BXA Intercollege Degree Programs

M. Stephanie Murray, Senior Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary Initiatives
Location: Hall of the Arts 211
www.cmu.edu/interdisciplinary

Mission Statement

The BXA Intercollege Degree Programs are designed for students who want to turn talent and passion into viable professions for the future through a challenging academic curriculum. BXA students pursue their goals with the help of multifaceted advising, innovative pedagogical strategies and a focus on the impact arts have on technology and vice versa. 

The goal of the Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts (BCSA), the Bachelor of Humanities and Arts (BHA), the Bachelor of Science and Arts (BSA) and the additional major in Engineering and Arts (EA), housed under the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs, is to allow a select group of students who demonstrate interest and accomplishment in the fine arts and computer science, engineering, humanities, social sciences or natural sciences to explore beyond the traditional academic major, or integrate more than one field of study across disciplines. These programs foster the creativity of students who explore innovative approaches to the academic environments of two colleges. By merging the components in the arts and computer science, engineering, natural sciences or humanities into an interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary study, a unique, complex product is born. BXA students produce new information, challenging questions and innovative theory. BXA students are models of independence, motivation and well-rounded scholarship as humanists, scientists and artists at the same time. 

In the context of the Carnegie Mellon University environment, the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs hold a special role. BXA provides access to five strong colleges that offer specialized training with expert faculty and researchers. The BXA Programs challenge students to utilize those resources as they explore and develop their own approach to interdisciplinary studies in the fine arts and computer science, engineering, humanities and social sciences, or the natural and mathematical sciences.

BXA students balance courses in their CFA concentration with courses in their academic concentration, as well as BXA-specific courses. These BXA-specific courses give students the opportunity to integrate their areas of concentration by focusing on interdisciplinary approaches and arts-based research techniques. The curricula in the concentration areas provide students with a solid disciplinary foundation upon which they can draw for interdisciplinary projects. 

A BXA intercollege degree prepares students for graduate study and careers in an enormous variety of fields, including traditional graduate training in the arts as well as academic areas, positions in arts and education non-profits such as museums and foundations, and technical positions with media and technology companies.

Program Objectives

The skills developed by BXA students span the creative, the technical, the academic and the practical. The objective of the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs is to prepare graduates for careers in which they will draw on their creative and academic skills to create, educate, communicate and innovate across disciplines. 

Students who complete the BXA curriculum will graduate with the following skills:

  • Foundational knowledge and technical expertise in the CFA concentration area and the DC/E/MCS/SCS concentration area
  • Ability to describe the connections between these concentrations and how the student integrates them
  • Ability to communicate ideas textually, visually and orally
  • Knowledge of how the concentration disciplines intersect with history, society and culture from local and global perspectives
  • Ability to use cognitive, behavioral and ethical dimensions within the concentration disciplines to make decisions on individual and social levels
  • Experience in engaging in art research to produce new knowledge both within the CFA concentration and the DC/E/MCS/SCS concentration
  • Experience in designing, researching and completing a large-scale, object-based project that integrates both areas of concentration

Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts Degree Program

Carnegie Mellon University recognizes that there are students who are naturally gifted in both the fine arts and computer science. In order to accommodate students who want to pursue an education simultaneously in these areas, we offer a degree that combines the strengths of the College of Fine Arts (CFA) and the School of Computer Science (SCS). The intercollege degree, called the Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts (BCSA), is a rigorous program that offers a unique group of qualified students the opportunity to develop their talents and interests in an area of the fine arts and computer science.

The BCSA curriculum is divided into three parts: 1) BCSA General Education coursework, 2) CFA concentration coursework, and 3) SCS concentration coursework.

The BCSA Degree Program is governed by faculty and administrators from both colleges and led by the director of the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs. The director and associate director of the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs are the primary advisors and liaisons between CFA and SCS. Students receive extensive advising support. Each student has two additional academic advisors: an advisor in the admitting school of CFA for their fine arts concentration and an advisor in SCS for their computer science concentration. This network of advisors guides each student through their curriculum.

BCSA Curriculum

Units
I. BCSA General Education121
II. SCS Concentration111
III. CFA Concentration108
IV. Free Electives40
Total BCSA Degree Requirements380

BCSA General Education

(15 courses, 122 units minimum)
  • Writing (1 course, 9 units, 76-101 required)
  • Mathematics (2 courses, 19 units minimum, 21-122 and either 21-259 or 21-241 required), Probability (1 course, 9 units minimum)
  • Science & Engineering (2 courses, 18 units minimum)
  • Economic, Political, & Social Institutions OR Cognition, Choice & Behavior (1 course, 9 units minimum)
  • Two additional courses from Dietrich or CFA (2 course, 18 units minimum)
  • University Requirement (1 course, 3 units, 99-101 required)
  • BXA Required Courses (5 courses, 36 units, 52-190 or 52-29152-39152-39252-40152-402)

Writing (1 course, 9 units)

Broadly considered, language is a tool used to communicate, as well as a way to organize non-visual and non-mathematical thinking. This requirement focuses on the social nature of language and the ways in which writing constitutes thinking.

76-101Interpretation and Argument9
or 76-102 Advanced First Year Writing: Special Topics
or 76-106
76-107
76-108
Writing about Literature, Art and Culture
and Writing about Data
and Writing about Public Problems
All undergraduate students must complete the First-Year Writing requirement—the Department of English does not accept any Advanced Placement exemptions. This requirement can be completed in two different ways. Enroll in one of two full-semester courses 101 or 102 (by invitation only), 9 units, or enroll in two of three half-semester mini courses (back-to-back within a single semester) 106/107/108, 4.5 + 4.5 units. Course options and topics: www.cmu.edu/hss/english/first_year/index.html

Mathematics & Probability (3 courses, 28 units minimum)

Choose two mathematics courses (19 units minimum):

21-122Integration and Approximation10
21-259Calculus in Three Dimensions9
or 21-241 Matrices and Linear Transformations

Choose one probability course(s) (9 units minimum):

15-259Probability and Computing12
21-325Probability9
36-218Probability Theory for Computer Scientists9
36-225-36-226Introduction to Probability Theory - Introduction to Statistical Inference18

Science & Engineering (2 courses, 18 units minimum)

Choose two science courses from differing departments or one science and one engineering course from the following list:

02-223Personalized Medicine: Understanding Your Own Genome9
03-121Modern Biology9
03-125Evolution9
03-132Basic Science to Modern Medicine9
03-133Neurobiology of Disease9
06-100Introduction to Chemical Engineering12
09-105Introduction to Modern Chemistry I10
09-217Organic Chemistry I9
09-225Climate Change: Chemistry, Physics and Planetary Science9
12-100Exploring CEE: Infrastructure and Environment in a Changing World12
12-201Geology9
18-100Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering12
24-101Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering12
24-358Culinary Mechanics9
27-215Thermodynamics of Materials12
33-114Physics of Musical Sound9
33-120Science and Science Fiction9
33-121Physics I for Science Students12
42-101Introduction to Biomedical Engineering12
85-219Biological Foundations of Behavior9

Economic, Political & Social Institutions OR Cognition, Choice & Behavior (1 course from either category, complete 9 units minimum)

Economic, Political & Social Institutions

This requirement explores the processes by which institutions organize individual preferences and actions into collective outcomes.

19-101Introduction to Engineering and Public Policy12
70-332Business, Society and Ethics9
70-364Business Law *9
73-102Principles of Microeconomics9
73-103Principles of Macroeconomics *9
79-189History of Democracy: Thinking Beyond the Self9
79-244Women in American History9
79-245Capitalism and Individualism in American Culture9
79-300History of American Public Policy9
79-310U. S. Business History: 1870 to the Present9
79-320Women, Politics, and Protest9
79-321Documenting Human Rights9
79-331Body Politics: Women and Health in America9
79-341The Cold War in Documents and Film9
79-383The History of Capitalism9
80-135Introduction to Political Philosophy9
80-136Social Structure, Public Policy & Ethics9
80-244Environmental Ethics9
80-245Medical Ethics9
80-335Social and Political Philosophy9
84-104Decision Processes in American Political Institutions9
84-275Comparative Politics9
84-322Nonviolent Conflict and Revolution9
84-326Theories of International Relations9
84-352Representation and Voting Rights9
84-362Diplomacy and Statecraft9
84-380US Grand Strategy9
84-386The Privatization of Force9
84-389Terrorism and Insurgency9
84-390Social Media, Technology, and Conflict9
84-405The Future of Warfare9
88-284Topics of Law: The Bill of Rights9
Cognition, Choice, and Behavior

This requirement explores the process of thinking, decision making, and behavior in the context of the individual.

70-311Organizational Behavior *9
80-101Dangerous Ideas in Science and Society9
80-130Introduction to Ethics9
80-150Nature of Reason9
80-180Nature of Language9
80-221Philosophy of Social Science9
80-242Conflict and Dispute Resolution9
80-270Problems of Mind and Body: Meaning and Doing9
80-271Mind and Body: The Objective and the Subjective9
80-330Ethical Theory9
85-102Introduction to Psychology9
85-211Cognitive Psychology9
85-213Human Information Processing and Artifical Intelligence *9
85-221Principles of Child Development9
85-241Social Psychology9
85-251Personality9
85-261Psychopathology9
85-370Perception9
88-120Reason, Passion and Cognition9
88-230Human Intelligence and Human Stupidity9

* Indicates co-requisites and/or prerequisites required.

Complete Two additional courses from Dietrich or CFA (2 courses, complete 18 units minimum)

These courses must be non-technical/non-studio. Each CFA concentration has recommended courses for this category; consult with your BXA advisor to determine the best courses to fulfill this requirement. 

University Requirement (1 course, 3 units)

This is a mini-course, pass/no pass, to be completed in the first semester or online in the summer prior to the first semester.

99-101Computing @ Carnegie Mellon3

BXA Required Courses (5 courses, 36 units)

BXA-specific courses give students the opportunity to integrate their areas of concentration by focusing on interdisciplinary approaches and arts-based research techniques.

52-190BXA Seminar I: Building the Wunderkammer9
or 52-291 BXA Seminar II: Transferring Knowledge
52-391BXA Junior Portfolio0
52-392BXA Seminar III: Deconstructing Disciplines9
52-401BXA Seminar IV: Capstone Project Research9
52-402BXA Seminar V: Capstone Project Production9

School of Computer Science Concentration

Computer Science Concentration (111 units minimum)

Prerequisite
15-112Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science12
Computer Science Core Requirements (5 courses, 56 units)
15-122Principles of Imperative Computation10
15-150Principles of Functional Programming10
15-210Parallel and Sequential Data Structures and Algorithms12
15-213Introduction to Computer Systems12
15-251Great Ideas in Theoretical Computer Science12
Concepts of Mathematics (1 course, 10 units)
21-127Concepts of Mathematics
(co-requisite for 15-122; prerequisite for 15-150)
10
Applications Courses or CS Electives (5 courses, 45 units minimum)

Choose a minimum of five courses from SCS beyond the core requirements, 200-level or higher, not including 02-201, 02-223, 02-25002-261, 15-351, 16-223, 17-200, 17-333, 17-562. Listed below are suggested choices for these electives. Consult with the CS advisor if interested in courses not listed.

05-391Designing Human Centered Software12
05-418Design Educational Games12
10-335Art and Machine Learning12
11-291Applied Computational Intelligence Lab9
11-344Machine Learning in Practice12
11-411Natural Language Processing12
15-281Artificial Intelligence: Representation and Problem Solving12
15-322Introduction to Computer Music9
15-323Computer Music Systems and Information Processing9
15-365Experimental Animation12
15-388Practical Data Science9
15-415Database Applications12
15-451Algorithm Design and Analysis12
15-458Discrete Differential Geometry12
15-462Computer Graphics12
15-463Computational Photography12
15-464Technical Animation12
15-465Animation Art and Technology12
15-466Computer Game Programming12
15-494Cognitive Robotics: The Future of Robot Toys12
16-264Humanoids12
16-362Mobile Robot Algorithms Laboratory12
16-374IDeATe: Art of Robotic Special Effects12
16-384Robot Kinematics and Dynamics12
16-385Computer Vision12
16-423Designing Computer Vision Apps12
16-455IDeATe: Human-Machine Virtuosity12
16-465Game Engine Programming10
16-467Human Robot Interaction12
17-214Principles of Software Construction: Objects, Design, and Concurrency12
17-313Foundations of Software Engineering12
17-356Software Engineering for Startups12
17-437Web Application Development12

College of Fine Arts Concentration 

(number of courses vary, 108 units minimum)

BCSA students choose one of the following concentrations:

  • Architecture (108 units)
  • Art (108 units)
  • Design (108 units)
  • Drama (108 units)
  • Music (108 units)

Architecture Concentration (108 units minimum)

Architecture Required Courses (7 courses, 52 units minimum)
48-100Architecture Design Studio: Poeisis Studio 1 -Fall, Freshman year10-15
or 48-095 Spatial Concepts for Non-Architecture Majors
62-122Digital Media I -Fall, Freshman year6
62-125Drawing I -Fall, Freshman year6
62-123Digital Media II -Spring, Freshman year6
62-126Drawing II -Spring, Freshman year6
48-240Historical Survey of World Architecture and Urbanism I -Spring, Freshman year9
48-241Modern Architecture -Fall, Sophomore year9
Architecture Electives (56 units minimum)

A minimum of 56 additional Architecture units must be approved by the Architecture advisor. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

Art Concentration (108 units minimum)

Transdisciplinary Research Studios (2 courses, 20 units)

Complete two courses:

60-101Transdisciplinary Research Studio I: Risk, Agency, Failure10
60-201Transdisciplinary Research Studio II: Publics10
60-202Transdisciplinary Research Studio III: Futures10
Media Studios (3 courses, 30 units minimum)

Complete three courses:

60-1313D Media Studio I: Foundations in Sculpture, Installation, and Site work10
60-1333D Media Studio II10
60-1502D Media Studio: Drawing10
60-1702D Media Studio: Painting10
60-2512D Media Studio: Print Media10
60-2602D Media Studio: Imaging10
60-110Electronic Media Studio: Introduction to the Moving Image10
60-210Electronic Media Studio: Introduction to Interactivity10-12
or 60-212 Electronic Media Studio: Interactivity and Computation for Creative Practice
Advanced Studios (4 courses, 40 units)

Complete four courses. Courses may be offered in the fall and/or spring. Students may take courses in any media area (ETB, SIS, CP or DP3). They may take all courses in one media area if a focus is desired.

60-401/402Senior Studio10
60-403Senior Critique Seminar10
Advanced Electronic and Time-Based Work (ETB) (course numbers 60-410 through 60-429) *10
Advanced Sculpture, Installation and Site-Work (SIS) (course numbers 60-430 through 60-447) *10
Advanced Contextual Practice (CP) (course numbers 60-448 through 60-449) *10
Advanced Drawing, Painting, Print Media and Photography (DP3) (course numbers 60-450 through 60-498) *10
60-499Studio Independent Study
(one only)
10
Critical Studies (2 courses, 18 units)
60-205Critical Theory in Art III -Fall9
60-206Critical Theory in Art IV -Spring9

Note: Critical Theory I & II are strongly recommended.

Review Requirement (complete 2 required reviews, 0 units)

A review is required at the end of the sophomore and senior years. Pass/no pass only.

60-200Sophomore Review -Spring0
60-400Senior Review -Spring0

Design CONCENTRATION (108 UNITS MINIMUM)

Design Required Courses (16 courses, 98 units)
51-101Studio: Survey of Design -Fall, First-year10
51-121Visualizing -Fall, First-year10
51-175Design Studies: Place -Fall, First-year (mini-1)5
51-177Design Studies: Histories -Fall, First-year (mini-2)5
51-102Design Lab -Spring, First-year10
51-122Collaborative Visualizing -Spring, First-year10
51-176Design Studies: Futures -Spring, First-year (mini-3)5
51-178Design Studies: Experience -Spring, First-year (mini-4)5
51-277Design Studies: Systems -Fall, Sophomore year (mini-1)5
51-279Design Studies: Cultures -Fall, Sophomore year (mini-2)5
51-282Design Studies: Persuasion -Spring, Sophomore year (mini-3)5
51-284Design Studies: Power -Spring, Sophomore year (mini-4)5
Choose Two Studios -Fall, Sophomore year:4.5+4.5
51-225Communications Studio I: Understanding Form & Context4.5
or 51-245 Products Studio I: Understanding Form & Context
or 51-265 Environments Studio I: Understanding Form & Context
Choose Two Corresponding Labs -Fall, Sophomore year:4.5+4.5
51-227Prototyping Lab I: Communications4.5
or 51-247 Prototyping Lab I: Products
or 51-267 Prototyping Lab I: Environments
Design Electives (10 units)

A minimum of 10 additional Design units must be approved by the Design advisor. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

Drama Concentration (108 units minimum)

Options available in the following areas: 1) Design, 2) Directing, 3) Dramaturgy, 4) Production Technology and Management

Note: There is no BHA Acting or Musical Theatre option.

Required Courses for All Concentration Options (5 courses, 20 units)
54-175-54-176Conservatory Hour-Conservatory Hour
(1 unit each)
2
54-177Foundations of Drama I6
54-281Foundations of Drama II
(prerequisite: 54-177)
6
54-381Special Topics in Drama: History, Literature and Criticism6
54-362Anti-Racist & Equitable Practices in Theater
(optional)
6

Work with Drama Faculty Option Coordinator to Approve Concentration Option (88 units minimum):

Design Required Courses (2 courses, 26 units)
54-151-54-152Stagecraft-Stagecraft
(13 units + 13 units)
26

A minimum of 62 additional Design units must be approved by the Design faculty option coordinator. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

Directing Required Courses (10 courses, 64 units)
54-121-54-122Directing I: A Director's Mindset - Directing I: Sources18
54-221-54-222Directing II: In the Studio - Directing II: Fundamentals18
54-159-54-159Production Practicum-Production Practicum
(two times)
12
54-517Director's Colloquium
(four times)
16

A minimum of 24 additional Directing units must be approved by the Directing faculty option coordinator. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

Dramaturgy Required Courses (9 courses, 53 units minimum)
54-109Dramaturgy 1: Approaches to Text9
54-184Dramaturgy 2: Introduction to Production Dramaturgy9
54-121Directing I: A Director's Mindset9
54-159-54-159Production Practicum-Production Practicum
(two times)
12
54-200-54-200Dramaturgy Forum-Dramaturgy Forum -Fall (minimum of two; every semester it is offered while enrolled)2
54-xxxDramaturgy 3, 4, 5 or 6 (minimum of two; all four if enrolled as BXA for six semesters or more)18

A minimum of 29 additional Dramaturgy units must be approved by the Dramaturgy faculty option coordinator. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

Production Technology and Management Required Courses (2 courses, 26 units)
54-151-54-152Stagecraft-Stagecraft
(13 units + 13 units)
26

A minimum of 62 additional PTM units must be approved by the PTM faculty option coordinator. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

MUSIC CONCENTRATION (108 UNITS MINIMUM)

Options available in the following areas: 1) Audio Recording & Production, 2) Composition, 2) Music Performance (instrumental, organ, piano, voice), 4) Sound Theory & Practice

Required Course for All Concentration Options (1 course, 9 units)
57-152Harmony I9
or 57-149 Basic Harmony I

Work with Music Advisor to Approve Concentration Option (99 units minimum):

Audio Recording & Production Required Courses (7 courses, 40 units)
57-101Introduction to Music Technology6
or 57-171 Introduction to Music Technology (self-paced)
57-181Solfege I3
or 57-180 Basic Solfege I
or 57-185 Advanced Solfege I
57-173Survey of Western Music History
(co-requisite: 57-188)
9
57-188Repertoire and Listening for Musicians1
57-337Sound Recording6
57-338Sound Editing and Mastering6
57-438Multitrack Recording9

Choose 59 units from:

57-153Harmony II9
or 57-150 Basic Harmony II
57-182Solfege II3
or 57-186 Advanced Solfege II
15-104Introduction to Computing for Creative Practice10
18-090Twisted Signals: Multimedia Processing for the Arts10
33-114Physics of Musical Sound9
54-166Introduction to Sound Design for Theatre6
54-275History of Sound Design3
54-666Production Audio6
57-344Experimental Sound Synthesis9
57-421Exploded Ensemble6
57-425Expanded Music Performance9
57-427Advanced Seminar in Film Musicology9
57-478Survey of Historical Recording6
57-622Independent Study in Sound Recording Production3
60-1313D Media Studio I: Foundations in Sculpture, Installation, and Site work10
60-210Electronic Media Studio: Introduction to Interactivity10

Note: Students completing an IDeATe minor may double-count up to two of the IDeATe minor courses towards the Audio Recording & Production concentration.

Composition Required Courses (12 courses, 76 units)
57-161Eurhythmics I
(recommended co-requisite: 57-181)
3
57-181Solfege I3
or 57-180 Basic Solfege I
or 57-185 Advanced Solfege I
57-173Survey of Western Music History
(co-requisite: 57-188)
9
57-188Repertoire and Listening for Musicians1
57-49xBXA Studio (4 semesters) 36
57-xxxMajor Ensemble (4 semesters) 24

A minimum of 23 additional Music units must be approved by the Music advisor. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

Music Performance Required Courses (12 courses, 76 units)
57-161Eurhythmics I
(recommended co-requisite: 57-181)
3
57-181Solfege I3
or 57-180 Basic Solfege I
or 57-185 Advanced Solfege I
57-173Survey of Western Music History
(co-requisite: 57-188)
9
57-188Repertoire and Listening for Musicians1
57-49xBXA Studio (4 semesters) 36
57-xxxMajor Ensemble (4 semesters) 24

A minimum of 23 additional Music units must be approved by the Music advisor. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

Sound Theory & Practice Required Courses (7 courses, 47 units)
57-101Introduction to Music Technology6
or 57-171 Introduction to Music Technology (self-paced)
57-181Solfege I3
or 57-180 Basic Solfege I
or 57-185 Advanced Solfege I
57-173Survey of Western Music History
(co-requisite: 57-188)
9
57-188Repertoire and Listening for Musicians1
18-090Twisted Signals: Multimedia Processing for the Arts10
57-911Music Since 19459
57-616Independent Study in Sound Studies9

Choose 52 units from:

57-153Harmony II9
or 57-150 Basic Harmony II
57-182Solfege II3
or 57-186 Advanced Solfege II
15-104Introduction to Computing for Creative Practice10
15-322Introduction to Computer Music
(pre-requisite: 15-112)
9
15-323Computer Music Systems and Information Processing
(pre-requisite: 15-122)
9
33-114Physics of Musical Sound9
57-337Sound Recording6
57-343Music, Technology, and Culture9
57-344Experimental Sound Synthesis9
57-347Electronic and Computer Music
(pre-requisite: 57-101 or 57-171)
6
57-421Exploded Ensemble6
57-425Expanded Music Performance9
57-438Multitrack Recording9
57-478Survey of Historical Recording6
57-829Contemporary Soundscapes9
60-1313D Media Studio I: Foundations in Sculpture, Installation, and Site work10
60-210Electronic Media Studio: Introduction to Interactivity10

Note: Students completing an IDeATe minor may double-count up to two of the IDeATe minor courses towards the Sound Theory & Practice concentration.


Free Electives

(approximately 4 courses, 39 units minimum)

Take any Carnegie Mellon course. A maximum of 9 units of physical education and/or military science may be counted toward this requirement. Physical education and military science courses will not be calculated in a student's QPA.

Bachelor of Humanities and Arts Degree Program

Carnegie Mellon University offers an intercollege degree that combines the strengths of the College of Fine Arts (CFA) and the College of Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences (DC). The intercollege degree, called the Bachelor of Humanities and Arts (BHA), offers depth of study in both the fine arts and the humanities, social and behavioral sciences. The BHA Degree Program enables a student to receive broader exposure to the humanities and liberal arts than is generally possible through a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in CFA, while obtaining deeper and more substantial training in the fine arts than is generally possible through a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in DC. Students receive extensive training in one or more of the fine arts disciplines as well as related advanced training in areas such as writing, social sciences, behavioral sciences or cultural studies. The program also provides enough flexibility to allow students to explore other areas of interest. The most important aspect of the BHA Program is for students to blend their interests and to explore the connections between their chosen disciplines.

The BHA curriculum is divided into three parts: 1) BHA General Education coursework, 2) CFA concentration coursework, and 3) DC concentration coursework.

The BHA Degree Program is governed by faculty and administrators from both colleges and led by the director of the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs. The director and associate director of the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs are the primary advisors and liaisons between CFA and DC. Students receive extensive advising support. Each student has two additional academic advisors: an advisor in the admitting school of CFA for their fine arts concentration and an advisor in DC for their humanities/social sciences concentration. This network of advisors guides each student through their curriculum.

