The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences


The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences is one of MIT's five Schools. It includes eleven faculty-housing units.


MIT's Anthropology program offers opportunities to conduct research all over the world. Living and working among the people from whom we learn, we investigate how social identities and hierarchies are established or contested, cultural values are transmitted and transformed, and community and state organizations operate.

Comparative Media Studies/Writing

MIT's Comparative Media Studies/Writing program develops thinkers who can apply their insights to contemporary problems and cultivates practitioners, scholars, and artists who can work in multiple forms of contemporary media.


MIT's Economics program helps develop practitioners who seek solutions to the world's most pressing challenges through innovative economic research.


The History program at MIT provides students a full educational experience that will prepare them to be active members of their local communities and of an increasingly global society.


Investigators and practitioners in the Linguistics program aim to discover the rules and representations underlying the structure of particular languages and revelations about its the form and development.


The study of Literature at MIT includes a detailed investigation and interrogation of world languages and literatures that embraces both critical and creative approaches. Courses take up some of the most pressing issues of past and present, including climate change, globalization, race, gender identity, and representations of queerness.


MIT's Music curriculum is known for its fantastic variety of quality offerings to undergraduates at all levels of preparation and talent. Faculty and teaching staff feature distinguished award-winning composers, musicologists and performers.


Philosophy at MIT emphasizes research into philosophy of action, science, physics, race, mathematics, feminism, cognitive science, and more. 

Political Science

Students in MIT's Political Science program conduct innovative, high-impact research. Learners develop theoretical models that emerge through observations. Comparisons of empirical phenomena with scholarly insights into how societies work help advance the dialogue of political science.

Science, Technology, and Society

The Science, Technology, and Society program seeks to understand the human challenges at the core of MIT's mission and build relationships among colleagues across the Institue by bridging humanities, social sciences, science, technology, and medicine.

Theater Arts

MIT's Theater Arts program engages the performing arts as a mode of inquiry into self and society in an effort to transform one or both. Theater Arts offers a wide range of courses in the theoretical and applied practical aspects of theater: acting, performance studies, voice, movement, performance media, script analysis, playwriting, directing, and an array of courses in design and scenography.


These units operate alongside six centers, labs, and programs:

The School is home to six graduate programs, all of international stature, and a large number of undergraduate programs.

The School is overseen by Agustin Rayo, Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

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