& SS Information
Institute-Wide H&SS Core Requirements (24 Credits)
All students working toward a BS degree are required to take a selection of Humanities and Social Science courses that is referred to as the H&SS core. It consists of 24 credit hours*, or six courses distributed in such a way as to afford students a breadth of perspective across the various disciplines as well as a more in-depth experience in at least one area.
To ensure that students have breadth in their core courses, students must select at least two courses (8 credit hours) from each of the lists below.
H&SS interdisciplinary courses may be substituted for courses in either category.
To ensure that students have some depth in their H&SS core, students must take at least two courses within a single area prefix (STSH and STSS can be counted as a single area), at least one of which is taken at an advanced level (above 1000). No course within the depth sequence may be taken as Pass/No Credit.
No more than three 1000 level H&SS courses may be applied toward the H&SS core requirement, and no more than 6 credits may be taken as Pass/No credit and at least one course must be at the 4000 level.
Transferring H&SS Core Credit
Students entering Rensselaer in their first year may transfer up to two H&SS courses (up to 8 credit hours) toward satisfying their H&SS core requirement (including Advanced Placement credit). Transfer students from an accredited collegiate program who have completed at least one college year but who come to Rensselaer with first year status may qualify for additional core transfers at the discretion of the H&SS core curriculum adviser.
Transfer students entering Rensselaer at the sophomore level or above are not limited in the number of courses they may transfer for H&SS core credit. All others must take at least 16 credit hours of their H&SS core at Rensselaer.
Students enrolled at Rensselaer who wish to take an H&SS course for core credit at another accredited institution must obtain prior approval for the course from the core curriculum adviser. To apply for approval a student must furnish a catalog description of the proposed course and a filled out copy of Rensselaers transfer credit approval form to the core curriculum adviser. A maximum of 8 credit hours of transfers are allowed (including AP courses).