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Majors & Minors

MIT is organized into academic departments, or Courses, which you will often hear referred to by their Course number or acronym. These academic departments offer various undergraduate degrees and minors. The complete list of bachelors degree programs and minor programs are below.

When you apply to MIT, you apply to the entire university, not to a specific major or school. All first-year students begin MIT with an undeclared major. During the freshman year, MIT will provide academic fairs, lectures, seminars, and other programs to help students determine which major will suit them best. During the spring term of their first year, students are free to choose from MIT's majors, without any additional requirements or admission procedures. To get a feel for the types of classes and topics offered in each department, you may view lecture notes, sample homework, and even some videos from actual MIT classes on the MIT OpenCourseWare web site.

You must declare a major prior to your junior year, though most students do so by the end of freshman year. Data on how many students choose each major is available from the Registrar's Office. Approximately 15% of our students choose to double-major; you may also choose up to two minors.

 

MIT Majors & Minors
Key: major departure= available as major and/or minor,
major departure=major departure, major departure= joint major or 2nd degree
Concentration Course Major Minor
Facts
Aerospace Engineering 16-1 major departure  
Aerospace Engineering with Information Technology 16-2 major departure  
African and African Diaspora Studies 21   major departure
American Studies 21 major departure  
Ancient and Medieval Studies 21 major departure major departure
Anthropology 21A major departure major departure
Applied International Studies 21   major departure
Archaeology and Materials 3C major departure  
Archaeology and Materials pdf
Architecture 4 major departure major departure
Architecture pdf
Art, Culture & Technology (formerly Visual Arts) 4 major departure major departure
Astronomy 12 & 8   major departure
Biological Engineering / Biomedical Engineering 20 major departure major departure
/Biomedical Engineering pdf
Biology 7 & 7A major departure major departure
Brain and Cognitive Sciences 9 major departure major departure
Brain and Cog pdf
Chemical-Biological Engineering 10B major departure  
Chem-Bio Engineering pdf
Chemical Engineering 10 major departure  
Chemical Engineering pdf
Chemistry 5 major departure major departure
Chinese 21F   major departure
Civil Engineering 1C major departure major departure
Comparative Media Studies CMS major departure major departure
Computer Science and Engineering 6-3 major departure  
Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences 12 major departure major departure
East Asian Studies 21 major departure major departure
Economics 14 major departure major departure
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 6-2 major departure  
Electrical Science and Engineering 6-1 major departure  
Energy Studies     major departure
Engineering 1A, 2A, 3A, 10C & 16-ENG major departure  
Egineering Programspdf
Environmental Engineering Science 1E major departure major departure
Foreign Languages and Literatures 21F major departure  
French Studies 21F major departure major departure
German 21 major departure major departure
History 21H major departure major departure
History pdf
History of Architecture & Art 4   major departure
History of Art and Architecture pdf
Humanities 21 major departure  
Humanities and Engineering 21E major departure  
Humanities and Science 21S major departure  
Japanese 21F   major departure
Latin American Studies 21 major departure major departure
Linguistics and Philosophy / Linguistics 24-2 major departure major departure
Linguistics
Literature 21L major departure major departure
Management / Management Science 15 major departure major departure
Materials Science and Engineering 3 major departure major departure
Materials Science and Engineering pdf
Mathematics 18 major departure major departure
Mathematics pdf
Mathematics with Computer Science 18-C major departure  
Mathematics and Comp Sciencepdf
Mechanical Engineering 2 major departure major departure
Middle Eastern Studies 21   major departure
Music 21M major departure major departure
Nuclear Science & Engineering 22 major departure major departure
Nuclear Science and Engineering pdf
Philosophy 24-1 major departure major departure
Philosophy pdf
Physics 8 major departure major departure
Physics pdf
Planning / Urban Studies & Planning 11 major departure major departure
Political Science 17 major departure major departure
Psychology 21 major departure major departure
Public Policy 21   major departure
Russian Studies 21 major departure major departure
Science, Technology, and Society STS major departure major departure
Spanish Studies 21F major departure major departure
Theater Arts 21M major departure major departure
Toxicology and Environmental Health 20   major departure
Women's and Gender Studies WGS major departure major departure
Writing 21W major departure major departure

What is a course number?
MIT is organized into academic departments, or Courses, which you will often hear referred to by their Course number or acronym. These academic departments offer various undergraduate degrees and minors.

What is a major departure?
A major departure is a degree in a humanities field made by special permission with the Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Students that pursue a major departure will receive an SB in Humanities, Course 21.

What is a double major and joint degree?
Students pursuing a double major may obtain a bachelor's degree with two separate majors in their desired fields of study. Students must apply to the Committee on Curricula to pursue a double major and must complete the departmental requirements for each major in addition to MIT's General Institute Requirements (GIRs). Completion of a double major program should take four to five years.

A joint degree is an option for students who want to merge studies in one of the 19 humanities fields with coursework in either engineering (Course 21E) or science (Course 21S).

What is the HASS concentration?
In order to broaden students' knowledge of the world around them, undergraduates are required to complete a HASS concentration, which includes study in three to four subjects. Students select their concentration before their third year and work with an advisor on their plan of study.

Cross-Disciplinary and Non-Departmental Academic Programs

Life Sciences
The expansion of life sciences has been enormous over the last decade. Today, biological topics and tools pervade almost all disciplines in science and technology. MIT is the leader in interdisciplinary life sciences educational and research opportunities. Multiple departments now offer majors, minors or courses that have a life sciences focus.

Pre-Med
Students from many majors consider themselves pre-med, and MIT students are very successful in medical school admissions. There is no one official Premedical track at MIT, and the General Institute Requirements fulfill nearly all of the medical school requirements. The MIT Career Development Center offers advising for students seeking a pre-med track.

Pre-Law
Students looking to attend law school can look to MIT's Career Development Center for prelaw advising; the office also provides resources to students looking to enter this field. Students wishing to attend law school may major in any Course.

Energy
MIT students in many majors are interested in the study of energy and the environment. Students participate in research in the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) and can get an interdisciplinary minor in energy studies.

International Development
MIT students with an interest in international development participate in such programs as the International Development Initiative, D-Lab, and the the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL).

Study Abroad
Study Abroad programs allow students to live in another country and learn more about other cultures while continuing their course of study. Students may apply for an exchange program or directly to a foreign university; these and other options may be explored more fully with the Study Abroad Office.

UROP
The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program allows students to get involved in real world research as soon as they arrive at MIT. About 85% of MIT students participate in some sort of research. Students decide how much time they wish to invest in the program, which may range from a semester to a full academic year.

 

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