HASS Minors in Regional Studies

Tahrir Square, Egypt, the Arab Spring, 2012

The following Minors in Regional Studies are approved

African and African Diaspora Studies
Asian and Asian Diaspora Studies
Latin American and Latino/a Studies
Middle Eastern Studies
Russian and Eurasian Studies

These interdisciplinary programs provide MIT undergraduates with a valuable opportunity to acquire knowledge of a particular country or region in conjunction with proficiency in that region's language. This better prepares them for academic, business, and government careers in a world where regions and countries are increasingly interdependent.

Four Areas of Study
Because the nature of these minors is cross-disciplinary, combining language study with humanities, arts, and social sciences, they are arranged into the following four areas of study:

Area 1  Language (Intermediate level)
Area 2  Humanities and the Arts
Area 3  Social Sciences
Area 4  Historical Studies

Assembling the Six Subjects for a Minor
Students are required to take six subjects (at least three of which must be MIT subjects) in the following configuration: two intermediate-level language subjects (Area I) and four other subjects, chosen from at least two of the other three areas. If a student already has achieved the equivalent of intermediate-level proficiency, he or she can take either two more advanced-level language subjects or two more subjects from Areas II, III, or IV in place of the intermediate language subjects. Languages not presently taught at MIT may be taken at Harvard or Wellesley, or elsewhere during the summer with the permission of the Minor Advisor.

About Each Minor 
Details on each of the minors are available on their relevant pages (see links above). Lists of subjects that are appropriate for a HASS minor in each of the regional studies, as well as additional information about minors, advisors, etc., can be obtained from the relevant Minor Advisor by emailing shass-ug@mit.edu.