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Dietrich College Interdisciplinary Minors

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 Director: Edda L. Fields-Black
Office: Baker Hall 362
Email: fieldsblack@cmu.edu

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 Director.

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
79-227African History: Height of Trans-Atlantic 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
79-162Freshman Seminar: "Slavery" and "Freedom" in African History?9
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
79-385The Making of the African Diaspora *9
79-386Entrepreneurs in Africa, Past, Present and Future *9
82-304The Francophone World **9
African American
57-480/79-357History of Black American Music6
76-238What Was the Hip-Hop Generation?9
76-332African American Literature: The African American Crime Novel9
76-333African American Studies9
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
79-385The Making of the African Diaspora *9
82-188Freshman Seminar: The Uses and Abuses of Haiti9
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 Environmental Studies

Faculty Director: John Soluri
Office: Baker Hall 363
Email: jsoluri@andrew.cmu.edu

The minor in Environmental Studies draws on the expertise of faculty across several Carnegie Mellon colleges in order to provide students with the interdisciplinary background and skills to understand environmental problems, their origins, and the means to mitigate them. It emphasizes three general areas: (1) natural science and technology, (2) social sciences, and (3) the humanities and arts. Coursework covers key environmental topics related to energy, pollution, and biological diversity.

Note that some courses carry prerequisites and/or reserve seats for primary majors.  Students interested in pursuing the minor should meet with the Faculty Director to map out a course of study.  Double counting rules follows guidelines set by the Dietrich College.

Students are strongly encouraged to be on the lookout for relevant new course offerings; every effort will be made to find equivalent courses that meet student interest when done in consultation with the Faculty Director.

Curriculum54 units

Foundation of Environmental Sciences18 units
One course in Biology
Units
03-121Modern Biology
or
9
03-125Evolution9
One course in Chemistry
09-103Atoms, Molecules and Chemical Change9
Perspectives on Environmental Problems (36 units distributed across the three categories listed below)
Humanities
76-319Environmental Rhetoric9
79-289Animal Planet: An Environmental History of People and Animals6
79-372Perspectives on the Urban Environment9
79-374American Environmental History: Critical Issues9
80-348Health Development and Human Rights9
Economics and Policy
73-148Environmental Economics9
88-412Energy, Climate Change, and Economic Growth in the 21st Century9
90-798Environmental Policy & Planning
(only open to seniors)
12
90-808Energy Policy
(only open to seniors)
6
Environmental Art, Sciences, and Technology
09-510Chemistry and Sustainability9
19-101Introduction to Engineering and Public Policy12
19-424Energy and the Environment9
60-203Concept Studio: EcoArt10

The Minor in Film and Media Studies

Faculty Advisor: David Shumway

Office to declare the minor: 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 H&SS 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. In addition, students may take courses in the processes of film-making, offered through special arrangement with the Pittsburgh Filmmakers (a non-profit media arts center, operating since 1971, that provides workshops, seminars, screenings, exhibitions, and training programs in the media and photographic arts).

Courses taken to fulfill requirements for other major or minor programs may not be applied to the Film and Media Studies Minor requirements.

Curriculum54 units

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. The minor faculty advisor should be consulted (especially when the schedule of courses to be offered for a given semester becomes available) to identify such additional courses.

Introductory Course9 units
76-239Introduction to Film Studies
(prerequisite for 76-439)
9

9

Required Intermediate Course9 units
76-338The Rise of the Blockbuster Film9
76-381Mad-Men, Television, and the History of Advertising9
Intermediate Courses27 units

Complete a minimum of 27 units of course work, chosen in any combination from the following courses. (All courses are 9 units unless otherwise indicated).

76-238What Was the Hip-Hop Generation?9
76-269Survey of Forms: Screenwriting9
82-296A Century of Russian Film9
FM 200 Intermediate Filmmaking (please go to CFA 100 to register for this course)

Other 200 or 300 level courses in English, History, and Modern Languages can be counted in this category when their primary topic is film and media. Please consult the minor faculty advisor.

