MIT SHASS Introductory-Level Subjects | Spring 2020
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 | A. Moran-Thomas
21A.157 The Meaning of Life; HASS-S | S. Helmreich & G. Jones
21A.120 American Dream: Exploring Class in the U.S.; HASS-S | C. Walley
CMS.100 Introduction to Media Studies; HASS-H, CI-H | J. Picker
CMS.301 Introduction to Game Design Methods; HASS-A | M. Jakobsson, S. Verrilli
CMS.587 Introduction to Education: Understanding and Evaluating Education; HASS-S, CI-H | M. Thompson
14.01 Principles of Microeconomics; HASS-S | S. Ellison
14.02 Principles of Macroeconomics; HASS-S | R. Caballero
14.70J Medieval Economic History in Comparative Perspective; HASS-S, CI-H | A. McCants
21G.064 Introduction to Japanese Literature; HASS-H, CI-H | I. Condry
21G.077J Introduction to the Classics of Russian Literature; HASS-H | M. Khotimsky
21G.800 Accelerated Introductory Portuguese; HASS-H | N. Dominique
GSL offers language instruction courses at a variety of levels to suit your skills. All but ELS provide subjects for complete beginners: Chinese, English Language Studies, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
21L.003 Reading Fiction: Voyages; HASS-H, CI-H | W. Kelley
21L.011 The Film Experience; HASS-A, CI-H | K. Stevens
21L.019 Introduction to European and Latin American Fiction: Dangerous Women in Novel & Film; HASS-H, CI-H | K. Finn
STS.003 Ancient Greeks to Modern Geeks: A History of Science; HASS-H, CI-H | W. Deringer, D. I. Kaiser
STS.005J Data and Society; HASS-H | E. Medina, S. Williams
STS.012 Science in Action: Technologies and Controversies in Everyday Life; HASS-S | D. Banerjee
WGS.101 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies; HASS-H, CI-H | A. Walsh
WGS.224 Race, Gender and Social Inequality: Reproductive Health Care in the United States; HASS-S | L. Janiak
WGS.118 Gender in the Visual Arts (NEW); HASS-A | J. Lee
21W.735 Writing and Reading the Essay; HASS-H, CI-H | K. Ragusa
21W.741J Black Matters: Introduction to Black Studies; HASS-A, HASS-H, CI-H | M. DeGraff, D. Fox Harrell, D. Wood
21W.747 Rhetoric; HASS-H, CI-H | S. Strang, A. Karatsolis