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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The Rensselaer Orchestra, under the direction of Nicholas DeMaison, will perform Missy Mazzoli’s River Rouge Transfiguration and Jean Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 82 at New York Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 8:00 PM.  

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The Rensselaer Orchestra, under the direction of Nicholas DeMaison, will perform Missy Mazzoli’s River Rouge Transfiguration and Jean Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 82 at New York Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 8:00 PM.  


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Santelli Exchange: Recession smoke signals from the bond market

Former Economics Department Head and former New York Federal Reserve Economist Arturo Estrella and CNBC's Rick Santelli discuss the yield curve as an indicator of U.S. recessions.

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Former Economics Department Head and former New York Federal Reserve Economist Arturo Estrella and CNBC's Rick Santelli discuss the yield curve as an indicator of U.S. recessions.


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Auditions - Rensselaer Orchestra, Concert Choir & Chamber Ensemble

Music ensembles are under the direction of Prof. Nicholas Demaison 

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Music ensembles are under the direction of Prof. Nicholas Demaison 


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