Dietrich College interdepartmental minors are programs whose content and components span two or more academic departments to form coherent patterns of study.

A number of interdepartmental minors are offered by Dietrich College and are, in general, available to all Carnegie Mellon undergraduate students. As well, there are numerous other minors offered by other colleges in the university that are generally available to Dietrich College students. The full list of minors available to Carnegie Mellon students is located in the catalog index under “Minors.”

Completion of the requirements for any of these minors is noted on the final transcript.

To declare a Dietrich College interdepartmental minor, students should contact the college's Academic Advisory Center (AAC) and the faculty advisor for that minor.

To discuss the possibility of declaring a non-Dietrich College minor, contact the advisor listed for the minor in question.

In general, unless noted, no course taken to fulfill requirements for these interdepartmental minors may apply toward any other program's requirements.

The Minor in African and African American Studies

Faculty Advisor: Professor Edda L. Fields-Black; fieldsblack@andrew.cmu.edu, Baker Hall 362, 412-268-8012
Academic Advisor: Dr. Andrew Ramey; aramey@andrew.cmu.edu, Baker Hall 240, 412-268-7906

Mission

The African and African American Studies minor introduces students to several large regions of the world: sub-Saharan Africa, the Americas, and the Caribbean. Broad geographic coverage and a comparative framework encourage students to make connections between Africa and the African Diaspora, as well as among different Diasporan communities. The minor offers undergraduates the opportunity to undertake an empirical and theoretical examination of the cultural, political, social, and historical experiences of Africans and people of African descent.

This unique transnational minor brings together several departments and colleges within the university and allows students to develop analytical skills particular to the arts, humanities, social sciences, public policy, and management. The African and African American Studies minor allow students a considerable degree of freedom in their choice of electives and independent research projects, including opportunities to study and conduct research in a relevant foreign language.

Courses taken to fulfill requirements in other major or minor programs may only be applied to this minor with permission of the Faculty Advisor.

Requirements

  • The minor is composed of 54 units - two core courses and four elective courses.
  • The elective courses must include one course that requires a research paper or project.
  • Students may take an additional two core courses as electives, but not more than four total courses.
  • Students must take courses in at least two of the four regions (African, African American, Latin American, and the Caribbean) between their core and elective courses.

Core Courses18 units

Choose two from the History and/or English Department courses listed below:

African
79-226African History: Earliest Times to 17809
79-227Modern Africa: The Slave Trade to the End of Apartheid9
African American
76-232Introduction to African American Literature9
76-332African American Literature: The African American Crime Novel9
79-241African American History: Africa to the Civil War9
79-242African American History: Reconstruction to the Present9
Caribbean
79-235Caribbean Cultures9

Elective Courses36 units

African
79-225West African History in Film9
79-237Comparative Slavery *9
79-290The Slave Passage: From West Africa to the Americas6
79-291Globalization in East African History6
79-385Out of Africa: The Making of the African Diaspora *9
79-386Entrepreneurs in Africa, Past, Present and Future *9
82-304The Francophone World **9
African American
57-480History of Black American Music6
76-238What Was the Hip-Hop Generation?9
76-332African American Literature: The African American Crime Novel9
76-333Race and Controversy in the Arts9
76-432Advanced Seminar in African American Studies *9
79-237Comparative Slavery *9
79-304African Americans in Pittsburgh6
79-371African American Urban History9
79-376Doing Transnational History
From Western Africa to Gullah/Geechee and Back
9
Caribbean
79-237Comparative Slavery *9
79-295Race Relations in the Atlantic World9
79-385Out of Africa: The Making of the African Diaspora *9
82-304The Francophone World **9
Latin American
79-317Art, Anthropology, and Empire9
82-343Latin America: Language and Culture9
82-451Studies in Latin American Literature and Culture9

Notes:

* Denotes courses that require a research paper/project.

** Denotes courses taught in a foreign language

The Minor in Film and Media Studies

Faculty Co-Advisors: David Shumway and Jeffrey Hinkelman
Office: Department of English, Baker Hall 259

Film and the electronic media have become a crucial part of contemporary culture and society; they constitute an important tool for under-standing social arrangements, historical changes, and play an increasingly important role in the development of aesthetic and cultural theory. The Dietrich College minor in Film and Media Studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of film and other electronic media. Courses provide techniques for analyzing and criticizing film and other media, for assessing their value as historical, anthropological and social scientific data, and for understanding the aesthetic and philosophical premises of various media texts. 

A maximum of two courses may double count with other programs.

