Modernistic house with large windows in a snowy landscape.
William O’Brien Jr, Twins: Houses in Five Parts , New York.

Academic Sections

Majors, minors, concentrations, Master’s and PhD’s in the arts are possible in many subjects within the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and the School of Architecture and Planning.


Majors at MIT consist of a core of required subjects and a set of electives, and combine the study of basic principles with practical applications. The major course of study is designed to prepare students for careers in that field or for graduate study.


Minors are coherent programs of study providing significant experience in their disciplines. Minor fields are specified as part of the S.B. degree, thus giving recognition of focused work in a discipline outside the major course of study.


MIT undergraduates must select a HASS concentration to meet their General Institute Requirements.
Eligible HASS concentrations in the arts include:

  • Art, Culture and Technology
  • Comparative Media Studies
  • History of Architecture, Art, and Design
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Theater Arts
  • Writing