Background of the revised Requirement

At its meeting of May 20, 2009, the MIT Faculty passed recommendations for a change to the structure of the Distribution Component of the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Requirement to require students to take one subject in each of the three categories: Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. They also called for the creation of a new Subcommittee of the CUP to oversee the HASS Requirement and to develop an appropriate implementation plan for this change.

In Fall 2010, the Institute began phasing in a revised Distribution Component to the HASS Requirement. This new distribution was implemented starting with incoming freshmen in Fall 2010. Under this system, undergraduates are required to take three HASS Distribution subjects, one from each of the three categories: Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Students who entered prior to the 2010-11 academic year completed the HASS Requirement under HASS-Ds, the previous iteration of the distribution component. Any student still needing a HASS-D should contact the HASS Academic Administrator for HASS-D options.

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