Curriculum Innovation News - 2009

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  • When Allison Hamilos came to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology last year, she dreaded having to take the mandatory general chemistry course for freshmen. Eyeing a future in medicine, she couldn’t see much point in learning chemistry.

    “I didn’t like chemistry at all in high school,” says Hamilos, now a sophomore. “I was really surprised to find out how much I liked it in college and how relevant it is to biology. (It) has been my favorite class at MIT so far.”

  • At its meeting on May 20, the Institute Faculty voted to approve changes to the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Requirement, one of the General Institute Requirements for all MIT undergraduates. This change simplifies the distribution component of the Requirement from the current, more complex, five-category distribution to one that consists of one subject each from three categories—humanities, arts, and social sciences.

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