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This is an archived copy of the 2011-2012 Catalog. To access the most recent version of the catalog, please visit http://coursecatalog.web.cmu.edu.

Department of Social and Decision Sciences

The Department of Social and Decision Sciences is a multidisciplinary department that offers undergraduate programs that seamlessly combine frontier knowledge in the social sciences with the practical skills needed to excel in key decision making roles in the public and private sectors and in advanced studies. Our students learn how to combine intellectual ideals with the realities of human and organizational behavior and to apply these lessons across a wide variety of endeavors, ranging from government service to leadership positions in the information economy.

The department offers undergraduate majors in Decision Science and Policy and Management, and oversees the International Relations and Politics major. The majors leverage off of our departmental core that includes courses in decision analysis, empirical research, organizations, and policy analysis. In addition to completing this core, students also specialize in their major area through a set of required and elective courses.

Our faculty is committed to the academic success and growth of our students and many of our undergraduates work with faculty on research projects and internships. The directors of the majors are easily accessible and encourage students to talk with them about their curriculum, progress, and available opportunities.

The Department of Social and Decision Sciences has a long history of creating innovative and prescient undergraduate programs that combine key ideas from across the social sciences into cohesive majors that allow our graduates to excel in their chosen professions or in the pursuit of advanced studies. Our emphasis on the theory and practice of individual and social decision making linked with our high-quality, multidisciplinary social science faculty, provides a solid foundation from which graduates can embrace a variety of future paths.

 

The Major in Decision Science

Baruch Fischhoff, Faculty Director
Office: Porter Hall 219E
Connie Angermeier, Academic Advisor
Office: Porter Hall 208A

The interdisciplinary field of Decision Science seeks to understand and improve the judgment and decision making of individuals, groups, and organizations. Qualified graduates can continue to PhD programs in Decision Science or related fields (e.g., psychology, business), pursue professional degrees (e.g., MBA, MD, JD, MPH), or take professional positions in business, government, consulting, or the non-profit sector. Students work with faculty to tailor their education to their specific needs and interest.

Carnegie Mellon is one of the leading centers for the study of Decision Science - and offers the only such undergraduate major. Our faculty are involved in applying Decision Science in a wide variety of areas, allowing them to share practical experiences with students. These applications include medical decision making (e.g., conveying the costs and benefits of treatment options), legal decision making (e.g., understanding the effects of anger on attributions of responsibility), risk management (e.g., assessing and communicating the risks of terrorist attacks), marketing (e.g., understanding the effects of inter-temporal choice on purchasing decisions), and business (e.g., identifying unrecognized conflicts of interest).

Decision Science is grounded in theories and methods drawn from psychology, economics, philosophy, statistics, and management science. Courses in the major 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, Decision Science majors 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.

The core courses in Decision Science cluster into two categories. The theory cluster presents fundamental theories and results from the empirical study of decision making, as well as the application of decision-making research to real-world problems. The research methods cluster introduces students to methods for collecting and analyzing behavioral data. For example, students learn to conduct surveys (e.g., uncovering consumer or managerial preferences), design experiments evaluating psychological theories, and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions.

The elective courses provide students with additional knowledge in areas of decision making that meet their personal, intellectual, and career goals. These courses are organized into six clusters: biological and behavioral aspects of decision making, managerial and organizational aspects, philosophical and ethical perspectives, economic and statistical methods, public policy, and research methods. Students can concentrate in one area or spread their studies across them. In addition to coursework, the department offers research opportunities for interested and qualified students. Participating in research helps students to extend their mastery of decision science, discover whether a research career is right for them, and get to know faculty and graduate students better.

Prerequisites

All Decision Science majors must complete mathematics and statistics prerequisites (see below), by the end of the sophomore year.

Mathematics PrerequisiteUnits
21-111 & 21-112 Calculus I - Differential and Integral Calculus 20
or21-120 Differential and Integral Calculus (10 units)
  20

 

Statistics PrerequisiteUnits
36-201 Statistical Reasoning and Practice 9
108 unitsCurriculum

The core curriculum in Decision Science consists of two courses in empirical research methods and five courses providing the disciplinary perspectives of Decision Science.

Disciplinary PerspectivesUnits
88-120 Reason, Passion and Cognition ** 9
85-211 Cognitive Psychology 9
88-220 Policy Analysis I 9
88-223 Decision Analysis and Decision Support Systems 9
88-302 Behavioral Decision Making 9
  45

** 88-120 should be taken in the freshman or sophomore year.

 

Research MethodsUnits
36-202 Statistical Methods 9
88-251 Empirical Research Methods 9
  18
45 unitsElectives

Complete at least 45 units of courses 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 three of these courses (27 units) must be Department of Social and Decision Sciences courses (88-xxx).