The courses listed below are offered with at least general regularity. Participating departments may subsequently develop and offer other courses that, while not listed here, are deemed appropriate for this minor. A faculty advisor for the minor should be consulted (especially when the schedule of courses to be offered for a given semester becomes available) to identify such additional courses.

Required Introductory Course9 units
76-239Introduction to Film Studies
(prerequisite for 76-439)
9
Required Intermediate Course9 units
76-310Advanced Studies in Film and Media9
Film and Media Electives27 units

Complete a minimum of 27 units of course work at the 200-level or above when the primary topic is film and media. Courses may include, but are not limited to, the following: 

76-238What Was the Hip-Hop Generation?9
76-269Survey of Forms: Screenwriting9
76-312Crime and Justice in American Film9
76-338The American Cinema9
76-339Special Topics: Film and Media9
76-353Transnational Feminisms: Fiction and Film9
76-367Fact Into Film: Translating History into Cinema9
76-374IDeATe - Dietrich College Cuban Interactive Documentary Project9
76-377Shakespeare and Film9
76-381Mad-Men, Television, and the History of Advertising9
76-419Media in a Digital Age9
76-438The Wire: Crime, Realism, and Long-Form TV9
76-439Seminar in Film and Media Studies9
76-448Shakespeare on Film9
76-456Independent Study in Film & Media StudiesVar.
76-469Screenwriting Workshop: Screenwriting/Television Writing9
76-472Multimedia Storytelling in a Digital Age9
79-214Paris in Revolt: History, Literature, Film6
79-220Screening Mexico: Mexican Cinema, 1898 to Present6
79-306Fact into Film: Translating History into Cinema9
79-308Crime and Justice in American Film9
79-309The Chinese Revolution Through Film (1949-2000)9
79-319India through Film9
79-340Juvenile Delinquency & Film: From "Juvenile Court" (1973) to "The Wire"(2002-08)6
79-341The Cold War in Documents and Film9
79-391Stardom, Gender, and American Film9
82-215Arab Culture Through Film & Literature9
82-278Japanese Film and Literature: The Art of Storytelling9
82-296A Century of Russian Film9
82-362Italian Language and Culture II9
82-253Korean Culture Through Film9
82-428History of German Film9
82-456Topics in Hispanic Studies9
82-533Cultural Topics in Chinese Studies9

Students should consult with a faculty advisor for the minor regarding courses not listed above.

400-level Film and Media Course9 units

Complete one 400-level course that concentrates on film/media directly or that uses it as a tool of social or cultural analysis.

76-419Media in a Digital Age9
76-438The Wire: Crime, Realism, and Long-Form TV9
76-439Seminar in Film and Media Studies9
76-448Shakespeare on Film9
76-456Independent Study in Film & Media StudiesVar.
76-469Screenwriting Workshop: Screenwriting/Television Writing9
76-472Multimedia Storytelling in a Digital Age9

The Minor in Gender Studies

Faculty Advisor:
Lisa Tetrault, Professor of History
tetrault@cmu.edu

Office to declare minor: English Department, Baker Hall 259

Gender studies is an interdisciplinary field that investigates how gender is embedded in social, cultural, and political relationships. It understands gender as a category of power that intersects with other power relations, including race, class, and sexuality.

Courses allow students to develop a deeper understanding of how gender operates, and to transfer the analytical skills they acquire to other courses as well as to their personal and professional lives. The minor combines coursework in some combination of the following fields: English, history, anthropology, psychology, philosophy, economics, and modern languages. 

Courses listed are only examples. Course offerings change regularly, so please consult semester offerings and the minor advisor for other courses. 

Courses taken to fulfill requirements in other major or minor programs may not be applied to the Gender Studies minor requirements (and vice versa).

Curriculum54 units

The courses listed below are offered with at least general regularity. Participating departments may develop and offer other courses that, while not listed here, are appropriate for the study of gender. Consult the minor advisor to confirm the relevance of unlisted, gender-focused courses.

