What you need to know

The Subcommittee on the HASS Requirement (SHR) reviews proposals for new or revised Concentrations throughout the academic year. The Subcommittee works with administrators to ensure that subject offerings are sufficient to sustain the Concentration, and that appropriate instructors, preferably faculty, are available to serve as advisors.

Some key points to remember:

  • Proposals should come from the department/unit head, associate head, undergraduate officer, or other faculty responsible for undergraduate education.

What you need to do

  • Complete a HASS Teaching Unit Concentration Proposal Form addressing the following concerns:
    • Intellectual rationale for the new or revised Concentration.
    • Proposed name and list of subjects that students can take to complete the Concentration.
    • The name of one regular faculty member from a HASS teaching unit who will serve as advisor.
    • A description of the Concentration to inform students what they will study.
  • Attach a statement distinguishing the proposed Concentration or revision from existing Concentration(s).
  • Obtain a letter from the head of the implicated unit or units stating a commitment to offer the requisite subjects on a regular basis.
  • Submit your proposal and required attachments to hassreq@mit.edu.
  • Contact us with questions about the proposal process or HASS Concentrations in general.