Advanced Courses9 units

Complete one advanced course that concentrates on film directly or that uses it as a tool of social or cultural analysis. One additional advanced course may be taken in place of an intermediate course.

FM 301 Advanced Filmmaking (please go to CFA 100 to register for this course)
76-439Seminar in Film and Media Studies9

The Minor in Gender Studies

Faculty Advisor: Lisa Tetrault

Office to declare minor: English, 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 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.

Required Introductory Courses18 units
Complete one of the following (9 units)
76-241Introduction to Gender Studies9
79-331Body Politics: Women and Health in America9
79-320Women, Politics, and Protest9
and one of the following (9 units):
76-245Shakespeare: Tragedies and Histories9
76-247Shakespeare: Comedies and Romances9
85-221Principles of Child Development9
Elective Intermediate Courses27 units
Choose three of the following courses:
76-338The Rise of the Blockbuster Film9
76-344Censored Texts9
76-381Mad-Men, Television, and the History of Advertising9
79-327Modern Girlhood: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives6
79-333Sex, Gender & Anthropology9
82-344U.S. Latinos: Language and Culture9
82-445U.S. Latino Literature9
Elective Advanced Courses9 units
Complete 1 advanced course (9 units). See examples below, but other courses may fulfill this requirement. Units
79-420Historical Research Seminar12
85-446Psychology of Gender9

These courses are generally offered at the advanced junior and senior level.  Offerings vary from semester to semester and a list will be made available to minors prior to registration each term.  Students may also take more than 9 units from the “Advanced Course” list to count for the 54 unit total.

For information about additional course offerings, contact Lisa Tetrault, tetrault@andrew.cmu.edu, 412.268.4440.

The Minor in Global Systems and Management

Faculty Advisor: Brandy Wilson
Office: PH 223A

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.

Curriculum54 units

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 54 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 27 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 apply one course taken to fulfill a requirement in another major or minor program toward the GSM minor.

Core Course
Required course:
67-329Contemporary Themes in Global Systems
(offered annually)
9
Communications18 units
Complete two courses:
70-321Negotiation and Conflict Resolution9
70-340Business Communications9
70/85/88-341Organizational Communication9
70-342Managing Across Cultures9
76-270Writing for the Professions9
76-318Communicating in the Global Marketplace9
76-386/786Language & Culture9
76-428Visual Verbal Communication9
85-375Crosscultural Psychology9
88-419Negotiation - International Focus9
Humanities, Heritage and Culture (HHC) & International Management (IM)27 units

