MIT named No. 2 university worldwide for the Arts and Humanities 2018

At MIT, two schools — the School of Architecture and Planning, and the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences — and several centers are home to the arts and humanities.

"100% of MIT undergraduates study the arts and humanities, joining our faculty in addressing some of the largest, most consequential human questions of our time."

— Melissa Nobles, Kenan Sahin Dean, MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences


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The Times Higher Education 2018 World University Rankings has named MIT the No. 2 university in the world for arts and humanities. The two top ranked universities — Stanford and MIT — are closely aligned in the evaluation metrics, which assess the arts and humanities at research-intensive universities across core missions, including research, teaching, and international outlook.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings is an annual publication of university rankings by Times Higher Education, a leading British education magazine. This ranking of MIT’s global role in the arts and humanities follows other recent recognition for the Institute’s contributions to individual fields and disciplines. The 2018 QS World University rankings, for example, name MIT as the world’s top university for architecture, economics, engineering, linguistics, and natural sciences, as well as the No. 1 university in the world overall.

Of the Times Higher Education ranking, MIT President Reif said, "Perhaps because 'TECHNOLOGY' is carved in stone above MIT's front door, outsiders are not always prepared for the caliber of our research and education in the humanities and the arts. But it is the wisdom of the remarkable scholars in these fields, and lessons from their disciplines, that help our students develop fully into the creative citizens and inspired leaders they seek to become.”


“The arts and humanities are deeply embedded at MIT, throughout our schools and departments and across the curriculum,” said Hashim Sarkis, dean of the School of Architecture and Planning. “I am delighted to see this broad strength recognized not only for its importance to MIT but for what it offers to the world.”

Outstanding programs in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences — including linguistics, history, philosophy, music and theater arts, literature, media studies, writing, global studies and languages — sit alongside equally strong initiatives within the School of Architecture and Planning in the visual arts, architecture, design, and history, theory, and criticism. These efforts are complemented by the Center for Art, Society and Technology (CAST), the office of the Arts at MIT, the MIT LIST Visual Arts Center, and the MIT Museum.

“At MIT, we view the humanities and arts as essential,” said Melissa Nobles, Kenan Sahin dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, “for educating young students, for advancing knowledge, and for solving major global issues. The world’s problems are so complex they’re not only scientific and technological problems. They are as much human and moral problems.” 


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


Story prepared by MIT SHASS Communications
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