HASS Core Curriculum
All Rensselaer students working towards a B.S. degree are required to take a selection of Humanities, Arts, and Social Science courses referred to as the HASS Core, consisting of 24 credit hours.
Students who enrolled at Rensselaer prior to the 2019-2020 academic year follow the requirements below:
HASS Core courses must be selected by the student to achieve both a breadth of perspective across the various humanities and social sciences disciplines as well as a more in-depth experience in at least one area. To ensure that students have breadth in their core courses, students must select at least 8 credit hours from each of the humanities and social sciences lists below (for a total of 24 credits). Students must take a communication intensive course and meet a depth requirement, which is two course in the same course code, with at least one of the courses above the 1000-level, for a total of 8 credits. No more than 12 credits of 1000-level HASS courses may be applied toward the HASS core requirement. No more than eight credits may be taken as Pass/No Credit and at least one course must be at the 4000 level.
Humanities course codes: ARTS, COMM, GSAS, IHSS, LANG, LITR, PHIL, STSH, and WRIT
Social sciences course codes: COGS, ECON, GSAS, IHSS, PSYC, STSS
Students who enrolled at Rensselaer starting in the 2019-2020 academic year follow the requirements below:
Students must must complete at least 24 credits toward their HASS core. Students entering RPI in their first year must take a HASS Inquiry class. A 12-credit Integrative Pathway must be completed; this is a series of courses designed to create intellectual coherence within the course selection in the HASS Core. Students must complete a communication-intensive course. No more than 12 credits of 1000-level HASS courses may be applied toward the HASS core requirement. No more than eight credits may be taken as Pass/No Credit and at least one course must be at the 4000 level.
Students transferring their admission to RPI should contact their academic advisor for more information regarding their requirements.