy, health care, transportation, and dozens of other fields. To do this, our graduates naturally need advanced technical knowledge and skills — the deep, original thinking about the physical universe that is the genius of the science and engineering fields.

But the world’s problems are never tidily confined to the laboratory, workbench, or spreadsheet. From climate change to poverty to disease, 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. So our students also need an in-depth understanding of human complexities — the political, cultural, and economic realities that shape our existence — as well as fluency in the powerful forms of thinking and creativity cultivated by the humanities, arts, and social sciences. More at
The Power of STEM + SHASS at MIT.