BHA Curriculum

Units
I. BHA General Education111
II. DC Concentration81
III. CFA Concentration108
IV. Free Electives78
Total BHA Degree Requirements378

BHA General Education

(14 courses, 111 units minimum)
  • Communicating: Language and Interpretations (3 courses, 27 units minimum, 76-101 required, two approved modern language courses required)
  • Reflecting: Societies and Cultures (1 course, 9 units, 79-145 or 79-189 required)
  • Modeling: Mathematics and Experiments (1 course, 9 units minimum)
  • Deciding: Social Sciences and Values (3 courses, 27 units minimum, 36-200 required)
  • University Requirement (1 course, 3 units, 99-101 required)
  • BXA Required Courses (5 courses, 36 units, 52-190 or 52-29152-39152-39252-40152-402)

Communicating: Language and Interpretations (3 courses, 27 units minimum)

Courses in this category give special attention to the study of language as interpretation, expression and argument within and across multiple discourses. Students examine language for its internal logics and structures.

76-101Interpretation and Argument9
or 76-102 Advanced First Year Writing: Special Topics
or 76-106
76-107
76-108
Writing about Literature, Art and Culture
and Writing about Data
and Writing about Public Problems
All undergraduate students must complete the First-Year Writing requirement—the Department of English does not accept any Advanced Placement exemptions. This requirement can be completed in two different ways. Enroll in one of two full-semester courses 101 or 102 (by invitation only), 9 units, or enroll in two of three half-semester mini courses (back-to-back within a single semester) 106/107/108, 4.5 + 4.5 units. Course options and topics: www.cmu.edu/hss/english/first_year/index.html
82-xxxModern Languages18
Complete two courses taught in a language offered by the Department of Modern Languages. A wide selection of courses are offered in Arabic Studies, Chinese Studies, French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, Hispanic Studies, Japanese Studies and Russian Studies. Students must complete two courses in the same language. Languages taught at other institutions are also acceptable (with advisor approval).

Reflecting: Societies and Cultures (1 course, 9 units)

This category emphasizes the study of history, society and culture from local and global perspectives.

79-145Genocide and Weapons of Mass Destruction9
or 79-189 History of Democracy: Thinking Beyond the Self

Modeling: Mathematics and Experiments (1 course, 9 units minimum)

Courses in this category stress the interplay of mathematical (formal) theories and experimental work. Some courses investigate the internal structure of theories, whereas others use them as models for producing real-world knowledge. Such models may be drawn from a variety of disciplines including the natural sciences, but also, for example, psychology and computer science. The interactions between theorizing and experimenting (observing) can be understood within an intellectual framework that invites comparative assessment. Select one course from the following course options:

Mathematics
21-111Differential Calculus10
21-120Differential and Integral Calculus10
21-127Concepts of Mathematics10
80-110Nature of Mathematical Reasoning9
80-210Logic and Proofs9
80-211Logic and Mathematical Inquiry9
Natural Science
03-121Modern Biology9
03-125Evolution9
03-132Basic Science to Modern Medicine9
03-133Neurobiology of Disease9
03-161Molecules to Mind9
09-103Atoms, Molecules and Chemical Change9
09-105Introduction to Modern Chemistry I10
12-201Geology9
33-104Experimental Physics9
33-114Physics of Musical Sound9
33-115Physics for Future Presidents9
33-124Introduction to Astronomy9
Other Courses
05-413Human Factors9
15-104Introduction to Computing for Creative Practice10
15-110Principles of Computing10
15-112Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science12
33-120Science and Science Fiction9
80-220Philosophy of Science9
80-226Revolutions in Science9
80-312Mathematical Revolutions9
80-327Philosophy of Neuroscience9
84-265Political Science Research Methods9
85-370Perception9
88-275Bubbles: Data Science for Human Minds9

Deciding: Social Sciences and Values (3 courses, 27 units minimum)

The theme of this category is the exploration of cognitive, behavioral and ethical dimensions of decision-making on both the individual and social level. Making decisions requires a broad understanding of human rationality and social interaction. Some courses examine the critical collection and analysis of data for achieving such an understanding, whereas others emphasize the historical development of policies and values, which form the matrix for decision-making.

36-200Reasoning with Data -REQUIRED9
05-292IDeATe: Learning in Museums12
73-102Principles of Microeconomics9
80-130Introduction to Ethics9
80-136Social Structure, Public Policy & Ethics9
80-208Critical Thinking9
80-221Philosophy of Social Science9
80-242Conflict and Dispute Resolution9
80-244Environmental Ethics9
80-245Medical Ethics9
80-270Problems of Mind and Body: Meaning and Doing9
80-271Mind and Body: The Objective and the Subjective9
80-305Decision Theory9
80-330Ethical Theory9
80-348Health, Human Rights, and International Development9
80-405Game Theory9
80-447Global Justice9
84-104Decision Processes in American Political Institutions9
84-369Decision Science for International Relations9
85-102Introduction to Psychology9
85-211Cognitive Psychology9
85-219Biological Foundations of Behavior9
85-221Principles of Child Development9
85-241Social Psychology9
85-251Personality9
85-261Psychopathology9
88-120Reason, Passion and Cognition9

University Requirement (1 course, 3 units)

This is a mini-course, pass/no pass, to be completed in the first semester or online prior to the first semester.

99-101Computing @ Carnegie Mellon3

BXA Required Courses (5 courses, 36 units)

BXA-specific courses give students the opportunity to integrate their areas of concentration by focusing on interdisciplinary approaches and arts-based research techniques.

52-190BXA Seminar I: Building the Wunderkammer9
or 52-291 BXA Seminar II: Transferring Knowledge
52-391BXA Junior Portfolio0
52-392BXA Seminar III: Deconstructing Disciplines9
52-401BXA Seminar IV: Capstone Project Research9
52-402BXA Seminar V: Capstone Project Production9

Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences Concentration

(9 courses, 81 units minimum)

BHA students declare an 81-unit DC concentration based on existing DC programs, through consultation with their BXA advisor and the DC concentration advisors. A completed DC Concentration Declaration form must be approved by the concentration advisor and submitted to the BXA office, by spring mid-semester break of the student's sophomore year.

Curriculum for several BHA DC concentration options are outlined below, though this list is not exhaustive of all concentrations possible in DC.

BHA students who are admitted as freshmen are undeclared until they have met with a concentration advisor and have submitted their signed Declaration form. BHA students who are admitted through internal transfer must have chosen a DC concentration at the time of their application (which serves as declaration). All BHA students wishing to change their DC concentration at any time following the initial declaration must meet with the advisor of their intended concentration area to complete a new Declaration form, which will be reviewed during the internal transfer application period.

Behavioral Economics, Policy & Organizations Concentration (81 units minimum)

Students in BEPO—the first and only major of its kind—will be uniquely trained in the integration of Economics and Psychology and will have a solid grounding in quantitative methods. The core includes courses in economics, psychology, behavioral economics, and quantitative methods. SDS offers the largest selection of behavioral economics courses anywhere in the world. Applied projects in courses will teach students how to collect original data, design field and laboratory experiments, analyze data, and develop interventions to improve economic outcomes and decisions. Students will be well equipped to enter a wide range of professions and graduate degree programs.

Quantitative Methods (3 courses, 27 units)
36-202Methods for Statistics & Data Science9
88-251Empirical Research Methods9
88-252Causal Inference in the Field9
Economics Courses (2 courses, 18 units)
73-102Principles of Microeconomics9
73-158Markets, Models, and Math9
or 73-230 Intermediate Microeconomics
or 73-328 Health Economics
or 73-347 Game Theory Applications for Economics and Business
or 73-348 Behavioral Economics
or 73-359 Benefit-Cost Analysis
or 73-408 Law and Economics
or 73-421 Emerging Markets
or 73-427 Sustainability, Energy, and Environmental Economics
or 88-221 Analytical Foundations of Public Policy
Psychology Courses (2 courses, 18 units)
88-120Reason, Passion and Cognition
(freshman or sophomore year)
9
88-302Behavioral Decision Making9
Behavioral Economics Courses (2 courses, 18 units)
88-360Behavioral Economics9
88-367Behavioral Economics in the Wild9

Chinese Studies CONCENTRATION (81 UNITS MINIMUM)

A BHA concentration in Chinese Studies promotes not just language proficiency but also an understanding of Chinese culture. Students who arrive at Carnegie Mellon with previous language study and/or who have high Advanced Placement, an International Baccalaureate, a Cambridge GCE Advanced level or internal placement exam scores will be able to begin taking courses in the concentration earlier in their undergraduate program. In all cases, progress in the concentration will be accelerated by study abroad, which is recommended for all students.

Prerequisites

Intermediate level proficiency in Chinese. This is equivalent to the completion of three courses (two at the 100-level and one at the 200-level) or exemption based on Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Cambridge GCE Advanced level or Carnegie Mellon internal placement test scores.

Core Courses in Chinese Studies (4 courses, 39 units minimum)
82-232Intermediate Chinese II *12
or 82-235 Fables, Legends and Stories from Ancient Chinese Civilization
82-331Reading Into a New China I: Population, Youth, Marriage, & Housing9
82-332Reading Into a New China II: Transportation, Education, Pop Culture, & Health9
82-333Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture12

* Students who place out of 82-232/82-235 must take a minimum of 9 additional units chosen from Chinese Studies Electives at the 400-level.

Core Courses in Modern Languages (1 course, 9 units)

Complete one course.

82-280Billingual & Bicultural Experiences in the US9
82-282Interpreting Global Texts & Cultures9
82-283Language Diversity & Cultural Identity9
82-284Multicultural Pittsburgh: VR Storytelling9
82-285Podcasting: Language and Culture Through Storytelling9
82-286Cultural Complexities9
82-383Second Language Acquisition: Theories and Research9
82-388Topics in Second Language Acquisition9
82-480Translation Technologies9

Note: In consultation with the concentration advisor, students may substitute a Modern Languages course elective with one related to language analysis, language learning, or acquisition of language and culture from the listings in Chinese Studies or from another department. Examples: 80-180 Nature of Language, 85-421 Language and Thought. In addition, students may choose to take 82-580 Senior Seminar in Modern Languages (3 units). The selected course may not double count in the Electives category.

Core Courses in Chinese History & Society (1 course, 9 units)

Complete one course in consultation with the concentration advisor.

79-261The Last Emperors: Chinese History and Society, 1600-19009
79-262Modern China: From the Birth of Mao ... to Now9
79-309The Chinese Revolution Through Film (1949-2000)9
82-230Topics in Cultural Comparison9
82-234Topics in Chinese History9
82-238Topics in Chinese Culture9
Chinese Studies and Interdisciplinary Electives (3 courses, 24 units minimum)

Complete two courses from Chinese Studies Electives and one course from Interdisciplinary Electives in consultation with the concentration advisor.

Chinese Studies Electives:
82-334Structure of Chinese9
82-335Chinese Culture Through Legends and Folktales9
82-337Mandarin Chinese for Oral Communication I9
82-338Mandarin Chinese for Oral Communication II9
82-339Business Language & Culture in China I9
82-340Business Language & Culture in China II9
82-431China and the West9
82-432Chinese Popular Culture: A Game of Learning *9
82-433Topics in Contemporary Culture of China *9
82-434Studies in Chinese Traditions *9
82-436Introduction to Classical Chinese9
82-439Modern China Through LiteratureVar.
82-440Studies in Chinese Literature & Culture9
82-505Undergraduate InternshipVar.
82-531/532Special Topics in Chinese Studies
(independent studies) *
Var.
82-533Cultural Topics in Chinese Studies *9

* Students may repeat these courses with new topics.

Interdisciplinary Electives:

This list is compiled from possibilities such as but not limited to the following. Students should consult SIO and the concentration advisor for the most up to date interdisciplinary electives appropriate for the Chinese Studies curriculum. Courses may be suggested to the concentration advisor for approval as a substitute. Note that not all courses are offered each semester.

Business
70-342Managing Across Cultures9
70-365International Trade and International Law9
70-430International Management9
English
76-318Communicating in the Global Marketplace9
76-339Topics in Film and Media9
76-386Language & Culture9
76-387Writing in the Disciplines6
History
79-261The Last Emperors: Chinese History and Society, 1600-19009
79-262Modern China: From the Birth of Mao ... to Now9
79-309The Chinese Revolution Through Film (1949-2000)9
Institute for Politics and Strategy (Choose in consultation with the concentration advisor.)
84-310International Political Economy9
84-326Theories of International Relations9
84-362Diplomacy and Statecraft9
84-369Decision Science for International Relations9
84-370Global Nuclear Politics9
84-380US Grand Strategy9
84-388Concepts of War and Cyber War6
84-405The Future of Warfare9
Modern Languages
82-137Chinese Calligraphy: Culture and Skills9
82-138Comparative China: Perceptions Through Youtube & TikTok *9
82-230Topics in Cultural Comparison *9
82-234Topics in Chinese History *9
82-238Topics in Chinese Culture9
82-280Billingual & Bicultural Experiences in the US9
82-282Interpreting Global Texts & Cultures9
82-283Language Diversity & Cultural Identity9
82-284Multicultural Pittsburgh: VR Storytelling9
82-285Podcasting: Language and Culture Through Storytelling9
82-286Cultural Complexities9
82-383Second Language Acquisition: Theories and Research9
82-388Topics in Second Language Acquisition9
82-480Translation Technologies9
Philosophy
80-180Nature of Language9
80-263Approaching Chinese Philosophy: Basic Texts and Implications9
80-276Philosophy of Religion9
80-280Linguistic Analysis9
80-380Philosophy of Language9
Psychology
85-375Crosscultural Psychology9
85-421Language and Thought9

* Students may repeat these courses with new topics.

Cognitive Science Concentration (81 units minimum)

The field of cognitive science has grown out of increasingly active interaction among psychology, linguistics, artificial intelligence, philosophy, and neuroscience. All of these fields share the goal of understanding intelligence. By combining these diverse perspectives, students of cognitive science are able to understand cognition at a deep level. Because this concentration is administered by the Psychology Department, it focuses on human cognition and the experimental study of the human mind as illuminated by the techniques of the above disciplines.

Prerequisite Courses
15-112Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science12
21-120Differential and Integral Calculus10-20
or 21-111
21-112
Differential Calculus
and Integral Calculus
21-127Concepts of Mathematics10
Statistics Course (1 course, 9 units)
36-309Experimental Design for Behavioral & Social Sciences9
or 85-309 Statistical Concepts and Methods for Behavioral and Social Science
Computational/Cognitive Modeling Core (3 courses, 29 units minimum)

Complete two of the following courses:

15-122Principles of Imperative Computation10
15-150Principles of Functional Programming10
15-251Great Ideas in Theoretical Computer Science12

Plus one of the following courses:

85-412Cognitive Modeling9
85-419Introduction to Parallel Distributed Processing9
85-426Learning in Humans and Machines9
85-435Biologically Intelligent Exploration9
Cognitive Psychology Core (4 courses, 36 units)
85-211Cognitive Psychology9
or 85-213 Human Information Processing and Artifical Intelligence
85-310Research Methods in Cognitive Psychology9
or 85-311 Modern Research Methods: Cumulative Science, Big Data, and Meta-Analysis
or 85-314 Cognitive Neuroscience Research Methods

Plus two of the following (one of which must be 85-3xx or 85-4xx):

85-219Biological Foundations of Behavior9
or 85-107 The Psychology of Video Games
85-359Introduction to Music Cognition Research9
85-360Origins of Intelligence9
85-370Perception9
85-395Applications of Cognitive Science9
85-407Neuroscience of Concepts9
85-408Visual Cognition9
85-414Cognitive Neuropsychology9
85-421Language and Thought9
80-310Formal Logic9
80-314Causal Discovery, Statistics, and Machine Learning9
80-315Modal Logic9
80-381Meaning in Language9
80-383Language in Use9
05-413Human Factors9
11-344Machine Learning in Practice12
Cognitive Science Elective (1 course, 9 units)

Choose one elective in consultation with your concentration advisor.

Creative Writing Concentration (81 units minimum)

In the Creative Writing concentration, BHA students develop their talents in writing fiction, poetry and other imaginative forms. While studying with faculty members who are practicing poets and prose writers, students read widely in literature, explore the resources of their imaginations, sharpen their critical and verbal skills and develop a professional attitude toward their writing. The Creative Writing program is based on a conservatory model, made up of faculty and students who have an intense commitment to their work.

Students in the Creative Writing concentration are required to take two of the introductory Survey of Forms courses, ideally in their sophomore year. Choices include Poetry (76-265), Fiction (76-260), Screenwriting (76-269) and Nonfiction (76-261). In order to proceed into the upper level courses in the concentration (and in each of the genres), students must do well in these introductory courses (receive a grade of A or B). After completing the Survey of Forms courses, students take four workshops in fiction, poetry, screenwriting or nonfiction. At least two of the workshops must be taken in a single genre. In the writing workshops, students develop their critical and verbal abilities through close writing and analysis of poems, stories and other literary forms. Their work is critiqued and evaluated by peers and the faculty.

Survey of Forms Courses (2 courses, 18 units)
76-260Survey of Forms: Fiction9
76-261Survey of Forms: Creative Nonfiction9
76-265Survey of Forms: Poetry9
76-269Survey of Forms: Screenwriting9

Note: A student must receive a grade of A or B in the Survey of Forms class in a specific genre in order to be eligible to enroll in a workshop of that genre. A student who receives a grade of C in a Survey of Forms course may enroll in a related workshop only with the permission of the workshop professor. A student who receives a D or R in Survey of Forms may not take a workshop in that genre.

Creative Writing Workshops (4 courses, 36 units)

Complete four Creative Writing workshops, at least two in a single genre. Workshops in all genres may be taken more than once for credit.

76-365Poetry Workshop9
76-366Essay Writing Workshop9
76-460Beginning Fiction Workshop9
76-462Advanced Fiction Workshop9
76-464Creative Nonfiction Workshop9
76-465Advanced Poetry Workshop9
76-469Screenwriting Workshop9
English Electives (3 courses, 27 units)

Complete three courses from the English Department’s offerings. Reading in Forms classes are recommended, as is 76-306 Editing and Publishing. Please consult the list of courses published each semester by the Department for current offerings. Students should discuss curriculum choices with the concentration advisor to determine the best electives for their focus in Creative Writing.

Decision Science Concentration (81 units minimum)

Decision Science is grounded in theories and methods drawn from psychology, economics, philosophy, statistics, and management science. Courses in the BHA concentration in Decision Science cover the three aspects of decision science: (a) normative analysis, creating formal models of rational choice; (b) descriptive research, studying how cognitive, emotional, social, and institutional factors affect judgment and choice, and (c) prescriptive interventions, seeking to improve judgment and decision making. In addition to gaining a broad education in the principles of judgment and decision making, students with a concentration in Decision Science gain broadly applicable skills in research design and analysis. They also have the chance to think about and discuss decision making in many different areas.

Disciplinary Perspectives (5 courses, 48 units)
73-102Principles of Microeconomics9
85-102Introduction to Psychology9
88-120Reason, Passion and Cognition
(freshman or sophomore year)
9
88-223Decision Analysis12
88-302Behavioral Decision Making9
Research Methods (2 courses, 18 units)
36-202Methods for Statistics & Data Science9
or 36-309 Experimental Design for Behavioral & Social Sciences
or 85-309 Statistical Concepts and Methods for Behavioral and Social Science
88-251Empirical Research Methods9
Electives (2 courses, 18 units minimum)

Complete at least 18 units from the following categories of courses. The selected courses may be from one category or from any combination of categories. Note that not all elective courses are offered every year. At least one of these courses (9 units) must be a Department of Social and Decision Sciences course (88-xxx).

Biological and Behavioral Aspects of Decision Making:
85-350Psychology of Prejudice9
85-352Evolutionary Psychology9
85-363Attention, Its Development and Disorders9
85-375Crosscultural Psychology9
85-377Attitudes and Persuasion9
85-442Health Psychology9
85-443Social Factors and Well-Being9
85-444Relationships9
85-446Psychology of Gender9
88-230Human Intelligence and Human Stupidity9
88-231Thinking in Person vs. Thinking Online9
88-342The Neuroscience of Decision Making9
88-355Social Brains: Neural Bases of Social Perception and Cognition9
88-360Behavioral Economics9
88-365Behavioral Economics and Public Policy9
88-372Social and Emotional Brain9
88-380Dynamic Decisions9
Managerial and Organizational Aspects of Decision Making:
70-311Organizational Behavior9
70-381Marketing I9
70-443Digital Marketing and Social Media Strategy9
70-460Mathematical Models for Consulting9
88-150Managing Decisions9
88-221Analytical Foundations of Public Policy9
88-406Behavioral Economics @ Work9
88-418Negotiation: Strategies and Behavioral Insights9
88-419International Negotiation9
88-444Public Policy and Regulations9
88-451/452Policy Analysis Senior Project12
Philosophical and Ethical Perspectives on Decision Making:
70-332Business, Society and Ethics9
80-208Critical Thinking9
80-221Philosophy of Social Science9
80-244Environmental Ethics9
80-245Medical Ethics9
80-246Moral Psychology9
80-249AI, Society, and Humanity9
80-271Mind and Body: The Objective and the Subjective9
80-305Decision Theory9
80-321Causation, Law, and Social Policy9
80-324Philosophy of Economics9
88-275Bubbles: Data Science for Human Minds9
Economic and Statistical Methods for Decision Science:
70-374Data Mining & Business Analytics9
70-455Data Management Fundamentals9
70-460Mathematical Models for Consulting9
73-265Economics and Data Science9
73-347Game Theory Applications for Economics and Business9
80-405Game Theory9
88-255Strategic Decision Making9
88-300Programming and Data Analysis for Social Scientists9
88-360Behavioral Economics9
88-367Behavioral Economics in the Wild9

Decision Science and Public Policy:

84-364Comparative Presidential Behavior: Leadership, Personality, and Decision Making9
84-369Decision Science for International Relations9
88-221Analytical Foundations of Public Policy9
88-344Environmental Policy and Planning9
88-365Behavioral Economics and Public Policy9
88-366Behavioral Economics of Poverty and Development9
88-405Risk Perception and Communication9
88-435Decision Science and Policy9
88-444Public Policy and Regulations9
88-451/452Policy Analysis Senior Project12
Research Methods for Decision Science:
36-303Sampling, Survey and Society9
70-460Mathematical Models for Consulting9
85-310Research Methods in Cognitive Psychology9
85-314Cognitive Neuroscience Research Methods9
88-252Causal Inference in the Field9
88-388Psychological Models of Decision Making9

Economics Concentration (81 units minimum)

The BHA concentration in Economics provides a solid understanding of economic theory and quantitative economic analysis. The core disciplinary sequences in economic theory and quantitative analysis are combined with calculus and data analysis to provide students with knowledge and skills that allow for creative problem-solving.

Mathematics Prerequisites

These courses are not counted as part of your DC Concentration. It may be used to satisfy general education or free elective requirements.

21-120Differential and Integral Calculus10
21-256Multivariate Analysis9
Economic Theory Requirements (4 courses, 36 units)
73-102Principles of Microeconomics9
73-103Principles of Macroeconomics9
73-230Intermediate Microeconomics9
73-240Intermediate Macroeconomics9
Quantitative Analysis Requirements (2 courses, 18 units)

These courses require 36-200 Reasoning with Data as a pre-requisite; 36-200 fulfills a general education Deciding requirement, as well.

73-265Economics and Data Science9
73-274Econometrics I9
Advanced Economics Electives (2 courses, 18 units)

Students must take two advanced elective courses. Advanced elective courses are those numbered 73-300 through 73-495, as well as courses designated by the program offered by other departments/programs. Additionally, students may work with their economics advisor to structure alternative sets of courses to meet these requirements based on their particular interests, subject to course availability.

Senior Work (1 course, 9 units)
73-497Senior Project9

Ethics, History, & Public Policy Concentration (81 units minimum)

The BHA concentration in Ethics, History, & Public Policy (EHPP) provides students with a rigorous, interdisciplinary humanistic and social-scientific education. The concentration in EHPP encourages the development of a broad technical skill set that will benefit students in whatever career they ultimately choose to pursue. Students with a concentration in EHPP learn how to analyze and construct arguments; to evaluate evidentiary statements; to persuade people to agree with their particular claims; to conduct research under time and resource constraints; and to craft policies that address real world problems in a way that is sensitive both to history and competing sets of values. Comprised of courses in the departments of History, Philosophy, Economics and Decision Science, the BHA concentration in EHPP encourages specialization, internship experiences and research in a wide range of policy areas.

Foundations of Public Policy Requirement (1 course, 9 units)

Choose one 9-unit course from the list below.

73-102Principles of Microeconomics9
84-104Decision Processes in American Political Institutions9
84-110Foundations of Political Economy9
History Core (3 courses, 27 units)

Choose one 9-unit course from each category below. (Students must earn a final grade of "C" or better for these courses to count toward the concentration).