1. Biological and Behavioral Aspects of Decision MakingUnits
85-219 Biological Foundations of Behavior 9
85-241 Social Psychology 9
85-352 Evolutionary Psychology 9
85-355 Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience 9
85-414 Cognitive Neuropsychology 9
85-442 Health Psychology 9
88-360 Behavioral Economics 9
88-364 Psychobiology and Decision Making 9
88-365 Behavioral Economics and Public Policy 9
88-372 Social and Emotional Brain 9
88-377 Attitudes and Persuasion 9
88-386 Desires and Decisions 9


2. Managerial and Organizational Aspects of Decision MakingUnits
70-332 Business, Society and Ethics 9
70-381 Marketing I 9
70-460 Mathematical Models for Consulting 9
70-481 Marketing Research 9
88-221 Policy Analysis II 9
88-222 Policy Analysis Senior Project 12
88-341 Organizational Communication 9
88-419 Negotiation 9
88-444 Public Policy and Regulation 9


3. Philosophical and Ethical Perspectives on Decision MakingUnits
19-426 Environmental Decision Making 9
80-208 Critical Thinking 9
80-241 Ethical Judgments in Professional Life 9
80-242 Conflict and Dispute Resolution 9
80-305 Rational Choice 9
80-321 Causation, Law, and Social Policy 9


4. Economic and Statistical Methods for Decision ScienceUnits
70-460 Mathematical Models for Consulting 9
73-325 Strategic Behavior in Non-cooperative Games 9
73-347 Game Theory for Economists 9
73-435 Economics of Negotiations 9
80-221 Philosophy of Social Science 9
80-245 Medical Ethics 9
80-337 Philosophy Politics & Economics 9
80-405 Game Theory * 9
88-316 Game Theory * 9
88-360 Behavioral Economics 9
88-387 Social Norms and Economics 9
88-424 Decision Theory and Rational Choice 9

* 80-405  and 88-316 are different courses and are not cross-listed.

5. Decision Science and Public Policy
80-242 Conflict and Dispute Resolution 9
88-221 Policy Analysis II 9
88-222 Policy Analysis Senior Project 12
88-365 Behavioral Economics and Public Policy 9
88-405 Risk Perception and Communication 9
88-408 Attitudes the Media and Conflict in International Relations 9
88-412 Economics of Global Warming 9
88-444 Public Policy and Regulation 9

6. Research Methods for Decision ScienceUnits
36-303 Sampling, Survey and Society 9
70-460 Mathematical Models for Consulting 9
85-340 Research Methods in Social Psychology 9
88-252 Empirical Research Methods 9
88-402 Modeling Complex Social Systems 9

Note: Some courses have additional prerequisites.

Decision Science, B.S. Sample Curriculum
Freshman or Sophmore YearJunior Year
SpringFallSpring
88-120 Reason, Passion and Cognition **88-220 Policy Analysis I85-211 Cognitive Psychology
36-202 Statistical Methods88-251 Empirical Research Methods88-223 Decision Analysis and Decision Support Systems
Open Prerequisite88-302 Behavioral Decision MakingDecision Science Elective
ElectiveElectiveElective
ElectiveElectiveElective

Senior Year
FallSpring
Decision Science ElectiveDecision Science Elective
Decision Science ElectiveDecision Science Elective
Elective or Honors ThesisElective or Honors Thesis
ElectiveElective
ElectiveElective

This is presented as a two-year (junior-senior) plan for completing major requirements, with the exception of 88-120 and 36-202 . Its purpose is to show that this program can be completed in as few as two years, not that it must be. Students may enter their major, and begin major course requirements, as early as the start of the sophomore year, and in some instances in the freshman year. Students should consult their advisor when planning their program. Students who are planning to study abroad or to apply for the Heinz Accelerated Masters Program will have a very different curriculum map and should consult early – and often – with the Academic Advisor.

** This course should be taken as the first course in the Decision Science sequence. It is intended for students in their first or second year; it is offered in Spring semesters. It may be taken as late as the junior year.

Additional Major in Decision Science

Students who elect Decision Science as an additional major must fulfill all of the requirements of the Decision Science major.

Students pursuing International Relations and Politics with an additional major in Decision Science may only count 36-202 , 88-220 , and 88-251 toward the completion of both majors.

Students pursuing Policy and Management with an additional major in Decision Science and may only count 36-202 , 88-220 , 88-223 , and 88-251 toward the completion of both majors.

Additional majors cannot count menu electives toward simultaneously fulfilling more than one major or minor. Students who are interested in an additional major in Decision Science should see the Academic Advisor of the Decision Science program.

 

The Major in International Relations and Politics

Kiron K. Skinner, Faculty Director; kskinner@andrew.cmu.edu
Silvia Borzutzky, Faculty Advisor; sb6n@andrew.cmu.edu
Emily Half, Academic Advisor; ehalf@andrew.cmu.edu, Baker Hall A60C, 412-268-7082
http://www.cmu.edu/ir

The International Relations and Politics (IRP) major analyzes the role of politics at the national, regional, international, and transnational levels; examines political arrangements within and among these levels; and investigates the phenomenon of globalization. Statesmen, scholars, and policy makers often discuss globalization in terms of the deepening economic and political integration among states. Building on Carnegie Mellon University’s interdisciplinary approach to research, the IRP major investigates globalization as the intersection of international politics, culture, markets, and technology. Furthermore, the major examines, through interdisciplinary intellectual lenses, the way in which states construct grand strategy and the effect of grand strategy on the international system.

