Dean, School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Room 4-250

Room 32-D932
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307


The mission of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences is to offer students the chance to explore creative expressions of the human imagination; to understand the human past; and to examine social, economic, and political change over time and the cultural and institutional contexts in which science and technology are rooted.

A chief concern of the School's undergraduate program is to provide subjects to fulfill the Institute's Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Requirement, which ensures that every undergraduate at MIT is exposed to a wide range of interpretive and analytic approaches.

Humanities, arts, and social science programs emphasize teaching and research. Through their publications, lectures, and seminars, the School's faculty strives to expand the frontiers of human knowledge and awareness. Interdisciplinary collaboration is a hallmark of this activity.

The School's five doctoral programs (in economics; history, anthropology, and science, technology and society; linguistics; philosophy; and political science) prepare students primarily for teaching and research careers in universities and colleges, but also for government service, industry, and finance. The School also offers master's degrees in comparative media studies, political science, and science writing.