Policy History:
79-300History of American Public Policy9
U.S. History:
79-204American Environmental History9
79-231American Civil Rights Movement: From Garveyism to Black Power9
79-240Development of American Culture9
79-242African American History: Reconstruction to the Present9
79-244Women in American History9
79-245Capitalism and Individualism in American Culture9
79-248U.S. Constitution & the Presidency9
79-249Politics and Social Change in 20th Century America9
79-320Women, Politics, and Protest9
Non-U.S. History:
Non-US Survey
79-202Flesh and Spirit: Early Modern Europe, 1400-17509
79-203The Other Europes: The Habsburgs, Communism, & Central/Eastern Europe, 1740-19909
79-20520th Century Europe9
79-211Modern Southeast Asia: Colonialism, Capitalism, and Cultural Exchange9
79-223Mexico: From the Aztec Empire to the Drug War9
79-226African History: Earliest Times to 17809
79-227Modern Africa: The Slave Trade to the End of Apartheid9
79-229The Origins of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, 1880-19489
79-230Arab-Israeli Conflict Since 19489
79-237Comparative Slavery9
79-261The Last Emperors: Chinese History and Society, 1600-19009
79-262Modern China: From the Birth of Mao ... to Now9
79-264Tibet and China: History and Propaganda6
79-265Russian History: Game of Thrones9
79-266Russian History and Revolutionary Socialism9
79-307Religion and Politics in the Middle East9
Philosophy Core (3 courses, 27 units)

Choose one course from three of the four categories below. No more than 9 units at the 100-level may be counted toward this requirement.

Ethics:
80-130Introduction to Ethics9
80-330Ethical Theory9
Political Philosophy:
80-135Introduction to Political Philosophy9
80-335Social and Political Philosophy9
Foundations of Social Science:
80-221Philosophy of Social Science9
80-321Causation, Law, and Social Policy9
80-324Philosophy of Economics9
Applied Philosophy:
80-136Social Structure, Public Policy & Ethics9
80-244Environmental Ethics9
80-245Medical Ethics9
80-249AI, Society, and Humanity9
80-336Philosophy of Law9
80-348Health, Human Rights, and International Development9
80-447Global Justice9
Elective Courses (2 courses, 18 units)

Choose any two courses from any of the following categories.

Engineering and Public Policy:
19-424Energy and the Environment9
Business:
70-311Organizational Behavior9
70-321Negotiation and Conflict Resolution9
70-332Business, Society and Ethics9
70-364Business Law9
70-365International Trade and International Law9
70-430International Management9
Economics:
73-352Public Economics9
73-359Benefit-Cost Analysis9
73-365Firms, Market Structures, and Strategy9
73-408Law and Economics9
73-476American Economic History9
English:
76-492Rhetoric of Public Policy9
History:
79-145Genocide and Weapons of Mass Destruction9
79-189History of Democracy: Thinking Beyond the Self9
79-206Crime and Punishment in Early Modern Europe9
79-228The Civil Rights Movement and the World9
79-233The United States and the Middle East since 19459
79-234Technology and Society9
79-242African American History: Reconstruction to the Present9
79-247African Americans, Imprisonment, and the Carceral State9
79-267The Soviet Union in World War II: Military, Political, and Social History9
79-280Coffee and Capitalism9
79-288Bananas, Baseball, and Borders: Latin America and the United States9
79-291Innovation and Entertainment: A Business History of American Popular Culture9
79-298Guns in American History: Culture, Violence, and Politics6
79-299From Newton to the Nuclear Bomb: History of Science, 1750-19509
79-301History of Surveillance: From the Plantation to Data Capitalism6
79-302Killer Robots:The Ethics, Law, and Politics of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems6
79-303Pittsburgh and the Transformation of Modern Urban America6
79-305Moneyball Nation: Data in American Life9
79-310U. S. Business History: 1870 to the Present9
79-315Thirsty Planet: The Politics of Water in Global Perspective9
79-320Women, Politics, and Protest9
79-322Stalin and the Great Terror9
79-325U.S. Gay and Lesbian History6
79-330Medicine and Society: Health, Healers, and Hospitals9
79-331Body Politics: Women and Health in America9
79-336Introduction to Environmental Ideas9
79-338History of Education in America9
79-339Juvenile Delinquency & Film: From Soul of Youth (1920) to West Side Story (1961)6
79-340Juvenile Delinquency & Film: From "Boyz N the Hood"(1991) to "The Wire"(2002-08)6
79-342Introduction to Science and Technology Studies9
79-343Education, Democracy, and Civil Rights9
79-349United States and the Holocaust6
79-370Technology in the United States9
79-371African American Urban History9
79-381Energy and Empire: How Fossil Fuels Changed the World9
79-397Environmental and Public Health Crises in the City6
Philosophy:
80-101Dangerous Ideas in Science and Society9
80-256Modern Moral Philosophy9
80-305Decision Theory9
80-405Game Theory9
Institute for Politics and Strategy:
84-310International Political Economy9
84-380US Grand Strategy9
84-393Legislative Decision Making: US Congress6
84-402Judicial Politics and Behavior9
Social and Decision Sciences:
88-223Decision Analysis12
88-281Topics in Law: 1st Amendment9
88-284Topics of Law: The Bill of Rights9
88-444Public Policy and Regulations9

Note: Other elective courses may be approved at the discretion of the EHPP concentration advisor. A list of these courses must be filed in the BXA office.

Film & Visual Media CONCENTRATION (81 units minimum)

The BHA concentration in Film & Visual Media trains students through a combination of coursework in visual media, film history and analysis, screenwriting, and production of film and other visual media. This concentration offers a comprehensive education in film and visual media, from theoretical framing and historical-cultural contextualization to training skills in both creating and analyzing film, and developing a complex blend of creative, professional and technical competencies. CMU's Department of English is an ideal home for the Film & Visual Media concentration due to the department’s combination of creative writers, film and media studies scholars, film makers, digital humanities and visual communication researchers.

Introductory Courses (2 courses, 18 units)
76-239Introduction to Film Studies9
76-259Film History9
Production Course (1 course, 9 units)
76-292Film Production9
Screenwriting Course (1 course, 9 units)
76-269Survey of Forms: Screenwriting9
Topics in Film & Visual Media Studies (2 courses, 18 units)
76-312Crime and Justice in American Film9
76-339Topics in Film and Media
(Can be taken more than once.)
9
76-353Transnational Feminisms: Fiction and Film9
76-367Fact Into Film: Translating History into Cinema9
76-377Shakespeare on Film9
76-438The Wire: Crime, Realism, and Long-Form TV9
76-439Film Seminar: The Rise of the Art Film9
76-448Shakespeare on Film9
76-449Race and Media9
79-225West African History in Film9
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 Film6
79-326Shall We Dance? Culture, Politics, and Movement in the 20th Century6
79-339Juvenile Delinquency & Film: From Soul of Youth (1920) to West Side Story (1961)6
79-340Juvenile Delinquency & Film: From "Boyz N the Hood"(1991) to "The Wire"(2002-08)6
79-341The Cold War in Documents and Film9
82-215Arab Culture Through Dialogues, Film, and Literature9
82-278Japanese Film and Literature: The Art of Storytelling9
82-284Multicultural Pittsburgh: VR Storytelling9
82-355Tpcs in Hispanic Std: Beyond the Film Screen: The Hispanic World Through Film9
Courses in Film Production, Screenwriting, Digital Media, Literature & Culture, and/or Film & Visual Media Studies (3 courses, 27 units)

Students may take an additional three Dietrich College courses for a minimum of 27 units of courses offered in the categories listed above. Because there are dozens of options available, including many of the courses listed above, please consult with the Department of concentration advisor for guidance.

French & Francophone STUDIES CONCENTRATION (81 UNITS MINIMUM)

A BHA concentration in French & Francophone Studies promotes not just language proficiency but also an understanding of French and francophone cultures. Students who arrive at Carnegie Mellon with previous language study and/or who have high Advanced Placement, an International Baccalaureate, a Cambridge GCE Advanced level or internal placement exam scores will be able to begin taking courses in the concentration earlier in their undergraduate program. In all cases, progress in the concentration will be accelerated by study abroad, which is recommended for all students.

Prerequisites

Intermediate level proficiency in French. This is equivalent to the completion of four courses (two at the 100-level and two at the 200-level) or exemption based on Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Cambridge GCE Advanced level or Carnegie Mellon internal placement test scores.

Core Courses in French & Francophone Studies (3 courses, 27 units)
82-303French & Francophone Cultures9
82-304French & Francophone Sociolinguistics9
82-3xxor 82-4xx9

Note: 82-303 or 82-304 can be repeated with a different topic. A 400-level course may be substituted with the concentration advisor’s approval.

Core Courses in Modern Languages (1 course, 9 units)

Complete one course.

82-280Billingual & Bicultural Experiences in the US9
82-282Interpreting Global Texts & Cultures9
82-283Language Diversity & Cultural Identity9
82-284Multicultural Pittsburgh: VR Storytelling9
82-285Podcasting: Language and Culture Through Storytelling9
82-286Cultural Complexities9
82-383Second Language Acquisition: Theories and Research9
82-388Topics in Second Language Acquisition9
82-480Translation Technologies9

Note: In consultation with the concentration advisor, students may substitute a Modern Languages course elective with one related to language analysis, language learning, or acquisition of language and culture from the listings in French & Francophone Studies or from another department. Examples: 80-180 Nature of Language, 85-421 Language and Thought. In addition, students may choose to take 82-580 Senior Seminar in Modern Languages (3 units). The selected course may not double count in the Electives category.

French & Francophone Studies and Interdisciplinary Electives (5 courses, 45 units minimum)

Complete four courses from French & Francophone Electives and one course from Interdisciplinary Electives or three courses from French & Francophone Electives and two courses from Interdisciplinary Electives in consultation with the concentration advisor.

French & Francophone Studies Electives:
82-415/416Topics in French and Francophone Studies *9
82-501/502Special Topics in French & Francophone Studies *Var.
82-505Undergraduate InternshipVar.

* Students may repeat these courses with new topics.

Interdisciplinary Electives:

This list is compiled from possibilities such as but not limited to the following. Students should consult SIO and the concentration advisor for the most up to date interdisciplinary electives appropriate for the French & Francophone Studies curriculum. Courses may be suggested to the concentration advisor for approval as a substitute. Note that not all courses are offered each semester.

English
76-239Introduction to Film Studies9
76-318Communicating in the Global Marketplace9
76-385Introduction to Discourse Analysis9
76-386Language & Culture9
History
79-202Flesh and Spirit: Early Modern Europe, 1400-17509
79-20520th Century Europe9
79-227Modern Africa: The Slave Trade to the End of Apartheid9
79-258Napoleon6
79-275Introduction to Global Studies9
79-350Early Christianity9
79-385Out of Africa: The Making of the African Diaspora9
79-396Music, Art, and Society in 19th and 20th Century Europe and the U.S.9
Institute for Politics and Strategy (Choose in consultation with the concentration advisor.)
84-265Political Science Research Methods9
84-275Comparative Politics9
84-313International Organizations and Law9
84-322Nonviolent Conflict and Revolution9
84-324The Future of Democracy9
84-326Theories of International Relations9
84-362Diplomacy and Statecraft9
84-364Comparative Presidential Behavior: Leadership, Personality, and Decision Making9
Modern Languages
82-227Germany & the European Union9
82-280Billingual & Bicultural Experiences in the US9
82-282Interpreting Global Texts & Cultures9
82-284Multicultural Pittsburgh: VR Storytelling9
82-285Podcasting: Language and Culture Through Storytelling9
82-288Everyday Learning: Designing Learning Exp in Times of Unrest & Uncertainty9
82-383Second Language Acquisition: Theories and Research9
82-388Topics in Second Language Acquisition9
82-480Translation Technologies9
Philosophy
80-180Nature of Language9
80-280Linguistic Analysis9
80-281Language and Thought9
80-282Phonetics and Phonology I9
80-380Philosophy of Language9
80-381Meaning in Language9
Psychology
85-241Social Psychology9
85-375Crosscultural Psychology9
85-421Language and Thought9

German Studies Concentration (81 units minimum)

A BHA concentration in German Studies promotes not just language proficiency but also an understanding of German culture. Students who arrive at Carnegie Mellon with previous language study and/or who have high Advanced Placement, an International Baccalaureate, a Cambridge GCE Advanced level or internal placement exam scores will be able to begin taking courses in the concentration earlier in their undergraduate program. In all cases, progress in the concentration will be accelerated by study abroad, which is recommended for all students.

Prerequisites

Intermediate level proficiency in German. This is equivalent to the completion of four courses (two at the 100-level and two at the 200-level) or exemption based on Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Cambridge GCE Advanced level or Carnegie Mellon internal placement test scores.

Core Courses in German Studies (3 courses, 27 units)
82-320Contemporary Society in Germany, Austria and Switzerland9
82-323Germany, Austria and Switzerland in the 20th Century9
82-327The Emergence of the German Speaking World9

Note: A 400-level course may be substituted with the concentration advisor's approval.

Core Courses in Modern Languages (1 course, 9 units)

Complete one course.

82-280Billingual & Bicultural Experiences in the US9
82-282Interpreting Global Texts & Cultures9
82-383Second Language Acquisition: Theories and Research9
82-284Multicultural Pittsburgh: VR Storytelling9
82-285Podcasting: Language and Culture Through Storytelling9
82-286Cultural Complexities9
82-383Second Language Acquisition: Theories and Research9
82-388Topics in Second Language Acquisition9
82-480Translation Technologies9

Note: In consultation with the concentration advisor, students may substitute a Modern Languages course elective with one related to language analysis, language learning, or acquisition of language and culture from the listings in German Studies or from another department. Examples: 80-180 Nature of Language, 85-421 Language and Thought. In addition, students may choose to take 82-580 Senior Seminar in Modern Languages (3 units). The selected course may not double count in the Electives category.

German Studies and Interdisciplinary Electives (5 courses, 45 units minimum)

Complete four courses from German Studies Electives and one course from Interdisciplinary Electives or three courses from German Studies Electives and two courses from Interdisciplinary Electives in consultation with the concentration advisor.

German Studies Electives:
82-420The Crucible of Modernity:Vienna 19009
82-425/426Topics in German Literature and Culture *9
82-427Nazi and Resistance Culture9
82-428History of German Film9
82-429German Reading and Translation Workshop: German in Today's World9
82-505Undergraduate InternshipVar.
82-521/522Special Topics in German Studies *Var.

* Students may repeat these courses with new topics.

Interdisciplinary Electives:

This list is compiled from possibilities such as but not limited to the following. Students should consult SIO and the concentration advisor for the most up to date interdisciplinary electives appropriate for the German Studies curriculum. Courses may be suggested to the concentration advisor for approval as a substitute. Note that not all courses are offered each semester.

English
76-239Introduction to Film Studies9
76-386Language & Culture9
76-387Writing in the Disciplines6
76-483Corpus Analysis in Rhetoric9
History
79-20520th Century Europe9
79-256Sex, Guns, Rock, and Skinheads: Youth Rebellion in Europe, 1960-19909
79-257Germany and the Second World War9
79-349United States and the Holocaust6
Institute for Politics and Strategy (Choose in consultation with the concentration advisor.)
84-310International Political Economy9
84-326Theories of International Relations9
84-362Diplomacy and Statecraft9
Modern Languages
82-227Germany & the European Union9
82-280Billingual & Bicultural Experiences in the US9
82-282Interpreting Global Texts & Cultures9
82-283Language Diversity & Cultural Identity9
82-284Multicultural Pittsburgh: VR Storytelling9
82-285Podcasting: Language and Culture Through Storytelling9
82-286Cultural Complexities9
82-383Second Language Acquisition: Theories and Research9
82-388Topics in Second Language Acquisition9
82-427Nazi and Resistance Culture9
82-428History of German Film9
82-480Translation Technologies9
Philosophy
80-136Social Structure, Public Policy & Ethics9
80-180Nature of Language9
80-251Modern Philosophy9
80-253Continental Philosophy9
80-256Modern Moral Philosophy9
80-275Metaphysics9
80-280Linguistic Analysis9
80-380Philosophy of Language9
Psychology
85-375Crosscultural Psychology9
85-421Language and Thought9

Global Studies Concentration (81 units minimum)

The BHA concentration in Global Studies is designed for students interested in humanistic approaches to understanding past and present processes of globalization. Participating faculty in the departments of History, Modern Languages and English conduct research in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific. The rigorous yet flexible Global Studies curriculum combines anthropology, history, literary and cultural studies, and advanced language training in order to help students make sense of complex interactions among global processes, regional and local cultures, and societal structures. BHA concentration students in Global Studies develop a broad understanding of their prospects and responsibilities as citizens of the world confronting challenging contemporary problems.

There are two required courses for the concentration: Introduction to Global Studies (79-275) and Global Studies Research Seminar (79-400). Students also choose among several courses focused on theory, research methods, transnational histories, and regional/national histories and cultures.

In addition to coursework at Carnegie Mellon, BHA students with a concentration in Global Studies are encouraged to incorporate a semester of study abroad into their course of study in order to immerse themselves in society different from their own with unfamiliar cultural practices, language and history.

Students should consult frequently with the BHA advisor and the Global Studies concentration advisor who will help students to craft a coherent course of study on specific topics and/or regions that may lead to the capstone research project (79-400 Global Studies Research Seminar ), the BXA capstone project (52-401 and 52-402) or a Dietrich College senior honors thesis. The concentration advisor will also work with students to connect their academic interests and their participation in student organizations and/or organizations based in Pittsburgh with transnational reach.

Global Studies Introductory and Capstone Courses (2 courses, 21 units)

Students must earn a final grade of "C" or better for these courses to count toward the concentration.

79-275Introduction to Global Studies9
79-400Global Studies Research Seminar12
Language Proficiency Requirement

Demonstrating intermediate to advanced level proficiency in a language other than English is a crucial component of the concentration in Global Studies. Normally this requirement can be satisfied by successfully completing a course conducted in the second language at the 300-level or above for French, German, Italian, or Spanish, or the fourth semester (Intermediate II) level or above for Arabic, Chinese, Japanese or Russian. Comparable proficiency for other languages can be considered. Additional advanced cultural, historical, and literary study in the second language is strongly recommended. If needed these courses may be counted toward the BHA General Education Communicating: Language and Interpretations category. Additional courses in a language other than English may also be counted as Global Studies transnational, global, regional courses or Global Studies electives as appropriate.

Theoretical and Topical Core Courses (2 courses, 18 units)

To gain a solid foundation in the theories, methods, and analytical topics underpinning the concentration in Global Studies, students select 18 units (typically two courses) from the core courses listed below. Students must earn a final grade of "C" or better in these courses to fulfill the theoretical and topical core course requirement.

79-201Introduction to Anthropology9
79-211Modern Southeast Asia: Colonialism, Capitalism, and Cultural Exchange9
79-278How (Not) to Change the World9
79-280Coffee and Capitalism9
79-289Animal Planet: An Environmental History of People and Animals9
79-314The Politics and Culture of Memory9
79-315Thirsty Planet: The Politics of Water in Global Perspective9
79-317Art, Anthropology, and Empire9
79-318Sustainable Social Change: History and Practice9
79-377Food, Culture, and Power: A History of Eating9
79-379Extreme Ethnography9
79-380Hostile Environments: The Politics of Pollution in Global Perspective9
79-381Energy and Empire: How Fossil Fuels Changed the World9
79-383The History of Capitalism9
Transnational, Global, and Regional Courses (3 courses, 27 units)

To gain insight into how complex transnational and global processes shape and are affected by local, national and regional dynamics, students will select 27 units (typically three courses) from any subcategories below.

Transnational and Global Courses:
76-337Intersectional Feminism9
76-353Transnational Feminisms: Fiction and Film9
76-384Race, Nation, and the Enemy9
76-440Postcolonial Theory: Diaspora and Transnationalism9
79-224Mayan America9
79-233The United States and the Middle East since 19459
79-237Comparative Slavery9
79-276Beyond the Border6
79-280Coffee and Capitalism9
79-282Europe and the World Since 18009
79-283Hungry World: Food and Famine in Global Perspective9
79-288Bananas, Baseball, and Borders: Latin America and the United States9
79-313"Unwanted": Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Patterns of Global Migration6
79-350Early Christianity9
79-368Un-natural Disasters: Societies and Environmental Hazards in Global Perspective6
79-385Out of Africa: The Making of the African Diaspora9
80-348Health, Human Rights, and International Development9
80-447Global Justice9
82-283Language Diversity & Cultural Identity9
82-304French & Francophone Sociolinguistics9
82-345Introduction to Hispanic Literary & Cultural Studies9
84-322Nonviolent Conflict and Revolution9
84-326Theories of International Relations9
84-370Global Nuclear Politics9
84-389Terrorism and Insurgency9
Regional Courses:
Africa
79-225West African History in Film9
79-226African History: Earliest Times to 17809
79-227Modern Africa: The Slave Trade to the End of Apartheid9
79-290The Slave Passage: From West Africa to the Americas6
Eastern and Southern Asia and the Pacific
79-264Tibet and China: History and Propaganda6
88-411Rise of the Asian Economies9
Europe
79-202Flesh and Spirit: Early Modern Europe, 1400-17509
79-203The Other Europes: The Habsburgs, Communism, & Central/Eastern Europe, 1740-19909
79-20520th Century Europe9
79-208Witchcraft and Witch-Hunting9
79-268World War I: The Twentieth Century's First Catastrophe9
79-270Anti-Semitism Then and Now: Perspectives from the Middle Ages to the Present6
79-323Family, Gender, and Sexuality in European History, 500-18009
82-320Contemporary Society in Germany, Austria and Switzerland9
82-415Topics in French and Francophone Studies9
82-441Studies in Peninsular Literature and Culture9
The Middle East
79-229The Origins of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, 1880-19489
79-230Arab-Israeli Conflict Since 19489
79-307Religion and Politics in the Middle East9
79-336Introduction to Environmental Ideas9
79-398Documenting the 1967 Arab-Israeli War9
84-323War and Peace in the Contemporary Middle East9
The Americas
79-223Mexico: From the Aztec Empire to the Drug War9
82-245New Directions in Hispanic Studies9
82-343Latin America Language and Culture9
82-451Studies in Latin American Literature and Culture9
82-455Topics in Hispanic Studies9
82-456Topics in Hispanic Studies9
84-308Political Economy of Latin America9
Electives (2 courses, 15 units minimum)

Students are required to take an additional 15 units (typically two courses) of electives, selected from one or both of the subcategories below. "Theoretical and Topical Core Courses" and "Transnational, Global, and Regional Courses" listed above that are not used to fulfill those requirements may be counted as electives in addition to the courses listed below.

Global Studies offers students the opportunity to gain credit for a 9 unit elective while gaining first-hand experience interning with Pittsburgh-based organizations that work across borders. 79-506 Global Studies Internship is offered every semester and students should register for the course after consulting with the concentration advisor. The concentration advisor will assist students with matching their interests to local organizations and identifying an on-site supervisor available to collaborate in the ongoing and final evaluation of the student's work.

Thematic Courses:
57-306World Music9
70-365International Trade and International Law9
76-241Introduction to Gender Studies9
76-386Language & Culture9
76-449Race and Media9
76-450Law, Culture, and the Humanities9
76-468Space and Mobilities9
79-204American Environmental History9
79-228The Civil Rights Movement and the World9
79-281Introduction to Religion9
79-286Archaeology: Understanding the Ancient World6
79-311PaleoKitchen: Food and Cooking in the Ancient World6
79-316Photography, the First 100 Years, 1839-19399
79-324#MeToo: Naming and Resisting Gender Violence6
79-330Medicine and Society: Health, Healers, and Hospitals9
79-343Education, Democracy, and Civil Rights9
79-349United States and the Holocaust6
79-397Environmental and Public Health Crises in the City6
80-244Environmental Ethics9
80-335Social and Political Philosophy9
82-215Arab Culture Through Dialogues, Film, and Literature9
82-541Special Topics in Hispanic StudiesVar.
84-275Comparative Politics9
84-310International Political Economy9
84-318Politics of Developing Nations9
84-362Diplomacy and Statecraft9
Nation-based Courses:
79-216Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire3
79-256Sex, Guns, Rock, and Skinheads: Youth Rebellion in Europe, 1960-19909
79-257Germany and the Second World War9
79-261The Last Emperors: Chinese History and Society, 1600-19009
79-262Modern China: From the Birth of Mao ... to Now9
79-263Mao and the Chinese Cultural Revolution9
79-265Russian History: Game of Thrones9
79-266Russian History and Revolutionary Socialism9
79-267The Soviet Union in World War II: Military, Political, and Social History9
79-269Russian History: From Socialism to Capitalism9
79-309The Chinese Revolution Through Film (1949-2000)9
79-319India Through Film6
79-320Women, Politics, and Protest9
79-322Stalin and the Great Terror9
79-331Body Politics: Women and Health in America9
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
82-293Russian Cinema: From the Bolshevik Revolution to Putin's Russia9
82-29419th Century Russian Masterpieces9
82-303French & Francophone Cultures9
82-305French in its Social Contexts9
82-333Introduction to Chinese Language and CultureVar.
82-342Spain: Language and Culture9
82-344U.S. Latinos: Language and Culture9
82-361Italian Language and Culture I9
82-420The Crucible of Modernity:Vienna 19009
82-425Topics in German Literature and Culture9
82-427Nazi and Resistance Culture9
82-428History of German FilmVar.
82-433Topics in Contemporary Culture of China9
82-434Studies in Chinese Traditions9
82-440Studies in Chinese Literature & Culture9
82-473Topics in Japanese Studies9

Hispanic Studies CONCENTRATION (81 UNITS MINIMUM)

A BHA concentration in Hispanic Studies promotes not just language proficiency but also an understanding of its varied cultures. Students who arrive at Carnegie Mellon with previous language study and/or who have high Advanced Placement, an International Baccalaureate, a Cambridge GCE Advanced level or internal placement exam scores will be able to begin taking courses in the concentration earlier in their undergraduate program. In all cases, progress in the concentration will be accelerated by study abroad, which is recommended for all students.

