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To fulfill the HASS Requirement, each student must complete eight HASS subjects designated as counting towards the Requirement. Students are expected to complete at least one HASS subject each semester. There are three components to the HASS Requirement: Distribution, Concentration, and HASS Electives.

Distribution Component (3 subjects)

All students will complete a Distribution consisting of three HASS subjects, one from each of the three categories: Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. You can see which subjects are in each of these categories using the Advanced Search page of the MIT Online Subject Listing & Schedule, (Look for the label: HASS Category). Please note that a few subjects have been assigned to more than one category; these subjects will automatically audit for the category needed by the student.

Concentration Component (3 or 4 subjects)

The HASS Concentration offers students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the issues and methodologies in one area of Humanities, Arts, or Social Sciences. All undergraduates must complete a HASS Concentration of 3-4 subjects (some fields require 3, some 4) where they will gain a sophisticated sense of the questions that characterize these fields of study.  

Students in collaboration with their Concentration Advisors (a designated faculty member in the respective area of study) must select a field of Concentration and submit a Concentration Proposal Form by the end of the first week in their second term junior year. Ideally, students will have completed their HASS Distribution subjects by this point, and their experiences with these subjects will guide their choice of Concentration. One subject may be counted toward both the Distribution and Concentration Components with the permission of the Concentration Advisor. Students must submit a Concentration Completion Form by the end of the first week of their final term at MIT, whether or not they are taking some of their Concentration subjects during that term.

For detailed information on the procedures for declaring and completing a Concentration, please refer to the procedures section of the Concentrations page. A downloadable HASS Concentration checklist(pdf) for students is also available:

HASS Electives (1 or 2 subjects)

The remainder of the eight-subject HASS Requirement can be fulfilled with any other HASS subject of the student's choosing designated as HASS-H, HASS-A, HASS-S, or HASS-E.


Special Notes:

The HASS Requirement overlaps with the Communication Requirement. All students must take two HASS subjects that are designated Communication Intensive (CI-H or CI-HW). The first subject must be completed in the freshman year. Complete information can be found on the Communication Requirement site. Questions about the Communication Requirement can be directed to commreq@mit.edu.

Students who wish to enroll in a HASS subject that is also designated as CI-H or CI-HW in the subject listings must use a special selection process. For more details and deadlines visit: http://enrollmenttools.mit.edu.

Students who do not complete their Concentration Proposal and Completion Forms by the deadlines will be subject to late fees.

HASS Exploration Subjects

All HASS Exploration (HEX) Subjects may be used towards the HASS Requirement, as noted in the online subject listings.

HASS Exploration subjects are recommended by MIT faculty to undergraduates as an option to become familiar with various methodologies in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. These team-taught faculty led subjects approach a topic or theme from multiple vantage points either within or across disciplines and present students an opportunity to interact with faculty.

Information on teaching a HEX subject.


Who to Contact:

Assistant Dean, Communication and HASS Requirements

Office of the HASS Requirement

HASS Academic Administrator

SHASS Dean's Office



Patty Fernandes

Andrea Wirth

Questions about:

  • HASS Requirement
  • HASS Concentrations
  • Petitions for substitutions within the HASS Requirement and HASS credit for transfer subjects
  • Overlap between the HASS and Communication Requirements

Questions about:

  • Advising for special HASS Concentrations
  • HASS Minors
  • Major Departures
  • 21E/S Majors
  • HASS@Cambridge (CME)
  • General SHASS information


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