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Special Programs

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MIT OpenCourseWare (MIT OCW) 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 MIT 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.


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Undergraduate Courses
MIT Course #Course Title
SP.240 Composing Your Life: Exploration of Self through Visual Arts and Writing, Spring 2006
SP.242 Gender Issues in Academics and Academia, Spring 2004
SP.246 Current Events and Social Issues, Fall 2004
SP.251 PE for ME, Spring 2005
SP.253 AIDS and Poverty in Africa, Spring 2005
SP.255 Physics of Rock Climbing, Spring 2006
SP.259 Information and Communication Technology in Africa, Spring 2006
SP.260 Women's Novels: A Weekly Book Club, Spring 2006
SP.261 Poetry in Translation, Spring 2006
SP.287 Kitchen Chemistry, Spring 2006
SP.298 Art of Color, Spring 2005
SP.2H3 Ancient Philosophy and Mathematics, Fall 2006
SP.401 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, Spring 2005
SP.406 Sexual and Gender Identities, Fall 2006
SP.412J Feminist Political Thought, Fall 2000
SP.430 Literary Interpretation: Virginia Woolf's Shakespeare, Spring 2001
SP.454J Identity and Difference, Fall 2002
SP.455J Gender, Sexuality, and Society, Spring 2006
SP.456J The Contemporary American Family, Spring 2004
SP.457J Gender, Power, and International Development, Fall 2003
SP.461J International Women's Voices, Spring 2004
SP.472 Traditions in American Concert Dance: Gender and Autobiography, Spring 2003
SP.484J The Anthropology of Computing, Fall 2004
SP.492 Popular Narrative: Masterminds, Fall 2004
SP.512 Major Authors: After the Masterpiece: Novels by Melville, Twain, Faulkner, and Morrison, Fall 2006
SP.512 Major Authors: Melville and Morrison, Fall 2003
SP.514 Medieval Literature: Medieval Women Writers, Spring 2004
SP.517 American Authors: American Women Authors, Spring 2003
SP.575J Writing About Race, Spring 2003
SP.576J Advanced Essay Workshop, Spring 2005
SP.601J Feminist Political Thought, Spring 2006
SP.603J Race and Gender in Asian America, Spring 2006
SP.607J Gender and the Law in U.S. History, Spring 2004
SP.608J Cultural Performances of Asia, Fall 2005
SP.610J The Economic History of Work and Family, Spring 2005
SP.620J Medicine, Religion and Politics in Africa and the African Diaspora, Spring 2005
SP.621J Violence, Human Rights, and Justice, Fall 2004
SP.622J Dilemmas in Bio-Medical Ethics: Playing God or Doing Good?, Spring 2005
SP.721 D-Lab: Development, Dialogue and Delivery, Fall 2004
SP.722 D-Lab: Development, Design and Dissemination, Spring 2005
SP.724 Prototypes to Products, Fall 2005
SP.764 Practical Electronics, Fall 2004
SP.765 Practical Electronics, Fall 2004
SP.769 Photovoltaic Solar Energy Systems, Fall 2004
SP.772 Internet Technology in Local and Global Communities, Spring 2005 - Summer 2005
SP.776 Design for Demining, Spring 2005
SP.777 Water Jet Technologies, Spring 2005
SP.778 Toy Product Design, Spring 2006
SP.786 Design for Demining, Spring 2005

Graduate Courses
MIT Course #Course Title
SP.492 Popular Narrative: Masterminds, Fall 2004
SP.660 Gender and Race, Work, and Public Policy, Spring 2005
SP.694 Issues of Representation: Women, Representation, and Music in Selected Folk Traditions of the British Isles and North America, Fall 2005
SP.764 Practical Electronics, Fall 2004
SP.765 Practical Electronics, Fall 2004
SP.776 Design for Demining, Spring 2005
SP.777 Water Jet Technologies, Spring 2005
SP.778 Toy Product Design, Spring 2006
SP.783 Engineering Capacity in Community-Based Healthcare, Fall 2005
SP.786 Design for Demining, Spring 2005