HASS Exploration Subjects

HASS 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.

 

Subjects offered Academic Year 2014-15:

Fall

21A.01 How Culture Works
HASS-S
Units: 3-0-9
H. Paxson

21H.001 How to Stage a Revolution
HASS-H; CI-H
Units: 3-0-9
S. Aiyar, C. Leighton, L. Ekmekcioglu

21L.020J Globalization: The Good, the Bad and the In-Between
HASS-H; CI-H
Units: 3-0-6
M. Resnick

21M.223J Folk Music of the British Isles and North America  
HASS-A; CI-H  
Units: 3-1-8
R. Perry, G. Ruckert

 

Spring

17.53 The Rise of Asia
HASS-S
Units: 3-0-9
M. T. Fravel, V. Narang, R. Samuels

21H.007J Empire: Introduction to Ancient and Medieval Studies
HASS-H; CI-H
Units: 3-0-9
W. Broadhead, S. Frampton, E. Goldberg

21H.009 The World: 1400-Present
HASS-H; CI-H
Units: 3-0-9
H. Nagahara, J. Ravel

 

HEX Subject not Offered Academic Year 2014-15:

17.28J The War at Home: American Politics and Society in Wartime
HASS-S                 
Units: 3-0-9
A. Berinsky, C. Capozzola

17.33 Building a Better World
HASS-S; CI-H
Units: 3-0-9
C. Lawson

21L.017 The Art of the Probable
HASS-H; CI-H
Units: 3-0-9
N. Jackson, A. Kibel, S. Raman

21M.013J The Supernatural in Music, Literature and Culture
HASS-A; HASS-H; CI-H
Units: 3-0-9
C. Shadle, M. Fuller

24.912J Black Matters: Introduction to Black Studies
HASS-A; HASS-H; CI-H
Units: 3-0-9
M. DeGraff

 

Information for Instructors

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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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