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Subcommittee on the HASS Requirement (SHR)
At its meeting of May 20, 2009, the MIT Faculty passed recommendations for changes to the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Requirement as put forth by the Committee on the Undergraduate Program with support from the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
This motion called for the creation of a new Subcommittee of the CUP to oversee the HASS Requirement. In passing this motion, the Faculty supported several high-level goals for the CUP subcommittee:
- Support, encourage and monitor the development of new innovative subjects and changes to the HASS Requirement; and
- Ensure regular review of new and existing subjects to ascertain that the educational goals of the HASS Requirement are met while maintaining MIT's high educational standards.
Charge to the Subcommittee
It is the responsibility of the CUP subcommittee to guide the next phase of implementation of the revisions to the HASS Requirement, and to govern the HASS Requirement as laid-out in the motion approved by the Faculty on May 20, 2009. To that end, subject to final approval by the CUP and the Faculty, the subcommittee shall act with power to:
- Engage academic departments, the School deans, the Committee on Curricula (COC), the HASS Education office and other interested parties to participate in the process as appropriate.
- Establish criteria, procedures, and guidelines for the Distribution or designation of HASS subjects that will satisfy the HASS Requirement and communicate these to the appropriate parties.
- Evaluate proposals from all Schools and assign new or modified HASS subjects to categories in accordance with criteria. These efforts should be coordinated with departments and sections, the CoC, and others as necessary.
- Review and approve any new or modified Concentrations within the HASS Requirement. This process should include collaboration with the departments and sections, the CoC, and others as necessary.
- Monitor policies associated with the HASS Requirement and revise or develop new ones as necessary.
- Maintain the official list of HASS subject category designation, HASS subjects to complete the HASS Requirement, and the official list of Concentrations. Report to the CUP yearly.
- Working with the CoC and the HASS Education Office, shall oversee individual student requests for exceptions or substitutions to the HASS Requirement.
- Propose to the CUP limited educational experiments that the Subcommittee deems appropriate for assessing changes to the curriculum and educational policies and practices.
In addition, the Subcommittee shall undertake the following interim responsibilities:
- Report findings from the First Years Focus assessment to the CUP no later than the start of the fall term in AY2014 and make a recommendation on whether or not a First Year Focus subject should be required of all students as part of the HASS Requirement and, if so, what the criteria should be for such subjects.
Membership Academic Year 2014-2015
- Helen Elaine Lee, Chair (2015)
- Azra Aksamija, SA+P Representative (2016)
- Sandy Alexandre, SHASS Representative (2015)
- Elizabeth Berg, Undergraduate Representative (2015)
- Zachary Brooks, Undergraduate Representative (2015)
- Emilio Castilla, Sloan Representative (2017)
- Michael Cuthbert, SHASS Representative (2017)
- Kai von Fintel, ex officio, Designate for Dean of SHASS
- Dennis Freeman, ex officio, Dean for Undergraduate Education
- Linda Griffith, SoE Representative (2016)
- Nergis Mavalvala, SoS Representative (2016)
- Natasha Schull, SHASS Representative (2015)
- Kathleen MacArthur, Executive Officer and Associate Dean for Curriculum and Faculty Support
- Jason Donath, staff to SHR
- Lauren Reemsnyder, staff to SHR
- Patricia Fernandes, Advisor, Communication and HASS Requirements
- Liz Friedman, SHASS Deans Office
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