No single discipline can grapple fully with the ever-evolving process of globalization and the role played by grand strategy. The IRP major, rooted in the discipline of political science, relies upon analytical social science for important insights into these complex areas. The major also utilizes the intellectual strengths of the Department of Social and Decision Sciences, which include behavioral decision science, history, complex social systems, economics, and the department’s program in strategy, entrepreneurship, and technological change. Students’ understanding of globalization, international politics, and grand strategy is further informed by courses and colloquia offered by CMU’s top-ranked departments, divisions, and schools in business, computer science, engineering, and the humanities.

Knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of international relations is the core objective of IRP. Thus, students pursuing this major will be trained to apply analytic tools to enduring problems in the international system. These tools include rational choice theory, political history, economic analysis, and theories of behavioral decision making.

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.

Open to all Carnegie Mellon undergraduates, Carnegie Mellon University’s Washington Semester Program (CMUWSP) allows students to study public policy and intern in Washington for one semester. Courses taken through CMUWSP will count toward elective sequence requirements for IRP majors.

IRP majors interested in developing their research skills are encouraged to apply for a research position with the Center for International Relations and Politics. They are also encouraged to join the International Relations Organization (IRO) on campus, which sponsors the Model UN, and other student organizations focused on domestic or international politics. Becoming involved in the Social and Decision Sciences Department (SDS) and the Student Advising Council (SAC), as well as attending lectures and events sponsored by the Center for International Relations and Politics and SDS, will provide additional opportunities for students.

The International Relations and Politics major is offered through the Department of Social and Decision Sciences. It is available as a primary major and an additional major in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Prerequisites

All International Relations and Politics majors must complete mathematics and statistics prerequisites (see below) by the end of the sophomore year.

Mathematics and Statistics PrerequisitesUnits
21-111 & 21-112 Calculus I - Differential and Integral Calculus * 20
or21-120 Differential and Integral Calculus (10 units)
36-201 Statistical Reasoning and Practice 9
  29

* if 21-120 is chosen, the total number of units in this category will be 19.

Curriculum
Core CoursesUnits
36-202 Statistical Methods 9
88-104 Decision Processes in American Political Institutions 9
88-205 Comparative Politics 9
88-220 Policy Analysis I 9
88-251 Empirical Research Methods 9
88-326 Theories of International Relations 9
  54
 
 
Language Requirement

Students are required to complete the intermediate (200) level or the equivalent in a modern language other than English.  Advanced level study is strongly encouraged.

 

 
45 unitsElectives

International Relations and Politics students will either:

Option 1) Take 45 units (five courses) from the following categories: International Political Economy, International Politics and Grand Strategy, and International Cultures. Students must take at least one course from each category, with no more than two courses from any given category. At least two of these courses (18 units) must be from the Department of Social and Decision Sciences (88-xxx). Most courses listed below are 9-unit courses, but some are fewer. When courses offered for fewer than 9 units are chosen, students should note that a minimum of 45 units is required, and should plan to take one or more additional courses as appropriate.

OR

Option 2) Complete all (or the majority) of their electives via the Washington Semester Program (CMUWSP) Public Policy elective sequence (45 units). Any elective units not fulfilled during CMUWSP may be completed through coursework from the International Political Economy, International Politics and Grand Strategy, and International Cultures elective lists.

The Washington Semester Program (CMUWSP) Public Policy Elective Sequence includes:

  • Academic Seminar (27 units)
  • Internship and Internship Class (9 units)
  • Research Seminar (9 units)

 

International Political EconomyUnits
70-365 International Trade and International Law 9
70-430 International Management 9
73-328 Health Economics 12
73-331 Political Economy of Inequality and Redistribution 9
73-371 International Trade and Economic Development 9
73-372 International Money and Finance 9
73-394 Development Economics 9
79-298 /80-447 Special Topics: Global Justice 9
79-386 Entrepreneurs in Africa, Past, Present and Future 9
80-136 Social Structure, Public Policy & Ethics 9
80-244 Environmental Ethics 9
80-247 Ethics and Global Economics 9
80-344 Management, Environment, and Ethics 9
80-348 Health Development and Human Rights 9
88-368 Conflict, Human Rights and Development 9
88-378 International Economics 9
88-408 Attitudes the Media and Conflict in International Relations 9
88-410 The Global Economy: A User's Guide 9
88-411 The Rise of the Asian Economies 9
88-412 Economics of Global Warming 9
88-413 Energy and Climate: History, Science, Technology, & Policy in the US 1776-2076 9
88-419 Negotiation 9
88-423 Institutions, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation 9


International Politics and Grand StrategyUnits
19-609 Public Policy and Regulation 9
19-662 Special Topics: Technology and Development in China & India 12
24-484 Decision Tools for Engineering Design and Entrepreneurship 12
79-231 American Foreign Policy 1945-Present 9
79-359 Terrorism and Counter-terrorism in Ireland and the 20th Century 9
80-135 Introduction to Political Philosophy 9
80-235 Political Philosophy 9
80-242 Conflict and Dispute Resolution 9
80-321 Causation, Law, and Social Policy 9
88-314 Politics through Film 9
88-357 Comparative Foreign Policy: China, Russia, and the US 9
88-358 Policy Making Institutions 9
88-359 Globalization 9
88-362 Diplomacy and Statecraft 9
88-370 African Politics 9
88-380 Grand Strategy in the United States 9
88-384 Conflict and Conflict Resolution in International Relations 9
88-389 Terrorism and Insurgency 9
88-415 Global Competitiveness: Firms Nations, and Technological Change 9
88-423 Institutions, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation 9

