At MIT, we apply the same rigor to macroeconomics that we apply to engineering. Our approach to the social sciences helps you build the technical and intellectual skills needed to effect change in business, policy, and beyond. Here are a few of our favorite examples of how the social sciences take shape at MIT.
Feeding your inner entrepreneur
While it’s not rare for MIT alumni to start their own companies—our alums have founded more than 30,000 of them—students often start businesses while living on campus. With free legal counsel and innovative courses taught by industry experts, MIT is a dynamic environment for budding business leaders.
A new approach to social science
MIT’s mission is to meet the world’s great challenges with effective solutions—a feat which requires the combination of cultural, political, social awareness, and advanced technical skills. Last year, MIT debuted a research program for undergrads that explores the intersection between the social and the technical.
CS+HASS SuperUROP is a year-long research program that gives MIT undergrads a chance to apply computer science to social science research. In its first year, this interdisciplinary program lead to projects like “Using Big Data to Measure Government Transparency Online,” by Mikayla Murphy ’18 and “Real-Time Audio Synchronization,” by Smriti Pramanick ’18.