Students FAQ

What is the HASS Requirement?

What is the Distribution Component of the HASS Requirement?

What is the Concentration Component of the HASS Requirement?

How do I find out which subjects are in which categories?

What if I take more than one subject in the same Distribution category?

Do my Distribution subjects count towards my Concentration?

Can my Communication Intensive subject also count towards the HASS Requirement?

What is a HASS-E?

The class I want to take is HASS and CI-H or CI-HW. Is there a special process to enroll?

Can 6-unit performance subjects count towards the HASS Requirement?

Can AP credit be used to satisfy any part of the HASS Requirement?

Can I use transfer credit towards the Requirement?

Can I use classes taken through Harvard or Wellesley cross-registration towards the Requirement?

How do I select a Concentration?

Can I use subjects taken under the Junior-Senior P/D/F grading option towards the HASS Requirement?

 

 

What is the HASS Requirement?

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 Component 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.

What is the Distribution Component of the HASS Requirement?

All students must complete three (3) HASS Distribution subjects, one from each of the following categories: Arts (HASS-A), Humanities (HASS-H), and Social Sciences (HASS-S). Students are strongly encouraged to complete this Component of the HASS Requirement by the end of the junior year.

What is the Concentration Component of the HASS Requirement?

All students must complete a HASS Concentration of 3-4 subjects (some fields require 3, some 4) that together provide an increased knowledge in that particular field. Students must select a field of Concentration and submit a proposal form by the end of the first week second semester junior year.

Note: One subject may be counted toward both the Distribution and Concentration Components with the permission of the Concentration Advisor.

How do I find out which subjects are in which categories and which are electives?

On the Advanced Search page of the MIT Online Subject Listing & Schedule, you can search for subjects in any of the HASS categories. (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.

Hint: because there are many subjects in each category, you may wish to limit your search to a specific term – or even to a specific Course or time of the day. Additional search tips are posted on the Help page of the subject listing.

What if I take more than one subject in the same Distribution category?

If you take more than one subject in the same category, one of the classes will fulfill part of the Distribution Component while the other may count as one of your other five HASS classes.

Do my Distribution subjects count towards my Concentration?

One subject counting toward the Distribution Component of the HASS Requirement may also be designated as a Concentration subject with the permission of the Concentration Advisor.

Can my Communication Intensive subject also count for the HASS Requirement?

All students are required to take two CI-H (Communication Intensive in HASS) subjects and two 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 use a special process. For more details and deadlines visit: http://enrollmenttools.mit.edu.

What is a HASS-E?

A subject designated as HASS-E may count toward fulfilling the eight-subject HASS Requirement, but cannot be used to fulfill the Distribution Component, which requires one subject in each of the following categories: Arts (HASS-A), Humanities (HASS-H), and Social Sciences (HASS-S).

The class I want to take is HASS and CI-H or CI-HW. Is there a special process to enroll?

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 process. For more details and deadlines visit: http://enrollmenttools.mit.edu.

Can 6-unit performance subjects count towards the HASS Requirement?

Yes. If a student takes two six-unit performance subjects in Music and Theater Arts, they will be combined to count as one Arts (HASS-A) subject. Students may use up to a maximum of four six-unit performance subjects toward the HASS Requirement.

Similarly, unless a sequence of subjects is specified, any combination of two six-unit sampling subjects in Literature will be combined to count as one Humanities (HASS-H) subject.

Can AP credit be used to satisfy any part of the HASS Requirement?

No, AP credit can never be used to fulfill any part of the HASS Requirement.

Can I use transfer credit towards the Requirement?

Yes, transfer credit may be used as HASS elective subjects toward the Requirement. Please contact the transfer credit examiner in the appropriate HASS field for more information. Normally, transfer credit cannot be used towards the Distribution Component of the HASS Requirement. For more information about transfer credit, please email hassreq@mit.edu.

Can I use classes taken through Harvard or Wellesley cross-registration towards the Requirement?

In most cases, to receive credit toward the HASS Requirement for a subject taken at Harvard or Wellesley, students must petition the Subcommittee on the HASS Requirement. For more information about the petition process, please email hassreq@mit.edu.

How do I select a Concentration?

First we recommend that you take a look at the various Concentrations. Once you have an idea of the fields and requirements, you should reach out to the Concentration Advisor in that area to discuss your options. If you are still unsure what area you would like to pursue, feel free to contact Patty Fernandes, Advisor for the HASS and Communication Requirements.

Can I use subjects taken under the Junior-Senior P/D/F grading option towards the HASS Requirement?

No. All GIR subjects must be taken for a letter grade – including all subjects taken for the HASS Requirement. Subjects taken under Junior-Senior P/D/F will not count towards the Requirement.

 

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