SHASS Majors

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MIT SHASS offers 27 undergraduate majors.  

As with most majors at MIT, these consist of a core of required subjects and a set of electives, and combine the study of basic principles with practical applications. The major course of study is designed to prepare students for careers in that field or for graduate study. Most students who major within the School do so through one of the following departments, sections, and programs.

Major Fields

Comparative Media Studies
Economics (Economics; Mathematical Economics; Computer Science, Economics, and Data Science)
Global Languages (FrenchGermanSpanish)
Humanities (African & African Diaspora Studies, American Studies, Ancient and Medieval Studies, Asian and Asian Diaspora Studies, Latin American and Latino/a Studies, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Women's and Gender Studies)
Humanities and Engineering
Humanities and Science
Political Science
Science, Technology, and Society
Theater Arts


Interdisciplinary Majors

SHASS offers seven Interdisciplinary Majors. These programs are made up of coursework from multiple SHASS departments. Students who complete these programs receive an S.B. in Humanities, Course 21.

Interdisciplinary Major Fields Faculty Coordinator
African & African Diaspora Studies Danielle Wood
American Studies Christopher Capozzola
Ancient and Medieval Studies Eric Goldberg, Arthur Bahr
Asian and Asian Diaspora Studies Emma Teng
Latin American and Latino/a Studies Eden Medina
Russian and Eurasian Studies Elizabeth Wood
Women’s and Gender Studies Helen Elaine Lee


Students interested in one of the interdisciplinary majors listed above, or in creating a customized HASS major, should fill out this form and contact

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