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Substitutions within the HASS Requirement
To receive credit toward the HASS Requirement for a subject not already designated HASS, students must petition the CUP Subcommittee on the HASS Requirement. The following are examples of the types of subjects for which a student may seek HASS Elective credit:
- Subjects taken through cross-registration at Harvard University or Wellesley College.
- Graduate subjects offered within the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS). (The instructor must sign the petition in support of the request.)
- 6-unit subjects combined for HASS credit as described below.
Students may combine certain 6-unit classes (taken for a letter grade) to form 12-unit HASS subjects as follows:
- A maximum of four 6-unit performance subjects offered by Music and Theater Arts may be combined to form two 12-unit HASS subjects.
- If a student needs to combine two 6-unit performance subjects to fulfill the HASS Arts distribution, no petition is needed. This should appear automatically in the student’s audit.
- If a student needs to combine two 6-unit performance subjects for HASS Elective credit, then he/she will need to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an audit adjustment. A formal petition is not needed - just an email request.
- A maximum of two 6-unit Literature “Samplings” subjects (except 21L.340 Pleasures of Poetry) may be combined to form one HASS subject.
- If a student needs this subject to fulfill the HASS Humanities distribution, no petition is needed. This should appear automatically in the student’s audit.
- If a student needs it to count as a HASS Elective, then he/she will need to contact email@example.com for an audit adjustment. A formal petition is not needed - just an email request.
- Two 6-unit Latin subjects - 21L.330 and 21L.335 - may be combined to form one HASS Humanities or HASS Elective subject by petition to the Subcommittee on the HASS Requirement.
Note: Students who have questions about how these 6-unit subjects are auditing in their record should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guidelines for substitutions within the HASS Requirement
The content of the proposed subject must be in the Humanities, Arts, or Social Sciences. The following guidelines govern the approval of HASS petitions:
- Students must have earned a letter grade (not P/D/F) for the subject.
- Students must have received at least 9 units of credit for the subject.
- Students may combine certain 6-unit subjects as described above.
Procedures for substitutions within the HASS Requirement
- Complete the HASS Requirement petition form.
- Include any supporting materials - e.g., brief statement explaining request, syllabus, and statement of support from instructor if necessary.
- Print and sign the form; then have it signed by your advisor. If the proposed substitution is a graduate subject, the instructor must also sign the petition.
- Deliver the completed petition to the Office of the HASS Requirement in room 12-126. You will be notified of the final decision by e-mail.
Deadline: None. However, students are encouraged to submit petitions as soon as possible after they have received a grade for the subject. Seniors in their final term should submit a petition as soon as possible after finalizing their registration for the proposed substitution.
Petitions for HASS credit for subjects taken outside of MIT (not through cross-registration)
Normally, students may count subjects taken at other institutions towards the HASS Requirement as elective subjects with the Transfer Credit Examiner’s Approval. Students should contact the Transfer Credit Examiner in the appropriate department.
For more information or questions about this please email email@example.com.
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