Prerequisites

Intermediate level proficiency in Spanish. This is equivalent to the completion of four courses (two at the 100-level and two at the 200-level) or exemption based on Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Cambridge GCE Advanced level or Carnegie Mellon internal placement test scores.

Core Courses in Hispanic Studies (3 courses, 27 units)

Complete two courses.

82-342Spain: Language and Culture9
82-343Latin America Language and Culture9
82-344U.S. Latinos: Language and Culture9

Complete required course.

82-345Introduction to Hispanic Literary & Cultural Studies9
Core Courses in Modern Languages  (1 course, 9 units)

Complete one course.

82-280Billingual & Bicultural Experiences in the US9
82-282Interpreting Global Texts & Cultures9
82-283Language Diversity & Cultural Identity9
82-284Multicultural Pittsburgh: VR Storytelling9
82-285Podcasting: Language and Culture Through Storytelling9
82-286Cultural Complexities9
82-383Second Language Acquisition: Theories and Research9
82-388Topics in Second Language Acquisition9
82-480Translation Technologies9

Note: In consultation with the concentration advisor, students may substitute a Modern Languages course elective with one related to language analysis, language learning, or acquisition of language and culture from the listings in Hispanic Studies or from another department. Examples: 80-180 Nature of Language, 85-421 Language and Thought. In addition, students may choose to take 82-580 Senior Seminar in Modern Languages (3 units). The selected course may not double count in the Electives category.

Hispanic Studies and Interdisciplinary Electives (5 courses, 45 units)

Complete five courses from Hispanic Studies Electives or four courses from Hispanic Studies Electives and one course from Interdisciplinary Electives in consultation with the concentration advisor.

Hispanic Studies Electives:
82-441Studies in Peninsular Literature and Culture *9
82-443Spanish Reading and Translation Workshop9
82-444The Structure of Spanish9
82-451Studies in Latin American Literature and Culture *9
82-455/456Topics in Hispanic Studies *9
82-506Hispanic Studies Internship *Var.
82-541/542Special Topics in Hispanic Studies *Var.

* Students may repeat these courses with new topics.

Interdisciplinary Electives:

This list is compiled from possibilities such as but not limited to the following. Students should consult SIO and the concentration advisor for the most up to date interdisciplinary electives appropriate for the Hispanic Studies curriculum. Courses may be suggested to the concentration advisor for approval as a substitute. Note that not all courses are offered each semester.

English
76-385Introduction to Discourse Analysis9
76-386Language & Culture9
76-387Writing in the Disciplines6
76-484Discourse Analysis9
History
79-223Mexico: From the Aztec Empire to the Drug War9
79-224Mayan America9
79-237Comparative Slavery9
79-276Beyond the Border6
79-288Bananas, Baseball, and Borders: Latin America and the United States9
Institute for Policy and Strategy (Choose in consultation with the concentration advisor.)
84-308Political Economy of Latin America9
Modern Languages
82-245New Directions in Hispanic Studies9
82-247The Hispanic World: History, Culture and Globalization9
82-249Hispanic Language & Cultures for the Professions9
82-280Billingual & Bicultural Experiences in the US9
82-281Contextual Thinking9
82-282Interpreting Global Texts & Cultures9
82-283Language Diversity & Cultural Identity9
82-284Multicultural Pittsburgh: VR Storytelling9
82-285Podcasting: Language and Culture Through Storytelling9
82-286Cultural Complexities9
82-299Equity & Justice9
82-388Topics in Second Language Acquisition9
82-480Translation Technologies9
Philosophy
80-180Nature of Language9
80-280Linguistic Analysis9
80-285Natural Language Syntax9
80-286Words and Word Formation: Introduction to Morphology9
80-380Philosophy of Language9
80-381Meaning in Language9
Psychology
85-375Crosscultural Psychology9
85-421Language and Thought9

Information Systems CONCENTRATION (81 UNITS MINIMUM)

Did you enjoy computer science or more technical courses in high school, but are mostly interested in the practical and social applications of technology? Do you have a passion for business and want to use advanced technology to change how companies work? Do you want to learn how data and technology can be harnessed for social good?

The BHA concentration in Information Systems combines aspects of computer science, information technology, and business management to provide you with an uncommonly well-rounded portfolio. You will be uniquely positioned for an impactful career in an increasingly digitized and connected world and able to adapt to rapid evolution across industries.

In addition to building a solid foundation in computing, communications, and software development, you will also study social sciences and organizational theory to develop "big picture" critical thinking and understand the human impacts of technological change. This blend prepares you to take a leading role in our digital future.

Students must earn a final grade of "C" or better for these courses to count toward the concentration.

Mathematics and Computer Science Prerequisite Courses
15-112Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science12
15-121Introduction to Data Structures10
or 15-122 Principles of Imperative Computation

Choose one:

21-112Integral Calculus10
21-120Differential and Integral Calculus10
21-127Concepts of Mathematics10
21-240Matrix Algebra with Applications10
Information Systems Professional Core (7 courses, 75 units)
67-250The Information Systems Milieux -Spring9
67-262Database Design and Development -Fall9
67-272Application Design and Development -Spring12
67-373Information Systems Consulting Project -Spring12
05-391Designing Human Centered Software12
or 05-410 User-Centered Research and Evaluation
or 05-452 Service Design
17-313Foundations of Software Engineering12
95-422Managing Digital Transformation9
IS Breadth Category (1-2 courses, 6 units minimum)

Choose one-two courses from any of the three IS Breadth categories (Professional Communication, Quantitative Analysis and Innovation & Entrepreneurship).

Professional Communications:

Information systems professionals communicate with a wide range of people in most organizations and often facilitate communications between diverse groups of stakeholders. Consequently, the most successful professionals typically are those with strong communication skills. These courses help students see that the structure and presentation of information affects how well (and how easily) it can be understood and used.

36-315Statistical Graphics and Visualization9
51-261Design Center: Communication Design Fundmntls: IxD for Communications9
or 51-262 Design Center: CD Fundamentals: Design for Interactions for Communications
67-265Design Fundamentals: Shaping Interactions and Experiences9
67-338Information & Grid Design9
70-321Negotiation and Conflict Resolution9
70-340Business Communications9
84-250Writing for Political Science and Policy9
88-418Negotiation: Strategies and Behavioral Insights9
88-419International Negotiation9
88/70/85-341Team Dynamics and Leadership9
Quantitative Analysis and Research Methods:

This area focuses on decision making and data analysis—essential to development of useful information systems. This area exposes students to analytic methods in the social sciences and quantitative methods for approaching complex methods.

36-202Methods for Statistics & Data Science9
36-225Introduction to Probability Theory9
36-303Sampling, Survey and Society9
36-309Experimental Design for Behavioral & Social Sciences9
36-315Statistical Graphics and Visualization9
36-401Modern Regression9
36-402Advanced Methods for Data Analysis9
36/70-208Regression Analysis9
67-364Practical Data Science9
80-305Decision Theory9
88-223Decision Analysis12
88-251Empirical Research Methods9
88-252Causal Inference in the Field9
Innovation and Entrepreneurship:

The focus of this area is to apply disciplined techniques to generate ideas that have value in a market, and bring them through design, feasibility testing, and frequent revision, towards a potential launch.

05-470Digital Service Innovation12
17-356Software Engineering for Startups12
67-443Mobile Application Design and Development12

International Relations and Politics Concentration (81 units minimum)

Offered through the Institute for Politics and Strategy (IPS), the International Relations and Politics (IRP) BHA concentration analyzes the role of politics at the national, regional, international, and transnational levels; examines political and institutional arrangements within and among these levels; and investigates the grand strategy of nation-states.

Statesmen, scholars, and policy makers often define grand strategy as the combination of diplomatic, economic, military, and political factors used by leaders to defend their respective nation-states. The IRP concentration investigates the way in which leaders and citizens construct grand strategy and national security policy more generally; the impact of domestic and international forces on states’ security and economic policies; and the significance of alliances, coalitions, and international institutions for world politics. Although the study of grand strategy and political institutions is the flagship initiative of the concentration, students are also able to study the effects of culture, economics and society on the international system through a rich set of elective courses.

Thinking systematically about international and domestic politics is the core objective of the IRP concentration. The concentration is rooted in the discipline of political science but also utilizes the interdisciplinary strengths of decision science, economics, and political history. Thus, students pursuing this concentration will use the analytic tools of game theory, economic and statistical analysis, qualitative analysis, rational choice theory and theories of behavioral decision making as they study alliances, coalitions, institutions and political strategy.

The name of the concentration signifies that those studying IRP learn about international relations and domestic politics from the standpoint of the discipline of political science. Also, the concentration taps into and contributes to CMU’s strengths in other social sciences that combine analytical and empirical methods. IRP includes an innovative initiative that incorporates decision science in international relations. It enables students to apply the burgeoning science of judgment and decision making to understanding political actors’ strategies and foibles, the strengths and weaknesses of formal methods of policy analysis (e.g., cost, risk, benefit, analysis), and the factors shaping public responses to politics and policies.

Recognizing the influence of language and culture on politics, students are required to complete the intermediate (200) level, or its equivalent, in a modern language other than English. Advanced-level study is strongly encouraged.

The Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program (CMU/WSP) allows students to study public policy and intern in Washington for one semester. Courses taken through CMU/WSP will count toward the elective sequence in politics and public policy for the IRP concentration.

Prerequisite
84-110Foundations of Political Economy9
or 73-102 Principles of Microeconomics
Core Courses (7 courses, 60 units)
84-104Decision Processes in American Political Institutions9
84-250Writing for Political Science and Policy9
84-265Political Science Research Methods9
84-275Comparative Politics9
84-326Theories of International Relations9
84-450Policy Seminar6
36-202Methods for Statistics & Data Science9
Language Requirement

BHA IRP students are required to complete the intermediate (200) level or the equivalent in a modern language other than English. The language requirement may be satisfied by the BHA General Education Modern Languages requirement if the 200-level is reached. Advanced level study is strongly encouraged.

Electives (3 courses, 21 units minimum)

International Relations and Politics BHA students will either:

Option 1

Take 21 units (three courses) from the elective lists below. At least two courses must be from the Institute for Politics and Strategy (84-xxx).

Grand Strategy and Political Institutions
66-221Topics of Law: Introduction to Intellectual Property Law9
79-301History of Surveillance: From the Plantation to Data Capitalism6
79-302Killer Robots:The Ethics, Law, and Politics of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems6
80-135Introduction to Political Philosophy9
80-321Causation, Law, and Social Policy9
80-335Social and Political Philosophy9
84-309Political Behavior9
84-319U.S. Foreign Policy and Interventions in World Affairs9
84-320Global Perspectives on International Affairs6
84-321Autocrats and Democrats9
84-322Nonviolent Conflict and Revolution9
84-323War and Peace in the Contemporary Middle East9
84-324The Future of Democracy9
84-325Contemporary American Foreign Policy9
84-327Repression and Control in Dictatorships9
84-350America and the World6
84-352Representation and Voting Rights9
84-362Diplomacy and Statecraft9
84-363Comparative Legal Systems9
84-364Comparative Presidential Behavior: Leadership, Personality, and Decision Making9
84-366The American Presidency9
84-369Decision Science for International Relations9
84-370Global Nuclear Politics9
84-372Space and National Security9
84-373Emerging Technologies and the Law9
84-380US Grand Strategy9
84-382Conflicts in the Middle East: Iran, Iraq, and Proxy Warfare9
84-386The Privatization of Force9
84-387Technology and Policy of Cyber War9
84-388Concepts of War and Cyber War6
84-389Terrorism and Insurgency9
84-390Social Media, Technology, and Conflict9
84-393Legislative Decision Making: US Congress6
84-402Judicial Politics and Behavior9
84-405The Future of Warfare9
84-414International and Subnational Security9
84-421Advanced Topics in American Politics9
88-281Topics in Law: 1st Amendment9
88-284Topics of Law: The Bill of Rights9
Economics and Society
19-452EPP Projects II12
70-342Managing Across Cultures9
70-365International Trade and International Law9
70-430International Management9
73-103Principles of Macroeconomics9
73-328Health Economics12
73-332Political Economy9
80-136Social Structure, Public Policy & Ethics9
80-244Environmental Ethics9
80-249AI, Society, and Humanity9
80-348Health, Human Rights, and International Development9
80-447Global Justice9
84-307Economic and Political History of Contemporary China9
84-308Political Economy of Latin America9
84-310International Political Economy9
84-311International Development: Theory and Praxis9
84-312Terrorism in Sub-Saharan Africa6
84-313International Organizations and Law9
84-318Politics of Developing Nations9
88-411Rise of the Asian Economies9
International Cultures
76-318Communicating in the Global Marketplace9
76-386Language & Culture9
79-203The Other Europes: The Habsburgs, Communism, & Central/Eastern Europe, 1740-19909
79-20520th Century Europe9
79-223Mexico: From the Aztec Empire to the Drug War9
79-224Mayan America9
79-227Modern Africa: The Slave Trade to the End of Apartheid9
79-229The Origins of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, 1880-19489
79-230Arab-Israeli Conflict Since 19489
79-233The United States and the Middle East since 19459
79-257Germany and the Second World War9
79-262Modern China: From the Birth of Mao ... to Now9
79-264Tibet and China: History and Propaganda6
79-265Russian History: Game of Thrones9
79-266Russian History and Revolutionary Socialism9
79-267The Soviet Union in World War II: Military, Political, and Social History9
79-275Introduction to Global Studies9
79-288Bananas, Baseball, and Borders: Latin America and the United States9
79-307Religion and Politics in the Middle East9
79-313"Unwanted": Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Patterns of Global Migration6
79-314The Politics and Culture of Memory9
79-318Sustainable Social Change: History and Practice9
79-320Women, Politics, and Protest9
79-338History of Education in America9
79-342Introduction to Science and Technology Studies9
79-343Education, Democracy, and Civil Rights9
79-377Food, Culture, and Power: A History of Eating9
79-381Energy and Empire: How Fossil Fuels Changed the World9
79-385Out of Africa: The Making of the African Diaspora9
79-398Documenting the 1967 Arab-Israeli War9
85-375Crosscultural Psychology9
300 or 400- level language course
Option 2

Complete their electives via the Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program (CMU/WSP) Politics and Public Policy elective sequence. 

The Washington Semester Program (CMU/WSP) Politics and Public Policy Elective Sequence includes:
84-450-84-450Policy Seminar-Policy Seminar
(This course will count as the Policy Seminar Core Course Requirement)
12
84-360CMU/WSP Internship Seminar12
84-3xxCMU/WSP Elective Seminars (Take 24 units from the elective list below)24
CMU/WSP Politics and Public Policy Elective Seminars
84-330The Shading of Democracy: The Influence of Race on American Politics6
84-331Money, Media, and the Power of Data in Decisionmaking6
84-332Effects of US Policy on Businesses: Perspectives of Asian Americans6
84-333Power and Levers for Change in Washington, DC12
84-334Presidential Power in a Constitutional System6
84-335Intelligence and Policy6
84-336Implementing Public Policy: From Good Idea To Reality12
84-337Biomedical Science Research, Policy, and Governance6
84-338Political News Coverage in the Era of Trump, Twitter, and "Fake News"6
84-339Seminar in Public Policy Research12
84-340Making Change: How Organized Interests Work in Washington12
84-343Language and Power: How to Understand and Use Political Speech6
84-346Legal Issues in Public Administration6
84-348Advocacy, Policy and Practice6

Japanese Studies Concentration (81 units minimum)

A BHA concentration in Japanese Studies promotes not just language proficiency but also an understanding of Japanese culture. Students who arrive at Carnegie Mellon with previous language study and/or who have high Advanced Placement, an International Baccalaureate, a Cambridge GCE Advanced level or internal placement exam scores will be able to begin taking courses in the concentration earlier in their undergraduate program. In all cases, progress in the concentration will be accelerated by study abroad, which is recommended for all students.

Prerequisites

Low-intermediate level proficiency in Japanese. This is equivalent to the completion of three courses (two at the 100-level and one at the 200-level) or exemption based on Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, a Cambridge GCE Advanced level or Carnegie Mellon internal placement test scores.

Core Courses in Japanese Studies (4 courses, 39 units)
82-272Intermediate Japanese II *12
82-273Introduction to Japanese Language and Culture9
82-371Advanced Japanese I9
82-372Advanced Japanese II9

* Students who place out of 82-272 Intermediate Japanese II must take 12 units chosen from the Japanese Studies and Interdisciplinary Electives category below.

Core Courses in Modern Languages (1 course, 9 units)

Complete one course.

82-280Billingual & Bicultural Experiences in the US9
82-282Interpreting Global Texts & Cultures9
82-283Language Diversity & Cultural Identity9
82-284Multicultural Pittsburgh: VR Storytelling9
82-285Podcasting: Language and Culture Through Storytelling9
82-286Cultural Complexities9
82-383Second Language Acquisition: Theories and Research9
82-388Topics in Second Language Acquisition9
82-480Translation Technologies9

Note: In consultation with the concentration advisor, students may substitute a Modern Languages course elective with one related to language analysis, language learning or acquisition of language and culture from the listings in Japanese Studies or from another department. Examples: 80-180 Nature of Language, 85-421 Language and Thought. In addition, students may choose to take 82-580 Senior Seminar in Modern Languages (3 units). The selected course may not double count in the Electives category.

Japanese Studies and Interdisciplinary Electives (4 courses, 33 units minimum)

Complete three courses from Japanese Studies Electives and one course from Interdisciplinary Electives or two courses from Japanese Studies Electives and two courses from Interdisciplinary Electives in consultation with the concentration advisor. With permission of the concentration advisor, students are encouraged to complete at least one Japanese history course that qualifies for Japanese Studies and Interdisciplinary Electives at the University of Pittsburgh, one in Japan when they study abroad or in a summer program at any other university.

Japanese Studies Electives
82-373Structure of the Japanese Language9
82-374Issues in Japanese Technology & Society9
82-473/474Topics in Japanese Studies *9
82-505Undergraduate InternshipVar.
82-571/572Special Topics in Japanese Studies *Var.

* Students may repeat these courses with new topics.

Interdisciplinary Electives

This list is compiled from possibilities such as but not limited to the following. Students should consult SIO and concentration advisor for the most up to date interdisciplinary electives appropriate for the Japanese Studies curriculum. Courses may be suggested to the concentration advisor for approval as a substitute. Note that not all courses are offered each semester. 

English
76-239Introduction to Film Studies9
76-386Language & Culture9
76-387Writing in the Disciplines6
History
79-261The Last Emperors: Chinese History and Society, 1600-19009
79-262Modern China: From the Birth of Mao ... to Now9
79-275Introduction to Global Studies9
Institute for Politics and Strategy (Choose in consultation with the concentration advisor.)
84-310International Political Economy9
84-326Theories of International Relations9
84-362Diplomacy and Statecraft9
84-369Decision Science for International Relations9
84-370Global Nuclear Politics9
84-380US Grand Strategy9
84-388Concepts of War and Cyber War6
84-405The Future of Warfare9
Modern Languages
82-234Topics in Chinese History9
82-278Japanese Film and Literature: The Art of Storytelling9
82-279Anime - Visual Interplay between Japan and the World9
82-280Billingual & Bicultural Experiences in the US9
82-282Interpreting Global Texts & Cultures9
82-283Language Diversity & Cultural Identity9
82-284Multicultural Pittsburgh: VR Storytelling9
82-285Podcasting: Language and Culture Through Storytelling9
82-286Cultural Complexities9
82-373Structure of the Japanese Language9
82-374Issues in Japanese Technology & Society9
82-383Second Language Acquisition: Theories and Research9
82-388Topics in Second Language Acquisition9
82-480Translation Technologies9
Philosophy
80-180Nature of Language9
80-280Linguistic Analysis9
80-380Philosophy of Language9
Psychology
85-375Crosscultural Psychology9
85-421Language and Thought9

Linguistics Concentration (81 units minimum)

The BHA concentration in Linguistics combines courses from the departments of English, Modern Languages, Philosophy and Psychology and the Language Technologies Institute. Linguistics is the study of human language, and it encompasses a broad spectrum of research questions, approaches and methodologies. Some linguists are concerned with the cognitive aspects of language learning, production and comprehension; some are concerned with language as a social and cultural phenomenon; others engage in the analysis of linguistic form and meaning, some from a functional and others from a formal perspective. There are also computational approaches to linguistics with both applied and theoretical goals.

Introductory Course (1 course, 9 units)
80-180Nature of Language9
Linguistics Core (2 courses, 18 units)

Take one course each in two of the following three areas.

Sounds:
80-282Phonetics and Phonology I9
Structure:
80-280Linguistic Analysis9
80-285Natural Language Syntax9
Meaning:
80-381Meaning in Language9
80-383Language in Use9
Extended Core (3 courses, 27 units)

Choose three courses from Extended Core or additional courses from the Linguistics Core above.

80-283It Matters How You Say It9
80-284Invented Languages9
80-286Words and Word Formation: Introduction to Morphology9
80-287Language Variation and Change9
80-288Intonation: Transcription and Analysis9
80-382Phonetics and Phonology II9
80-384Linguistics of Turkic Languages9
80-385Linguistics of Germanic Languages9
80-388Linguistic Typology: Diversity and Universals9
80-488Acoustics of Human Speech: Theory, Data, and Analysis9
Elective Courses (3 courses, 27 units)

Take three additional electives. These can be additional courses from the Core or Extended Core courses listed above, the electives list below, or any other course which must be approved by the concentration advisor as a linguistics elective. Listed below are the additional electives taught on a regular basis. Additional appropriate courses are offered irregularly or on a one-off basis. The concentration advisor will provide students with a list of possible electives each semester, and will assist students in selecting electives that are consistent with their goals and interests. A list of these courses must be filed in the BXA office.

Philosophy:
80-380Philosophy of Language9
80-484Language and Thought9
English:
76-318Communicating in the Global Marketplace9
76-325Intertextuality9
76-385Introduction to Discourse Analysis9
76-386Language & Culture9
76-389Rhetorical Grammar9
Modern Languages:
82-283Language Diversity & Cultural Identity9
82-305French in its Social Contexts9
82-373Structure of the Japanese Language9
82-383Second Language Acquisition: Theories and Research9
82-585Topics in Second Language Acquisition9
82-304French & Francophone Sociolinguistics9
Psychology:
85-354Infant Language Development9
85-421Language and Thought9
Language Technologies Institute:
11-411Natural Language Processing12
11-423ConLanging: Lrng. Ling. & Lang Tech via Constru Artif. Lang.12
11-492Speech Processing12
11-422Grammar Formalisims9

LITERATURE & CULTURE CONCENTRATION (81 UNITS MINIMUM)

The BHA concentration in Literature & Culture teaches students how to read, interpret and write persuasively about novels, poems, plays and other imaginative works across a variety of genres and media forms. Along with teaching students the analytical skills and methodological tools to interpret these works, this major teaches the importance of understanding imaginative works within their cultural and historical contexts. In addition, the concentration is designed to train students in strong professional and academic skills like critical thinking, inductive reasoning and persuasive argumentation that are applicable to other fields of study and a variety of career paths.

