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..."

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"The Mandarin Project," Virtual Reality Immersive Language Course Featured in Times of London

C&M / GSAS Professor Lee Sheldon talks virtual reality as immersive language instruction with The Times of London

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C&M / GSAS Professor Lee Sheldon talks virtual reality as immersive language instruction with The Times of London


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Arts Professor Larry Kagan's "Lying Shadows" at The Hyde, Glens Falls, through September 14th

​The exhibit features over twenty wall-mounted steel sculptures whose shadows create intricate and surprising line drawing-like images.

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News Icon for Arts Professor Larry Kagan's "Lying Shadows" at The Hyde, Glens Falls, through September 14th

​The exhibit features over twenty wall-mounted steel sculptures whose shadows create intricate and surprising line drawing-like images.


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Job Announcement: Department Head and Professor, Science and Technology Studies

The Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) invites applications, expressions of interest, and nominations for the position of Department Head.  The Department Head will hold a full-time, tenured faculty appointment at the rank of Professor.  The position may commence as early as August 16, 2015, but shall remain open until filled. 

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The Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) invites applications, expressions of interest, and nominations for the position of Department Head.  The Department Head will hold a full-time, tenured faculty appointment at the rank of Professor.  The position may commence as early as August 16, 2015, but shall remain open until filled. 


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