Academics / Undergraduate program


The concentration is available for the classes of 2016 and 2017 only and is no longer being offered.

Psychology is the study of human behavior and human mental life. Courses are drawn from the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and programs in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The subject material in these courses touches upon most of the topics that might be found in a "traditional" Psychology department. These range from the study of the senses to the impact of Freudian ideas on history. The HASS concentration in Psychology is administered by the interdisciplinary Program in Psychology. The goal of the concentration is to give students exposure to the vast range of topics within Psychology via 9.00 (Introduction to Psychology), and then to provide a more substantial understanding of at least two topics via more specialized subjects chosen fromthe list of Second Level Subjects.


The following subjects can be used to complete a Psychology concentration. Only subjects designated HASS in the MIT Bulletin will be included in the 8-subject HASS requirement. Note particularly that subjects taken outside MIT will not be approved for inclusion in the concentration.

INTRODUCTORY LEVEL SUBJECT (Required of all concentrators)

  • 9.00 Introduction to Psychology


  • 9.20 Animal Behavior
  • 9.59J Psycholinguistics (same as 24.905J)
  • 9.85 Topics in Infant and Early Childhood Cognition
  • WGS 228 Psychology of Gender

For Course 9 majors only 9.00 may be double counted for the concentration.

For more information, please contact the Academic Administrator in Brain and Cognitive Sciences: Kris Kipp