HASS to get student inputBy Katie Schwarz
An ad hoc faculty committee reevaluating the humanities, arts and social science (HASS) requirement will soon include a student member, according to Professor of History Pauline R. Maier, chairman of the committee.
Dean for Undergraduate Education Margaret L. A. MacVicar '65 and the members of the committee suggested student involvement. The committee showed "enormous enthusiasm" for a student position at its meeting Friday, Maier said. "The sooner we have a student, the better."
She has asked the Nominations Committee (NomComm) of the Undergraduate Association to nominate a student as soon as possible. NomComm members said they would hold hearings Monday, Oct. 28, and rank candidates that evening. The HASS committee would then approve a student member, who could begin attending committee meetings that Friday, Maier said.
The duties of the student on the committee would be similar to those of the other members, Maier said. Members of the committee will discuss the HASS requirement and propose possible changes.
The Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education established the HASS committee after humanities and engineering faculty discussed the role of the humanities in an MIT education at a meeting last May. The committee is addressing problems raised at that meeting, particularly lack of breadth in the requirement and lack of focus in the humanities curriculum. It will draft a proposal for a revised requirement by the end of January.