(Complete 9 units of HHC and 18 units of IM   ---OR---   18 units of HHC and 9 units of 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
79-202Flesh and Spirit: Early Modern Europe, 1400-17509
79-203Social and Political Change in 20th Century Central and Eastern Europe9
79-20520th/21st Century Europe9
79-221Development and Democracy in Latin America9
79-225West African History in Film9
79-226African History: Earliest Times to 17809
79-227African History: Height of Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to the End of Apartheid9
79-229Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1880-19489
79-230Arab-Israeli Conflict and Peace Process since 19489
79-235Caribbean Cultures9
79-251India/America: Democracy, Diversity, Development9
79-255Irish History6
79-257Germany and the Second World War9
79-258French History: From the Revolution to De Gaulle9
79-259France During World War II9
79-261The Last Emperors: Chinese History and Society, 1600-19009
79-262Modern China9
79-264Tibet in History and Imagination9
79-265Russian History: From the First to the Last Tsar9
79-266Russian History: From Communism to Capitalism9
79-267The Soviet Union in World War II: Military, Political, and Social History9
79-271Russian Studies Topics6
79-27419th and 20th Century Russia: Society, Art, Music and Theater9
79-275Introduction to Global Studies9
79-291Globalization in East African History6
79-295Race Relations in the Atlantic World9
79-297Dilemmas and Controversies in Anthropology9
79-307Religion and Politics in the Middle East9
79-309The Chinese Revolution through Film (1949-2000)9
79-323Family, Gender, and Sexuality in European History, 500-18009
79-326German History through Film9
79-341The Cold War in Documents and Film9
79-349The Holocaust in Historical Perspective9
79-381Energy and Empire: How Fossil Fuels Changed the World9
79-385The Making of the African Diaspora9
79-386Entrepreneurs in Africa, Past, Present and Future9
82-215Introduction to Modern Arabic Literature and CultureVar.
82-253Korean Culture Through Film9
82-273Introduction to Japanese Language and 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 and Cultural Studies9
82-361Italian Language and Culture I9
82-362Italian Language and Culture II9
82-399Special Topics: Russian in ContextVar.
82-415Topics in French and Francophone Studies9
or 82-416 Topics in French and Francophone Studies
82-425Topics in German Literature and Culture9
82-431China and the West9
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
 International Management
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
70-342Managing Across Cultures9
70-365International Trade and International Law9
70-430International Management9
70-480International Marketing9
73-372International Money and Finance9
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
MINIMUM NUMBER OF UNITS REQUIRED FOR MINOR54

Minor in Health Care Policy and Management

Sponsored by:
H. John Heinz III College
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(42 Unit minimum)

Seven courses (a minimum of 60 units) are required to complete this minor. Entry into the minor requires completion of 73-100 Principles of Economics or 88-220 Policy Analysis I or the equivalent by approval.

Required Courses
Students are required to take the following courses.
79-332Medical Anthropology9
94-705Health Economics12
90-836Health Systems6
90-861Health Policy6
Elective Courses24 units

Complete a minimum of 24 units.

Heinz College Courses
90-721Healthcare Management6
90-818Health Care Quality & Performance Improvement6
90-830Introduction to Financial Management of Health Care6
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
80-247Ethics and Global Economics9
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
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.

The Minor in Neural Computation

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

The minor in Neural Computation is an inter college 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, 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.

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. Substitution is possible but requires approval by the director of the minor program.

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
03-365Neural Correlates of Learning and Memory9
42-630Introduction to Neuroscience for Engineers
(crosslisted with 18-690)
12
85-765Cognitive NeuroscienceVar.
Pitt-Neuroscience 1000 Introduction to Neuroscience9
Pitt-Neuroscience 1012 Neurophysiology9
C. Cognitive Psychology
85-211Cognitive Psychology9
85-213Human Information Processing and Artifical Intelligence9
85-412Cognitive Modeling9
85-414Cognitive Neuropsychology9
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
15-494Special Topic: Cognitive Robotics12
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
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 http://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 http://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 http://www.cnbc.cmu.edu/training/undergraduate/summer-undergraduate-research-program-in-computational-neuroscience/ for application information.

The Minor in Religious Studies

Faculty Director: Allyson Creasman
Office: Baker Hall 240
Email: allysonc@andrew.cmu.edu

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.

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 Director.

Curriculum54 units

Religious Studies minors must satisfy the following requirements.

The "required course" listed below is offered regularly; the “distribution” and “elective” courses are offered with at least general regularity. Participating departments may subsequently offer other courses that, while not listed here, may satisfy requirements for this minor. The Faculty Director should be consulted to identity such additional courses (especially after the schedule of courses to be offered for a given semester becomes available).

Core Course9 units

This required course introduces several modes of inquiry regarding religion, such as philosophy of religion, sociological and behavioral approaches to religion, historical analysis of religious subject matter, literary and critical analysis of religious texts, theological modes of thought, and anthropological treatments of religion.

79-281Introduction to Religion9
Distribution Requirements18 units

A distribution course is one that applies a particular discipline to more than one religion. Complete one course from two of the three different disciplinary approaches listed below (Historical, Philosophical, Textual). Feel free to consult with the Faculty Director about other options.