 

International CulturesUnits
300-level language course (at most one for this category) 
70-342 Managing Across Cultures 9
76-318 Communicating in the Global Marketplace 9
76-386 Language & Culture 9
79-205 20th Century Europe 9
79-212 China and Its Neighbors: Minorities, Conquerors and Tribute Bearers 9
79-213 Nationalities and the New States of the Former USSR 9
79-220 Development of European Culture 9
79-221 Development and Democracy in Latin America 9
79-222 Between Revolutions: The Development of Modern Latin America 9
79-224 Mayan America 9
79-227 Introduction to African History: 1780-1994 9
79-229 Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1880-1948 9
79-230 Arab-Israeli Conflict and Peace Process since 1948 9
79-233 The United States and the Middle East since 1945 9
79-235 Caribbean Cultures 9
79-236 Introduction to African Studies 9
79-251 India/America: Democracy, Diversity, Development 9
79-255 Irish History 9
79-256 20th Century Germany 9
79-257 Germany and the Second World War 9
79-259 France During World War II 9
79-261 Chinese Culture and Society 9
79-262 Modern China 9
79-263 China's Cultural Revolution 6
79-264 China in the Age of Reform, 1978-Present 6
79-265 Russian History: From the First to the Last Tsar 9
79-266 Russian History: From Communism to Capitalism 9
79-267 The Soviet Union in World War II: Military, Political and Social History 9
79-275 Introduction to Global Studies 9
79-280 Experiencing Globalization 9
79-282 Europe and the World 9
79-286 Gandhi and King: Nonviolent Leadership in a Globalized World 9
79-288 Bananas, Baseball, and Borders: A History of Latin America - US Relations 9
79-289 Energy, Environment, Globalization in the Americas 9
79-290 States/Stateless Societies and Nationalism in West Africa 6
79-291 Globalization in East African History 6
79-292 China Inside Out: Going Global, 19th to 21st Centuries 9
79-299 Trafficking Persons: Children in a Global Context 9
79-307 Religion and Politics in the Middle East 9
79-309 20th Century China Through Film 9
79-314 The Politics and Culture of Memory 9
79-334 Law, Ethics, and the Life Sciences 9
79-342 Introduction to Science and Technology Studies 9
79-368 Poverty, Charity, and Welfare 9
79-375 China's Environmental Crisis 9
79-377 Food, Culture, and Power: A History of Eating 9
79-383 Epidemic Disease and Public Health 9
79-385 The Making of the African Diaspora 9
79-392 History of Modern Warfare 9
79-398 Documenting the 1967 Arab-Israeli War 9
79-399 US-Arab Encounters 9
82-304 The Francophone World 9
82-320 Contemporary Society in German, Austria and Switzerland 9
82-323 Germany, Austria and Switzerland in the 20th Century 9
82-333 Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture NaN
82-342 Spain: Language and Culture 9
82-343 Latin America: Language and Culture 9
82-344 U.S. Latinos: Language and Culture 9
82-345 Introduction to Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies 9
82-361 Introduction to Italian Culture 9
82-362 Italian Language and Culture 9
82-404 Francophone Realities: Africa 9
82-426 Topics in German Literature and Culture 9
82-441 Studies in Peninsular Literature and Culture 9
82-451 Studies in Latin American Literature and Culture 9
82-455 Topics in Hispanic Studies 9
82-474 Topics of Japanese Studies 9
82-491 Literature, Politics and Film in Russia & East Europe Today Var.
82-541 Special Topics: Hispanic Studies Var.
85-375 Crosscultural Psychology 9

NOTE: Some courses have additional prerequisites.

International Relations and Politics, B.S.

Sample curriculum. Students planning to participate in the Washington Semester Program or in a study abroad program should discuss their course plan with the academic advisor.*

Freshman or Sophomore Year
FallSpring
88-104 Decision Processes in American Political Institutions**36-202 Statistical Methods
Open PrerequisiteOpen Prerequisite
82-xxx (Elementary I language course)82-xxx (Elementary II language course)
Gen Ed or ElectiveGen Ed or Elective
Gen Ed or ElectiveGen Ed or Elective

Junior YearSenior Year
FallSpringFallSpring
88-251 Empirical Research MethodsIRP Elective88-205 Comparative Politics88-326 Theories of International Relations
88-220 Policy Analysis IIRP ElectiveIRP ElectiveElective or Honors Thesis
IRP Elective82-xxx (Intermediate II language course)IRP ElectiveElective
82-xxx (Intermediate I language course)ElectiveElective or Honors ThesisElective
ElectiveElectiveElectiveElective

* This is presented as a two-year (junior-senior) plan for completing major requirements, with the exceptions of 88-104 and 36-202 . Its purpose is to show that this program can be completed in as few as two years; not that it must be. Students may enter their major, and begin major course requirements, as early as the start of the sophomore year, and in some instances in the freshman year.  All students are strongly encouraged to participate in the CMUWSP (preferably during spring semester of the junior year) and/or in a study abroad program.  Students should consult the advisor when planning their program.

