HASS Hub Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Here you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that advisors in the Student Services Hub receive from students:


1.   Where can I find <HASS Faculty Member>’s email and office location? What are their office hours?

Students can find a faculty member’s campus office location and contact details by visiting RPInfo at and using the Directory Search feature. Students are advised to contact a faculty member directly to inquire about office hours.


2.   Where can I find academic deadlines and important dates?

The RPI Academic Calendar can be found through the Registrar’s Office online here:


3.   Courses on my CAPP report are not listed correctly. Can an advisor in the Hub fix this for me?

One of the Hub’s undergraduate advisors can make changes to a student’s CAPP report so that they are better able to keep track of their progress to degree and degree requirements. However, students should be aware that their CAPP report will not be officially changed on SIS until the Registrar updates the CAPP report to reflect the changes. Please review the Catalog year of the program reflected by your CAPP report prior to making any changes as changing this can impact the CAPP report.


4.   I would like to transfer some credits. How can I do this?

To transfer a course, students must complete a Transfer Credit Approval form, found here: Students should follow the form instructions and use the Transfer Course Guide at to determine the RPI equivalent course used for the course or courses that they plan to transfer in. If the transferred course is already in the Transfer Course Guide, students can bring the completed form to the Registrar’s Office. HASS courses that are not in the Transfer Course Guide need to be evaluated by the Undergraduate Associate Dean of HASS before the form is submitted to the Registrar's Office.


5.   I would like to add a minor in HASS. How can I do this?

To add a HASS minor, students will need to complete a Minor Approval Form, found here: Once students determine which minor they would like to add, they can visit the Rensselaer Catalog at to look up the course requirements for their intended minor. Students can use this as a guide to help them complete the form. Once the form is complete, students will need to have the form signed by their advisor and an undergraduate advisor in the Hub. Changes to the courses used to satisfy minor requirements can be applied by submitting a new Minor Approval Form as a revision.


6.   I would like to add / remove a dual major in HASS. How can I do this? 

Students adding or removing a dual major in HASS must complete an Undergraduate Change of Major / Change of Status form, through the Registrar, found here: and follow the form instructions. Undergraduate advisors in the Hub will sign as the Curriculum Coordinator and assign a faculty advisor for HASS majors1

1Students interested in adding MUSC, GSAS, or DSIS as a major should contact the Manager of Student Services in HASS for directions on how to submit a portfolio.


7.   Where can I find forms? 

Registrar (numbered) forms can be found on the Registrar’s Office website here: Graduate degree-specific forms can be found on the Office of Graduate Education website here:


8.   What are the HASS Core requirements and where can I find more information about them? 

In general, students are required to take 24 total credits of HASS, with the exception of Engineering or Architecture majors who must take 22 and 20 credits total, respectively. Students must complete a minimum of 8 credits of courses within the Humanities (COMM, LANG, LITR, WRIT, STSH, PHIL, GSAS, or IHSS), and at least 8 credits of courses within the Social Sciences (STSS, ECON, COGS, PSYC, GSAS, or IHSS). The remaining 8 credits are satisfied by any combination of HASS courses. Students must take at least two courses with the same course departmental prefix designation (STSH and STSS can but used to satisfy depth), one of which is above the 1000-level. Students must also take at least one HASS course designated as Communication Intensive or “CI.” Finally, students must take at least one 4000-level HASS course. No more than 12 credits at the 1000-level can be applied to the HASS Core. No more than 8 transfer or AP credits can be applied to the HASS Core. No more than 8 credits taken P/NC can be applied to the HASS Core. More specific details about the HASS requirements can be found here:


9.   Where can I find information on course offerings in HASS?

Students can find specific HASS course information at the RPI catalog website here: Students can also visit the “Class Hours Page” on SIS here: to see courses that are currently being offered and courses that will be available for registration in the next semester.


10.  When and how should I declare my concentration?

EMAC, GSAS, and EART majors declare a concentration. The concentration must be approved by the student's major advisor or Student Services via completing section D of the Undergraduate Change of Major/Change of Status Form [10] with the Registrar’s Office found here: Concentrations should be declared as early as they are identified—by the end of the sophomore year at the latest.


11.  Do I need to meet with my advisor to register for classes?

Yes, all students are required to participate in a Student-Advisor Meeting (SAM) each semester with their faculty or staff advisor prior to course registration. Your advisor(s) is not only there to offer suggestions about your educational path, but to ensure that you keep on track for your major, your HASS core requirements, your remaining degree requirements, and your expected graduation date. Meeting with your advisor1 is the only way for your SAM requirement to be met—and for you to be cleared to register for classes.

1Dual majors are required to meet with an advisor from both majors.