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MIT SHASS Minors


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What is a Minor? 

Minors are coherent programs of study providing significant experience in their disciplines. Minor fields are specified as part of the S.B. degree, thus giving recognition of focused work in a discipline outside the major course of study. Each year hundreds of MIT undergraduates decide to minor in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, choosing from 30 fields.

Why Minor? 

You may find that your 3- to 4-subject required HASS Concentration has not satisfied your curiosity about your field of choice. By adding 2 or 3 subjects to your concentration, you can build a 6-subject minor that allows you to explore the field in greater depth. A minor is not required for graduation, but you may earn up to 2 minors, whether in HASS fields or other disciplines.

 




You can choose from these 30 HASS disciplines: 

  

Ancient and Medieval Studies
Anthropology
Applied International Studies
Art, Culture, and Technology
Comparative Media Studies
Economics
Foreign Languages
  Chinese
  French
  German
  Japanese
  Spanish
History
History of Architecture & Art
International Development
Linguistics



  

Literature
Music
Philosophy
Political Science
Public Policy
Regional Studies
   African and African Diaspora Studies
   Asian and Asian Diaspora Studies
   Latin American and Latino Studies
   Middle Eastern Studies
   Russian and Eurasian Studies
Science, Technology, and Society
Theater Arts
Urban Studies and Planning
Women's and Gender Studies
Writing


 

HASS Minor Advisors

For a list of current minor advisors, click here.
 

Course Requirements and Guidelines
 

  • A HASS minor consists of at least 6 subjects. These are typically arranged into 3 levels, reflecting different degrees of sophistication. (The Regional Studies Minors have four levels.)

  • You may concentrate and minor in the same field, and use the same subjects for both. You must still submit concentration forms, even if you minor in the same field.

  • No more than 5 of your HASS minor subjects may be applied toward the 8-subject HASS Requirement. Of these 5, only one may be applied toward the HASS-Distribution requirement.

  • Minors are awarded when the S.B. degree is awarded, and must be associated with a specific degree.

  • Subjects taken under the junior-senior P/D/F grading option cannot be used for a minor program.

  • You may use transfer credits toward a HASS minor, at the discretion of the minor advisor. However, MIT subjects must comprise at least half of any minor program.

  • You may not minor and major in the same field.

  • A HASS minor may not be in the same field as the humanities component of a Course 21E or 21S major.

  • You may not overlap more than 2 subjects between a HASS minor and any other degree (major or minor). In some cases, you may minor and major in different, but related fields. Regardless of any overlap in requirements between the two programs, SHASS does not allow students to overlap more than 2 subjects between any two degrees (minor and minor or minor and major).

           




Procedures, Forms, and Timing
 
 

  1. Pick up a HASS minor application from the field office, the advisor for your chosen minor, the SHASS Dean's Office (4-240), or the Students Services Center (11-120). You should apply for your HASS minor by the end of your junior year.
     

  2. Consult with the minor advisor about your program of study, and have the advisor sign your application.
     

  3. Submit the yellow (“canary”) copy to the HASS Academic Administrator in the SHASS Dean's Office; distribute the other copies as indicated on the bottom of the form.
     

  4. To change any part of your program once it has been approved, consult the minor advisor. Mark the changes on the field office’s copy of your application (the original, white copy), have the minor advisor initial them, and give a photocopy to the HASS Academic Administrator.
     

  5. You must file a HASS minor completion form by the end of the third week of your final term at MIT, whether or not you are taking some of your minor subjects during that term. If the deadline falls on a holiday, forms are due on Thursday instead. Here are the procedures to follow in each instance:

    • If you have completed all of the subjects in your minor program, bring a HASS minor completion form (available from the same sources as the minor application) to the minor advisor for signature, along with an unofficial transcript and the white copy of your minor application (available from the minor field office). Have the head of the department, program, or section, sign the form as well and submit it to the HASS Academic Administrator. You may file the completion form at any point after you have completed the subjects in your minor—there is no need to wait until your final semester--but you must do so by the deadline above in order to avoid a $50 late fee.

    • If you are taking some of your minor subjects during your final term, list these subjects on the bottom of the minor completion form, have the minor advisor and the head of the department, program, or section sign the form, and submit it to the HASS Academic Administrator. The last term subject(s) must be correctly listed. List the exact subject number under which you are registered. Failure to take these steps by the deadline above will result in a $50 late fee. If you need to change a last term subject after submitting the form, you must notify the HASS Academic Administrator immediately. Once a passing grade for these classes has been reported, the Registrar will record that your minor is complete.

    • Please note: As of Academic Year 2010-2011, the late fee has been raised from $40 to $50. Some forms list the old fee, but any late forms will be charged the $50 late fee.

  6. If you decide not to minor after you have submitted a minor application, you must notify the HASS Academic Administrator and your minor advisor. Send an email to both, with your full name, ID number, class year, and the minor you are dropping.