Complete 1 of the following required courses.9 units
76-241Introduction to Gender Studies9
79-320Women, Politics, and Protest9
79-331Body Politics: Women and Health in America9
Complete 5 or more additional courses totaling at least 45 units.45 units
See examples below, but other courses may fulfill this requirement.*
76-205Jane Austen9
76-311Acting Out in the London Theatre9
76-327Influential Women Writers9
76-329Unruly Women in Early Modern Drama9
76-341Gender and Sexuality in Performance9
76-353Transnational Feminisms: Fiction and Film9
76-412Performance and 18th Century Theatrical Culture9
76-422Gender and Sexuality Studies4.5
76-441Theorizing Sexuality9
79-222Between Revolutions: The Development of Modern Latin America9
79-244Women in American History9
79-320Women, Politics, and Protest **9
79-323Family, Gender, and Sexuality in European History, 500-18009
79-324#MeToo: Naming and Resisting Gender Violence6
79-325U.S. Gay and Lesbian History6
79-327Modern Girlhood: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives6
79-331Body Politics: Women and Health in America **9
79-333Sex, Gender & Anthropology9
79-391Stardom, Gender, and American Film9
80-224Race, Gender and Science9
82-300Topics in Cross-Cultural Studies9
84-312Gender and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa6
85-350Psychology of Prejudice9
85-446Psychology of Gender9
Complete 1 Advanced Course (9 units)9 units
76-412Performance and 18th Century Theatrical Culture9
76-441Theorizing Sexuality9
85-446Psychology of Gender9

The Minor in Global Systems and Management

Faculty Advisor: Brandy Wilson
Office: HBH 3029

Graduates across all disciplines are increasingly likely to find themselves working as part of a global development team on a wide variety of business, consumer, and intellectual products and services.

The Global Systems and Management minor (GSM) is intended for students wishing to develop skills essential for participating in emerging opportunities in global business systems, systems development, product development and global project management. GSM exposes students to contemporary issues and practices facing organizations, managers and individuals working on a global scale across political, cultural and temporal boundaries.  GSM presents an opportunity for students to learn about being part of an organization that works globally with its employees, business partners, customers and supply chains. 

Students will learn about global project management, outsourcing and cross-cultural communications from theoretical and practical viewpoints. An organized elective structure enables students to tailor the minor to reflect their specific interests.

Curriculum63

GSM is offered jointly across the departments and programs of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences with participation from the Tepper School of Business. The minor is administered by the Dietrich College Information Systems program. The minor requires students to complete 63 units. Note that the courses listed below may be subject to change:

  • one Information Systems course: 67-329 Contemporary Themes in Global Systems (offered annually)
  • two courses in Communications
  • a combination of 36 units with at least 9 units in each of the categories of:
    • Humanities, Heritage and Culture
    • International Management       
Study Abroad Options

Students are encouraged to complete a semester of study abroad.  With prior approval from the GSM Advisor, study abroad courses may be applied to GSM minor requirements except for 67-329 Contemporary Themes in Global Systems.  Please consult with the GSM Advisor before embarking on the semester of study abroad.

Double Counting of Courses

Students may double count up to three courses with other major and minor programs.

Core Course
Required course:
67-329Contemporary Themes in Global Systems
(offered annually)
9
Communications18 units
Complete two courses:
05-341Organizational Communication9
70-321Negotiation and Conflict Resolution9
70-340Business Communications9
70/85/88-341Team Dynamics and Leadership9
70-342Managing Across Cultures9
70-483Advertising and Marketing Communications9
73-341Within the Firm: Managing through Incentives9
76-270Writing for the Professions9
76-318Communicating in the Global Marketplace9
76-386/786Language & Culture9
76-428Visual Verbal Communication9
85-375Crosscultural Psychology9
88-419International Negotiation9
Humanities, Heritage and Culture (HHC) & International Management (IM)36 units

(Complete at least 9 units of HHC or IM)

Humanities, Heritage and Culture

Humanities Heritage and Culture consists of:

