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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Interactive Demo Day is Back at EMPAC April 15!

Showcase your interactive project for industry and community professionals and the general public

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Composer Carla Scaletti to Speak at HASS Graduate Colloquium April 8

Can (non-speech) audio convey meaning? Experimental composer will discuss “Data-sonification, Music, and Meaning” at CBIS

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Can (non-speech) audio convey meaning? Experimental composer will discuss “Data-sonification, Music, and Meaning” at CBIS


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C&M Lecturer Shira Dentz Reads in "A Poetic Spring"

Poet and C&M Lecturer Shira Dentz reads from her work as part of "A Poetic Spring," Sunday, March 22

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Poet and C&M Lecturer Shira Dentz reads from her work as part of "A Poetic Spring," Sunday, March 22


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