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M
ASSACHUSETTS
I
NSTI TUTE OF
T
ECHNOLOGY




Proposal At
-
A
-
Glance



Departmental P
rogram



Interdisciplinary
or Joint
P
rogram
*



HASS Minor
1

Date:


Department
(s)

or

Program
(s)
:

(For an interdisciplinary minor,
identify the administrative

department or unit.)



Sponsor(s) / Author(s):

Professor [Name], [Title]

Professor [Name], [Title]

Minor
:

[Name of Program]

*
Denotes programs that
, per Faculty policy,

also require review by

the Committee on the Undergraduate Program

(CUP).





1

A HASS minor is one in which a student can complete all the requirements of the minor by taking only subjects
that carry attributes
associated with the HASS General Institute Requirement (GIR). Students may count five of the
six subjects in a HASS minor toward the HASS GIR. Of those five subjects, one subject may also count toward the
distribution component of the HASS Requirement.

Proposal for New Undergraduate Minor



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I.

Introduction

1.

Explain the educational rationale for the program and its context with respect to the evolving inte
l-
lectual trends in the relevant field(s). Identify any alternatives you may have
considered and how
they measured up to your educational objectives.


2.

Describe the demand for this minor and your general expectations regarding student enrollment in
this program in each of its first five years of operation.


3.

Identify any existing MIT prog
rams

both majors and minors

whose enrollment could potentially
be affected by the availability of this program. Describe the consultation process you have followed
in reaching out to the departments or academic units and faculty responsible for these progr
ams.
(See Section
IV
for a description of the supporting letters that are required.) How is this proposed
program unique from these other programs?

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II.
Description of Proposed Minor

1.

Describe the program, including its structure and coherence, its education
al objectives, and any
other relevant aspects of the overall educational experience.

2.

A. List any required or recommended subjects in this program that are offered by
departments and
programs

other than the sponsoring entity.

Describe the consultations tha
t have taken place with
the department responsible for each subject and the conclusions that have been reached regarding
potential impact on enrollments.

B. For the subjects listed above, describe the resource implications for those units. Summarize how
th
ese resource issues will be addressed, and describe the consultation process you followed with
the departments and faculty who are responsible for these subjects.

3.

Based on current policy, students may not pursue a minor in the same area as their major.

Specify
any majors that
students will not be allowed to combine with this program.

4.

Provide a description of the program, suitable for publication in the
MIT Bulletin
. The description
must clearly indicate the structure of the program, including any prerequ
isites for the minor. It must
also specify the total number of subjects required for the minor and identify all required subjects,
prerequisite subjects, and restricted electives (where applicable). HASS minors must be structured in
tiers, as described
on
p. 2 of the instructions
.

Graduate subjects may not be included on an undergraduate
minor
.

S
ee
p
.
4

of the instructions

for information on how
to
describe the subject requirements of a minor
.

Consult
staff to the CoC

for assistance.

Departmental minors are published in the appropriate chapter of Part 2, Schools an
d Courses. Interdisciplinary minors
are published in the undergraduate section of Part 3, Interdisciplinary
P
rograms.

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II.
Description of Proposed Minor

(continued)

Additional Questions f
or Interdisciplinary Minors

5.

Describe the interdisciplinary construct
of the program and the rationale for designing it as such.

6.

Describe how students from a range of majors and different entry points can complete the minor.

Additional Question f
or Minors Proposed by a Non
-
Degree Granting Entity

7.

If the sponsoring entity doe
s not currently offer an undergraduate degree, include the rationale for
establishing a minor within the unit.

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III.
Administration

of the
Proposed
Program

1.

Identify
the core faculty who will be responsible for the
development and supervision

of the pr
o-
gram,

including intellectual content, curriculum development, advising, and degree recommend
a-
tions.


2.

Describe

the
plan to oversee, monitor, and evaluate the program.


3.

Describe the academic and advising infrastructure
for

the program.

Additional Questions for

Interdisciplinary Minors and Minors Proposed by a Non
-
Degree Granting

Entity


4.

An interdisciplinary minor must provide a framework for oversight that is comparable to that pr
o-
vided for departmental minors, including the continual review of the minor’s viab
ility, subject co
n-
tent, and relevance. In addition, an interdisciplinary minor must be formally supported by the heads
of all departments on which the minor depends. Support for using departmental subjects in an i
n-
terdisciplinary minor also implies a conti
nuing commitment to maintain subject content appropriate
to the minor.

Identify all participating departments and s
pecify the academic unit that will be responsible for a
d-
ministering the program.

5.

List the names of the faculty who will serve on the
oversig
ht committee
for the minor.

6.

Describe the review procedure that you will follow for this program. At a minimum,
a

review must
be conducted every five years and cover

the issues noted on

p. 2

of the instructions
.

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IV. Letters of Support

Letters of support from heads and chairs of
all
involved academic units

and letters of support f
rom rel
e-
vant Deans

must be provided
.
All

letters must discuss the intellectual content of the program a
s

well as
the availability of resources (including faculty, administrative support, space, and fiscal resources)

to
support the minor
.

The CoC reserves
the right to request additional letters as it deems appropriate.

Specific
documentation required

for

interdisciplinary minors:



L
etters from the head of each department that offers a subject in the minor;
departments
must expressly acknowledge situations in

which one or more of their subjects appears on a
list of restricted electives for a minor.



L
etter of support from the School Dean who will assume responsibility for the minor.



Letter of approval from the CUP.



If a HASS minor, all the documentation requir
ed for HASS minors.

Specific
documentation required

for

HASS minors:



L
etter of acknowledgement from the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences that
the minor qualifies as a HASS minor.



Statement from the sponsors

agreeing
to administer the minor
in accordance with rules and
policies governing HASS minors.



For a proposal to establish
an interdisciplinary HASS minor,
include
all the documentation
required for an interdisciplinary minor.