  • History Department courses:  79-200 level or above covering international/regional studies that are outside of U.S. history
  • Modern Languages Department courses:  82-200 level or above, covering international or regional studies but not including elementary or intermediate language courses
  • At least 9 units in total
History course 79-200 level or above covering international/regional studies that are outside of U.S. history
82-215Arab Culture Through Film & LiteratureVar.
82-238Topics in Chinese Culture9
82-253Korean Culture Through Film9
82-254World of Korea, Then and Now9
82-273Introduction to Japanese Language and Culture9
82-278Japanese Film and Literature: The Art of Storytelling9
82-293Introduction to Russian Culture9
82-303Introduction to French Culture9
82-304The Francophone World9
82-305French in its Social Contexts9
82-311Advanced Arabic I9
82-312Advanced Arabic II9
82-320Contemporary Society in Germany, Austria and Switzerland9
82-323Germany, Austria and Switzerland in the 20th Century9
82-333Introduction to Chinese Language and CultureVar.
82-342Spain: Language and Culture9
82-343Latin America: Language and Culture9
82-345Introduction to Hispanic Literary & Cultural Studies9
82-361Italian Language and Culture I9
82-362Italian Language and Culture II9
82-399Special Topics: Russian in ContextVar.
82-400Russian Studies Topics6
82-415Topics in French and Francophone Studies9
or 82-416 Topics in French and Francophone Studies
82-425Topics in German Literature and Culture9
82-433Topics in Contemporary Culture of China9
82-441Studies in Peninsular Literature and Culture9
82-450Advanced Research in Hispanic Language & Culture9
82-456Topics in Hispanic Studies9
82-473Topics in Japanese Studies9
or 82-474 Topics in Japanese Studies
82-474Topics in Japanese Studies9
84-275Comparative Politics9
84-312Gender and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa6
84-315Contemporary Debates in Human Rights9
84-389Terrorism and Insurgency9
 International Management
  • At least 9 units in total
19-411Global Competitiveness: Firms, Nations and Technological Change9
67-319-67-331Global Technology Consulting Groundwork - Technology Consulting in the Global Community
(these two courses are taken sequentially)
6
67-331Technology Consulting in the Global Community3
70-342Managing Across Cultures9
70-364Business Law9
70-365International Trade and International Law9
70-430International Management9
70-480International Marketing9
73-341Within the Firm: Managing through Incentives9
73-372International Money and Finance9
84-310International Political Economy9
84-311International Development: Theory and Praxis9
84-319U.S. Foreign Policy and Interventions in World Affairs9
84-320Domestic Politics and International Affairs9
84-321Autocrats and Democrats9
84-322Nonviolent Conflict and Revolution9
84-323War and Peace9
84-362Diplomacy and Statecraft9
84-363Comparative Legal Systems9
84-387Technology and Policy of Cyber War9
84-388Concepts of War and Cyber War6
84-405The Future of Warfare9
84-414International and Subnational Security9
88-384Conflict and Conflict Resolution in International Relations9
88-411Rise of the Asian Economies9
88-412Energy, Climate Change, and Economic Growth in the 21st Century9
88-418Domestic Negotiation9
MINIMUM NUMBER OF UNITS REQUIRED FOR MINOR63

Minor in Health Care Policy and Management

Sponsored by:
Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy
Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Mellon College of Science

Faculty Advisors:
Jason D'Antonio, Mellon College of Science
James F. Jordan, H. John Heinz III College

The face of health care is changing. The practice of medicine is being fundamentally altered by the forces of change in public policy, health care organizations and in the industry as a whole. The role of individual professionals in this industry is changing as rapidly as the industry itself. Traditional career paths have disappeared overnight to be replaced by new opportunities that require new skills. New organizations are placing new demands on their professional and medical staffs. The criteria of efficiency and financial stability are entering the domains of diagnosis and treatment.

This minor is designed to provide students considering a career in the health professions with an understanding of how these changes are likely to affect their careers. Students will become familiar with the critical policy and management issues and will begin to learn to operate effectively in the emerging health care environment. The curriculum combines economic, organizational, managerial, historical and psychological perspectives on these issues to provide a foundation for a deepened understanding of the changing structure of health care organizations and policy.

Required Courses for HCPM Minor(45 Unit minimum)

A total of 69 units are required to complete this minor. Entry into the minor requires completion of  73-102 Principles of Microeconomics and 88-221 Analytical Foundations of Public Policy or the equivalent by approval.

Required Courses
Students are required to take the following courses.
79-330Medicine and Society9
94-705Health Economics12
90-836Health Policy and Management Systems6
Elective Courses24 units

Complete a minimum of 24 units.

Heinz College Courses
90-721Healthcare Management6
90-818Health Care Quality & Performance Improvement6
90-723Financial Statements and Analysis of Companies6
90-831Advanced Financial Management of Health Care6
94-706Healthcare Information Systems12
90-832Health Law6
Humanities and Social Sciences Courses (9 units each)
76-494Healthcare Communications9
79-318Sustainable Social Change: History and Practice9
80-245Medical Ethics9
85-241Social Psychology9
85-442Health Psychology9
85-446Psychology of Gender9

Please note that some of these courses have prerequisites that will not count toward the completion of the requirements for this minor.

The Minor in Linguistics

Tom Werner, Director
Office: Baker Hall 155F
Email: twerner@andrew.cmu.edu

The Interdepartmental Minor in Linguistics combines courses from the departments of Philosophy, English, Modern Languages, Psychology and the Language Technologies Institute. It synthesizes the linguistics related offerings in these departments and provides students with an academic experience that reflects the interdisciplinary character of the subject.

The Minor in Linguistics requires a total of 6 courses: the introductory linguistics course; two fundamental skills courses; and three additional electives. All courses counted towards the Minor must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a grade of "C" or above.