Prerequisite Course
76-26xSurvey of Forms (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, Screenwriting)9
Required Introductory Courses (2 courses, 18 units)
76-245Shakespeare's Dark Plays9
or 76-247 Shakespeare: Comedies and Romances
76-275Critical Writing Workshop9
200-Level Literature & Culture Course (1 course, 9 units)

Course options include but are not limited to the following:

76-207Special Topics in Literature & Culture9
76-210Banned Books9
76-217Literature & Culture of the 20th and 21st Century9
76-221Books You Should Have Read By Now9
76-223Contemporary Black Literature9
76-230Literature & Culture in the 19th Century9
76-233Literature and Culture in the Renaissance9
76-232Introduction to Black Literature9
76-238What Was the Hip-Hop Generation?9
76-245Shakespeare's Dark Plays9
76-290Literature & Culture in the 20th Century9
300-Level Course (1 course, 9 units)

Course options include but are not limited to the following:

76-310Advanced Studies in Film and Media9
76-311Acting Out in the London Theatre9
76-313Creative Visual Storytelling in Film Production9
76-314Data Stories9
76-337Intersectional Feminism9
76-341Gender and Sexuality in Performance9
76-343Rise of the American Novel9
76-352Music, Technology, and Culture9
76-353Transnational Feminisms: Fiction and Film9
76-361Corpus Rhetorical Analysis9
76-367Fact Into Film: Translating History into Cinema9
76-377Shakespeare on Film9
76-388Coding for Humanists9
400-Level Course (1 course, 9 units)

Course options include but are not limited to the following:

76-410The Long Eighteenth Century9
76-412Performance and 18th Century Theatrical Culture9
76-414Politics, Media, and Romantic Literature 1789-18309
76-429Introduction to Digital Humanities9
76-440Postcolonial Theory: Diaspora and Transnationalism9
76-443Restoration & 18th-Century Theatre9
76-444History of Books and Reading9
76-448Shakespeare on Film9
Theory Course (1 course, 9 units)

Course options include but are not limited to the following:

76-350Critical Theories about Literature9
Rhetoric Course (1 course, 9 units)

Course options include but are not limited to the following:

76-318Communicating in the Global Marketplace9
76-319Environmental Rhetoric9
76-351Rhetorical Invention9
76-355Leadership, Dialogue, and Change9
76-359User Experience Methods for Documents9
76-373Argument9
76-378Literacy: Educational Theory and Community Practice9
76-384Race, Nation, and the Enemy9
76-385Introduction to Discourse Analysis9
76-388Coding for Humanists9
76-389Rhetorical Grammar9
76-396Non-Profit Message Creation9
76-415Mediated Power and Propaganda9
76-418Rhetoric and the Body9
76-419Media in a Digital Age9
76-452Generations and Culture9
76-457Rhetorical Invention9
76-475Law, Performance, and Identity9
76-476Rhetoric of Science9
76-484Discourse Analysis9
76-485The New Public Sphere9
76-486Argument Theory9
76-491Rhetorical Analysis9
76-492Rhetoric of Public Policy9
76-496Research Methods in Rhetoric & Writing Studies9
English Elective Courses (2 courses, 18 units)

Complete two additional courses from the English Department’s offerings. One course must be at the 300-level, and one must be at the 400-level. Electives may include any courses offered by the English Department from any specialization area, with the exception of creative writing workshops.

Logic & Computation CONCENTRATION (81 UNITS MINIMUM)

Students in the program take a common core of courses in logic, methodology, and computer science, together with an associated seminar in their senior year. The individual focus is achieved by selecting a sequence of four advanced and closely related courses. It is in this area of focus (or specialization) that students write their senior thesis under the supervision of a faculty member.

The resulting education in logic, analytic philosophy, mathematics, statistics and computer science enables students to pursue professional careers or graduate study. The analytic and communication skills developed in the major support a wide range of career choices, including those among the fields of technology, business and law. Fields of graduate study for which students are well prepared include, for example, computer science, cognitive science, philosophy, logic and linguistics.

Prerequisites
15-112Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science12
21-127Concepts of Mathematics10
Logic & Computation Core (6 courses, 56 units)
15-122Principles of Imperative Computation10
15-150Principles of Functional Programming10
80-150Nature of Reason9
80-211Logic and Mathematical Inquiry9
80-310Formal Logic9
80-311Undecidability and Incompleteness9
Logic & Computation Electives (3 courses, 25 units minimum)

Bearing in mind prerequisites, Logic & Computation students must complete three advanced courses in areas that use logical and computational tools, such as philosophy, computer science, linguistics, mathematical logic, psychology or statistics. The sequence of courses, mostly at the 300-level, must be selected in consultation with the concentration advisor.

Philosophy Concentration (81 units minimum)

The BHA Concentration in in Philosophy provides students with a broad humanities education and sharpens their analytical skills. We encourage, but do not require, students to choose a thematic concentration through their electives. Sample curricula emphasizing Pre-Law, Metaphysics and Epistemology, Ethics and Social Philosophy, and Philosophy of Mind are suggested below. However, alternative emphases can be proposed and approved by the concentration advisor.

In any of the areas listed, substitutions of courses that cohere with a student’s interest may be allowed with approval from the concentration advisor.

Introduction to Philosophy (1 course, 9 units)
80-100Introduction to Philosophy9
Area 1: Values and Normative Theory (1 course, 9 units)
80-130Introduction to Ethics9
80-135Introduction to Political Philosophy9
80-136Social Structure, Public Policy & Ethics9
80-244Environmental Ethics9
80-245Medical Ethics9
80-246Moral Psychology9
80-248Engineering Ethics9
80-249AI, Society, and Humanity9
80-330Ethical Theory9
80-335Social and Political Philosophy9
80-336Philosophy of Law9
80-348Health, Human Rights, and International Development9
80-430Ethics and Medical Research9
80-447Global Justice9
Area 2: Philosophy of Mind/Language/Metaphysics (1 course, 9 units)
80-180Nature of Language9
80-270Problems of Mind and Body: Meaning and Doing9
80-271Mind and Body: The Objective and the Subjective9
80-276Philosophy of Religion9
80-280Linguistic Analysis9
80-281Language and Thought9
80-282Phonetics and Phonology I9
80-283It Matters How You Say It9
80-284Invented Languages9
80-285Natural Language Syntax9
80-286Words and Word Formation: Introduction to Morphology9
80-287Language Variation and Change9
80-288Intonation: Transcription and Analysis9
80-327Philosophy of Neuroscience9
80-380Philosophy of Language9
80-381Meaning in Language9
80-382Phonetics and Phonology II9
80-383Language in Use9
80-384Linguistics of Turkic Languages9
80-385Linguistics of Germanic Languages9
80-388Linguistic Typology: Diversity and Universals9
80-580Seminar on the Philosophy of Language9
Area 3: Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics (1 course, 9 units)
80-110Nature of Mathematical Reasoning9
80-210Logic and Proofs9
80-211Logic and Mathematical Inquiry9
80-212Arguments and Logical Analysis9
80-310Formal Logic9
80-311Undecidability and Incompleteness9
80-312Mathematical Revolutions9
80-314Causal Discovery, Statistics, and Machine Learning9
80-315Modal Logic9
80-411Proof Theory9
80-413Category Theory9
80-419Interactive Theorem Proving9
80-513Seminar on Philosophy of Mathematics9
80-514Categorical Logic9
80-518Seminar on Topics in Logic9
Area 4: Epistemology/Metaphysics (1 course, 9 units)
80-150Nature of Reason9
80-201Knowledge and Justified Belief9
80-208Critical Thinking9
80-220Philosophy of Science9
80-221Philosophy of Social Science9
80-222Measurement and Methodology9
80-223Causality and Probability9
80-224Race, Gender and Science9
80-226Revolutions in Science9
80-305Decision Theory9
80-322Philosophy of Physics9
80-324Philosophy of Economics9
80-326Epistemology of Machine Learning9
80-327Philosophy of Neuroscience9
80-405Game Theory9
80-515Seminar on the Foundations of Statistics9
80-516Causality and Machine LearningVar.
80-520Seminar on Philosophy Science9
80-521Seminar on Formal Epistemology: Belief and EvidenceVar.
Area 5: History of Philosophy (1 course, 9 units)
80-150Nature of Reason9
80-226Revolutions in Science9
80-250Ancient Philosophy9
80-251Modern Philosophy9
80-252Kant9
80-253Continental Philosophy9
80-254Analytic Philosophy9
80-255Pragmatism9
80-256Modern Moral Philosophy9
80-257Nietzsche9
80-261Experience, Reason, and Truth9
80-263Approaching Chinese Philosophy: Basic Texts and Implications9
80-358Hume9
80-362Russell9
80-36319th Century Foundations of Science9
Area 6: Electives (3 courses, 27 units)

Three other philosophy courses, or appropriate courses from other departments, with the permission of the concentration advisor.

Professional Writing Concentration (81 units minimum)

Professional Writing combines liberal and professional education with a strong foundation in rhetorical studies. The concentration in Professional Writing has a strong career orientation and is specifically designed to prepare students for successful careers as writers and communications specialists in a range of fields: publishing, government, journalism, the non-profit sector, education, public and media relations, corporate communications, advocacy writing and the arts. The concentration is designed to develop articulate and reflective communications professionals with both the skills needed to enter and negotiate current work contexts (including writing for the web and other digital media) and the analytic and problem-solving skills needed to understand and keep pace with cultural and technological change.

Prerequisite English Elective                                                                                                                                                                                                            Students with a concentration in Professional Writing must complete one perquisite course from the English Department’s offerings, which focuses on the relationships between texts and their cultural and historical contexts. The course must be at or above the 200 level. 76-270 Writing for the Professions, and 76-271 Introduction to Professional and Technical Writing may not count as English electives. Appropriate courses are advertised every semester in the English department’s “What Counts for What” publication.

Foundation Courses (5 courses, 39 units)
76-26xSurvey of Forms (Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry or Screenwriting)9
76-271Introduction to Professional and Technical Writing9
76-300Professional Seminar3
76-373Argument9
76-390Style9
Rhetoric/Language Studies Course (1 course, 9 units)

Students with a concentration in Professional Writing complete one course from designated Rhetoric courses offered and advertised each semester by the English Department. Rhetoric courses focus on understanding the role of language and language practices in both personal and professional contexts. Courses emphasize the relationships between texts and their contexts and pay particular attention to textual features, meaning, processes of reading and writing, and the ways in which language practices vary over time and across situations and cultures. The courses also equip students with explicit techniques for analyzing, understanding and exploring language practices. The Rhetoric/Language Studies courses may also be taken as part of the concentration requirements for three additional, Advanced Writing/Rhetoric courses and include but are not limited to the following list.

76-319Environmental Rhetoric9
76-325Intertextuality9
76-351Rhetorical Invention9
76-359User Experience Methods for Documents9
76-360Literary Journalism Workshop9
76-384Race, Nation, and the Enemy9
76-388Coding for Humanists9
76-389Rhetorical Grammar9
76-395Science Writing9
76-396Non-Profit Message Creation9
76-415Mediated Power and Propaganda9
76-474Software Documentation9
76-476Rhetoric of Science9
76-494Healthcare Communications9
Advanced Writing/Rhetoric Courses (3 courses, 27 units minimum)

Students with a concentration in Professional Writing complete three Advanced Writing/Rhetoric courses at the 300- or 400-level. Options for these courses include all of the Rhetoric/Language Studies courses listed above plus the writing-focused courses listed below. Additional courses that fulfill these requirements are advertised on a semester-by-semester basis. For help in choosing which of the possible options are most appropriate for various professional goals – journalism, writing for new media, editing and publishing, public relations/corporate communications, or science and technical writing – consult your English Department advisor. All students with a concentration in PW, regardless of their career focus, are encouraged to take 76-391 Document & Information Design and 76-487 Web Design to extend their skills in writing for print to include information design for digital media. Both courses focus on the role of the writer in these specializations and provide lab instruction in the relevant software and related computer skills.

76-301InternshipVar.
76-302Communication Support Tutoring Practicum6
76-314Data Stories9
76-319Environmental Rhetoric9
76-351Rhetorical Invention9
76-354Watchdog Journalism9
76-359User Experience Methods for Documents9
76-360Literary Journalism Workshop9
76-361Corpus Rhetorical Analysis9
76-372News Writing9
76-378Literacy: Educational Theory and Community Practice9
76-380Methods in Humanities Analytics9
76-386Language & Culture9
76-388Coding for Humanists9
76-389Rhetorical Grammar9
76-391Document & Information Design9
76-395Science Writing9
76-396Non-Profit Message Creation9
76-415Mediated Power and Propaganda9
76-418Rhetoric and the Body9
76-419Media in a Digital Age9
76-420The Cognition of Reading and Writing: Introduction to a Social/Cognitive Process9
76-425Rhetoric, Science, and the Public Sphere9
76-457Rhetorical Invention9
76-464Creative Nonfiction Workshop9
76-472Topics in Journalism: Storytelling in a Digital Age9
76-474Software Documentation9
76-475Law, Performance, and Identity9
76-476Rhetoric of Science9
76-481Introduction to Multimedia Design12
76-484Discourse Analysis9
76-485The New Public Sphere9
76-486Argument Theory9
76-487Web Design12
76-491Rhetorical Analysis9
76-492Rhetoric of Public Policy9
76-494Healthcare Communications9
76-496Research Methods in Rhetoric & Writing Studies9
English Elective (1 course, 6 units minimum)

Students with a concentration in Professional Writing complete one additional course from the English Department’s offerings. This course should be one that focuses on the relationships between texts and their cultural and historical contexts. Courses in literature, cultural studies, rhetoric and media studies that meet this requirement are advertised on a semester-by-semester basis. The English Elective may be any course offered by the Department with the exception of 76-270 Writing for the Professions, which is designed for non-majors and overlap with 76-271 Introduction to Professional and Technical Writing.

Psychology Concentration (81 units minimum)

Psychology is a science that embraces both biological and social sciences. It is a science concerned with establishing principles and laws regarding the ways in which people think, feel, and behave through the scientific study of human behavior. Students with a concentration in Psychology are expected not only to learn about findings already established by psychologists, but also to become proficient in the investigation and analysis of behavior. This includes observing behavior, formulating hypotheses, designing experiments to test these hypotheses, running experiments, performing statistical analyses and writing reports.

Breadth Courses (4 courses, 36 units)

To gain familiarity with the breadth of the field of Psychology, students take 85-102 Introduction to Psychology and three survey courses.

Required Intro Course:
85-102Introduction to Psychology9
Survey Courses:
85-211Cognitive Psychology9
or 85-213 Human Information Processing and Artifical Intelligence
85-219Biological Foundations of Behavior9
85-221Principles of Child Development9
85-241Social Psychology9
85-251Personality9

Research Methods and Statistics (2 courses, 18 units)

Students complete one course in Research Methods (9 units). The corresponding survey course is a prerequisite for this course.

85-310Research Methods in Cognitive Psychology9
85-314Cognitive Neuroscience Research Methods9
85-320Research Methods in Developmental Psychology9
85-330Analytic Research Methods9
85-340Research Methods in Social Psychology9

The following Statistics course is a prerequisite for all the Research Methods courses. This Statistics course counts toward the Psychology concentration.

36-309Experimental Design for Behavioral & Social Sciences -Fall9
or 85-309 Statistical Concepts and Methods for Behavioral and Social Science
Advanced Courses (3 courses, 27 units)

Complete any three advanced courses or seminars in Psychology numbered higher than 85-341 (excepting 85-480, 85-482, 85-48485-505, 85-506, 85-507, 85-508).

Russian Studies CONCENTRATION (81 UNITS MINIMUM)

A BHA concentration in Russian Studies promotes not just language proficiency but also an understanding of Russian culture. Students who arrive at Carnegie Mellon with previous language study and/or who have high Advanced Placement, an International Baccalaureate, a Cambridge GCE Advanced level or internal placement exam scores will be able to begin taking courses in the concentration earlier in their undergraduate program. In all cases, progress in the concentration will be accelerated by study abroad, which is recommended for all students.

Prerequisites

Intermediate level proficiency in Russian. This is equivalent to the completion of three courses (two at the 100-level and one at the 200-level) or exemption based on Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Cambridge GCE Advanced level or Carnegie Mellon internal placement test scores.

Core Courses in Russian Studies (3 courses, 33 units)
82-292Intermediate Russian II12
82-29419th Century Russian Masterpieces
(12 units)
Var.
or 82-295 20th Century Russian Masterpieces
79-265Russian History: Game of Thrones9
or 79-266 Russian History and Revolutionary Socialism

Core Courses in Modern Languages (1 course, 9 units)

Complete one course.

82-280Billingual & Bicultural Experiences in the US9
82-282Interpreting Global Texts & Cultures9
82-283Language Diversity & Cultural Identity9
82-284Multicultural Pittsburgh: VR Storytelling9
82-285Podcasting: Language and Culture Through Storytelling9
82-286Cultural Complexities9
82-383Second Language Acquisition: Theories and Research9
82-388Topics in Second Language Acquisition9
82-480Translation Technologies9

Note:  In consultation with the concentration advisor, students may substitute a Modern Languages course elective with one related to language analysis, language learning, or acquisition of language and culture from the listings in Russian Studies or from another department. Examples: 80-180 Nature of Language, 85-421 Language and Thought. In addition, students may choose to take 82-580 Senior Seminar in Modern Languages (3 units). The selected course may not double count in the Electives category.

Russian Studies and Interdisciplinary Electives (5 courses, 39 units minimum)

Complete two courses from Russian Studies Electives or one course from Russian Studies Electives and one course from Interdisciplinary Electives in consultation with the concentration advisor.

Russian Studies Electives:
82-293Russian Cinema: From the Bolshevik Revolution to Putin's RussiaVar.
82-391Advanced Russian I - Berlin, Paris, New York, Harbin9
82-392Advanced Russian II: Great Short Works9
82-394Russian for Heritage Speakers: Babushkas, Russia & Beyond9
82-397Topics in Russian Language & CultureVar.
82-599Russian Studies Thesis9

* Students may repeat these courses with new topics.

Interdisciplinary Electives:

This list is compiled from possibilities such as but not limited to the following. Students should consult SIO and the concentration advisor for the most up to date interdisciplinary electives appropriate for the Russian Studies curriculum. Courses may be suggested to the concentration advisor for approval as a substitute. Note that not all courses are offered each semester.

English
76-239Introduction to Film Studies9
76-386Language & Culture9
76-387Writing in the Disciplines6
History
79-20520th Century Europe9
79-267The Soviet Union in World War II: Military, Political, and Social History9
79-322Stalin and the Great Terror9
79-341The Cold War in Documents and Film9
Institute for Politics and Strategy (Choose in consultation with the concentration advisor.)
84-380US Grand Strategy9
84-405The Future of Warfare9
Modern Languages
82-208Eastern Europe: Society and Culture9
82-280Billingual & Bicultural Experiences in the US9
82-282Interpreting Global Texts & Cultures9
82-283Language Diversity & Cultural Identity9
82-284Multicultural Pittsburgh: VR Storytelling9
82-285Podcasting: Language and Culture Through Storytelling9
82-286Cultural Complexities9
82-383Second Language Acquisition: Theories and Research9
82-388Topics in Second Language Acquisition9
82-480Translation Technologies9
Philosophy
80-180Nature of Language9
80-280Linguistic Analysis9
80-380Philosophy of Language9
Psychology
85-375Crosscultural Psychology9
85-421Language and Thought9

* Students may repeat these courses with new topics.

Social & Political History Concentration (81 units minimum)

The BHA concentration in Social & Political History focuses on new ways to understand the past and new ways to use what we know, as well as on connections between past and present and on how historical knowledge facilitates understanding of social, cultural and policy change. The History concentration emphasizes empirical methods and conceptual analysis, as well as specific research skills relevant to many types of jobs and further professional training. The History concentration combines a structured sequence of courses, training in research methods, theoretical concepts, and analytical writing skills, plus a considerable array of electives.

The BHA concentration in Social & Political History emphasizes broad-based, cumulative knowledge and interpretive skills in the study of the past. Offerings at the 200- and 300-level are designed to allow maximum flexibility in meeting requirements and maximum choice in focusing on particular themes, places, or eras. Upper-level courses aim to give students majoring in History more time together in smaller classes and more experience working with primary and secondary sources. The senior capstone seminar, Advanced Studies in History, provides training and experience in conducting original research and in interpretive, analytical writing—skills that prepare graduates for professional careers as well as for graduate or law school.

Required History Courses (2 courses, 21 units)

Students must earn a final grade of “C” or better for these courses to count toward the concentration.

79-200Introduction to Historical Research & Writing -Sophomore or Junior year9
79-420Historical Research Seminar -Fall, Senior year12
Required Survey Courses (2 courses, 18 units)
79-202Flesh and Spirit: Early Modern Europe, 1400-17509
79-203The Other Europes: The Habsburgs, Communism, & Central/Eastern Europe, 1740-19909
79-204American Environmental History9
79-20520th Century Europe9
79-206Crime and Punishment in Early Modern Europe9
79-211Modern Southeast Asia: Colonialism, Capitalism, and Cultural Exchange9
79-223Mexico: From the Aztec Empire to the Drug War9
79-225West African History in Film9
79-226African History: Earliest Times to 17809
79-227Modern Africa: The Slave Trade to the End of Apartheid9
79-229The Origins of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, 1880-19489
79-230Arab-Israeli Conflict Since 19489
79-231American Civil Rights Movement: From Garveyism to Black Power9
79-233The United States and the Middle East since 19459
79-240Development of American Culture9
79-241African American History: Africa to the Civil War9
79-242African American History: Reconstruction to the Present9
79-244Women in American History9
79-245Capitalism and Individualism in American Culture9
79-249Politics and Social Change in 20th Century America9
79-261The Last Emperors: Chinese History and Society, 1600-19009
79-262Modern China: From the Birth of Mao ... to Now9
79-265Russian History: Game of Thrones9
79-266Russian History and Revolutionary Socialism9
79-269Russian History: From Socialism to Capitalism9
79-288Bananas, Baseball, and Borders: Latin America and the United States9
79-291Innovation and Entertainment: A Business History of American Popular Culture9
79-307Religion and Politics in the Middle East9
79-320Women, Politics, and Protest9
Social & Political History Elective Courses (5 courses, 42 units minimum)

A minimum of 42 additional History units must be approved with the History advisor. Any History courses not fulfilling another major requirement may be chosen as an elective. Any History (79-xxx) class can count as an SPH elective except for 79-198, 79-200, 79-400, 79-420, 79-449, 79-491). See the History Department website (www.cmu.edu/dietrich/history) or contact the History advisor for the most current elective offerings.

Students may satisfy the elective requirements in SPH with up to 27 units of the following courses offered by other departments in Dietrich College:

73-476American Economic History9
76-230Literature & Culture in the 19th Century9
76-239Introduction to Film Studies9
76-295Russian Cinema: From the Bolshevik Revolution to Putin's Russia9
76-449Race and Media9
80-135Introduction to Political Philosophy9
80-226Revolutions in Science9
80-335Social and Political Philosophy9
82-208Eastern Europe: Society and Culture9
82-245New Directions in Hispanic Studies9
82-247The Hispanic World: History, Culture and Globalization9
82-293Russian Cinema: From the Bolshevik Revolution to Putin's Russia9
82-327The Emergence of the German Speaking World9
82-420The Crucible of Modernity:Vienna 19009
82-427Nazi and Resistance Culture9
84-275Comparative Politics9
84-308Political Economy of Latin America9
84-322Nonviolent Conflict and Revolution9
84-324The Future of Democracy9
84-325Contemporary American Foreign Policy9
84-362Diplomacy and Statecraft9
84-364Comparative Presidential Behavior: Leadership, Personality, and Decision Making9
84-366The American Presidency9
84-380US Grand Strategy9
84-386The Privatization of Force9
84-389Terrorism and Insurgency9
85-380In Search of Mind: The History of Psychology9
88-281Topics in Law: 1st Amendment9
88-284Topics of Law: The Bill of Rights9

Statistics Concentration (81 UNITS MINIMUM)

In the BHA concentration in Statistics, students develop and master a wide array of skills in computing, mathematics, statistical theory, and the interpretation and display of complex data. In addition, students with a BHA concentration in Statistics gain experience in applying statistical tools to real problems in other fields and learn the nuances of interdisciplinary collaboration.

Mathematics Prerequisites

These courses are not counted as part of your DC Concentration. They may be used to satisfy general education or free elective requirements.

21-120Differential and Integral Calculus10
21-256Multivariate Analysis9
or 21-259 Calculus in Three Dimensions
21-240Matrix Algebra with Applications10
or 21-241 Matrices and Linear Transformations
or 21-242 Matrix Theory

Note: 21-240, 21-241, 21-242 must be completed before taking 36-401 Modern Regression. 21-241 and 21-242 are intended only for students with a very strong mathematical background.

Statistics Core (6 courses, 54 units)
36-202Methods for Statistics & Data Science9
or 36-290 Introduction to Statistical Research Methodology
36-225Introduction to Probability Theory9
36-226Introduction to Statistical Inference9
36-350Statistical Computing9
36-401Modern Regression9
36-402Advanced Methods for Data Analysis9
Special Topics and Electives (3 courses, 27 units)

Students must take a total of three courses from Special Topics (numbered 36-46x) and Statistics Electives listed below. Students will consult with the concentration advisor to select the Special Topics and Electives courses that best fit for their areas of interest.

36-303Sampling, Survey and Society9
36-311Statistical Analysis of Networks9
36-313Statistics of Inequality and Discrimination9
36-315Statistical Graphics and Visualization9
36-490Undergraduate Research9
36-46xSpecial Topics (topics and offerings vary)9
36-490Undergraduate Research9
36-493Sports Analytics Capstone9
36-497Corporate Capstone Project9

Statistics & Machine Learning Concentration (81 UNITS MINIMUM)

In the BHA concentration in Statistics & Machine Learning, develop and master a wide array of skills in computing, mathematics, statistical theory, and the interpretation and display of complex data. In addition, students with a BHA concentration in Statistics & Machine Learning gain experience in applying statistical tools to real problems in other fields and learn the nuances of interdisciplinary collaboration. This program is geared towards students interested in statistical computation, data science or “Big Data” problems.

