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..."

 

 

 

 

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The Translational Humanities at Rensselaer

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Comm+D (formerly Center for Communication Practices) Celebrates 40 Years at RPI

Located on the first floor or Folsom Library, Comm+D now offers guidance on visual commnication as well as writing

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Located on the first floor or Folsom Library, Comm+D now offers guidance on visual commnication as well as writing


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Site names best programs leading to employment in videogame industry


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THL Recruiting UG Researchers

The Tactical Humanities Lab (THL) is recruiting undergraduate research participation for assistance on several projects, including gaming and AI, identity and DNA testing, and digital safe spaces for women of color. Click through for project and position descriptions, and contact Professor Jim Malazita with questions before January 24th.

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The Tactical Humanities Lab (THL) is recruiting undergraduate research participation for assistance on several projects, including gaming and AI, identity and DNA testing, and digital safe spaces for women of color. Click through for project and position descriptions, and contact Professor Jim Malazita with questions before January 24th.


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