**This course should be taken as the first course in the International Relations and Politics major sequence. It is intended for students in their first or second years.

Additional Major

Students who elect International Relations and Politics as part of an additional major must fulfill all of the requirements of the International Relations and Politics major.

Students pursuing Decision Science or Policy and Management with an additional major in International Relations and Politics may only count 36-202 , 88-220 , and 88-251 toward the completion of both majors. Additional majors cannot count menu electives toward simultaneously fulfilling more than one major or minor.

 

The Major in Policy and Management

Paul Fischbeck, Director
Office: Porter Hall 208F
Connie Angermeier, Academic Advisor
Office: Porter Hall 208A

The Policy and Management major prepares students for key decision-making and management roles in government, non-profit organizations, and business. The major emphasizes analytic approaches to decision making and practical management skills necessary for graduates to excel in both the public and private sectors. The multidisciplinary curriculum merges frontier knowledge on both the ideals of decision making, policy, and organization, as well as the realities of individual and organizational behavior that must be confronted if high-quality outcomes are going to be attained.

The major is comprised of four clusters of courses. The Analytic Methods requirement consists of four courses that provide theoretical training and practical experience in problem solving and decision making. These courses provide systematic methods for dealing with the complexities that make decisions difficult, ranging from incorporating issues of risk and uncertainty in decision making to dealing with choices that have mutually conflicting objectives. For example, a business or government agency may need to decide on a policy for mitigating the uncertain impacts of air pollution while simultaneously trying to minimize the costs of such a policy on manufacturing. A firm might want to consider the uncertain reductions in security dangers from alternative policies to protect against terrorism. In this requirement, students will gain an appreciation of the economic analysis of complex decisions, as well as the trade-off between economic and political-based decision making.

The Organizational Context requirement is a course that emphasizes the analysis of how people organize and coordinate their behavior to perform complex tasks that are beyond the capability of any single individual. The course uses a multidisciplinary approach to analyze the potential shortcomings of large organizations, such as inertia, group-think, coordination failure, and bureaucratic infighting.

The Research Methods requirement is comprised of two courses focused on key methods for collecting and analyzing data that are needed to make informed decisions. Students learn to use interviews, surveys, experiments, and econometric methods to enhance their ability to test existing, and design new, policies.

Finally, the Electives requirement consists of five courses chosen by the student, in coordination with the Academic Advisor, to add depth and breadth to the major. These courses are chosen from five categories that emphasize different aspects of decision making and management: (1) policy making, (2) management, (3) technology and information, (4) international policy, and (5) political science and law. The selected courses may be from one category or from any combination of categories.

The Policy and Management major provides an excellent combination of theoretical and practical skills for students who intend to seek managerial positions. Because of its strong analytic orientation, it is also an excellent major for those who intend to go on to professional school programs in law, business, or public policy. It is also an appropriate choice for students pursuing graduate degrees in economics, political science, or decision science. One such graduate option is the accelerated masters program offered by the H. J. Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, in which a student earns both a B.S. in Policy and Management and a M.S. in Public Policy and Management in five years.

Prerequisites

All Policy and Management majors must complete mathematics and statistics prerequisites (see below), by the end of the sophomore year.

Mathematics PrerequisitesUnits
21-111 & 21-112 Calculus I - Differential and Integral Calculus 20
or21-120 Differential and Integral Calculus (10 units)
21-122 Integration, Differential Equations and Approximation 10
or21-256 Calculus in Three Dimensions (9 units)
  30

 

Statistics PrerequisiteUnits
36-201 Statistical Reasoning and Practice 9
  9
111 unitsCurriculum
Analytical MethodsUnits
88-220 Policy Analysis I 9
88-221 Policy Analysis II 9
88-222 Policy Analysis Senior Project 12
88-223 Decision Analysis and Decision Support Systems 9
  39


Organizational ContextUnits
88-260 Organizations 9
  9


Research MethodsUnits
36-202 Statistical Methods 9
88-251 Empirical Research Methods 9
  18
 
45 unitsElectives

Complete at least 45 units (a minimum of five courses) from the following categories of courses. Most courses listed below are 9-unit courses, but some are less. When courses offered for less than 9 units are chosen, students should note that a minimum of 45 units is required, and should plan to take one or more additional courses as appropriate. The categories were created only to help in your selection process.  You may select courses from one category or from any combination of categories.

At least 27 units (a minimum of three courses) must be Social and Decision Sciences courses (88-xxx).

