Administrative Procedures

HASS Distribution Categories

The HASS Distribution consists of three categories: humanities, arts, and social sciences.

Propose a new subject for the HASS Requirement

Propose a new or revised Concentration

Historically, HASS teaching units in the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and elsewhere in the Institute, have developed and maintained Concentration programs. In addition, interdisciplinary HASS Concentrations have been constituted over time, as new questions and combinations of disciplines have emerged in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. The goals of SHR in overseeing the Concentration Component of the HASS Requirement are to review periodically the roster of Concentrations to avoid overlap and confusion in the offerings, to ensure the sustainability of existing Concentrations, and to facilitate the establishment of new Concentrations when intellectual developments merit them. In the course of these periodic reviews, SHR will work with the administrative unit responsible for administering each Concentration to ensure that subject offerings are sufficient to sustain the Concentration, and that appropriate instructors, preferably regular faculty, are available to serve as advisors to the Concentration.

The Subcommittee on the HASS Requirement will review proposals for revisions to or new Concentrations while they are in session, during the academic year.

Guidelines for New Concentrations, or Revisions to Existing Concentrations

The Department/Unit Head, Associate Head, Undergraduate Officer, or other faculty responsible for undergraduate education should complete a HASS Teaching Unit Concentration Proposal Form that addresses the following concerns:

Questions about the above processes can be directed to the staff to the Subcommittee.

Student Petitions: a substitution within the HASS Requirement and Distribution credit for subjects taken outside of MIT

The Subcommittee on the HASS Requirement is responsible for review of student petitions for substitutions within the HASS Requirement. Information on petition guidelines, the process, and petition forms are available on the petitions page of this site. Students should contact the Office of the HASS Requirement (35-433) for more information about a particular subject, the petition process, and to discuss the status of a petition.

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