IAP 2021 | Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Courses



Greetings MIT Students

The January 2021 Independent Activities Period (IAP) is now underway, running from January 4-29, on virtual platforms.  

Here follow some of the terrific activities available from fields in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

Explore, have fun, and be your whole self at MIT!  




Comparative Media Studies / Writing

The Writer’s Group
DJ History, Technique, and Technology



Global Languages

Brasilidatde Workshops in Capoeira, Dance, and Percussion



The Pleasures of Poetry


Stand-Up Comedy Crash Course



Social Sciences


Center for International Studies, 9 activities including:

Global Partnerships in a Time of Crisis
Denmark Green Campus Challenge

President Biden’s Foreign Policy Challenges: Views from Abroad
See all at: http://student.mit.edu/iap/ns62.html


Economics, 13 activities including:

Countering Rising Poverty
The Economics of Partisan Gerrymandering

Visualizing Data for Beginners
See all at:  http://student.mit.edu/iap/ns103.html


Security Studies Program

All sessions will be via Zoom, using the same meeting link found below
Meeting ID: 951 5565 2560
US : +1 646 558 8656 or +1 669 900 6833

Marine Corps Tips for Peak Performance
Thursday, January 14, 3-4:30 PM

Afghanistan Negotiations 2019-2020
Wednesday, January 20, 12-1:30 PM

Fighter Fundamentals
Thursday, January 21, 3-4:30 PM

Perspectives from a military advisor: Advising the Iraqi Army, Kurdish Peshmerga, and Saudi Army
Tuesday, January 26, 12-1:30 PM

Freedom of Navigation Operations: Brinkmanship from a Birds-Eye View
Thursday, January 28, 3-4:30 PM


Music and Theater Arts


Music and Theater, including
Classical Music in the Social Media Generation

Collision Shop


See the complete list of IAP opportunities here.