Introductory Course

80-180Nature of Language9

Fundamental Skills

Take one course from two of the following core subject areas:

Sounds
80-282Phonetics and Phonology I9
Structure
76-389Rhetorical Grammar9
80-280Linguistic Analysis9
80-285Natural Language Syntax9
Meaning
80-381Meaning in Language9
80-383Language in Use9
76-385Introduction to Discourse Analysis9
or 76-484 Discourse Analysis

Electives

Take three additional linguistics courses. These can be additional courses from the Fundamental Skills categories above, or any other course which is approved by the Director as a linguistics elective. For electives taught on a regular basis, see courses listed as Breadth or Electives in the Undergraduate Catalog entry for the Linguistics Major.

Neural Computation Minor

Director: Dr. Tai Sing Lee
Administrative Coordinator: Melissa Stupka
Website: http://www.cnbc.cmu.edu/upnc/nc_minor/
 

Neural computation is a scientific enterprise to understand the neural basis of intelligent behaviors from a computational perspective. Study of neural computation includes, among others, decoding neural activities using statistical and machine learning techniques, and developing computational theories and neural models of perception, cognition, motor control, decision-making and learning. The neural computation minor allows students to learn about the brain from multiple perspectives, and to acquire the necessary background for graduate study in neural computation. Students enrolled in the minor will be exposed to, and hopefully participate in, the research effort in neural computation and computational neuroscience at Carnegie Mellon University.

The minor in Neural Computation is an intercollege minor jointly sponsored by the School of Computer Science, the Mellon College of Science, and the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and is coordinated by the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC).

The Neural computation minor is open to students in any major of any college at Carnegie Mellon. It seeks to attract undergraduate students from computer science, psychology, engineering, biology, statistics, physics, and mathematics from SCS, CIT, H&SS and MCS.

The Neural Computation minor is open to students in any major of any college at Carnegie Mellon. It seeks to attract undergraduate students from computer science, psychology, engineering, biology, statistics, physics, and mathematics from SCS, CIT, Dietrich College and MCS. The primary objective of the minor is to encourage students in biology and psychology to take computer science, engineering and mathematics courses, to encourage students in computer science, engineering, statistics and physics to take courses in neuroscience and psychology, and to bring students from different disciplines together to form a community. The curriculum and course requirements are designed to maximize the participation of students from diverse academic disciplines. The program seeks to produce students with both basic computational skills and knowledge in cognitive science and neuroscience that are central to computational neuroscience.

APPLICATION

tudents must apply for admission no later than November 30 of their senior years; an admission decision will usually be made within one month. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible in their undergraduate careers so that the director of the Neural Computation minor can provide advice on their curriculum, but should contact the program director any time even after the deadline.

To apply, send email to the director of the Neural Computation minor Dr. Tai Sing Lee (tai@cnbc.cmu.edu) and copy Melissa Stupka (mstupka@cnbc.cmu.edu). Include in your email:

  • Full name
  • Andrew ID
  • Preferred email address (if different)
  • Your class and College/School at Carnegie Mellon
  • Semester you intend to graduate
  • All (currently) declared majors and minors
  • Statement of purpose (maximum 1 page) – Describes why you want to take this minor and how it fits into your career goals
  • Proposed schedule of required courses for the Minor (this is your plan, NOT a commitment)
  • Research projects you might be interested in
Curriculum

The Minor in Neural Computation will require a total of five courses: four courses drawn from the four core areas (A: neural computation, B: neuroscience, C: cognitive psychology, D: intelligent system analysis), one from each area, and one additional depth elective chosen from one of the core areas that is outside the student’s major. The depth elective can be replaced by a one-year research project in computational neuroscience. No more than two courses can be double counted toward the student’s major or other minors. However, courses taken for general education requirements of the student’s degree are not considered to be double counted. A course taken to satisfy one core area cannot be used to satisfy the course requirement for another core area. The following listing presents a set of current possible courses in each area. Other computational neuroscience courses are being developed at Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh that will also satisfy core area A requirement and the requirements will be updated as they come on-line. Substitution is possible but requires approval.

