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Bachelor of Science in Humanities and Engineering/Course 21E,
Bachelor of Science in Humanities and Science/Course 21S

General Institute Requirements (GIRs)(1) Subjects
Science Requirement 6
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Requirement [all but two Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Distribution subjects can be satisfied by subjects in the Departmental Program] 8
Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement 2
Laboratory Requirement 1
Total GIR Subjects Required for SB Degree 17
Communication Requirement  
The program includes a Communication Requirement of 4 subjects:
2 subjects designated as Communication Intensive in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CI-H); and 2 subjects designated as Communication Intensive in the Major (CI-M). Students must designate CI-M subjects by petitioning the Subcommittee on the Communication Requirement. Each 21E and 21S program must include two CI-M subjects. Normally, students are expected to complete one CI-M from each area of study, usually chosen from the subjects designated as CI-M for the full major.
 
PLUS Departmental Program Units
Subject names below are followed by credit units, and by prerequisites, if any (corequisites in italics).
Restricted Electives
For the humanities component, one of the following (further details may be obtained from the descriptions of programs in specific fields and the relevant field office):  
American Studies(2)
Seven elective subjects (including two in history and two in literature), a pre-thesis tutorial, and a thesis. Students may submit a request to the American Studies faculty advisor to substitute two classes in lieu of the pre-thesis and thesis.
81-102
Ancient and Medieval Studies(2)
Seven elective subjects (should follow the general structure of the Ancient and Medieval Studies Minor Program), a pre-thesis tutorial, and a thesis.
81-102
Anthropology
Nine subjects including 21A.00 or 21A.01, 21A.802, and 21A.852. An honors thesis may be done at the invitation and approval of faculty.
102-108
Asian and Asian Diaspora Studies(2)
Seven elective subjects (should follow the general structure of the Asian and Asian Diaspora Studies Minor program), a pre-thesis tutorial, and a thesis.
81-102
Comparative Media Studies
Eight CMS subjects, including 21L.011 or CMS.100, one mid-tier subject (CMS.400, CMS.403J, CMS.405, or CMS.407), one capstone subject (21L.706 or CMS.701), and five CMS electives. A pre-thesis tutorial (CMS.THT) and thesis (CMS.THU) may be substituted for one CMS elective.
81-102
Foreign Languages and Literatures (in French, German, or Spanish)
Nine elective subjects, which may include a pre-thesis and thesis, subject to faculty approval.
81-102
History
Seven elective subjects, a pre-thesis tutorial, and a thesis.
81-102
Latin American and Latino Studies(2)
Introduction to Latin American Studies (21F.084J/17.55J/21A.130J) plus six elective subjects (including study in at least two disciplines and some work in Spanish or Portuguese language), a pre-thesis tutorial and a thesis.
81-102
Literature
Eight elective subjects (including two seminars and subjects in three historical periods or thematic complexes).
96
Music
Four subjects (21M.301, 21M.302, 21M.500, and one of the following: 21M.220, 21M.235, 21M.250, or 21M.260), two terms of performance subjects, electives in two categories (usually theory/composition and history/literature), and a third elective in any category (theory/composition, history/literature, or two terms of performance).
96
Russian and Eurasian Studies(2) (3)
Seven elective subjects (including Russian language requirement), a pre-thesis tutorial, and a thesis.
81-102
Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
Eight subjects (including at least one STS Tier I subject, at least one Tier II subject, and STS.091), plus a 6-unit pre-thesis tutorial and a12-unit thesis.
96-114
Theater Arts(2)
Eight subjects (including Script Analysis, Theater Practicum, and Stagecraft), a pre-thesis tutorial, and a thesis.
90-108
Women's and Gender Studies(2)
Seven subjects (including WGS.101 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies), a pre-thesis tutorial, and a thesis. Students may submit a request to the Women's and Gender Studies director to substitute two classes in lieu of the thesis and pre-thesis.
81-102
Writing: Creative
Seven subjects centered in creative or expository writing (one of these subjects is normally at the introductory level, one may be chosen from a related field), a pre-thesis tutorial, and a thesis.
93-102
Writing: Digital Media
Three subjects in digital media (21W.764, 21W.765J, and 21W.785), a CI-M subject in writing, three related subjects from another department, a pre-thesis tutorial, and a thesis.
93-102
Writing: Science Writing
Six subjects in writing (including 21W.777, 21W.778, 21W.792, a subject in basic exposition, and a subject in digital media), one approved science, technology, and society subject, a pre-thesis tutorial, and a thesis.
96-102
And for the engineering/science component, one of the following:
For 21E
Six elective subjects restricted to one of the engineering curricula and approved by a faculty member in the field.(1) (4)
54-72
For 21S
Six elective subjects restricted to one of the science curricula and approved by a faculty member in the field.(1) (4)
54-72
Departmental Program Units That Also Satisfy the GIRs (54-72)
Unrestricted Electives 54-103
Total Units Beyond the GIRs Required for SB Degree 180
No subject can be counted both as part of the 17-subject GIRs and as part of the 180 units required beyond the GIRs. Every subject in the student's departmental program will count toward one or the other, but not both.
Notes on 21E and 21S
(1) As a matter of general Course 21 policy, subjects used to meet the General Institute Science Requirement, the REST Requirement, and the Laboratory Requirement may not be included in the six-subject Engineering or Science component of 21E or 21S degrees. Only one subject being used to meet the distribution element of the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Requirement may be counted toward the humanities component of these degree programs.
(2) American Studies, Ancient and Medieval Studies, Asian and Asian Diaspora Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Theater Arts, and Women's and Gender Studies are also available as full majors by special arrangement with the Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
(3) Russian language subjects beyond level IV are not offered at MIT, but may be taken at Harvard University or Wellesley College through cross-registration.
(4) When possible, the subject satisfying the Institute Laboratory Requirement and one of the subjects satisfying the REST Requirement should be selected from this same curriculum, in addition to the regular requirement.
For an explanation of credit units, or hours, please refer to the online help in the MIT Subject Listing & Schedule, http://student.mit.edu/catalog/index.cgi.

 

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