Mathematics and Computer Science Prerequisites

These five courses are not counted as part of your DC Concentration. They may be used to satisfy general education or free elective requirements.

21-120Differential and Integral Calculus10
21-127Concepts of Mathematics10
21-256Multivariate Analysis9
or 21-259 Calculus in Three Dimensions
21-240Matrix Algebra with Applications10
or 21-241 Matrices and Linear Transformations
or 21-242 Matrix Theory
15-112Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science12

Note: 21-24021-24121-242 must be completed before taking 36-401 Modern Regression21-241 and 21-242 are intended only for students with a very strong mathematical background.

Statistics Core (5 courses, 45 units)
36-225Introduction to Probability Theory9
36-226Introduction to Statistical Inference9
36-350Statistical Computing9
36-401Modern Regression9
36-402Advanced Methods for Data Analysis9
Data Analysis Electives (1 course, 9 units)

Students must take one course from the Statistics Electives listed below. Students will consult with the concentration advisor to select the Special Topics and Electives courses that best fit for their areas of interest.

36-303Sampling, Survey and Society9
36-311Statistical Analysis of Networks9
36-313Statistics of Inequality and Discrimination9
36-315Statistical Graphics and Visualization9
36-46xSpecial Topics (topics and offerings vary)9
36-490Undergraduate Research9
36-493Sports Analytics Capstone9
36-497Corporate Capstone Project9
Machine Learning Core (2 courses, 22 units)
15-122Principles of Imperative Computation10
10-301Introduction to Machine Learning12
Machine Learning Elective (1 course, 9 units minimum)

Students must take one course from the ML Electives listed below. Students will consult with the Statistics & Machine Learning advisor to choose an elective that best fits their area of interest. This course may have additional pre-requisites. Keep in mind this is not an exhaustive list and other applicable courses can be reviewed to be approved as an ML elective – please speak with the concentration advisor about this.

05-434/11-344Machine Learning in Practice12
10-403/703Deep Reinforcement Learning & Control12
10-405/605Machine Learning with Large Datasets (Undergraduate)12
10-417Intermediate Deep Learning12
10-418Machine Learning for Structured Data12
10-707Advanced Deep Learning12
11-411Natural Language Processing12
11-441Machine Learning for Text and Graph-Based Mining9
11-485Introduction to Deep Learning9
11-661/761Language and Statistics12
15-386Neural Computation9
15-387Computational Perception9
16-311Introduction to Robotics12
16-385/720Computer Vision12

Technical Writing Concentration (81 units minimum)

The concentration in Technical Writing is specifically designed to prepare students for successful careers involving scientific, technical, and computer-related communication, including writing and designing for digital media. Technical communicators develop and design web sites, explain science and technology to the public, develop print and multimedia materials, develop information management systems, design and deliver corporate training, and develop support systems for consumer products ranging from software for word processing or personal finances to complex data management systems. The Technical Writing concentration includes with a common core of foundation courses in print and on-line communication as well as a set of prerequisites in math, statistics and computer programming.

Students with a Technical Writing concentration take two Theory/Specialization courses specific to either the Technical Communication (TC) or the Scientific and Medical Communication (SMC) track. In addition, students in the SMC track take two courses in the natural sciences or engineering relevant to their areas of interest, while TC students take two electives in management, technology and social issues.

Prerequisite Courses
21-111Differential Calculus10
or 21-112 Integral Calculus
or 21-120 Differential and Integral Calculus
or 21-127 Concepts of Mathematics
15-110Principles of Computing
(recommended for SMC-track students)
10
or 15-112 Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science
(recommended for TC-track students)
Technical Writing Core Courses (6 courses, 54 units)
76-26xSurvey of Forms (Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry or Screenwriting)9
76-271Introduction to Professional and Technical Writing9
76-300Professional Seminar3
76-390Style9
76-391Document & Information Design9
76-487Web Design12
Theory/Specialization Courses (2 courses, 18 units minimum)

Complete two courses to deepen your area of specialty in Technical Communication or Scientific and Medical Communication. One course must be chosen from among courses designated as Recommended Options. Check with the English department each semester for additional options.

Recommended Options:
76-319Environmental Rhetoric9
76-359User Experience Methods for Documents9
76-361Corpus Rhetorical Analysis9
76-388Coding for Humanists9
76-395Science Writing9
76-419Media in a Digital Age9
76-425Rhetoric, Science, and the Public Sphere9
76-428Visual Verbal Communication9
76-474Software Documentation9
76-476Rhetoric of Science9
76-481Introduction to Multimedia Design12
76-491Rhetorical Analysis9
76-494Healthcare Communications9
Additional Options include but are not limited to the following:
76-301InternshipVar.
76-302Communication Support Tutoring Practicum6
76-318Communicating in the Global Marketplace9
76-319Environmental Rhetoric9
76-325Intertextuality9
76-351Rhetorical Invention9
76-355Leadership, Dialogue, and Change9
76-359User Experience Methods for Documents9
76-360Literary Journalism Workshop9
76-361Corpus Rhetorical Analysis9
76-372News Writing9
76-375Magazine Writing9
76-378Literacy: Educational Theory and Community Practice9
76-386Language & Culture9
76-388Coding for Humanists9
76-389Rhetorical Grammar9
76-391Document & Information Design9
76-395Science Writing9
76-396Non-Profit Message Creation9
76-419Media in a Digital Age9
76-420The Cognition of Reading and Writing: Introduction to a Social/Cognitive Process9
76-425Rhetoric, Science, and the Public Sphere9
76-428Visual Verbal Communication9
76-472Topics in Journalism: Storytelling in a Digital Age9
76-474Software Documentation9
76-475Law, Performance, and Identity9
76-476Rhetoric of Science9
76-481Introduction to Multimedia Design12
76-484Discourse Analysis9
76-487Web Design12
76-491Rhetorical Analysis9
39-605Engineering Design Projects12
Electives (1 course, 9 units)

Students with a Technical Writing concentration take one course outside of English to deepen their area of specialty in their track. Typically, students in the SMC track select courses in the natural sciences, psychology, and social and decision sciences, or (for example) healthcare-related courses in the Heinz School. Students in the TC track typically select courses from engineering, design, HCI, computer science, math or statistics. Students should work with their faculty advisor to select courses that are meaningful for their track.


College of Fine Arts Concentration

(number of courses vary, 108 units minimum)

BHA students choose one of the following concentrations:

  • Architecture (108 units)
  • Art (108 units)
  • Design (108 units)
  • Drama (108 units)
  • Music (108 units)

ARCHITECTURE CONCENTRATION (108 UNITS MINIMUM)

Architecture Required Courses (7 courses, 52 units minimum)
48-100Architecture Design Studio: Poeisis Studio 1 -Fall, Freshman year10-15
or 48-095 Spatial Concepts for Non-Architecture Majors
62-122Digital Media I -Fall, Freshman year6
62-125Drawing I -Fall, Freshman year6
62-123Digital Media II -Spring, Freshman year6
62-126Drawing II -Spring, Freshman year6
48-240Historical Survey of World Architecture and Urbanism I -Spring, Freshman year9
48-241Modern Architecture -Fall, Sophomore year9
Architecture Electives (56 units minimum)

A minimum of 56 additional Architecture units must be approved by the Architecture advisor. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

ART CONCENTRATION (108 UNITS MINIMUM)

Transdisciplinary Research Studios (2 courses, 20 units)

Complete two courses:

60-101Transdisciplinary Research Studio I: Risk, Agency, Failure10
60-201Transdisciplinary Research Studio II: Publics10
60-202Transdisciplinary Research Studio III: Futures10
Media Studios (3 courses, 30 units minimum)

Complete three courses:

60-1313D Media Studio I: Foundations in Sculpture, Installation, and Site work10
60-1333D Media Studio II10
60-1502D Media Studio: Drawing10
60-1702D Media Studio: Painting10
60-2512D Media Studio: Print Media10
60-2602D Media Studio: Imaging10
60-110Electronic Media Studio: Introduction to the Moving Image10
60-210Electronic Media Studio: Introduction to Interactivity10-12
or 60-212 Electronic Media Studio: Interactivity and Computation for Creative Practice
Advanced Studios (4 courses, 40 units)

Complete four courses. Courses may be offered in the fall and/or spring. Students may take courses in any media area (ETB, SIS, CP or DP3). They may take all courses in one media area if a focus is desired.

60-401/402Senior Studio10
60-403Senior Critique Seminar10
Advanced Electronic and Time-Based Work (ETB) (course numbers 60-410 through 60-429) *10
Advanced Sculpture, Installation and Site-Work (SIS) (course numbers 60-430 through 60-447) *10
Advanced Contextual Practice (CP) (course numbers 60-448 through 60-449) *10
Advanced Drawing, Painting, Print Media and Photography (DP3) (course numbers 60-450 through 60-498) *10
60-499Studio Independent Study
(one only)
10
Critical Studies (2 courses, 18 units)
60-205Critical Theory in Art III -Fall9
60-206Critical Theory in Art IV -Spring9

Note: Critical Theory I & II are strongly recommended.

Review Requirement (complete 2 required reviews, 0 units)

A review is required at the end of the sophomore and senior years. Pass/no pass only.

60-200Sophomore Review -Spring0
60-400Senior Review -Spring0

DESIGN CONCENTRATION (108 UNITS MINIMUM)

Design Required Courses (16 courses, 98 units)
51-101Studio: Survey of Design -Fall, First-year10
51-121Visualizing -Fall, First-year10
51-175Design Studies: Place -Fall, First-year (mini-1)5
51-177Design Studies: Histories -Fall, First-year (mini-2)5
51-102Design Lab -Spring, First-year10
51-122Collaborative Visualizing -Spring, First-year10
51-176Design Studies: Futures -Spring, First-year (mini-3)5
51-178Design Studies: Experience -Spring, First-year (mini-4)5
51-277Design Studies: Systems -Fall, Sophomore year (mini-1)5
51-279Design Studies: Cultures -Fall, Sophomore year (mini-2)5
51-282Design Studies: Persuasion -Spring, Sophomore year (mini-3)5
51-284Design Studies: Power -Spring, Sophomore year (mini-4)5
Choose Two Studios -Fall, Sophomore year:4.5+4.5
51-225Communications Studio I: Understanding Form & Context4.5
or 51-245 Products Studio I: Understanding Form & Context
or 51-265 Environments Studio I: Understanding Form & Context
Choose Two Corresponding Labs -Fall, Sophomore year:4.5+4.5
51-227Prototyping Lab I: Communications4.5
or 51-247 Prototyping Lab I: Products
or 51-267 Prototyping Lab I: Environments
Design Electives (10 units)

A minimum of 10 additional Design units must be approved by the Design advisor. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

DRAMA CONCENTRATION (108 UNITS MINIMUM)

Options available in the following areas: 1) Design, 2) Directing, 3) Dramaturgy, 4) Production Technology and Management

Note: There is no BHA Acting or Musical Theatre option.

Required Courses for All Concentration Options (5 courses, 20 units)
54-175-54-176Conservatory Hour-Conservatory Hour
(1 unit each)
2
54-177Foundations of Drama I6
54-281Foundations of Drama II
(prerequisite: 54-177)
6
54-381Special Topics in Drama: History, Literature and Criticism6
54-362Anti-Racist & Equitable Practices in Theater
(optional)
6

Work with Drama Faculty Option Coordinator to Approve Concentration Option (88 units minimum):

Design Required Courses (2 courses, 26 units)
54-151-54-152Stagecraft-Stagecraft
(13 units + 13 units)
26

A minimum of 62 additional Design units must be approved by the Design faculty option coordinator. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

Directing Required Courses (10 courses, 64 units)
54-121-54-122Directing I: A Director's Mindset - Directing I: Sources18
54-221-54-222Directing II: In the Studio - Directing II: Fundamentals18
54-159-54-159Production Practicum-Production Practicum
(two times)
12
54-517Director's Colloquium
(four times)
16

A minimum of 24 additional Directing units must be approved by the Directing faculty option coordinator. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

Dramaturgy Required Courses (9 courses, 53 units minimum)
54-109Dramaturgy 1: Approaches to Text9
54-184Dramaturgy 2: Introduction to Production Dramaturgy9
54-121Directing I: A Director's Mindset9
54-159-54-159Production Practicum-Production Practicum
(two times)
12
54-200-54-200Dramaturgy Forum-Dramaturgy Forum -Fall (minimum of two; every semester it is offered while enrolled)2
54-xxxDramaturgy 3, 4, 5 or 6 (minimum of two; all four if enrolled as BXA for six semesters or more)18

A minimum of 29 additional Dramaturgy units must be approved by the Dramaturgy faculty option coordinator. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

Production Technology and Management Required Courses (2 courses, 26 units)
54-151-54-152Stagecraft-Stagecraft
(13 units + 13 units)
26

A minimum of 62 additional PTM units must be approved by the PTM faculty option coordinator. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

MUSIC CONCENTRATION (108 UNITS MINIMUM)

Options available in the following areas: 1) Audio Recording & Production, 2) Composition, 2) Music Performance (instrumental, organ, piano, voice), 4) Sound Theory & Practice

Required Course for All Concentration Options (1 course, 9 units)
57-152Harmony I9
or 57-149 Basic Harmony I

Work with Music Advisor to Approve Concentration Option (99 units minimum):

Audio Recording & Production Required Courses (7 courses, 40 units)
57-101Introduction to Music Technology6
or 57-171 Introduction to Music Technology (self-paced)
57-181Solfege I3
or 57-180 Basic Solfege I
or 57-185 Advanced Solfege I
57-173Survey of Western Music History
(co-requisite: 57-188)
9
57-188Repertoire and Listening for Musicians1
57-337Sound Recording6
57-338Sound Editing and Mastering6
57-438Multitrack Recording9

Choose 59 units from:

57-153Harmony II9
or 57-150 Basic Harmony II
57-182Solfege II3
or 57-186 Advanced Solfege II
15-104Introduction to Computing for Creative Practice10
18-090Twisted Signals: Multimedia Processing for the Arts10
33-114Physics of Musical Sound9
54-166Introduction to Sound Design for Theatre6
54-275History of Sound Design3
54-666Production Audio6
57-344Experimental Sound Synthesis9
57-421Exploded Ensemble6
57-425Expanded Music Performance9
57-427Advanced Seminar in Film Musicology9
57-478Survey of Historical Recording6
57-622Independent Study in Sound Recording Production3
60-1313D Media Studio I: Foundations in Sculpture, Installation, and Site work10
60-210Electronic Media Studio: Introduction to Interactivity10

Note: Students completing an IDeATe minor may double-count up to two of the IDeATe minor courses towards the Audio Recording & Production concentration.

Composition Required Courses (12 courses, 76 units)
57-161Eurhythmics I
(recommended co-requisite: 57-181)
3
57-181Solfege I3
or 57-180 Basic Solfege I
or 57-185 Advanced Solfege I
57-173Survey of Western Music History
(co-requisite: 57-188)
9
57-188Repertoire and Listening for Musicians1
57-49xBXA Studio (4 semesters) 36
57-xxxMajor Ensemble (4 semesters) 24

A minimum of 23 additional Music units must be approved by the Music advisor. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

Music Performance Required Courses (12 courses, 76 units)
57-161Eurhythmics I
(recommended co-requisite: 57-181)
3
57-181Solfege I3
or 57-180 Basic Solfege I
or 57-185 Advanced Solfege I
57-173Survey of Western Music History
(co-requisite: 57-188)
9
57-188Repertoire and Listening for Musicians1
57-49xBXA Studio (4 semesters) 36
57-xxxMajor Ensemble (4 semesters) 24

A minimum of 23 additional Music units must be approved by the Music advisor. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

Sound Theory & Practice Required Courses (7 courses, 47 units)
57-101Introduction to Music Technology6
or 57-171 Introduction to Music Technology (self-paced)
57-181Solfege I3
or 57-180 Basic Solfege I
or 57-185 Advanced Solfege I
57-173Survey of Western Music History
(co-requisite: 57-188)
9
57-188Repertoire and Listening for Musicians1
18-090Twisted Signals: Multimedia Processing for the Arts10
57-911Music Since 19459
57-616Independent Study in Sound Studies9

Choose 52 units from:

57-153Harmony II9
or 57-150 Basic Harmony II
57-182Solfege II3
or 57-186 Advanced Solfege II
15-104Introduction to Computing for Creative Practice10
15-322Introduction to Computer Music
(pre-requisite: 15-112)
9
15-323Computer Music Systems and Information Processing
(pre-requisite: 15-122)
9
33-114Physics of Musical Sound9
57-337Sound Recording6
57-343Music, Technology, and Culture9
57-344Experimental Sound Synthesis9
57-347Electronic and Computer Music
(pre-requisite: 57-101 or 57-171)
6
57-421Exploded Ensemble6
57-425Expanded Music Performance9
57-438Multitrack Recording9
57-478Survey of Historical Recording6
57-829Contemporary Soundscapes9
60-1313D Media Studio I: Foundations in Sculpture, Installation, and Site work10
60-210Electronic Media Studio: Introduction to Interactivity10

Note: Students completing an IDeATe minor may double-count up to two of the IDeATe minor courses towards the Sound Theory & Practice concentration.


Free Electives

(approximately 9 courses, 78 units)

Take any Carnegie Mellon course. Many BHA students use their electives to broaden or deepen their concentrations. A maximum of 9 units of physical education and/or military science may be counted toward this requirement. Physical education and military science courses will not be calculated in a student's QPA.


Bachelor of Science and Arts Degree Program

Carnegie Mellon University recognizes that there are students who are naturally gifted in both the fine arts and the natural sciences or mathematics. In order to accommodate students who want to pursue an education simultaneously in these areas, we offer a degree that combines the strengths of the College of Fine Arts (CFA) and the Mellon College of Science (MCS). The intercollege degree, called the Bachelor of Science and Arts (BSA), is a rigorous program that offers a unique group of qualified students the opportunity to develop their talents and interests in an area of the fine arts and an area of the natural sciences or mathematics.

The BSA curriculum is divided into three parts: 1) BSA General Education coursework, 2) CFA concentration coursework, and 3) MCS concentration coursework.

The BSA Degree Program is governed by faculty and administrators from both colleges and led by the director of the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs. The director and associate director of the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs are the primary advisors and liaisons between CFA and MCS. Students receive extensive advising support. Each student has two additional academic advisors: an advisor in the admitting school of CFA for their fine arts concentration and an advisor in MCS for their natural sciences/mathematics concentration. This network of advisors guides each student through their curriculum.

BSA Curriculum

Units
I. BSA General Education129
II. MCS Concentration114-135
III. CFA Concentration108
IV. Free Electives8-29
Total BSA Degree Requirements380

BSA General Education

(18 courses, 129 units minimum)
  • Mathematics (2 courses, 20 units, 21-120 and 21-122 or 21-124 required)        
  • Science (3 courses, 31 units, 03-121, 09-105, and 33-121 or 33-151 required)
  • First-year Courses (2 courses, 12 units, 76-101 and 99-101 required)
  • ENGAGE (3 courses, 3 units)
  • Cultural/Global Understanding (1 course, 9 units)
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (2 courses, 18 units)
  • BXA Required Courses (5 courses, 36 units, 52-190 or 52-291, 52-391, 52-392, 52-401, 52-402)

Technical Breadth Requirements (5 courses, 51 units)

As a 21st Century practicing scientist or mathematician, our graduates will work with others from a variety of technical backgrounds. Therefore, all of our students will be broadly trained within the technical fields of science and math. Students will fulfill this training by completing five (5) introductory technical courses in the Mellon College of Science at Carnegie Mellon University.

A student must take the five (5) courses listed below. AP/IB/Cambridge credit may be used to fulfill some of these requirements, but STEM electives must be taken at CMU or at another university for transfer credit to reach the total of five (5) Technical Breadth courses. A list of STEM electives can be found in the MCS general education requirements.

Mathematics (2 courses, 20 units)
21-120Differential and Integral Calculus10
21-122Integration and Approximation10
or 21-124 Calculus II for Biologists and Chemists
Science (3 courses, 31 units)
03-121Modern Biology9
09-105Introduction to Modern Chemistry I10
33-121Physics I for Science Students12
or 33-151 Matter and Interactions I

Nontechnical Breadth Requirements (8 courses, 42 units)

MCS aspires for all of our undergraduates to leave our campus with a strong sense of personal integrity, social responsibility, ethics, working with diverse others, global engagement, and personal health and well-being. The following non-technical breadth requirements will require students to develop a personalized plan for their course selection and meta-curricular participation to maximize their CMU experience. Our graduates will be well trained to be life-long and life-wide learners that will lead the scientific community and the world at large.

All candidates for BSA degree must complete the following non-technical breadth requirements:

First-year Courses (2 courses, 12 units)
76-101Interpretation and Argument9
or 76-102 Advanced First Year Writing: Special Topics
or 76-106
76-107
76-108
Writing about Literature, Art and Culture
and Writing about Data
and Writing about Public Problems
All undergraduate students must complete the First-Year Writing requirement—the Department of English does not accept any Advanced Placement exemptions. This requirement can be completed in two different ways. Enroll in one of two full-semester courses 101 or 102 (by invitation only), 9 units, or enroll in two of three half-semester mini courses (back-to-back within a single semester) 106/107/108, 4.5 + 4.5 units. Course options and topics: www.cmu.edu/hss/english/first_year/index.html
99-101Computing @ Carnegie Mellon3
ENGAGE (3 courses, 3 units)

The ENGAGE courses are self-directed learning opportunities (using the MyCORE online platform) designed to enhance students’ engagement with wellness and community service. Choose three courses from the list below:

38-110ENGAGE in Service1
38-230ENGAGE in Wellness: Looking Inward1
38-330ENGAGE in Wellness: Looking Outward1
38-430ENGAGE in Wellness: Looking Forward1
Cultural/Global Understanding (1 course, 9 units)

Cultural or global understanding course(s) may be taken at any time. Nine (9) or more units from the following group of courses will fulfill this requirement. Any student who finds an appropriate Carnegie Mellon course not on the list below that might fulfill this requirement should contact their academic advisor to review the course description to determine if it can be substituted. Cultural and global understanding courses that are taken while studying abroad can be used to fulfill this category. In addition, transfer courses will also be considered for this category. However, this course requirement cannot be satisfied with AP/IB/Cambridge exam credit.

57-173Survey of Western Music History9
57-209The Beatles9
57-306World Music9
70-342Managing Across Cultures9
76-221Books You Should Have Read By Now9
76-232Introduction to Black Literature9
76-239Introduction to Film Studies9
76-241Introduction to Gender Studies9
76-386Language & Culture9
79-145Genocide and Weapons of Mass Destruction9
79-189History of Democracy: Thinking Beyond the Self9
79-201Introduction to Anthropology9
79-202Flesh and Spirit: Early Modern Europe, 1400-17509
79-20520th Century Europe9
79-208Witchcraft and Witch-Hunting9
79-211Modern Southeast Asia: Colonialism, Capitalism, and Cultural Exchange9
79-223Mexico: From the Aztec Empire to the Drug War9
79-227Modern Africa: The Slave Trade to the End of Apartheid9
79-229The Origins of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, 1880-19489
79-230Arab-Israeli Conflict Since 19489
79-232Arabian Peninsula Environmental History9
79-233The United States and the Middle East since 19459
79-234Technology and Society9
79-240Development of American Culture9
79-241African American History: Africa to the Civil War9
79-242African American History: Reconstruction to the Present9
79-244Women in American History9
79-245Capitalism and Individualism in American Culture9
79-261The Last Emperors: Chinese History and Society, 1600-19009
79-262Modern China: From the Birth of Mao ... to Now9
79-263Mao and the Chinese Cultural Revolution9
79-265Russian History: Game of Thrones9
79-266Russian History and Revolutionary Socialism9
79-267The Soviet Union in World War II: Military, Political, and Social History9
79-275Introduction to Global Studies9
79-280Coffee and Capitalism9
79-283Hungry World: Food and Famine in Global Perspective9
79-307Religion and Politics in the Middle East9
79-343Education, Democracy, and Civil Rights9
79-345Roots of Rock & Roll9
79-350Early Christianity9
79-377Food, Culture, and Power: A History of Eating9
80-100Introduction to Philosophy9
80-250Ancient Philosophy9
80-251Modern Philosophy9
80-253Continental Philosophy9
80-254Analytic Philosophy9
80-255Pragmatism9
80-276Philosophy of Religion9
82-xxxAny course from Modern Languages
84-380US Grand Strategy9
Humanities and Social Sciences (2 courses, 18 units)

To fulfill this requirement, students must complete a minimum of two (2) nontechnical courses totaling at least 18 units in the Tepper School of Business and/or the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Courses counted toward the Cultural/Global Understanding requirement, and 76-101, do not count toward this requirement.

