Special Programs

MIT Campus photo by Stuart Darsch

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.


Updated within the past 180 days

MIT Course #Course TitleTerm
 SP.235Chemistry of SportsSpring 2007
SP.236Exploring PharmacologySpring 2009
 SP.240Composing Your Life: Exploration of Self through Visual Arts and WritingSpring 2006
 SP.242Gender Issues in Academics and AcademiaSpring 2004
 SP.246Current Events and Social IssuesFall 2004
 SP.251PE for MESpring 2005
 SP.253AIDS and Poverty in AfricaSpring 2005
 SP.255Physics of Rock ClimbingSpring 2006
 SP.258Gödel, Escher, BachSpring 2007
 SP.259Information and Communication Technology in AfricaSpring 2006
 SP.260Women's Novels: A Weekly Book ClubSpring 2006
 SP.261Poetry in TranslationSpring 2006
 SP.287Kitchen ChemistrySpring 2006
SP.291Learning Seminar: Experiments in EducationSpring 2003
SP.292Writing WorkshopSpring 2008
 SP.293Lego RoboticsSpring 2007
 SP.298Art of ColorSpring 2005
 SP.2H3Ancient Philosophy and MathematicsFall 2006
 SP.322Prohibition and PermissionSpring 2007
 SP.401Introduction to Women's and Gender StudiesSpring 2005
 SP.401Introduction to Women's and Gender StudiesFall 2007
 SP.406Sexual and Gender IdentitiesFall 2006
 SP.412JFeminist Political ThoughtFall 2000
SP.414Gender and Media Studies: Women and the MediaFall 2008
 SP.430Literary Interpretation: Virginia Woolf's ShakespeareSpring 2001
 SP.454JIdentity and DifferenceFall 2002
 SP.454JIdentity and DifferenceSpring 2007
 SP.455JGender, Sexuality, and SocietySpring 2006
 SP.456JThe Contemporary American FamilySpring 2004
 SP.457JGender, Power, and International DevelopmentFall 2003
 SP.459JWomen in South Asia from 1800 to PresentFall 2006
 SP.461JInternational Women's VoicesSpring 2004
 SP.484JThe Anthropology of ComputingFall 2004
 SP.492Popular Narrative: MastermindsFall 2004
 SP.493Media in Cultural Context: Popular ReadershipsFall 2007
 SP.512Major Authors: Melville and MorrisonFall 2003
 SP.512Major Authors: After the Masterpiece: Novels by Melville, Twain, Faulkner, and MorrisonFall 2006
 SP.512Major Authors: John MiltonSpring 2008
 SP.514Medieval Literature: Medieval Women WritersSpring 2004
 SP.517American Authors: American Women AuthorsSpring 2003
 SP.518JRace and Identity in American Literature: Keepin' it Real FakeSpring 2007
SP.575JWriting About RaceSpring 2007
SP.575JWriting About Race: Narratives of MultiracialityFall 2008
SP.576Advanced Essay WorkshopSpring 2008
 SP.591JTraditions in American Concert Dance: Gender and AutobiographySpring 2008
 SP.595Theater and Cultural Diversity in the U.S.Spring 2008
 SP.601JFeminist TheorySpring 2008
 SP.603JRace and Gender in Asian AmericaSpring 2006
 SP.607JGender and the Law in U.S. HistorySpring 2004
 SP.608JCultural Performances of AsiaFall 2005
 SP.610JThe Economic History of Work and FamilySpring 2005
 SP.620JMedicine, Religion and Politics in Africa and the African DiasporaSpring 2005
 SP.621JViolence, Human Rights, and JusticeFall 2004
 SP.622JDilemmas in Bio-Medical Ethics: Playing God or Doing Good?Spring 2005
SP.716NextLab I: Designing Mobile Technologies for the Next Billion UsersFall 2008
 SP.721D-Lab: Development, Dialogue and DeliveryFall 2004
 SP.722D-Lab: Development, Design and DisseminationSpring 2005
 SP.723D-Lab: Disseminating Innovations for the Common GoodSpring 2007
 SP.724Prototypes to ProductsFall 2005
 SP.764Practical ElectronicsFall 2004
 SP.765Practical ElectronicsFall 2004
 SP.769Photovoltaic Solar Energy SystemsFall 2004
 SP.772Internet Technology in Local and Global CommunitiesSpring 2005
 SP.776Design for DeminingSpring 2007
 SP.777Water Jet TechnologiesSpring 2005
 SP.784Wheelchair Design in Developing CountriesSpring 2007
^ Back to top