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About the Requirement - FAQ
- What is the HASS Requirement?
- Can I petition if I want to be under the other rules?
- What is the Distribution Component of the HASS Requirement?
- Can a Communication Intensive subject also count for the the HASS Requirement?
- Will I be able to count Harvard or Wellesley classes towards the Requirement?
- Does transfer credit apply to any of my distribution subjects?
- Will performance subjects count towards the distribution component of the Requirement?
- If I'm readmitted after a leave of absence, which rules will I fall under?
For all students the HASS Requirement consists of eight subjects, of at least nine units each, in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. Within this eight-subject requirement, students must complete a distribution and a concentration component. A detailed description of the components of the HASS Requirement is available on the homepage of this site. Two of the subjects students complete to fulfill the HASS Requirement, designated as CI-H subjects, can also be used to fulfill the CI-H component of the Communication Requirement.
Students who entered prior to the 2010-11 academic year will continue under the HASS distribution system known as HASS-D.
No. The requirements you must complete are determined by your year of entry and your class standing (freshman, sophomore, etc.) at the time you begin your studies at MIT.
All students must complete three (3) HASS distribution subjects, one from each of the following categories: Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Students may choose from more than 600 currently active subjects to satisfy the Distribution Component. Students are strongly encouraged to complete this component of the HASS Requirement by the end of the junior year.
All students are required to take 2 CI-H (Communication Intensive in HASS) subjects and 2 CI-M (Communication Intensive in the major) subjects. The CI-H subjects may also count toward the HASS Requirement either as part of the Distribution Component or as an elective.
Students who wish to enroll in a HASS subject that is also designated as CI-H or CI-HW in the subject listings must select them through a special process. For more details and deadlines visit: http://enrollmenttools.mit.edu.
To receive credit toward the HASS Requirement for a subject taken at Harvard or Wellesley, students must petition the Subcommittee on the HASS Requirement. Please contact the HASS Academic Administrator with questions about Harvard cross-registration. Students may receive elective credit for classes taken outside of MIT. For more information, please refer to the petitions page of this site or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Normally, transfer credit can not be used for the Distribution Component of the Requirement. For more information on using transfer credit towards the Distribution Component, please refer to the petitions page of this site or contact email@example.com.
If a student under the revised Distribution (HASS-A, HASS-H, HASS-S) takes two six-unit performance subjects in Music and Theater Arts, these two subjects will be automatically combined to count as one Arts (HASS-A) subject. No action is required on the student’s part. Similarly, unless a specific sequence of subjects is specified, any combination of two six-unit sampling subjects in Literature will automatically be combined to count as one Humanities (HASS-H) subject. Again, no action is needed on the student’s part.
For more information please see the petition section of this site.
In general, students are expected to complete the set of General Institute Requirements (GIRs) that is in effect during their year of entry, based on their class standing (freshman, sophomore, etc.) at that time. If you interrupt your studies for a short period of time, you will be expected to complete that same set of GIRs when you return. However, if you will not graduate within 10 years of your original date of entry, contact the Committee on Curricula for additional information.Back to top