The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

The School of HASS responds to the world’s greatest challenges with agenda-setting research on human societies, institutions, minds, arts, and cultures. With outstanding undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs and a world-renowned faculty, HASS is home to an interdisciplinary and highly creative research community. The academic mission of HASS is to conduct research and to offer degree programs that are rigorous, innovative, and responsive to contemporary problems and prospects; and to equip all Rensselaer students with the skills and outlooks needed to address complex social issues in their lives as innovators and citizens.

HASS is home to five academic departments—Arts; Cognitive Science; Communication and MediaEconomics; and Science and Technology Studies (STS)—each of which combines a unique breadth and depth of scholarly expertise to create innovative educational programs and pursue interdisciplinary research. 

Message from the Dean

"What is the role of the Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences in the 21stCentury technological research university?  The answer is simple:  We are seekers.  We seek to understand the very nature of our humanity.  We seek to improve the quality of life.  We seek to preserve our world.  We seek truth through artistic innovation..."

Featured News

Lee Sheldon (GSAS) featured on CBC Radio's "The Current"

The segment will air Thursday morning, September 4th at 8:30 am. 

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The segment will air Thursday morning, September 4th at 8:30 am. 


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William Gibson Reading

Science fiction author William Gibson will read from his work at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 9 at the EMPAC Concert Hall.

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Science fiction author William Gibson will read from his work at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 9 at the EMPAC Concert Hall.


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Arts Department Music Ensembles Holding Auditions August 22nd and 23rd

Auditions will be held August 22nd and 23rd in West Hall room 206 with Professor Nicholas Demaison.  All incoming students wishing to audition will need to reserve a timeslot in the Arts Department main office located in West Hall, room 107. 

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Auditions will be held August 22nd and 23rd in West Hall room 206 with Professor Nicholas Demaison.  All incoming students wishing to audition will need to reserve a timeslot in the Arts Department main office located in West Hall, room 107. 


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