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.

For an online overview of the HASS options and fields of study at MIT:
Take the TOUR de SHASS

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

Also explore the following pages for 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

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