MIT SHASS Introductory-Level Subjects | Spring 2022
Suggested Introductory Subjects
The following is a list of subjects that have been suggested by the departments, programs, and sections as among those recommended for students who may not already have experience in these fields. This list is not all-inclusive, and is intended only as one possible starting point for students looking to explore the MIT SHASS fields. HASS-Exploration (HEX) subjects, for instance, provide another appropriate route, and many students will find additional subjects that match their own distinctive interests.
The full list of course offerings is available through the online subject listing and more information is always available through the departments, programs, and sections. Students should always refer to the official subject listing for updated schedules and locations. This list may not be updated after the start of classes.
Enjoy the exploration!
Fields of Study
21A.00 Introduction to Anthropology: Comparing Human Cultures; HASS-S | G. Jones
21A.157 The Meaning of Life; HASS-S | H. Paxson, M. Buyandelger
21A.500J Technology and Culture; HASS-S | D. Banerjee
21G.042J Three Kingdoms: From History to Fiction, Comic, Film, and Game (New); HASS-H | E. Teng
21G.070J Latin America and the Global Sixties: Counterculture and Revolution (New); HASS-H; CI-H | P. Duong
21G.087J Introduction to Russian Studies; HASS-H | E. Wood, M. Khotimsky
Global Languages offers language instruction courses at a variety of levels to suit your skills. All but ELS provide subjects for complete beginners: Arabic, Chinese, English Language Studies, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
21H.141 Renaissance to Revolution: Europe, 1300-1800; HASS-H, CI-H | J. Ravel
21H.173 Socialism in Latin America from Che Guevara to Hugo Chavez; HASS-H | T. Padilla
21H.186 Nature and Environment in China; HASS-H | T. Brown
17.28J The War at Home: American Politics and Society in Wartime; HASS-S | A. Berinsky
17.41 Introduction to International Relations; HASS-S, CI-H | R. Nielsen, M. Grinberg
17.53 The Rise of Asia; HASS-S | D. Samuels, T. Fravel
STS.003 Ancient Greeks to Modern Greeks: A History of Science; HASS-H, CI-H | W. Deringer
STS.005J Data and Society; HASS-H | E. Medina, S. Williams
21M.600 Introduction to Acting; HASS-A | C. Hammond, B. Green, M. Jennings
21M.606 Introduction to Stagecraft; HASS-A | Staff
21M.810 Creating the World We Want: Protest, Activism, and Performance (NEW); HASS-A | C. Brathwaite
WGS.109 Women and Global Activism in Media and Politics; HASS-H, CI-H | A. Sur
WGS.181 Queer Cinema and Visual Culture; HASS-H. | K. Surkan
WGS.224. Race, Gender, and Social Inequality: Reproductive Health Care in the United States; HASS-S. | E. Janiak
21W.735 Writing and Reading the Essay; HASS-H, CI-H | B. Williams
21W.741J Black Matters: Introduction to Black Studies; HASS-A/H, CI-H | M. DeGraff, D. Fox Harell, D. Wood
21W.747 Rhetoric; HASS-H, CI-H | S. Lane