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

2015 McKinney Writing Contest - First Call for Entries

The Department of Communication & Media (C&M) is pleased to announce that the 2015 McKinney Writing Contest is now open for submissions.  All Undergraduate and Graduate students are eligible to enter, regardless of school affiliation or major.

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The Department of Communication & Media (C&M) is pleased to announce that the 2015 McKinney Writing Contest is now open for submissions.  All Undergraduate and Graduate students are eligible to enter, regardless of school affiliation or major.


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GSAS / C&M Prof Featured in Atlantic Magazine "Gamification" Article

"Why don't you make the entire class into a game?" GSAS co-founder and C&M Professor Lee Sheldon is one of the Games experts featured in July's Atlantic Magazine.

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"Why don't you make the entire class into a game?" GSAS co-founder and C&M Professor Lee Sheldon is one of the Games experts featured in July's Atlantic Magazine.


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Faculty Positions

The School of Humanities, Arts and Socials Sciences is seeking candidates for several Faculty positions for Fall 2014.  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 for Fall 2014.  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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