A. Neural Computation
Units
15-386Neural Computation9
15-387Computational Perception9
15-883Computational Models of Neural Systems12
85-419Introduction to Parallel Distributed Processing9
86-375Computational Perception9
Pitt-Mathematics-1800 Introduction to Mathematical Neuroscience9
B. Neuroscience
03-362Cellular Neuroscience9
03-363Systems Neuroscience9
03-761Neural Plasticity9
42-630Introduction to Neuroscience for Engineers
(crosslisted with 18-690)
12
85-765Cognitive NeuroscienceVar.
Pitt-Neuroscience 1000 Introduction to Neuroscience9
C. Cognitive Psychology
85-211Cognitive Psychology9
85-213Human Information Processing and Artifical Intelligence9
85-412Cognitive Modeling9
85-419Introduction to Parallel Distributed Processing9
85-426Learning in Humans and Machines9
85-765Cognitive NeuroscienceVar.
D. Intelligent System Analysis
10-601Introduction to Machine Learning (Masters)12
15-381Artificial Intelligence: Representation and Problem Solving9
15-386Neural Computation9
15-387Computational Perception9
15-494Cognitive Robotics: The Future of Robot Toys12
16-299Introduction to Feedback Control Systems12
16-311Introduction to Robotics12
16-385Computer Vision9
18-290Signals and Systems12
24-352Dynamic Systems and Controls12
36-225Introduction to Probability Theory9
36-247Statistics for Lab Sciences9
36-401Modern Regression9
36-410Introduction to Probability Modeling9
36-746Statistical Methods for Neuroscience and Psychology12
42-631Neural Data Analysis9
42-632Neural Signal Processing12
86-375Computational Perception9
86-631Neural Data Analysis9
Prerequisites

The required courses in the above four core areas require a number of basic prerequisites: basic programming skills at the level of 15-110 Principles of Computing and basic mathematical skills at the level of 21-122 Integration and Approximation or their equivalents. Some courses in Area D require additional prerequisites. Area B Biology courses require, at minimum, 03-121 Modern Biology. Students might skip the prerequisites if they have the permission of the instructor to take the required courses. Prerequisite courses are typically taken to satisfy the students' major or other requirements. In the event that these basic skill courses are not part of the prerequisite or required courses of a student's major, one of them can potentially count toward the five required courses (e.g. the depth elective), conditional on approval by the director of the minor program.

Research Requirements (Optional)

The minor itself does not require a research project. The student however may replace the depth elective with a year-long research project. In special circumstances, a research project can also be used to replace one of the five courses, as long as (1) the project is not required by the student's major or other minor, (2) the student has taken a course in each of the four core areas (not necessarily for the purpose of satisfying this minor's requirements), and (3) has taken at least three courses in this curriculum not counted toward the student's major or other minors. Students interested in participating in the research project should contact any faculty engaged in computational neuroscience or neural computation research at Carnegie Mellon or in the University of Pittsburgh. A useful webpage that provides listing of faculty in neural computation is www.cnbc.cmu.edu/computational-neuroscience. The director of the minor program will be happy to discuss with students about their research interest and direct them to the appropriate faculty.

Fellowship Opportunities

The Program in Neural Computation (PNC) administered by the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition currently provides 3-4 competitive full-year fellowships ($11,000) to Carnegie Mellon undergraduate students to carry out mentored research in neural computation. The fellowship has course requirements similar to the requirements of the minor. Students do not apply to the fellowship program directly. They have to be nominated by the faculty members who are willing to mentor them. Therefore, students interested in the full-year fellowship program should contact and discuss research opportunities with any CNBC faculty at Carnegie Mellon or University of Pittsburgh working in the area of neural computation or computational neuroscience and ask for their nomination by sending email to Dr. Tai Sing Lee, who also administers the undergraduate fellowship program at Carnegie Mellon. See www.cnbc.cmu.edu/training/undergraduate/undergraduate-research-fellowships-in-computational-neuroscience/ for details.

The Program in Neural Computation also offers a summer training program for undergraduate students from any U.S. undergraduate college. The students will engage in a 10-week intense mentored research and attend a series of lectures in neural computation. See www.cnbc.cmu.edu/training/undergraduate/summer-undergraduate-research-program-in-computational-neuroscience/ for application information.

The Minor in Religious Studies

Faculty Advisor: Professor Allyson Creasman; acreasman@cmu.edu, Baker Hall 242D, 412-268-9832
Academic Advisor: Dr. Andrew Ramey; aramey@andrew.cmu.edu, Baker Hall 240, 412-268-7906  

The Religious Studies minor offers students a range of intellectual tools for thinking about religious ideas, behaviors and institutions. It also enables students to build a base of knowledge that extends beyond any one particular religious tradition.

Curriculum54 units

The minor consists of six courses, totaling at least 54 units. Courses taken to fulfill requirements in other major or minor programs may only be applied to this minor with permission of the Faculty Advisor.

Religious Studies minors must satisfy the requirements listed below:

Required Core Course9 units

All Religious Studies minors are required to take 79-281, Introduction to Religion. This required course introduces several modes of inquiry into religion, such as the philosophy of religion, sociological and behavioral approaches to religion, historical analysis of religious subject, literary and critical analysis of religious texts, theological modes of thought, and anthropological treatments of religion. This course is offered regularly, usually in the Spring semester.