Check our web site for courses from DC, CFA, and Tepper that may NOT be used to satisfy this requirement because they are too technical in nature, plus a list of courses in other colleges (including SCS, CIT, Tepper, and Heinz College) that do satisfy this requirement.

BXA Required Courses (5 courses, 36 units)

BXA-specific courses give students the opportunity to integrate their areas of concentration by focusing on interdisciplinary approaches and arts-based research techniques.

52-190BXA Seminar I: Building the Wunderkammer9
or 52-291 BXA Seminar II: Transferring Knowledge
52-391BXA Junior Portfolio0
52-392BXA Seminar III: Deconstructing Disciplines9
52-401BXA Seminar IV: Capstone Project Research9
52-402BXA Seminar V: Capstone Project Production9

Mellon College of Science Concentration

(number of courses vary, 114-135 units)

BSA students declare one of the following concentrations, through consultation with their BXA advisor and the MCS concentration advisors. A completed MCS Concentration Declaration form must be approved by the concentration advisor and submitted to the BXA office, by spring mid-semester break of the student's first year.

  • Biological Sciences (114 units)
  • Chemistry (121 units)
  • Mathematical Sciences (123 units)
  • Neurobiology (114 units)
  • Physics (135 units)

BSA students who are admitted as freshmen are undeclared until they have met with a concentration advisor and have submitted their signed Declaration form. BSA students who are admitted through internal transfer must have chosen an MCS concentration at the time of their application (which serves as declaration). All BSA students wishing to change their MCS concentration at any time following the initial declaration must meet with the advisor of their intended concentration area to complete a new Declaration form, which will be reviewed during the internal transfer application period.

Biological Sciences Concentration (114 units minimum)

Biological Sciences Required Courses (11 courses, 96 units minimum)
03-201Undergraduate Colloquium for Sophomores2
03-220Genetics - Fall, Sophomore year9
03-231Honors Biochemistry - Spring, Sophomore year9
03-320Cell Biology - Fall, Junior year9
03-343Experimental Techniques in Molecular Biology - Fall, Junior year12
09-106Modern Chemistry II10
09-207Techniques in Quantitative Analysis9
09-208Techniques for Organic Synthesis and Analysis9
or 03-344 Experimental Biochemistry
or 03-345 Experimental Cell and Developmental Biology
or 03-346 Experimental Neuroscience
09-217Organic Chemistry I9
09-218Organic Chemistry II9
33-122Physics II for Biological Sciences and Chemistry Students9
Biological Sciences Electives (2 courses, 18 units)

One course must be an advanced elective selected from 03-3xx or higher, excluding 03-445 and 03-545.

Chemistry Concentration (121 units minimum)

Chemistry Required Courses (14 courses, 103 units)
09-106Modern Chemistry II10
09-219Modern Organic Chemistry10
09-220Modern Organic Chemistry II10
09-214Physical Chemistry9
or 09-344 Physical Chemistry (Quantum): Microscopic Principles of Physical Chemistry
or 09-345 Physical Chemistry (Thermo): Macroscopic Principles of Physical Chemistry
09-348Inorganic Chemistry10
09-221Laboratory I: Introduction to Chemical Analysis12
09-222Laboratory II: Organic Synthesis and Analysis12
09-321Laboratory III: Molecular Design and Synthesis12
or 09-323 Bioorganic Chemistry Laboratory
09-204Professional Communication Skills in Chemistry3
09-201-09-202-09-301Undergraduate Seminar I - Undergraduate Seminar II: Safety and Environmental Issues for Chemists - Undergraduate Seminar III3
09-402Undergraduate Seminar VI3
33-122Physics II for Biological Sciences and Chemistry Students9

Note: Students who have a strong chemistry background, should enroll in 09-107 rather than 09-105. Students who complete 09-107 with an "A" grade will be exempted from the requirement to take 09-106 Modern Chemistry II.

Advanced Chemistry Electives (2 courses, 18 units)

May be any upper level chemistry course, 09-3xx or higher, or Biochemistry I, 03-231 or 03-232, with the exception of 09-435 Independent Study, which can be used only by permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. 

Mathematical Sciences Concentration (123 units minimum)

Mathematical Sciences Required Courses (9 courses, 87 units minimum)

(Reasonable substitutions within the core program will be allowed.)

15-110Principles of Computing10
21-127Concepts of Mathematics10
or 21-128 Mathematical Concepts and Proofs
21-228Discrete Mathematics9
21-241Matrices and Linear Transformations10
or 21-242 Matrix Theory
21-259Calculus in Three Dimensions9
or 21-268 Multidimensional Calculus
21-260Differential Equations9
or 21-261 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations
or 33-231 Physical Analysis
21-355Principles of Real Analysis I9
21-373Algebraic Structures9
33-142Physics II for Engineering and Physics Students12
or 33-152 Matter and Interactions II
Mathematical Sciences Electives (2 courses, 18 units)

Students with a Music concentration should take 21-469 Computational Introduction to Partial Differential Equations.

Mathematical Sciences, Statistics, or Computer Science Electives (2 courses, 18 units)

May be computer science course above the 100-level, mathematical science courses beyond the calculus sequence, and statistics courses at the level of 36-225 or higher. 

Neurobiology Concentration (114 units minimum)

Neurobiology Required Courses (12 courses, 96 units)
03-161Molecules to Mind9
or 85-219 Biological Foundations of Behavior
03-201Undergraduate Colloquium for Sophomores2
03-220Genetics - Fall, Sophomore year9
03-231Honors Biochemistry - Spring, Sophomore year9
03-320Cell Biology - Fall, Junior year9
03-342Introduction to Biological Laboratory Practices - Fall, Junior year1
03-343Experimental Techniques in Molecular Biology - Fall, Junior year12
03-362Cellular Neuroscience9
03-363Systems Neuroscience9
09-217Organic Chemistry I9
33-122Physics II for Biological Sciences and Chemistry Students9
85-211Cognitive Psychology9
Neurobiology Electives (2 courses, 18 units)

One course must be an advanced elective selected from 03-3xx or higher.

Physics Concentration (135 units minimum)

Physics Required Courses (16 courses, 126 units)
21-259Calculus in Three Dimensions9
33-104Experimental Physics9
33-142Physics II for Engineering and Physics Students12
or 33-152 Matter and Interactions II
33-201Physics Sophomore Colloquium I -Fall2
33-202Physics Sophomore Colloquium II -Spring2
33-211Physics III: Modern Essentials10
33-228Electronics I10
33-231Physical Analysis10
33-232Mathematical Methods of Physics10
33-234Quantum Physics10
33-301Physics Upperclass Colloquium I -Fall1
33-302Physics Upperclass Colloquium II -Spring1
33-331Physical Mechanics I10
33-338Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism I10
33-340Modern Physics Laboratory10
33-341Thermal Physics I10
Qualifying Physics Elective (1 courses, 9 units)

One 33-xxx qualifying physics elective course pre-approved by the Physics Department. 33-114 Physics of Musical Sound is highly recommended for students with a Music concentration.


College of Fine Arts Concentration

(number of courses vary, 108 units minimum)

BSA students choose one of the following concentrations:

  • Architecture (108 units)
  • Art (108 units)
  • Design (108 units)
  • Drama (108 units)
  • Music (108 units)

ARCHITECTURE CONCENTRATION (108 UNITS MINIMUM)

Architecture Required Courses (7 courses, 52 units minimum)
48-100Architecture Design Studio: Poeisis Studio 1 -Fall, Freshman year10-15
or 48-095 Spatial Concepts for Non-Architecture Majors
62-122Digital Media I -Fall, Freshman year6
62-125Drawing I -Fall, Freshman year6
62-123Digital Media II -Spring, Freshman year6
62-126Drawing II -Spring, Freshman year6
48-240Historical Survey of World Architecture and Urbanism I -Spring, Freshman year9
48-241Modern Architecture -Fall, Sophomore year9
Architecture Electives (56 units minimum)

A minimum of 56 additional Architecture units must be approved by the Architecture advisor. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

ART CONCENTRATION (108 UNITS MINIMUM)

Transdisciplinary Research Studios (2 courses, 20 units)

Complete two courses:

60-101Transdisciplinary Research Studio I: Risk, Agency, Failure10
60-201Transdisciplinary Research Studio II: Publics10
60-202Transdisciplinary Research Studio III: Futures10
Media Studios (3 courses, 30 units minimum)

Complete three courses:

60-1313D Media Studio I: Foundations in Sculpture, Installation, and Site work10
60-1333D Media Studio II10
60-1502D Media Studio: Drawing10
60-1702D Media Studio: Painting10
60-2512D Media Studio: Print Media10
60-2602D Media Studio: Imaging10
60-110Electronic Media Studio: Introduction to the Moving Image10
60-210Electronic Media Studio: Introduction to Interactivity10-12
or 60-212 Electronic Media Studio: Interactivity and Computation for Creative Practice
Advanced Studios (4 courses, 40 units)

Complete four courses. Courses may be offered in the fall and/or spring. Students may take courses in any media area (ETB, SIS, CP or DP3). They may take all courses in one media area if a focus is desired.

60-401/402Senior Studio10
60-403Senior Critique Seminar10
Advanced Electronic and Time-Based Work (ETB) (course numbers 60-410 through 60-429) *10
Advanced Sculpture, Installation and Site-Work (SIS) (course numbers 60-430 through 60-447) *10
Advanced Contextual Practice (CP) (course numbers 60-448 through 60-449) *10
Advanced Drawing, Painting, Print Media and Photography (DP3) (course numbers 60-450 through 60-498) *10
60-499Studio Independent Study
(one only)
10
Critical Studies (2 courses, 18 units)
60-205Critical Theory in Art III -Fall9
60-206Critical Theory in Art IV -Spring9

Note: Critical Theory I & II are strongly recommended.

Review Requirement (complete 2 required reviews, 0 units)

A review is required at the end of the sophomore and senior years. Pass/no pass only.

60-200Sophomore Review -Spring0
60-400Senior Review -Spring0

DESIGN CONCENTRATION (108 UNITS MINIMUM)

Design Required Courses (16 courses, 98 units)
51-101Studio: Survey of Design -Fall, First-year10
51-121Visualizing -Fall, First-year10
51-175Design Studies: Place -Fall, First-year (mini-1)5
51-177Design Studies: Histories -Fall, First-year (mini-2)5
51-102Design Lab -Spring, First-year10
51-122Collaborative Visualizing -Spring, First-year10
51-176Design Studies: Futures -Spring, First-year (mini-3)5
51-178Design Studies: Experience -Spring, First-year (mini-4)5
51-277Design Studies: Systems -Fall, Sophomore year (mini-1)5
51-279Design Studies: Cultures -Fall, Sophomore year (mini-2)5
51-282Design Studies: Persuasion -Spring, Sophomore year (mini-3)5
51-284Design Studies: Power -Spring, Sophomore year (mini-4)5
Choose Two Studios -Fall, Sophomore year:4.5+4.5
51-225Communications Studio I: Understanding Form & Context4.5
or 51-245 Products Studio I: Understanding Form & Context
or 51-265 Environments Studio I: Understanding Form & Context
Choose Two Corresponding Labs -Fall, Sophomore year:4.5+4.5
51-227Prototyping Lab I: Communications4.5
or 51-247 Prototyping Lab I: Products
or 51-267 Prototyping Lab I: Environments
Design Electives (10 units)

A minimum of 10 additional Design units must be approved by the Design advisor. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

DRAMA CONCENTRATION (108 UNITS MINIMUM)

Options available in the following areas: 1) Design, 2) Directing, 3) Dramaturgy, 4) Production Technology and Management

Note: There is no BHA Acting or Musical Theatre option.

Required Courses for All Concentration Options (5 courses, 20 units)
54-175-54-176Conservatory Hour-Conservatory Hour
(1 unit each)
2
54-177Foundations of Drama I6
54-281Foundations of Drama II
(prerequisite: 54-177)
6
54-381Special Topics in Drama: History, Literature and Criticism6
54-362Anti-Racist & Equitable Practices in Theater
(optional)
6

Work with Drama Faculty Option Coordinator to Approve Concentration Option (88 units minimum):

Design Required Courses (2 courses, 26 units)
54-151-54-152Stagecraft-Stagecraft
(13 units + 13 units)
26

A minimum of 62 additional Design units must be approved by the Design faculty option coordinator. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

Directing Required Courses (10 courses, 64 units)
54-121-54-122Directing I: A Director's Mindset - Directing I: Sources18
54-221-54-222Directing II: In the Studio - Directing II: Fundamentals18
54-159-54-159Production Practicum-Production Practicum
(two times)
12
54-517Director's Colloquium
(four times)
16

A minimum of 24 additional Directing units must be approved by the Directing faculty option coordinator. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

Dramaturgy Required Courses (9 courses, 53 units minimum)
54-109Dramaturgy 1: Approaches to Text9
54-184Dramaturgy 2: Introduction to Production Dramaturgy9
54-121Directing I: A Director's Mindset9
54-159-54-159Production Practicum-Production Practicum
(two times)
12
54-200-54-200Dramaturgy Forum-Dramaturgy Forum -Fall (minimum of two; every semester it is offered while enrolled)2
54-xxxDramaturgy 3, 4, 5 or 6 (minimum of two; all four if enrolled as BXA for six semesters or more)18

A minimum of 29 additional Dramaturgy units must be approved by the Dramaturgy faculty option coordinator. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

Production Technology and Management Required Courses (2 courses, 26 units)
54-151-54-152Stagecraft-Stagecraft
(13 units + 13 units)
26

A minimum of 62 additional PTM units must be approved by the PTM faculty option coordinator. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

MUSIC CONCENTRATION (108 UNITS MINIMUM)

Options available in the following areas: 1) Audio Recording & Production, 2) Composition, 2) Music Performance (instrumental, organ, piano, voice), 4) Sound Theory & Practice

Required Course for All Concentration Options (1 course, 9 units)
57-152Harmony I9
or 57-149 Basic Harmony I

Work with Music Advisor to Approve Concentration Option (99 units minimum):

Audio Recording & Production Required Courses (7 courses, 40 units)
57-101Introduction to Music Technology6
or 57-171 Introduction to Music Technology (self-paced)
57-181Solfege I3
or 57-180 Basic Solfege I
or 57-185 Advanced Solfege I
57-173Survey of Western Music History
(co-requisite: 57-188)
9
57-188Repertoire and Listening for Musicians1
57-337Sound Recording6
57-338Sound Editing and Mastering6
57-438Multitrack Recording9

Choose 59 units from:

57-153Harmony II9
or 57-150 Basic Harmony II
57-182Solfege II3
or 57-186 Advanced Solfege II
15-104Introduction to Computing for Creative Practice10
18-090Twisted Signals: Multimedia Processing for the Arts10
33-114Physics of Musical Sound9
54-166Introduction to Sound Design for Theatre6
54-275History of Sound Design3
54-666Production Audio6
57-344Experimental Sound Synthesis9
57-421Exploded Ensemble6
57-425Expanded Music Performance9
57-427Advanced Seminar in Film Musicology9
57-478Survey of Historical Recording6
57-622Independent Study in Sound Recording Production3
60-1313D Media Studio I: Foundations in Sculpture, Installation, and Site work10
60-210Electronic Media Studio: Introduction to Interactivity10

Note: Students completing an IDeATe minor may double-count up to two of the IDeATe minor courses towards the Audio Recording & Production concentration.

Composition Required Courses (12 courses, 76 units)
57-161Eurhythmics I
(recommended co-requisite: 57-181)
3
57-181Solfege I3
or 57-180 Basic Solfege I
or 57-185 Advanced Solfege I
57-173Survey of Western Music History
(co-requisite: 57-188)
9
57-188Repertoire and Listening for Musicians1
57-49xBXA Studio (4 semesters) 36
57-xxxMajor Ensemble (4 semesters) 24

A minimum of 23 additional Music units must be approved by the Music advisor. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

Music Performance Required Courses (12 courses, 76 units)
57-161Eurhythmics I
(recommended co-requisite: 57-181)
3
57-181Solfege I3
or 57-180 Basic Solfege I
or 57-185 Advanced Solfege I
57-173Survey of Western Music History
(co-requisite: 57-188)
9
57-188Repertoire and Listening for Musicians1
57-49xBXA Studio (4 semesters) 36
57-xxxMajor Ensemble (4 semesters) 24

A minimum of 23 additional Music units must be approved by the Music advisor. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

Sound Theory & Practice Required Courses (7 courses, 47 units)
57-101Introduction to Music Technology6
or 57-171 Introduction to Music Technology (self-paced)
57-181Solfege I3
or 57-180 Basic Solfege I
or 57-185 Advanced Solfege I
57-173Survey of Western Music History
(co-requisite: 57-188)
9
57-188Repertoire and Listening for Musicians1
18-090Twisted Signals: Multimedia Processing for the Arts10
57-911Music Since 19459
57-616Independent Study in Sound Studies9

Choose 52 units from:

57-153Harmony II9
or 57-150 Basic Harmony II
57-182Solfege II3
or 57-186 Advanced Solfege II
15-104Introduction to Computing for Creative Practice10
15-322Introduction to Computer Music
(pre-requisite: 15-112)
9
15-323Computer Music Systems and Information Processing
(pre-requisite: 15-122)
9
33-114Physics of Musical Sound9
57-337Sound Recording6
57-343Music, Technology, and Culture9
57-344Experimental Sound Synthesis9
57-347Electronic and Computer Music
(pre-requisite: 57-101 or 57-171)
6
57-421Exploded Ensemble6
57-425Expanded Music Performance9
57-438Multitrack Recording9
57-478Survey of Historical Recording6
57-829Contemporary Soundscapes9
60-1313D Media Studio I: Foundations in Sculpture, Installation, and Site work10
60-210Electronic Media Studio: Introduction to Interactivity10

Note: Students completing an IDeATe minor may double-count up to two of the IDeATe minor courses towards the Sound Theory & Practice concentration.


Free Electives

(approximately 1-3 courses, 8-29 units)

Take any Carnegie Mellon course. A maximum of 9 units of physical education and/or military science may be counted toward this requirement. Physical education and military science courses will not be calculated in a student's QPA.


Engineering and Arts Additional Major

Carnegie Mellon recognizes that there are STEM-minded students who want the opportunity to formally incorporate their fine arts talents with their current study in engineering. In order to accommodate students who wish to pursue an education in both areas, while retaining the full engineering curriculum, we offer an additional major that combines the strengths of the College of Fine Arts (CFA) and the College of Engineering (E). The Engineering and Arts (EA) additional major is an interdisciplinary program that offers a unique group of qualified Engineering students the foundation to develop their skills and interests in an area of the fine arts and engineering.

The EA curriculum has two main components: BXA requirements and fine arts concentration requirements. Each student's course of study is structured so it can be completed alongside their primary engineering major.

The EA Additional Major Program is governed by faculty and administrators from both colleges and led by the director of the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs. Students receive extensive advising support. The academic advisors in the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs are the advisors and liaisons between CFA and Engineering. Each student has two additional academic advisors: an advisor in the admitting school of CFA to guide their focus in the arts, and their primary advisor in Engineering to guide their full major in engineering.

EA Curriculum

Units
I. BXA Requirements36
II. CFA Concentration108
Total EA Additional Major Requirements144

BXA Requirements

BXA Required Courses (5 courses, 36 units)

BXA-specific courses give students the opportunity to integrate their areas of concentration by focusing on interdisciplinary approaches and arts-based research techniques.

52-190BXA Seminar I: Building the Wunderkammer9
or 52-291 BXA Seminar II: Transferring Knowledge
52-391BXA Junior Portfolio0
52-392BXA Seminar III: Deconstructing Disciplines9
52-401BXA Seminar IV: Capstone Project Research9
52-402BXA Seminar V: Capstone Project Production9

College of Fine Arts Concentration

(number of courses vary, 108 units minimum)

EA students choose one of the following concentrations:

  • Architecture (108 units)
  • Art (108 units)
  • Drama (108 units)
  • Music (108 units)

ARCHITECTURE CONCENTRATION (108 UNITS MINIMUM)

Architecture Required Courses (7 courses, 52 units minimum)
48-100Architecture Design Studio: Poeisis Studio 1 -Fall, Freshman year10-15
or 48-095 Spatial Concepts for Non-Architecture Majors
62-122Digital Media I -Fall, Freshman year6
62-125Drawing I -Fall, Freshman year6
62-123Digital Media II -Spring, Freshman year6
62-126Drawing II -Spring, Freshman year6
48-240Historical Survey of World Architecture and Urbanism I -Spring, Freshman year9
48-241Modern Architecture -Fall, Sophomore year9
Architecture Electives (56 units minimum)

A minimum of 56 additional Architecture units must be approved by the Architecture advisor. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

Art Concentration (108 units minimum)

Transdisciplinary Research Studios (2 courses, 20 units)

Complete two courses:

60-101Transdisciplinary Research Studio I: Risk, Agency, Failure10
60-201Transdisciplinary Research Studio II: Publics10
60-202Transdisciplinary Research Studio III: Futures10
Media Studios (3 courses, 30 units minimum)

Complete three courses:

60-1313D Media Studio I: Foundations in Sculpture, Installation, and Site work10
60-1333D Media Studio II10
60-1502D Media Studio: Drawing10
60-1702D Media Studio: Painting10
60-2512D Media Studio: Print Media10
60-2602D Media Studio: Imaging10
60-110Electronic Media Studio: Introduction to the Moving Image10
60-210Electronic Media Studio: Introduction to Interactivity10-12
or 60-212 Electronic Media Studio: Interactivity and Computation for Creative Practice
Advanced Studios (4 courses, 40 units)

Complete four courses. Courses may be offered in the fall and/or spring. Students may take courses in any media area (ETB, SIS, CP or DP3). They may take all courses in one media area if a focus is desired.

60-401/402Senior Studio10
60-403Senior Critique Seminar10
Advanced Electronic and Time-Based Work (ETB) (course numbers 60-410 through 60-429) *10
Advanced Sculpture, Installation and Site-Work (SIS) (course numbers 60-430 through 60-447) *10
Advanced Contextual Practice (CP) (course numbers 60-448 through 60-449) *10
Advanced Drawing, Painting, Print Media and Photography (DP3) (course numbers 60-450 through 60-498) *10
60-499Studio Independent Study
(one only)
10
Critical Studies (2 courses, 18 units)
60-205Critical Theory in Art III -Fall9
60-206Critical Theory in Art IV -Spring9

Note: Critical Theory I & II are strongly recommended.

Review Requirement (complete 2 required reviews, 0 units)

A review is required at the end of the sophomore and senior years. Pass/no pass only.

60-200Sophomore Review -Spring0
60-400Senior Review -Spring0

DRAMA CONCENTRATION (108 UNITS MINIMUM)

Options available in the following areas: 1) Design, 2) Directing, 3) Dramaturgy, 4) Production Technology and Management

Note: There is no EA Acting or Musical Theatre option.

Required Courses for All Concentration Options (5 courses, 20 units)
54-175-54-176Conservatory Hour-Conservatory Hour
(1 unit each)
2
54-177Foundations of Drama I6
54-281Foundations of Drama II
(prerequisite: 54-177)
6
54-381Special Topics in Drama: History, Literature and Criticism6
54-362Anti-Racist & Equitable Practices in Theater
(optional)
6

Work with Drama Faculty Option Coordinator to Approve Concentration Option (88 units minimum):

Design Required Courses (2 courses, 26 units)
54-151-54-152Stagecraft-Stagecraft
(13 units + 13 units)
26

A minimum of 62 additional Design units must be approved by the Design faculty option coordinator. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

Directing Required Courses (10 courses, 64 units)
54-121-54-122Directing I: A Director's Mindset - Directing I: Sources18
54-221-54-222Directing II: In the Studio - Directing II: Fundamentals18
54-159-54-159Production Practicum-Production Practicum
(two times)
12
54-517Director's Colloquium
(four times)
16

A minimum of 24 additional Directing units must be approved by the Directing faculty option coordinator. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

Dramaturgy Required Courses (9 courses, 53 units minimum)
54-109Dramaturgy 1: Approaches to Text9
54-184Dramaturgy 2: Introduction to Production Dramaturgy9
54-121Directing I: A Director's Mindset9
54-159-54-159Production Practicum-Production Practicum
(two times)
12
54-200-54-200Dramaturgy Forum-Dramaturgy Forum -Fall (minimum of two; every semester it is offered while enrolled)2
54-xxxDramaturgy 3, 4, 5 or 6 (minimum of two; all four if enrolled as BXA for six semesters or more)18

A minimum of 29 additional Dramaturgy units must be approved by the Dramaturgy faculty option coordinator. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

Production Technology and Management Required Courses (2 courses, 26 units)
54-151-54-152Stagecraft-Stagecraft
(13 units + 13 units)
26

A minimum of 62 additional PTM units must be approved by the PTM faculty option coordinator. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

MUSIC CONCENTRATION (108 UNITS MINIMUM)

Options available in the following areas: 1) Audio Recording & Production, 2) Composition, 2) Music Performance (instrumental, organ, piano, voice), 4) Sound Theory & Practice

Required Course for All Concentration Options (1 course, 9 units)
57-152Harmony I9
or 57-149 Basic Harmony I

Work with Music Advisor to Approve Concentration Option (99 units minimum):

Audio Recording & Production Required Courses (7 courses, 40 units)
57-101Introduction to Music Technology6
or 57-171 Introduction to Music Technology (self-paced)
57-181Solfege I3
or 57-180 Basic Solfege I
or 57-185 Advanced Solfege I
57-173Survey of Western Music History
(co-requisite: 57-188)
9
57-188Repertoire and Listening for Musicians1
57-337Sound Recording6
57-338Sound Editing and Mastering6
57-438Multitrack Recording9

Choose 59 units from:

57-153Harmony II9
or 57-150 Basic Harmony II
57-182Solfege II3
or 57-186 Advanced Solfege II
15-104Introduction to Computing for Creative Practice10
18-090Twisted Signals: Multimedia Processing for the Arts10
33-114Physics of Musical Sound9
54-166Introduction to Sound Design for Theatre6
54-275History of Sound Design3
54-666Production Audio6
57-344Experimental Sound Synthesis9
57-421Exploded Ensemble6
57-425Expanded Music Performance9
57-427Advanced Seminar in Film Musicology9
57-478Survey of Historical Recording6
57-622Independent Study in Sound Recording Production3
60-1313D Media Studio I: Foundations in Sculpture, Installation, and Site work10
60-210Electronic Media Studio: Introduction to Interactivity10

Note: Students completing an IDeATe minor may double-count up to two of the IDeATe minor courses towards the Audio Recording & Production concentration.

