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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ME/PDI alums Eben Bayer, Gavin McIntyre Make Forbes "30 Under 30" List

Mushroom-based styrofoam replacement puts two RPI grads on the list of top young Manufacturing & Industry innovators

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Mushroom-based styrofoam replacement puts two RPI grads on the list of top young Manufacturing & Industry innovators


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Zach Layton Receives 2015 Artist Award from Foundation for Contemporary Arts

Jury of distinguished artists and arts professionals make award based on exceptional merit and imaginativeness of work. 

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Jury of distinguished artists and arts professionals make award based on exceptional merit and imaginativeness of work. 


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Faculty Positions

The School of Humanities, Arts and Socials Sciences is seeking candidates for several Faculty positions.  Candidates must possess an appropriate terminal degree (e.g., PhD, DMA, MFA, or foreign equivalent) by the start of the appointment.  The positions will remain open until filled.  

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The School of Humanities, Arts and Socials Sciences is seeking candidates for several Faculty positions.  Candidates must possess an appropriate terminal degree (e.g., PhD, DMA, MFA, or foreign equivalent) by the start of the appointment.  The positions will remain open until filled.  


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