79-281Introduction to Religion9

Distribution Requirements18 units

In addition to the required Core Course, students must complete Distribution Courses totaling 18 units (usually two 9-unit courses). A Distribution Course is one that applies a particular discipline to more than one religion.  Some examples of qualifying Distribution Courses that have been offered include:

Historical Approaches
79-208Witchcraft and Witch-Hunting9
79-273Jews and Muslims in History9
79-307Religion and Politics in the Middle East9
79-352Christianity Divided: The Protestant and Catholic Reformations, 1450-16509
79-353Religious Identities and Religious Conflicts in Modern Europe9
Philosophical Approaches
80-276Philosophy of Religion9
Textual Approaches
76-346Angels and Diplomats -- Renaissance Poetry from Wyatt to Milton9

In addition to the courses listed above, participating departments often offer other courses that may qualify as Distribution Courses for the minor. The Faculty Advisor should be consulted to identity qualifying courses (especially after the Schedule of Courses for a given semester becomes available).

Elective Courses27 units

In addition to the required Core Course and the Distribution Courses, students must complete Elective Courses totaling at least 27 units (usually three 9-unit courses). Unlike Distribution Courses, an Elective Course may focus on the study of only one religion (although courses examining more than one religious tradition can also count as Elective Courses if not otherwise used to fulfill the Distribution Requirement).

Some examples of qualifying Elective Courses that have been offered include:

76-337Representations of Islam in Early Modern England9
79-202Flesh and Spirit: Early Modern Europe, 1400-17509
79-296Religion in American Politics6
79-349The Holocaust in Historical Perspective9
79-350Early Christianity9

In addition to the courses listed above, participating departments often offer other courses that may qualify as Elective Courses for the minor. The Faculty Advisor should be consulted to identify qualifying courses (especially after the Schedule of Courses for a given semester becomes available).

In addition to courses offered at CMU, relevant courses taken at the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, or other Pittsburgh institutions may count toward the  Elective Requirement with the permission of the Religious Studies minor’s Faculty Advisor.  The option to cross-register for relevant courses at other local institutions allows students some flexibility in meeting the minor’s requirements and gives them the opportunity to explore interests in religious subjects that might not otherwise be covered at CMU.  Students who wish to cross-register for courses at other institutions should consult with the Faculty Advisor about whether the selected course(s) will meet the minor’s Elective Requirement.

The Minor in Science, Technology and Society

Faculty Advisor: Professor Christopher J. Phillips; cjp1@cmu.edu, Baker Hall 235C, 412-268-1753
Academic Advisor: Dr. Andrew Ramey; aramey@andrew.cmu.edu, Baker Hall 240, 412-268-7906

This minor provides interdisciplinary perspectives on the development and meaning of science and technology in modern society. The core courses enable you to explore the philosophical underpinnings, cultural and historical contexts, and economic and literary assessments of the interplay among science, technology, and society. Elective courses enable you to pursue in greater depth and variety subjects and approaches that build on both the core courses and your primary major.

Courses taken to fulfill requirements in other major or minor programs may only be applied to this minor with permission of the Faculty Advisor.

Curriculum 54 units

Core Courses 27 units

Complete two courses from Area 1 and one course from Area 2.

Area 1. History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Technology (18 units)
79-234Technology in American Society9
79-299From Newton to the Nuclear Bomb: History of Science, 1750-19509
79-305Moneyball Nation: Data in American Life9
79-330Medicine and Society9
79-342Introduction to Science and Technology Studies9
80-220Philosophy of Science9
80-226Revolutions in Science9
Area 2. Language and Rhetoric in Science and Technology (9 units)
76-319Environmental Rhetoric9
76-395Science Writing9
76-425Science in the Public Sphere9
76-476Rhetoric of Science9
76-492Rhetoric of Public Policy9
76-494Healthcare Communications9
Electives 27 units

Complete three courses from the approved list of elective courses. Courses listed in Areas 1 and 2  may also be taken as electives if not already completed for an Area requirement. To petition for a course not listed to be approved as an elective, contact the Faculty Advisor directly.