Composition Required Courses (12 courses, 76 units)
57-161Eurhythmics I
(recommended co-requisite: 57-181)
3
57-181Solfege I3
or 57-180 Basic Solfege I
or 57-185 Advanced Solfege I
57-173Survey of Western Music History
(co-requisite: 57-188)
9
57-188Repertoire and Listening for Musicians1
57-49xBXA Studio (4 semesters) 36
57-xxxMajor Ensemble (4 semesters) 24

A minimum of 23 additional Music units must be approved by the Music advisor. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

Music Performance Required Courses (12 courses, 76 units)
57-161Eurhythmics I
(recommended co-requisite: 57-181)
3
57-181Solfege I3
or 57-180 Basic Solfege I
or 57-185 Advanced Solfege I
57-173Survey of Western Music History
(co-requisite: 57-188)
9
57-188Repertoire and Listening for Musicians1
57-49xBXA Studio (4 semesters) 36
57-xxxMajor Ensemble (4 semesters) 24

A minimum of 23 additional Music units must be approved by the Music advisor. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

Sound Theory & Practice Required Courses (7 courses, 47 units)
57-101Introduction to Music Technology6
or 57-171 Introduction to Music Technology (self-paced)
57-181Solfege I3
or 57-180 Basic Solfege I
or 57-185 Advanced Solfege I
57-173Survey of Western Music History
(co-requisite: 57-188)
9
57-188Repertoire and Listening for Musicians1
18-090Twisted Signals: Multimedia Processing for the Arts10
57-911Music Since 19459
57-616Independent Study in Sound Studies9

Choose 52 units from:

57-153Harmony II9
or 57-150 Basic Harmony II
57-182Solfege II3
or 57-186 Advanced Solfege II
15-104Introduction to Computing for Creative Practice10
15-322Introduction to Computer Music
(pre-requisite: 15-112)
9
15-323Computer Music Systems and Information Processing
(pre-requisite: 15-122)
9
33-114Physics of Musical Sound9
57-337Sound Recording6
57-343Music, Technology, and Culture9
57-344Experimental Sound Synthesis9
57-347Electronic and Computer Music
(pre-requisite: 57-101 or 57-171)
6
57-421Exploded Ensemble6
57-425Expanded Music Performance9
57-438Multitrack Recording9
57-478Survey of Historical Recording6
57-829Contemporary Soundscapes9
60-1313D Media Studio I: Foundations in Sculpture, Installation, and Site work10
60-210Electronic Media Studio: Introduction to Interactivity10

Note: Students completing an IDeATe minor may double-count up to two of the IDeATe minor courses towards the Sound Theory & Practice concentration.

Academic Policies

Professional and Community Standards

As a condition of enrollment BXA, and as a student in the College of Fine Arts, we expect you to positively contribute to the community in order to fully engage in the intellectual life at CFA. Classrooms, studios, rehearsal and performance spaces, exhibition venues and off-campus curricular destinations are safe spaces for expression and self-identification. Students are expected to treat everyone with respect, regardless of race, country of origin, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, age, religion, political affiliation or marital status. Lack of respect and harassment includes offensive comments related to any protected personal characteristic, deliberate intimidation, sustained disruption of speech, inappropriate physical contact and unwelcome sexual attention. Violations of this agreement are subject to a response to be determined by the BXA Director and CFA Associate Deans.


Academic Standards and Actions

Academic standards are established to ensure a student is progressing well in their desired CMU degree. Deviation from these standards will prompt an academic action, which notifies both the student and their advisors so appropriate responses can be considered.

At the end of every semester, the academic performance of each BXA student is evaluated based on the established academic standards listed below. As the College of Fine Arts is the unifying body among the BXA degrees, the BXA Director presents recommendations for academic actions to the College of Fine Arts Academic Advisory Council (CFA-AAC) for a final review and council vote in accordance with CFA-AAC protocol. Once the actions are approved, the student will receive written notice of the action. Copies of all communications will also be sent to their BXA, CFA and academic college advisors.

Academic Standards

BXA students are expected to maintain a cumulative QPA of 2.0 or higher and to make satisfactory progress toward their academic degree. Meeting one or more of the following conditions in the semester will result in an academic action. Note that meeting a singular criterion more than once within the current semester is equivalent to meeting 2 or more criteria:

  • Semester QPA below 2.0
  • Cumulative QPA below 2.0
  • Grade of D or R in a required concentration course*
  • Grade of R in a general education course
  • Completing fewer than 27 factorable units toward intended degree in a semester (free electives do not count toward total)

*as defined by each degree option.

Academic Actions

All academic actions are cumulative and sequential. Should a student resume good standing and later meet the criteria for another academic action, they will continue where they previously left off. All academic actions also transfer between colleges. BXA students who enter the program through internal transfer on action, will continue on the equivalent action.

After an action of probation, the student’s BXA advisor will initiate an intervention team. This team will include the student’s BXA college liaison and all three of their associated advisors (BXA, CFA and academic college advisors) to strategize a path to success and discuss available resources.

Students on an academic action are not allowed to overload classes, cross-register for classes or participate in study abroad during the semesters the action is in effect.

First Academic Action:

Warning: Warning will be administered if a student meets 1 criterion for an academic action within the current semester.
Probation: Probation will be administered if a student meets 2 or more criteria for an academic action.

Second Academic Action:

Probation: Probation will be administered if a student was previously on a “Warning” and now meets 1 or more criteria for an academic action within the current semester.
Final Probation: Final Probation will be administered if a student was previously on a “Probation” and now meets only 1 criterion for an academic action within the current semester.
Suspension: Suspension will be administered if a student was previously on a “Probation” and now meets 2 or more criteria for an academic action or meets an individual criterion multiple times within the current semester.

Third Academic Action:

Final Probation: Final Probation will be administered if a student was previously on a “Probation” and now meets 1 or more criteria for an academic action within the current semester.
Suspension: Suspension will be administered if a student was previously on a “Final Probation” and now meets only 1 criterion for an academic action within the current semester.
Drop: Drop will be administered if a student was previously on Final Probation and now meets 2 or more criteria for an academic action within the given semester. -OR- If a student was previously on a “Suspension” and now meets 1 or more of the criteria for an academic action within the current semester. (If the student has failed to secure admittance to a different program by this time, the student will also be dropped from the university.)

Fourth Academic Action:

Suspension: Suspension will be administered if a student was previously on a “Final Probation” and now meets 1 or more of the criteria for an academic action within the current semester.
Drop: Drop will be administered if a student was previously on a “Suspension” and now meets 1 or more of the criteria for an academic action within the current semester. (If the student has failed to secure admittance to a different program by this time, the student will also be dropped from the university.)

Fifth Academic Action:

Drop: Drop will be administered if a student was previously on a “Suspension” and now meets 1 or more of the criteria for an academic action within the current semester. (If the student has failed to secure admittance to a different program by this time, the student will also be dropped from the university.)

Appeal of Academic Action

Students have the right to appeal academic actions. If a student believes an academic action is inconsistent with BXA policies or merits additional review, a student should submit a formal written appeal, as specified in the initial academic action letter, to the assistant/associate deans listed below, with a copy to the deans of both CFA and their academic college. Appeals should include all relevant materials to substantiate their case and support their concerns.

A student may appeal to the relevant assistant/associate deans within seven days from the date of their academic action letter. All appeals should be in written form, under three pages in length (not including appendices) and authored by the student.

BCSA Appeals should be addressed to:
Kristen Letts Kovak, Senior Associate Dean for Academics, College of Fine Arts
Guy Belloch, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, Computer Science Department

BHA Appeals should be addressed to:
Kristen Letts Kovak, Senior Associate Dean for Academics, College of Fine Arts
Ana Maria Ulloa-Shields, Assistant Dean and Director, Dietrich College Academic Advisory Center

BSA Appeals should be addressed to:
Kristen Letts Kovak, Senior Associate Dean for Academics, College of Fine Arts
Maggie Braun, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs, Mellon College of Science

If, after carrying out the steps of the process described above, the student believes that the matter has not been adequately resolved, or if no decision has been rendered by the appropriate date, the student may appeal at the university level. To appeal at the university level, the student must present copies of all previously submitted documents and a formal letter of appeal to the provost. The provost or another designated university officer will respond in writing with a final resolution, including the basis for it, within thirty (30) days when possible.


Disabilities

Students with a learning disability or a physical disability are encouraged to email access@andrew.cmu.edu. The circumstances will remain confidential to the extent desired. The university has a formal procedure for documenting disabilities, notifying advisors and faculty, and making arrangements to utilize university resources in support of expressed needs, but will take no action until contacted by the student. The BXA academic advisors will work with the student to coordinate assistance. Please note that requests for accommodations are not retroactive; you must ask that accommodation requests be put in place before you anticipate needing them.


Grading Policies

University grading policies may vary depending on the particular school/department. Please consult the Undergraduate Academic Regulations.


Intercollege Deans’ List 

Students who earn 36 graded units (no “pass/no pass” grades) with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, no “incompletes” and “no grades” qualify for BCSA, BHA or BSA Deans’ List. The BXA Intercollege Deans’ List Honors are posted online each semester.


Intercollege Honors

BXA students who successfully complete a BXA Capstone Project under the guidance of a faculty member will graduate with BCSA, BHA, BSA or EA Intercollege Honors if all of the following conditions are met:

  • grade of “A” achieved in 62-401 and 62-402
  • overall QPA of 3.25 or higher
  • research results presented at Meeting of the Minds Undergraduate Research Symposium

As a citizen of two colleges, a BXA student also has the opportunity to graduate with CFA College Honors, DC College Honors, E College Honors and MCS College Honors. These particular honors are defined by each college. BXA students will receive honors color cords during the BXA/CFA Commencement Honors Ceremony and EA additional major students at the College of Engineering Commencement Honors Ceremony.


University Honors

Students who graduate with an overall QPA of 3.5 or higher will graduate with University Honors. Students will receive an honors medallion during the BXA/CFA Commencement Honors Ceremony.


Internal Transfer/Additional Major Process

For current Carnegie Mellon students who wish to apply to a BXA program, an internal transfer and additional major (EA) application process takes place in both the fall and spring semester. Applications are available online and are reviewed by a committee of BCSA, BHA, BSA and EA advisors in October and in March. However, certain concentrations consider applications only once a year; please consult with a BXA advisor for guidance on scheduling your application.

All students applying for internal transfer should meet with their current advisor, a BXA advisor, and an advisor in their target area, as well as take preliminary coursework in their target area and complete their first semester before applying. For all concentrations, there are required courses that must be taken before an application will be considered; please consult with a BXA advisor for guidance on scheduling these courses.

Current BXA students who wish to change their BXA program (e.g. BHA to BCSA) or change their CFA concentration (e.g BHA architecture to BHA art) or delineated options within CFA concentrations (e.g. music performance to music composition) must apply for that change through the internal transfer process. Current BHA and BSA students who wish to change their academic college concentration after declaring (e.g. BHA creative writing to BHA psychology, BSA physics to BSA mathematical sciences) must submit a new DC/MCS Concentration Declaration form for approval of that change, which will be reviewed at the internal transfer committee meeting each semester. Current BXA students seeking internal transfer out of BXA into another college program must apply and meet entry requirements to that program.


Study Abroad

Studying abroad is encouraged to broaden BXA students’ interdisciplinary experiences through traditional and non-traditional study abroad, from coursework and artistic studios to for-credit internships, volunteer service and research opportunities. 

Courses taken while studying abroad may count toward your BXA concentration requirements, your general education requirements or your free electives. Studying abroad should not delay your graduation, as long as you work with your study abroad advisor and your BXA advisor to plan the most appropriate courses.

The timing and length of program are important considerations while planning. Due to required BXA coursework, students should avoid studying abroad in their last three semesters (junior spring, senior fall/spring). Spending an entire year abroad is not typically possible for BXA students without intending to take an additional semester at Carnegie Mellon. Many students study abroad during the spring of their sophomore year or the fall semester of their junior year, as well during the summer, and over winter and spring breaks. Talk to your BXA academic advisor early in your academic career to identify the best time for study abroad. 

When studying abroad, students are still enrolled at Carnegie Mellon. A student never takes a leave of absence to study abroad. Prior to studying abroad, all students must attend a required pre-departure orientation offered by the Office of International Education (OIE).

Students must also complete a Study Abroad Transfer Credit (SATC) form prior to departure for study abroad, which must be signed after completion by the BXA advisor. The SATC will guarantee transfer credit for courses taken abroad, and is filled out by the corresponding departments to the coursework being transferred. Unlike regular transfer credit, there is no limit to the number of courses transferable from study abroad, but there may exist stricter limits on the use of coursework to fulfill concentration or general education requirements.

Students will receive credit for courses for which they receive a grade of “C” or better. However, grades received abroad do not count toward a student’s Carnegie Mellon University QPA.


Transfer Credit

Once a BXA student enrolls at Carnegie Mellon University as a degree candidate, they may transfer a maximum of five courses from another institution (excepting official study abroad programs through the CMU Office of International Education) for credit towards their BXA degree. This applies to courses taken at other institutions in the United States, as well as courses taken internationally in the student’s home country.  

Individual departments may impose stricter limits regarding the number or type of courses students propose to take elsewhere to fulfill requirements. Some departments may not accept transfer credit from online courses. 

Students must have prior approval to transfer courses from their BXA advisor, as well as concentration advisors, to use coursework towards requirements. To receive permission, students must provide course information (syllabi) to the corresponding department for evaluation of appropriate credit. When the course is finished, official transcripts must be sent to Carnegie Mellon University before credit will be recorded. 

Transfer courses must be taken for a letter grade and students must earn a C (2.00) or above (B or above at a community college). Transfer credit is not factored into a student's CMU QPA.

The following courses must be taken at CMU and cannot be transferred in:

  • First-Year Writing Requirement Course (76101, 76102, 76106/7/8)
  • Reflecting: Societies and Cultures (79-104, 79-145, 79-189)
  • 36-200: Statistical Reasoning (AP credit only)
  • 99-101: Computing @ Carnegie Mellon

Students currently on university suspension are permitted to take no more than three courses per semester at another institution and no more than a total of five courses.


Withdrawal or Leave of Absence

A student who decides to leave the university must meet with their BXA advisor and complete a Withdrawal or Leave of Absence form. Withdrawal means leaving the university with no intention of returning. Leave of Absence means temporarily leaving the university with a stated intention to return. A withdrawal or leave of absence from the university at any time up to and including the last day of classes (excluding the final examination period), means that grades of W will be recorded for all classes for the semester. Financial responsibility for the semester is dependent upon the date of and the reasons for filing the form. Questions about financial responsibility should be directed to the HUB.

A leave of absence may be voluntary or involuntary. If the leave is voluntary, the student may return any time within four years following the beginning of the leave by filing an Application for Return from Leave of Absence form. If the leave is involuntary, that is, required for academic or disciplinary reasons, the conditions for return will be stated.

About Course Numbers:

Each Carnegie Mellon course number begins with a two-digit prefix that designates the department offering the course (i.e., 76-xxx courses are offered by the Department of English). Although each department maintains its own course numbering practices, typically, the first digit after the prefix indicates the class level: xx-1xx courses are freshmen-level, xx-2xx courses are sophomore level, etc. Depending on the department, xx-6xx courses may be either undergraduate senior-level or graduate-level, and xx-7xx courses and higher are graduate-level. Consult the Schedule of Classes each semester for course offerings and for any necessary pre-requisites or co-requisites.


BXA Intercollege Degree Programs Courses

52-190 BXA Seminar I: Building the Wunderkammer
Fall: 9 units
BXA Seminar I introduces first-year and rising sophomore internal transfer students to the field of interdisciplinary work through the concept of the Wunderkammer, the cabinet of wonders. How do we identify and categorize objects? How do we define their position in the world and in a collection? What kind of knowledge is conveyed through context, representation, and juxtaposition? This class considers how interdisciplinary work can be produced, analyzed, justified and--most importantly--contextualized. Students engage with theoretical and practical readings from across disciplines, with particular emphasis on interpretive theory. Weekly readings in aesthetic and critical theory introduce students to a particular vocabulary of analysis, practiced in class discussion and written responses. Students will conceive, research, produce and present a creative final project at the end of the semester.
52-290 Literacy Across Disciplines
Intermittent: 9 units
This course is intended for CFA students who want to improve their writing and communication skills, with a focus on targeting non-specialist audiences. Assignments and readings will cover formats including artists? statements, grant and other funding applications, and other project proposals. Students will also acquire the critical vocabulary to contextualize their creative work in contemporary conversations about the arts. This course will give you the opportunity to develop skills in identifying and targeting audiences in a variety of rhetorical modes and genres. This course is especially well-suited to sophomores and juniors, but is open to all years.
52-291 BXA Seminar II: Transferring Knowledge
Spring: 9 units
BXA Seminar II is intended for students transferring into a BXA program during their sophomore year or beyond. We'll consider how knowledge is represented across different modes of media--what language, what symbols, what logic guides knowledge acquisition and expression in your varied disciplines? Students engage with theoretical and practical readings from across disciplines, with particular emphasis on interpretive theory. Weekly readings in aesthetic and critical theory introduce students to a particular vocabulary of analysis, practiced in class discussions and written responses. Students will produce written assignments as well as creative responses to the course material.
52-292 BXA Student Advisory Council
Intermittent: 3 units
This course will provide opportunities for students to promote and refine the mission of the BXA programs. Students will develop and practice leadership skills, including collaboration, communication, and project management. Students will be responsible for planning and running BXA student events, including info sessions, social hours, skills workshops, and alumni events. Students are encouraged to think about how to engage other interdisciplinary scholars and artists as well as how to present their own work and programs to the larger university community.
52-390 BXA Undergraduate Research Project
All Semesters
The BXA Undergraduate Research Project is for students who want to work on a self-designed project with the one-to-one guidance of a faculty advisor. The project should be interdisciplinary in nature, and can be a scholarly and/or creative endeavor. The project may take the form of a written thesis, a compilation of creative works, an outreach project, etc. The project topic must be pre-approved by the faculty member who agrees to supervise the project and assign a letter grade for the course. Projects are to be completed in one semester, may be worth 3, 6, 9, or 12 units of academic credit, and cannot be taken concurrently with the BXA Capstone Project during the senior year. To register, students must submit an "Undergraduate Research Project Proposal Form" signed by both the student and the faculty advisor, along with a proposal, to their BXA academic advisor.
52-391 BXA Junior Portfolio
Spring
To better assess the goals and needs of BXA students as they enter their final year and prepare for senior-level projects (e.g. BXA Capstone Project), all students will review their own work and assemble a portfolio during the spring semester of their junior year. Students should work with their BXA advisors and their concentration faculty advisors to assemble a portfolio that represents their academic and creative milestones over the course of their college career. This portfolio also includes reflective written components to allow students to present a narrative of their history with BXA, and identify their goals, visions, ideas and concerns for their future work--both for senior year and beyond. Students should provide an assessment of the areas of intersection between their academic and artistic interests, offer their own specific goals for their academic career, and give a self-evaluation of their performance and opportunities to-date, in light of the programs' broader pedagogical goals.
52-392 BXA Seminar III: Deconstructing Disciplines
Spring: 9 units
The BXA Seminar III will engage BXA juniors in examination of critical theory, the structure of disciplinary knowledge, interdisciplinary approaches and methods, and the purpose, categories, and components of research. The course will meet weekly at the beginning of the semester and biweekly or bimonthly at the second half with time given to completing individual projects. The requirements include short readings, participation in online and seminar discussions, individual self-assessment exercises, the production of small creative works and/or research projects, and presentation of work during both BXA Kaleidoscope and a separate class research showcase held during the final exam period. BXA Seminar III is in preparation for the BXA Capstone Project and/or other senior research projects (Dietrich/MCS/SCS thesis, or CFA senior studio work).
52-401 BXA Seminar IV: Capstone Project Research
Fall and Spring
The BXA Capstone gives BXA students the opportunity to demonstrate the extent of their interdisciplinary work over the course of their academic career. The Capstone should include elements that span the student's CFA and SCS concentrations (for BCSA students), CFA and DC concentrations (for BHA students), CFA and MCS concentrations (for BSA students) or CFA concentration and Engineering major (for EA additional major students). The project can be either a scholarly or creative endeavor, and may take one of many possible forms (e.g., a written thesis, a compilation of creative work or works, an experiment and report, a computer program or animation, etc.). The BXA Capstone sequence covers both semesters of a student's senior year. In the fall, students are enrolled in 52-401 BXA Seminar IV: Capstone Fall (9 units), which meets weekly to discuss strategies for managing research, planning the project and larger theoretical issues related to interdisciplinary work. At the end of the fall course, students will have produced a Capstone Project proposal, an annotated bibliography and multiple versions of their project pitch. In the spring, students enroll in 52-402 BXA Seminar: Capstone Spring (9 units), which has no required classroom time. Instead, students spend the semester doing the research and foundational work necessary for the project, as well as meeting with their faculty and BXA advisors as they create their Capstone Project and prepare to present it at the annual Meeting of the Minds Undergraduate Research Symposium held each May. Students will only be enrolled in 52-401 (18 units) when they are unable to complete a two-semester sequence and need to gain special permission by the BXA Director/Academic Advisor. Students will only be enrolled in 52-401 (18 units) when they are unable to complete a two-semester sequence and need to gain special permission by the BXA Director/Academic Advisor.
52-402 BXA Seminar V: Capstone Project Production
Fall and Spring: 9 units
The BXA Capstone gives BXA students the opportunity to demonstrate the extent of their interdisciplinary work over the course of their academic career. The Capstone should include elements that span the student's CFA and SCS concentrations (for BCSA students), CFA and DC concentrations (for BHA students), CFA and MCS concentrations (for BSA students) or CFA concentration and Engineering major (for EA additional major students). The project can be either a scholarly or creative endeavor, and may take one of many possible forms (e.g., a written thesis, a compilation of creative work or works, an experiment and report, a computer program or animation, etc.). The BXA Capstone sequence covers both semesters of a student's senior year. In the fall, students are enrolled in 52-401 BXA Seminar IV: Capstone Fall (9 units), which meets weekly to discuss strategies for managing research, planning the project and larger theoretical issues related to interdisciplinary work. At the end of the fall course, students will have produced a Capstone Project proposal, an annotated bibliography and multiple versions of their project pitch. In the spring, students enroll in 52-402 BXA Seminar: Capstone Spring (9 units), which has no required classroom time. Instead, students spend the semester doing the research and foundational work necessary for the project, as well as meeting with their faculty and BXA advisors as they create their Capstone Project and prepare to present it at the annual Meeting of the Minds Undergraduate Research Symposium held each May.
52-590 BXA Internship
All Semesters
An internship is a supervised professional work experience with clear links to a student's academic goals. BXA students may choose to complete a BXA Internship for elective credit with appropriate individuals or organizations within or outside of Carnegie Mellon University. Junior and senior BXA students in good academic standing are eligible to receive academic credit for one internship. Grading is pass/no pass only. Prior to enrolling in an internship, the student must have a "BXA Internship Agreement Form" signed by their site supervisor and approved by their BXA academic advisor.
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