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Apply for a minor in a HASS field.


Keep in mind that you can share up to 5 subjects in a HASS Minor with the HASS GIR Requirement.  Therefore, you could only need one extra subject to create a HASS Minor. A full Minor is very accessible!

About Minors

Minors are coherent programs of study providing significant experience in their disciplines. Minor fields are specified as part of the S.B. degree, thus giving recognition of focused work in a discipline outside the major course of study.

Why earn a Minor?

You may find that your 3- to 4-subject required HASS Concentration has not satisfied your curiosity about your field of choice. By adding subjects to your concentration, you can build a 6-subject minor that allows you to explore the field in greater depth. A minor is not required for graduation, but you may earn up to 2 minors, whether in HASS fields or other disciplines.

Choose from 30 MIT HASS fields!

African and African Diaspora Studies
Ancient and Medieval Studies
Applied International Studies
Art, Culture, and Technology
Asian and Asian Diaspora Studies
Comparative Media Studies
History of Architecture, Art, and Design
International Development


Latin American and Latino/a Studies
Middle Eastern Studies
Political Science
Public Policy
Russian and Eurasian Studies
Science, Technology, and Society
Theater Arts
Urban Studies and Planning
Women's and Gender Studies



HASS Minor Advisors

  • For a list of current minor advisors, click here.

  • For minor advisor guidelines, click here.

Course Requirements and Guidelines

  • A HASS minor consists of at least 6 subjects. These are typically arranged into 3 levels, reflecting different degrees of sophistication.

  • You may concentrate and minor in the same field, and use the same subjects for both. You must still submit concentration forms, even if you minor in the same field.

  • Of the 8 subjects that comprise the HASS Requirement, up to 5 of these HASS subjects may be applied toward the 6-subject HASS Minor. Of these 5, only one may be applied toward the HASS-Distribution requirement.

  • Minors are awarded when the S.B. degree is awarded, and must be associated with a specific degree.

  • For students who began undergraduate studies at MIT prior to Fall 2020, the junior/senior Pass/Fail option may not be used for courses that fulfill a minor program in HASS.

  • You may use transfer credits toward a HASS minor, at the discretion of the minor advisor. However, MIT subjects must comprise at least half of any minor program.

  • You may not minor and major in the same field.

  • A HASS minor may not be in the same field as the humanities component of a Course 21E or 21S major.

  • You may not overlap more than 2 subjects between a HASS minor and any other degree (major or minor). In some cases, you may minor and major in different, but related fields. Regardless of any overlap in requirements between the two programs, SHASS does not allow students to overlap more than 2 subjects between any two degrees (minor and minor or minor and major).

Procedures, Forms, and Timing

  1.  You should apply for your HASS minor by the end of your junior year.

  2.  Consult with the minor advisor about your program of study and have the advisor sign your HASS minor application form.

  3. Submit the Application Form to the Undergraduate Academic Administrator for your minor area. They will then submit the signed form to (In the case of interdisciplinary minors, the signed form should be submitted directly to

  4. To change any part of your program once it has been approved, you may file a new application form.

  5. You must file a HASS minor completion form by the end of the third week of your final term at MIT, whether or not you are taking some of your minor subjects during that term. If the deadline falls on a holiday, forms are due on Thursday instead.

    • The absolute latest date that you can submit a HASS minor completion form is April 30th of your final term at MIT, if you are graduating in the spring. This will result in a $50 late fee. 

  6. ​If you decide not to minor after you have submitted a HASS minor application, you must send a notification email to, which includes your full name, ID number, class year, and the minor you are dropping.