1. Policy MakingUnits
73-331 Political Economy of Inequality and Redistribution 9
73-340 Labor Economics 9
73-352 Public Economics 9
73-357 Regulation: Theory and Policy 9
73-420 Monetary Theory and Policy 9
79-305 Juvenile Delinquency: Images, Realities, Public Policy, 1800-1967 9
79-306 Delinquency, Crime and Juvenile Justice, 1967 to the Present 9
79-338 Education and Social Reform 9
79-335 Drug Use and Drug Policy 9
79-374 American Environmental History: Critical Issues 9
80-321 Causation, Law, and Social Policy 9
88-358 Policy Making Institutions 9
88-365 Behavioral Economics and Public Policy 9
88-412 Economics of Global Warming 9
88-423 Institutions, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation 9
88-444 Public Policy and Regulation 9


2. ManagementUnits
70-332 Business, Society and Ethics 9
70-342 Managing Across Cultures 9
70-430 International Management 9
80-241 Ethical Judgments in Professional Life 9
80-242 Conflict and Dispute Resolution 9
80-243 Business Ethics 6
80-244 Environmental Ethics 9
80-344 Management, Environment, and Ethics 9
88-252 Empirical Research Methods 9
88-341 Organizational Communication 9
88-343 Economics of Technological Change 9
88-360 Behavioral Economics 9
88-385 Managerial Decision Making 9
88-387 Social Norms and Economics 9
88-402 Modeling Complex Social Systems 9
88-419 Negotiation 9


3. Technology and InformationUnits
19-402 Telecommunications, Technology Policy & Management 12
19-448 Science, Technology & Ethics 9
73-474 The Economics of Ideas: Growth, Innovation and Intellectual Property 9
79-342 Introduction to Science and Technology Studies 9
80-341 Computers, Society and Ethics 9
88-343 Economics of Technological Change 9
88-345 Perspectives on Industrial Research and Development 9
88-347 Complex Technological Systems: Past, Present, and Future 9
88-371 Entrepreneurship, Regulation and Technological Change 9
88-391 Technology and Economic Growth 9
88-413 Energy and Climate: History, Science, Technology, & Policy in the US 1776-2076 9
88-415 Global Competitiveness: Firms Nations, and Technological Change 9


4. International PolicyUnits
79-278 Rights to Representation: Indigenous People and their Media 9
79-280 Experiencing Globalization 9
79-289 Energy, Environment, Globalization in the Americas 9
80-247 Ethics and Global Economics 9
80-447 Global Justice 9
88-362 Diplomacy and Statecraft 9
88-368 Conflict, Human Rights and Development 9
88-378 International Economics 9
88-370 African Politics 9
88-384 Conflict and Conflict Resolution in International Relations 9
88-408 Attitudes the Media and Conflict in International Relations 9
88-410 The Global Economy: A User's Guide 9
88-411 The Rise of the Asian Economies 9
88-412 Economics of Global Warming 9


5. Political Science and LawUnits
70-364 Business Law 9
70-365 International Trade and International Law 9
79-334 Law, Ethics, and the Life Sciences 9
80-235 Political Philosophy 9
80-242 Conflict and Dispute Resolution 9
80-321 Causation, Law, and Social Policy 9
88-181 Topics in Law: 1st Amendment * 9
88-184 Topics of Law: The Bill of Rights * 9
88-358 Policy Making Institutions 9
88-389 Terrorism and Insurgency 9
88-444 Public Policy and Regulation 9

* only one course (either 88-181 or 88-184 ) may count toward an elective requirement in the Policy and Management major.

NOTE: Some courses have additional prerequisites.

Policy and Management, B.S. Sample Curriculum

Freshman or Sophomore YearJunior Year
SpringFallSpring
36-202 Statistical Methods88-220 Policy Analysis I88-221 Policy Analysis II
Open Prerequisite88-251 Empirical Research Methods88-223 Decision Analysis and Decision Support Systems
Open PrerequisiteElective88-260 Organizations
ElectiveElectiveElective
ElectiveElectiveElective

 

Senior Year
FallSpring
88-222 Policy Analysis Senior Project88-222 Policy Analysis III or P&M Elective
Policy and Management ElectivePolicy and Management Elective
Policy and Management ElectivePolicy and Management Elective
ElectiveElective
ElectiveElective

This is presented as a two-year (junior-senior) plan for completing major requirements. Its purpose is to show that this program can be completed in as few as two years; not that it must be. Students may enter their major, and begin major course requirements, as early as the start of the sophomore year, and in some instances in the first year. Students should consult their advisor when planning their program. Students who are planning to study abroad or to apply for the Heinz Accelerated Masters Program will have a very different curriculum map and should consult early - and often - with the Academic Advisor.

Additional Major

Students who elect Policy and Management as an additional major must fulfill all of the requirements of the Policy and Management major.

Students pursuing Decision Science with an additional major in Policy and Management may only count 36-202 , 88-220 , 88-223 , and 88-251 toward the completion of both majors.

Students pursuing International Relations and Politics with an additional major in Policy and Management may only count 36-202 , 88-220 , and 88-251 toward the completion of both majors.

Additional majors cannot count menu electives toward simultaneously fulfilling more than one major or minor. Students who are interested in an additional major in Policy and Management should see the Academic Advisor of the Policy and Management program.

