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); and an interdisciplinary program in Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences—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..."

 

 

 

 

 

Wisdom Matters
The Translational Humanities at Rensselaer

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Featured News

Tetherless World / Cognitive Science Professor James Hendler Receives Inaugural Spotlight Award

Association of Moving Image Archivists honors HASS faculty member for significant contributions to the field of media preservation and access

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Association of Moving Image Archivists honors HASS faculty member for significant contributions to the field of media preservation and access


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Nancy Campbell on Dealing with US Opioid Epidemic

STS professor and addiction researcher offers views on treatment to website WalletHub 

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STS professor and addiction researcher offers views on treatment to website WalletHub 


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"Our Town" Receives Outstanding Achievement Award from Theatre Association of New York State

Award marks first time Rensselaer has been honored at this level for a theatrical production

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Award marks first time Rensselaer has been honored at this level for a theatrical production


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