Area 3. Electives
18-482Telecommunications Technology and Policy for the Internet Age12
48-448History of Sustainable Architecture9
79-202Flesh and Spirit: Early Modern Europe, 1400-17509
79-208Witchcraft and Witch-Hunting9
79-213The American Railroad: Decline and Renaissance in the Age of Deregulation6
79-283Hungry World: Food and Famine in Global Perspective9
79-302Killer Robots: The Ethics, Law, and Politics of Lethal Autonomous Weapons System6
79-331Body Politics: Women and Health in America9
79-332Medical Anthropology9
79-335Drug Use and Drug Policy9
79-381Energy and Empire: How Fossil Fuels Changed the World9
80-110Nature of Mathematical Reasoning9
80-150Nature of Reason9
80-214Computing, AI, and Philosophy9
80-221Philosophy of Social Science9
80-222Measurement and Methodology9
80-223Causality and Probability9
80-245Medical Ethics9
80-248Engineering Ethics9
80-312Mathematical Revolutions9
80-322Philosophy of Physics9
80-323Philosophy of Biology9
80-324Philosophy of Economics9
84-387Technology and Policy of Cyber War9
85-380In Search of Mind: The History of Psychology9
88-417Scientific Integrity and Communication9

The Minor in Sociology

Faculty Director, Saurabh Bhargava
Program Advisor, Connie Angermeier
Office: Porter Hall 208A
Email: cla2@andrew.cmu.edu

The Sociology minor introduces the student to central concepts in sociological theory and methods of empirical inquiry needed to broadly understand social behavior, including its structure, history, and dynamics. Students choose among a range of methodological approaches and substantive topic areas including social psychology, work and organizations, social networks, technology and society, medical sociology, and gender and family. Exposure to these topics will help students understand and appreciate the processes by which families, groups, and organizations form and evolve over time; by which individuals affect and are affected by the society in which they live; and by which technology and institutions shape and influence society. This background in empirical tools and social theory will strengthen the student’s ability to pursue graduate studies in sociology, social history, social science, and organizational theory; to begin professional careers involving social analysis, network analysis, data analysis of teams, groups and organizations, social analysis within journalism, political institutions, the government, and online; and to enter the corporate environment with a thorough understanding of organizational activity.

Curriculum54 units

In addition to the general education requirements of the student's college and the requirements of the student's major, Sociology minors must satisfy the following requirements. The Core courses comprise 18 units of the minor. One course is taken from the Organizations cluster, and one course is taken from the Methodology cluster. The Elective courses comprise 36 units of the minor. Sociology minors should consult with the program advisor to plan a course schedule prior to registration.

NOTE: The core courses are offered regularly; the elective courses are offered with at least general regularity. Participating departments may subsequently develop and offer other courses that, while not listed here, are deemed appropriate for this minor. The program advisor should be consulted (especially when the schedule of courses to be offered for a given semester becomes available) to identify such additional courses.

No more than 9 units in the Sociology minor may be counted to fulfill any other major or minor's requirements.

Core Courses18 units


A. Organizations

Complete one course.
70-311Organizational Behavior9

B. Methodology

Complete one course.
36-202Statistics & Data Science Methods9
70-208Regression Analysis9
85-340Research Methods in Social Psychology9
88-251Empirical Research Methods9
88-252Causal Inference in the Field: Using Data to Study Crime, Love, Sports & More9
Elective Courses36 units

Complete four courses (a minimum of 36 units) from the following list. Two courses (18 units) must be taken from one category to complete the depth requirement. One course (9 units) must be taken from the other category. The remaining course (9 units) may be taken from either category. Appropriate courses offered by the Department of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh (available during the academic year through cross-registration) may also be included as part of this option. Contact the Sociology program advisor for more information.

1. Sociology of Gender, Family, and Culture
70-342Managing Across Cultures9
79-244Women in American History9
79-261The Last Emperors: Chinese History and Society, 1600-19009
79-308Crime and Justice in American Film9
79-320Women, Politics, and Protest9
79-323Family, Gender, and Sexuality in European History, 500-18009
79-331Body Politics: Women and Health in America9
79-332Medical Anthropology9
79-343Education, Democracy, and Civil Rights9
79-377Food, Culture, and Power: A History of Eating9
80-245Medical Ethics9
80-305Choices, Decisions, and Games9
85-241Social Psychology9
85-446Psychology of Gender9
2. Sociology of Work, Organizations, and Technology
70-332Business, Society and Ethics9
70-414Entrepreneurship for Engineers9
73-331Political Economy of Inequality and Redistribution9
79-342Introduction to Science and Technology Studies9
88-275Bubbles: Data Science for Human Minds9
80-341Computers, Society and Ethics9
88-341Team Dynamics and Leadership9
88-402Modeling Complex Social Systems9
88-418Domestic Negotiation9
88-419International Negotiation9
88-435Decision Science and Policy9
88-451Policy Analysis Senior Project12
or 88-452 Policy Analysis Senior Project

Note: Some courses have additional prerequisites.