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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.
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.
Students who entered prior to the 2010-11 academic year will continue under the HASS distribution system known as HASS-D.
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.
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 Categories (for students entering in Fall 2010 or later).] 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.
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.
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.
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.
A subject designatied as HASS-E may count toward fulfilling the 8-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).
HASS-D subjects are a subset of HASS subjects. Enrollment in these subjects is managed through the HASS-D Lottery. Students who wish to enroll in a subject that is noted as HASS‑D in the subject listings must enter the HASS-D Lottery. More information is available on the HASS-D Lottery website.
Each HASS-D is designated as HASS-A, HASS-H, HASS-S, or HASS-E, and will count as needed in the students degree audit.
The HASS-D Lottery manages the enrollment in subjects designated as HASS-D.
Please refer to the HASS-D Lottery website for more information and a list of open subjects after the lottery has been run. You may be able to add a HASS-D after the term begins through the normal Add process — just remember that instructor approval is always required to add a HASS-D subject.
Hint: keep in mind that you may also choose from among the many HASS-A, HASS-H, HASS-S, and HASS-E subjects that are not part of the lottery system and can register for them on Registration Day.
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 specific 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.
Note: Students who entered prior to the 2010-2011 academic year will need to petition for two six-unit performance subjects or Literature sampling subjects to count as a HASS subject.
No, AP credit can never be used to fulfill any part of the HASS Requirement.
Yes, transfer credit may be used to satisfy the HASS elective component of 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. Please refer to the petitions page for more information on when the Subcommittee on the HASS Requirement would review a petition for a distribution subject.
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. Please contact the HASS Academic Administrator with questions about Harvard cross-registration. For more information about the petition process, please email email@example.com.
First we recommend that you take a look at the various concentrations listed on the Concentrations page of this site. Once you have an idea of the fields and requirements, you should reach out to the Concentration Advisor in that area (listed on the HASS Concentration Advisor page) 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.
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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