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HASS Exploration SubjectsHASS Exploration (HEX) subjects are classes that approach topics from different disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. They are recommended by MIT faculty to undergraduates as an option to become familiar with various methodologies in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. HEX subjects are taught by MIT faculty - presenting students an opportunity for faculty interaction.
Do HEX subjects count towards the HASS Requirement?
Yes, all HEX subjects may count towards the HASS Requirement. They can be used towards the Distribution, categories are noted in the online subject listings, or can be used as a HASS Elective.
21H.009 The World 1400-Present
H. Nagahara, S. Aiyar
21L.009 Shakespeare (Global Shakespeares)
P. Donaldson, S. Raman
21L.010J/21W.042J Writing with Shakespeare (Global Shakespeares)
21L.020J/WGS.145 Globalization: The Good, the Bad, and the In-Between
17.53 The Rise of Asia
M. T. Fravel, R. Samuels
21L.017: The Art of the Probable
24.912J Black Matters: Introduction to Black Studies
HASS-A; HASS-H; CI-H
S. Alexandre, M. DeGraff
HEX subjects not offered:
17.28J/21H.213J The War at Home: American Politics and Society in Wartime
A. Berinsky, C. Capozzola
17.33 Building a Better World
21H.001 How to Stage a Revolution
C. Horan, C. Leighton, E. Wood
21H.007J Empire: Introduction to Ancient and Medieval Studies
W. Broadhead, E. Goldberg, S. Frampton
21M.013J/21L.013J The Supernatural in Music, Literature and Culture
HASS-A; HASS-H; CI-H
M. Fuller, C. Shadle
21M.223J/21L.023J Folk Music of the British Isles and North America
R. Perry, G. Ruckert
HEX Program Background
In 2006, the Task Force on the Undergraduate Educational Commons recommended the creation of a Program of subjects geared towards first-year students that would provide an entry into the study of humanities, arts, and social sciences at MIT. Since then, faculty have fostered a group of experimental subjects designed to accomplish these goals. The Subcommittee on the HASS Requirement was charged with assessment and oversight of the HASS Exploration Program. More information about the Program assessment can be found on the Reports page.
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