“Visiting” HASTS

Prospective applicants sometimes ask how they can visit the program to learn more before applying. The website is packed with information about the program, research projects, students, faculty, alumni, and tips for applying.

There are a few other ways to explore:


Prospective Student Visit Day

The MIT Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology and Society (HASTS) is pleased to announce that our Prospective Student Visit Day 2023 will be held on Friday, October 13, 2023. 

Prospective applicants who would like to know more about our program and the application process are encouraged to attend the HASTS Prospective Student Visit Day, which will be held via Zoom on Friday, October 13, 2023, between 10:00 am – 1:15 pm (Eastern Daylight Time).

Registration is now open! Register here. Registration closes on Friday, October 6, 2023, but we have limited capacity for the small group discussions, so sign up soon to try to get a spot.

If you would like to be added to our prospective student email list or if you have any questions, please send a request to



10:00 am – 10:30 am
Overview of the HASTS program
Director of Graduate Studies 

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Small Group Discussions with HASTS Faculty

11:30 am – 11:45 am

11:45 am – 12:15 pm
Admissions tips: Presenting Yourself as an Applicant
Panel of former HASTS admissions committee members

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Small Group Discussions with Current HASTS Students

1:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Questions & Answers (Q&A) Session (optional)
Participants who have any follow-up questions may return to the main room at this point to speak with the HASTS Director of Graduate Studies and Academic Administrator.


Online Resources

You can also learn more about the academic interests of the scholars in our programs and the kinds of conversations we’re in dialog with by attending online seminars organized by our participating departments and exploring their websites: Anthropology, History, STS (upcoming events, recorded events).  

Follow the departments on social media: Twitter (Anthropology, History, STS) and Facebook (STS). Find out more about the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences through their website, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube channel.

Learn more about MIT at the Graduate Admissions page, or explore MIT’s Admissions Office’s Visit MIT page (though it’s primarily written for prospective undergraduate students). 


People at HASTS

For general questions about the program or the application process, please reach out to the Academic Administrator, Karen Gardner, at or click here to set up a meeting.  

While the Visit Day is the most effective way to learn about the HASTS program, prospective students may consider contacting a HASTS faculty member or current student who shares their research interests in order to learn more about the program. Please understand that our faculty receive a significantly higher number of queries from prospective students than they can possibly answer, and will not be able to answer all inquiries. Faculty will be most likely to respond to questions that engage pertinently with their own research. Please note that students’ time may also be limited and can’t respond to all emails.

During the admissions cycle, applicants who are selected to advance to the interview round of the admissions process will have additional opportunities to learn about HASTS and engage with members of the program in February or March, and may have a chance to visit campus.