 

 

The Minor in Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development

Steven Klepper, Faculty Advisor
Emily Half, Academic Advisor; ehalf@andrew.cmu.edu, Baker Hall A60C, 412-268-7082

The pace of technological change has been steadily increasing over the last 100 to 200 years, if not longer. The ability of nations to grow and prosper economically is dependent on their ability to harness the forces of technological change. Today it is common to speak of the knowledge economy in which the success of firms depends on their ability to manage innovation and technological change. Regions all aspire to be the next Silicon Valley and enact all kinds of policies to lure and support innovative firms. Technological change pervades our lives, entering nearly every decision we make. The goal of the minor in Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development (IEE) is to equip students to understand the forces underlying and unleashed by technological change in order to become better decision–makers, managers, policy analysts, and researchers. IEE is available to undergraduate students in all colleges.

This interdisciplinary and interdepartmental minor, composed of courses offered in various departments and colleges throughout the university, is offered through the Center for International Relations and Politics and the Department of Social and Decision Sciences, in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

In order to complete the minor, students must take six courses: two core courses, and four electives. At most one of these courses may double-count with another major or minor.

54 unitsCurriculum
18 unitsRequired Courses

At least two of the courses must come from the following list of core courses:

Core Courses
70-416 New Venture Creation 9
70-418 Financing Entrepreneurship Ventures 9
73-474 The Economics of Ideas: Growth, Innovation and Intellectual Property 9
79-342 Introduction to Science and Technology Studies 9
88-343 Economics of Technological Change 9
88-345 Perspectives on Industrial Research and Development 9
88-347 Complex Technological Systems: Past, Present, and Future 9
88-371 Entrepreneurship, Regulation and Technological Change 9
88-391 Technology and Economic Growth 9
88-410 The Global Economy: A User's Guide 9
88-411 The Rise of the Asian Economies 9
88-413 Energy and Climate: History, Science, Technology, & Policy in the US 1776-2076 9
36 units
Electives

The other four required courses can come from the above list of core courses or the following courses that were developed in whole or part for the minor:

Elective Courses
05-320 Social Web 12
Course 08-463 not found. - will not be displayed.
Course 08-533 not found. - will not be displayed.
15-390 Entrepreneurship for Computer Science 9
19-402 Telecommunications, Technology Policy & Management 12
19-448 Science, Technology & Ethics 9
19-609 Public Policy and Regulation 9
19-662 Special Topics: Technology and Development in China & India 12
Course 19-682 not found. - will not be displayed.
24-484 Decision Tools for Engineering Design and Entrepreneurship 12
60-540 The Artist as Entrepreneur 3
67-329 Contemporary Themes in Global Systems 9
70-415 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 9
70-417 Topics in Entrepreneurship 9
73-148 Environmental Economics 9
73-474 The Economics of Ideas: Growth, Innovation and Intellectual Property 9
79-246 Industrial America 9
79-289 Energy, Environment, Globalization in the Americas 9
79-334 Law, Ethics, and the Life Sciences 9
79-372 Perspectives on the Urban Environment 9
79-386 Entrepreneurs in Africa, Past, Present and Future 9
88-378 International Economics 9
88-412 Economics of Global Warming 9
88-415 Global Competitiveness: Firms Nations, and Technological Change 9
88-419 Negotiation 9
88-423 Institutions, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation 9

Students can also nominate up to two courses outside of the above two lists to qualify toward the six courses required for the minor. These courses must be directly relevant to the minor. A student must submit and have approved a petition for a course outside the above lists to qualify for the minor.

NOTE: Some courses have additional prerequisites.

 

The Minor in Policy and Management

Paul Fischbeck, Faculty Director
Office: Porter Hall 208F
Connie Angermeier, Academic Advisor
Office: Porter Hall 208A

Regardless of major, many Carnegie Mellon graduates will face managerial challenges and responsibilities in their professional lives. Whether these are in their area of expertise or in more general settings, these roles will to some degree require assumption of the responsibility for directing the work of others. The Policy and Management minor is intended for students who expect to need these management concepts and skills.  At most, one course may be double-counted with another major or minor.

54 unitsCurriculum
36 unitsRequired Courses
88-220 Policy Analysis I 9
88-221 Policy Analysis II 9
88-223 Decision Analysis and Decision Support Systems 9
88-260 Organizations 9
 
18 unitsElectives

Complete two courses from the following categories. At least one of the courses (9 units) must be a Social and Decision Sciences course (88-xxx).

1. Policy MakingUnits
73-331 Political Economy of Inequality and Redistribution 9
73-340 Labor Economics 9
73-352 Public Economics 9
73-357 Regulation: Theory and Policy 9
73-420 Monetary Theory and Policy 9
79-305 Juvenile Delinquency: Images, Realities, Public Policy, 1800-1967 9
79-306 Delinquency, Crime and Juvenile Justice, 1967 to the Present 9
79-338 Education and Social Reform 9
79-335 Drug Use and Drug Policy 9
79-374 American Environmental History: Critical Issues 9
80-321 Causation, Law, and Social Policy 9
88-358 Policy Making Institutions 9
88-365 Behavioral Economics and Public Policy 9
88-412 Economics of Global Warming 9
88-423 Institutions, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation 9
88-444 Public Policy and Regulation 9


