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

It's GameFest Weekend at EMPAC! May 1 & 2

Student-designed video game exhibition and competition features entries from 7 regional colleges

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Student-designed video game exhibition and competition features entries from 7 regional colleges


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HASS GSAS Program Ranked #11 for Game Design by Princeton Review

Big leap for Games & Simulation Arts & Sciences in 2015

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Big leap for Games & Simulation Arts & Sciences in 2015


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New topics course to be held at EMPAC in the fall

“Sensibilities”—a special ART_X@Rensselaer (Art Across the Curriculum) seminar—draws from the tremendous resource of EMPAC to inspire students to cultivate writing skills through the cross-disciplinary theme of the senses/perception.

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“Sensibilities”—a special ART_X@Rensselaer (Art Across the Curriculum) seminar—draws from the tremendous resource of EMPAC to inspire students to cultivate writing skills through the cross-disciplinary theme of the senses/perception.


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