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Committee eases HASS-D constraints on languages

By Eun S. Shin

Level four language courses, previously grouped in the HASS-D category of Language, Thought and Value, have now been placed outside of the HASS-D structure. Under the new policy, students may petition to substitute level three or level four language courses to fulfill one of the three HASS-D requirements.

The new reform resolved an "intellectual conflict" within the HASS-D committee, according to Associate Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Phillip S. Khoury. Some members of the committee had hoped to elevate level three language courses to HASS-D standing in an effort to encourage student participation.

"Although good arguments were proposed by some members," they were unable to convince the committee, "on intellectual grounds," that level three language courses deserve official recognition in the HASS-D system, Khoury said.

However, the committee gave students the option to substitute a language course for HASS-D credit by petition, as long as they did not fulfill the requirement with other language-related courses.

FLL seeks new head

More changes are expected in the Foreign Language and Literature section as the search for a new head continues, Khoury said. Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Ann F. Friedlaender, acting FLL section chairperson, recently announced that she will step down from her post as dean on June 30. She will return to teaching and research in the Economics Department, she said.

According to Khoury, the new head is expected to come from outside MIT.