Undergraduate Studies

100% of MIT undergraduates study the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

The MIT SHASS disciplines — the humanities, arts, and social sciences — are central to the Institute's mission to provide all graduates with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives to make lasting contributions to the nation and the world.

All MIT undergraduates spend substantial time on subjects like literature, languages, economics, music, political science, and history. In fact, every MIT undergraduate takes a minimum of eight such classes — about 25% of the total class time.


On September 3, 2020: Join the virtual TOUR de SHASS
Meet MIT professors in the humanities, arts, and social science fields,
Tour 17 world-class humanistic disciplines, and
Discover how to be your whole self at MIT. 

Welcome to the 2020 Virtual TOUR de SHASS


Anytime: An overview of MIT's HASS fields of study:
Take the online TOUR de SHASS

Student Voices: Earning degrees in both humanistic + sci/tech fields
Meet the MIT Bilinguals

We're here to help: For in-person or telephone assistance:
Contact the SHASS Academic Administrator

Explore: More information and ideas

The Power of the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at MIT

The HASS Requirement

The Communication Requirement




Joint Degrees

Interdisciplinary Programs

The Harvard/MIT Cross-Registration Program



Selected SHASS Classes

Introductory Classes

HASS Exploration Subjects

SHASS Diversity Subjects

SHASS Classes related to current U.S. social, political, and economic issues

FAQs, Awards, Opportunities, Contacts


Student Awards and Opportunities

We're here to help: Contacts for Information + Assistance