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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STS/DIS Undergraduate Research Symposium Friday, Dec 15 in DCC

An open event featuring student work in STS, sustainability studies, gender studies, and design

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An open event featuring student work in STS, sustainability studies, gender studies, and design


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GSAS Alumna Chelsea Hash Wins Best Narrative Prize at 2017 Game Awards

Award recognizes work on the adventure game  "What Remains of Edith Finch" 

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Award recognizes work on the adventure game  "What Remains of Edith Finch" 


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New Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences Lecture Series Starts Wednesday

First-ever GSAS lecture series welcomes Dr. Hartmut Koenitz, HKU University of the Arts, Utrecht, Netherlands

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First-ever GSAS lecture series welcomes Dr. Hartmut Koenitz, HKU University of the Arts, Utrecht, Netherlands


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