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MIT historian Kenda Mutongi on Africa, women, power — and human decency
"There are many ways in which populations that are not in power can make gains, even when existing societal structures are heavily stacked against them."
Ethics, Computing, and AI
Faculty from all five MIT schools offer perspectives on the societal and ethical implications of emerging technologies.
How to Stage a Revolution
MIT History class (21H.001) explores the roots and complexities of revolutions across the globe.
Computing and AI: Humanistic Perspectives from MIT
MIT professors envision how the humanistic fields will help shape advanced computing and AI for the public good.
MIT economists Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo win the Nobel Prize
Directors of J-PAL have transformed poverty alleviation and improved the lives of millions.
The moral calculus of climate change
In a "mathy" philosophy class, students explore the ethical implications of living in a warming world.
Undergrads, take a virtual tour of MIT's Humanities, Arts, and Social Science fields. Discover which options are the most meaningful for your goals.
Tour the Fields of Study
100% of MIT undergraduates study the humanities, arts, and social sciences.
Mens et Manus in the History Workshop
"The past is an excellent laboratory," says Anne McCants, Professor of History. In a hands-on history class (21H.343), MIT students gain insights about human systems by building a handset printing press — the kind of press on which the documents of the Renaissance and the Scientific Revolution were printed.
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Shaping public policy in the nation's capital
With an education in the humanities, engineering, and political science, Samuel Rodarte Jr. '13 joined generations of alumni who have put their MIT skills to work in Washington, DC. "Laws are written here," says Rodarte. "One detail is changed and millions of lives are transformed."
Impact: Making A Better World
Discover how MIT's social sciences, arts, and humanities help solve the political, cultural, and economic dimensions of major global issues.
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MIT tackles the ethics of climate change
What moral questions do we need to address to meet goals such as the emissions reduction targets set by the Paris Agreement?