Historical Approaches
79-273Jews and Muslims in History: From the Time of Muhammad to the Present9
79-307Religion and Politics in the Middle East9
79-352Christendom Divided: The Protestant and Catholic Reformation, 1450-16509
79-353Religious Identities and Religious Conflicts in 19th Century Europe9
Philosophical Approaches
80-276Philosophy of Religion9
Textual Approaches
76-346Angels and Diplomats -- Renaissance Poetry from Wyatt to Milton9
Elective Courses27 units

Complete courses totaling at least 27 units. In addition to the Carnegie Mellon courses listed below, electives may be chosen from among any of the courses listed above under “Distribution Requirements” that were not used to fulfill that requirement.

76-330Medieval Literature9
76-346Angels and Diplomats -- Renaissance Poetry from Wyatt to Milton9
76-430Arthurian Romance and Its Modern Legacy9
79-202Flesh and Spirit: Early Modern Europe, 1400-17509
79-273Jews and Muslims in History: From the Time of Muhammad to the Present9
79-307Religion and Politics in the Middle East9
79-349The Holocaust in Historical Perspective9
79-350Early Christianity9
79-352Christendom Divided: The Protestant and Catholic Reformation, 1450-16509
79-353Religious Identities and Religious Conflicts in 19th Century Europe9
80-276Philosophy of Religion9

Students may cross-register for relevant electives at the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, or other Pittsburgh institutions with the permission of the Faculty Director for the religious studies minor.

The Minor in Science, Technology and Society

Faculty Director: Jay Aronson,
Office: Baker Hall 246B
Email: aronson@andrew.cmu.edu

This minor provides varied 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 Director.

Curriculum54 units

Core Courses27 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)
79-330Medicine and Society9
79-342Introduction to Science and Technology Studies9
80-226Revolutions in Science9
80-323Philosophy of Biology9
Area 2. Language and Rhetoric in Science and Technology (9 units)
51-326Photography & Family9
76-319Environmental Rhetoric9
76-395Science Writing9
76-425Science in the Public Sphere9
76-476Rhetoric of Science9
76-492Rhetoric of Public Policy9
Electives27 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. For a listing of approved courses, consult the description of the minor in Science, Technology and Society on the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences' webpage (http://www.hss.cmu.edu/index.html), or contact the Faculty Director directly at aronson@andrew.cmu.edu.

Area 3. Electives
15-xxxSpecial Topics9-12
18-482Telecommunications, Technology Policy & Management12
48-448History of Sustainable Architecture9
79-331Body Politics: Women and Health in America9
79-332Medical Anthropology9
79-381Energy and Empire: How Fossil Fuels Changed the World9
80-245Medical Ethics9
80-247Ethics and Global Economics9
80-341Computers, Society and Ethics9
85-380In Search of Mind: The History of Psychology9

The Minor in Sociology

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

The Sociology minor provides the student with a solid introduction to the central concepts in sociological theory and a grounding in the methods of empirical inquiry needed to understand societies, their histories, and how they change over time. Students choose among selected topics 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 students' ability to enter 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 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
88-260Organizations9

B. Methodology

Complete one course.
36-202Statistical 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
79-343History of American Urban Life9
79-377Food, Culture, and Power: A History of Eating9
80-230Ethical Theory9
80-245Medical Ethics9
80-305Rational Choice9
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
80-341Computers, Society and Ethics9
88-341Organizational Communication9
88-345Perspectives on Industrial Research and Development9
88-371Entrepreneurship, Regulation and Technological Change9
88-402Modeling Complex Social Systems9
88-418Negotiation - Domestic Focus9
88-419Negotiation - International Focus9
88-435Decision Science and Policy9
88-451Policy Analysis Senior Project12
or 88-452 Policy Analysis Senior Project

Note: Some courses have additional prerequisites.