MIT SHASS Introductory-Level Subjects | Fall 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 | L. Bonilla
21A.500J Technology and Culture; HASS-S | A. Johnson
21A.504J Cultures of Computing; HASS-S | H. Beltrán
CMS.100 Introduction to Media Studies; HASS-H, CI-H | I. Condry, J. Picker
CMS.300 Introduction to Videogame Theory; HASS-H | M. Jakobsson
CMS.586J Introduction to Education: Looking Forward and Looking Back on Education; HASS-S, CI-H | E. Klopfer
21G.065 Japanese Literature and Cinema; HASS-H, CI-H | J. Cullen
21G.700 Intensive Spanish for Advanced Beginner Students; HASS-H | J. Barroso
Global Languages 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.
21H.009 World History and Its Fault Lines Since 1800; HASS-H, CI-H | S. Aiyar, H. Nagahara
21H.143J The "Making" of Modern Europe: 1789 - Present; HASS-H | C. Clark
21H.173 Socialism in Latin America, from Che Guevara to Hugo Chavez; HASS-H | T. Padilla
21L.011 The Film Experience; HASS-A, CI-H | A. Svensson
21L.015 Children's Literature; HASS-H, CI-H | S. Raman
21L.019 Introduction to European and Latin American Fiction; HASS-H, CI-H | J. Terrones
17.03 Introduction to Poltical Thought; HASS-S | K. Hoss
17.20 Introduction to the American Political Process; HASS-S | A. Magazinnik
17.50 Introduction to Comparative Politics; HASS-S, CI-H | C. Lawson
WGS.101 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies; HASS-H, CI-H | A. Walsh
WGS.109 Women and Global Activism in Media and Politics; HASS-H, CI-H | A. Sur
WGS.110 Sexual and Gender Identities in the Modern US; HASS-H | C. Horan
21W.031 Science Writing and the New Media: Explorations in Communicating About Science and Technology; HASS-H, CI-HW | J. Melvold
21W.036 Science Writing and New Media: Writing and the Environment; HASS-H, CI-HW | C. Taft
21W.742J Writing about Race; HASS-H, CI-H | K. Ragusa