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The rise of the humanities at MIT 

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Part of the "Common Threads" video, produced for MIT's 150th anniversary celebration, this three-minute clip traces the rise of the humanities, arts, sciences, and social science disciplines at MIT.  

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The roots of MIT's strengths in the humanities, arts, and social sciences go back to its founding days, and by mid-20th century, the Institute had created a dedicated School for these disciplines. Today, MIT SHASS is home to research that has a global impact, and to superb graduate programs, all recognized as among the finest in the world.

The School's mission also includes a core part of an MIT education: the School's faculty help all undergraduates gain a range of critical skills and cultural/historical perspectives that enable MIT graduates to serve as informed leaders—at home and around the globe.  

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