Special Programs

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Featured Courses

MIT OpenCourseWare has set a goal of publishing virtually all of MIT's courses, whether or not they fall inside the traditional academic departments.

Thus, in the interest of providing OCW users a view of MIT's entire curriculum, we now offer users access to a collection of "Special Program" or "SP" courses.

MIT is organized into five schools - Architecture and Planning, Engineering, Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Management, and Science - and the Whitaker College of Health Sciences and Technology. Within these are 33 degree-granting departments, programs, and divisions.

In addition, a great deal of teaching and learning takes place in interdisciplinary programs, laboratories, and centers whose course work extends beyond traditional departmental boundaries. The MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, for example, offers a number of undergraduate academic programs embracing several disciplines. In general, these programs are staffed collaboratively by faculty members from various departments and fields in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and, in some cases, from MIT's other four schools as well.

A number of fields in science, engineering, architecture, and the humanities, arts, and social sciences offer minor programs. These minors are cohesive programs providing significant experience in their disciplines.

Many students augment their scheduled classes with individually planned academic activities. These activities include undergraduate research, special projects, internships, fieldwork, and co-op programs, and MIT offers a variety of course numbers for these activities. MIT also offers undergraduate seminars, in both the fall and spring terms, giving undergraduates an opportunity to interact closely with faculty on topics of current interest.


Special Programs Courses

Course # Course Title Level
SP.240 Composing Your Life: Exploration of Self through Visual Arts and Writing Undergraduate
SP.242 Gender Issues in Academics and Academia Undergraduate
SP.246 Current Events and Social Issues Undergraduate
SP.251 PE for ME Undergraduate
SP.253 AIDS and Poverty in Africa Undergraduate
SP.255 Physics of Rock Climbing Undergraduate
SP.256 The Coming Years Undergraduate
SP.258 Gödel, Escher, Bach Undergraduate
SP.259 Information and Communication Technology in Africa Undergraduate
SP.260 Women's Novels: A Weekly Book Club Undergraduate
SP.261 Poetry in Translation Undergraduate
SP.268 The Mathematics in Toys and Games Undergraduate
SP.269 Passing: Flexibility in Race and Gender Undergraduate
SP.272 Culture Tech Undergraduate
SP.287 Kitchen Chemistry Undergraduate
SP.291 Learning Seminar: Experiments in Education Undergraduate
SP.292 Writing Workshop Undergraduate
SP.293 Lego Robotics Undergraduate
SP.298 Art of Color Undergraduate
SP.2H3 Ancient Philosophy and Mathematics Undergraduate
SP.322 Prohibition and Permission Undergraduate
SP.341 History and Philosophy of Mechanics: Newton's Principia Mathematica Undergraduate
SP.400 Special Topics in Women & Gender Studies Seminar: Latina Women's Voices Undergraduate
SP.401 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies Undergraduate
SP.406 Sexual and Gender Identities Undergraduate
SP.414 Gender and Media Studies: Women and the Media Undergraduate
SP.430 Literary Interpretation: Virginia Woolf's Shakespeare Undergraduate
SP.448J Gender and Representation of Asian Women Undergraduate
SP.454J Identity and Difference Undergraduate
SP.455J Gender, Sexuality, and Society Undergraduate
SP.456J The Contemporary American Family Undergraduate
SP.457J Gender, Power, and International Development Undergraduate
SP.459J Women in South Asia from 1800 to Present Undergraduate
SP.461J International Women's Voices Undergraduate
SP.492 Popular Culture and Narrative: Literature, Comics, and Culture Undergraduate
SP.492 Popular Narrative: Masterminds Undergraduate
SP.493 Media in Cultural Context: Popular Readerships Undergraduate
SP.510J Literary Interpretation: Literature and Urban Experience Undergraduate
SP.512 Major Authors: Rewriting Genesis: "Paradise Lost" and Twentieth-Century Fantasy Undergraduate
SP.512 Major Authors: John Milton Undergraduate
SP.512 Major Authors: After the Masterpiece: Novels by Melville, Twain, Faulkner, and Morrison Undergraduate
SP.512 Major Authors: Melville and Morrison Undergraduate
SP.514 Medieval Literature: Medieval Women Writers Undergraduate
SP.517 American Authors: American Women Authors Undergraduate
SP.518J Race and Identity in American Literature: Keepin' it Real Fake Undergraduate
SP.575J Writing About Race: Narratives of Multiraciality Undergraduate
SP.576 Advanced Essay Workshop Undergraduate
SP.591J Traditions in American Concert Dance: Gender and Autobiography Undergraduate
SP.595 Theater and Cultural Diversity in the U.S. Undergraduate
SP.603J Race and Gender in Asian America Undergraduate
SP.607J Gender and the Law in U.S. History Undergraduate
SP.608J Cultural Performances of Asia Undergraduate
SP.610J The Economic History of Work and Family Undergraduate
SP.620J Medicine, Religion and Politics in Africa and the African Diaspora Undergraduate
SP.716 NextLab I: Designing Mobile Technologies for the Next Billion Users Undergraduate
SP.725 D-Lab: Medical Technologies for the Developing World Undergraduate
SP.691 Studies in Women's Life Narratives: Interrogating Marriage: Case Studies in American Law and Culture Graduate
SP.693 Gender, Race, and the Complexities of Science and Technology: A Problem-Based Learning Experiment Graduate
SP.694 Issues of Representation: Women, Representation, and Music in Selected Folk Traditions of the British Isles and North America Graduate
SP.793J X PRIZE Workshop: Grand Challenges in Energy Graduate