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.


Take the online tour of MIT's humanities, arts, and social science fields

Tour 16 world-class humanistic disciplines, and dscover how to Be your Whole Self at MIT.


Be Your Whole Self at MIT: MIT Student Voices
Earning degrees in both the humanistic + sci/tech fields at MIT
Meet the MIT Bilinguals

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SHASS Academic Administrator


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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


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Student Awards and Opportunities

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