2. ManagementUnits
70-332 Business, Society and Ethics 9
70-342 Managing Across Cultures 9
70-430 International Management 9
80-241 Ethical Judgments in Professional Life 9
80-242 Conflict and Dispute Resolution 9
80-243 Business Ethics 6
80-244 Environmental Ethics 9
80-344 Management, Environment, and Ethics 9
88-252 Empirical Research Methods 9
88-341 Organizational Communication 9
88-343 Economics of Technological Change 9
88-360 Behavioral Economics 9
88-385 Managerial Decision Making 9
88-387 Social Norms and Economics 9
88-402 Modeling Complex Social Systems 9
88-419 Negotiation 9


3. Technology and InformationUnits
19-402 Telecommunications, Technology Policy & Management 12
19-448 Science, Technology & Ethics 9
73-474 The Economics of Ideas: Growth, Innovation and Intellectual Property 9
79-230 Arab-Israeli Conflict and Peace Process since 1948 9
79-342 Introduction to Science and Technology Studies 9
80-341 Computers, Society and Ethics 9
88-343 Economics of Technological Change 9
88-345 Perspectives on Industrial Research and Development 9
88-347 Complex Technological Systems: Past, Present, and Future 9
88-371 Entrepreneurship, Regulation and Technological Change 9
88-391 Technology and Economic Growth 9
88-413 Energy and Climate: History, Science, Technology, & Policy in the US 1776-2076 9
88-415 Global Competitiveness: Firms Nations, and Technological Change 9


4. International PolicyUnits
79-278 Rights to Representation: Indigenous People and their Media 9
79-280 Experiencing Globalization 9
79-289 Energy, Environment, Globalization in the Americas 9
80-247 Ethics and Global Economics 9
80-447 Global Justice 9
88-362 Diplomacy and Statecraft 9
88-368 Conflict, Human Rights and Development 9
88-378 International Economics 9
88-370 African Politics 9
88-384 Conflict and Conflict Resolution in International Relations 9
88-408 Attitudes the Media and Conflict in International Relations 9
88-410 The Global Economy: A User's Guide 9
88-411 The Rise of the Asian Economies 9
88-412 Economics of Global Warming 9


5. Political Science and LawUnits
70-364 Business Law 9
70-365 International Trade and International Law 9
79-334 Law, Ethics, and the Life Sciences 9
80-235 Political Philosophy 9
80-242 Conflict and Dispute Resolution 9
80-321 Causation, Law, and Social Policy 9
88-181 Topics in Law: 1st Amendment * 9
88-184 Topics of Law: The Bill of Rights * 9
88-358 Policy Making Institutions 9
88-389 Terrorism and Insurgency 9
88-444 Public Policy and Regulation 9

* only one course (either 88-181 or 88-184 ) may count toward an elective requirement in the Policy and Management major.

NOTE: Some courses have additional prerequisites.

Faculty

LINDA BABCOCK, James Mellon Walton Professor of Economics – Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison; Carnegie Mellon, 1988–.SILVIA BORZUTZKY, Teaching Professor of Political Science and International Relations – Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh; Carnegie Mellon, 2001–.SERGUEY BRAGUINSKY, Associate Professor – Ph.D., Keio University, Japan; Carnegie Mellon, 2008–.LEE BRANSTETTER, Associate Professor – Ph.D., Harvard University; Carnegie Mellon, 2006–.STEPHEN BROOMELL, Assistant Professor – Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Carnegie Mellon, 2011–.WäNDI BRUINE DE BRUIN, Assistant Professor – Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon; Carnegie Mellon, 2009–.JULIE DOWNS, Assistant Research Professor – Ph.D., Princeton University; Carnegie Mellon, 1995–.PAUL S. FISCHBECK, Professor of Social and Decision Sciences and Engineering and Public Policy – Ph.D., Stanford University; Carnegie Mellon, 1990–.BARUCH FISCHHOFF, Howard Heinz University Professor of Social and Decision Sciences and of Engineering and Public Policy – Ph.D., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Carnegie Mellon, 1987–.CHRISTINA FONG, Senior Research Scientist – Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Carnegie Mellon, 2001–.JENDAYI FRAZER, Distinguished Service Professor – Ph,.D., Stanford University; Carnegie Mellon, 2009–.RUSSELL GOLMAN, Visiting Assistant Professor – Ph.D., The University of Michigan; Carnegie Mellon, 2010–.CLEOTILDE GONZALEZ, Associate Research Professor of Information and Decision Sciences – Ph.D., Texas Tech University; Carnegie Mellon, 2000–.DAVID GREENSTREET, Assistant Professor – Ph.D., The University of Michigan,; Carnegie Mellon, 2008–.DAVID A. HOUNSHELL, David M. Roderick Professor of Technology and Social Change – Ph.D., University of Delaware; Carnegie Mellon, 1991–.KARIM KASSAM, Assistant Professor – Ph.D., Harvard University; Carnegie Mellon, 2010–.STEVEN KLEPPER, Arthur Arton Hamerschlag Professor of Economics and Social Science – Ph.D., Cornell University; Carnegie Mellon, 1980–.GEORGE F. LOEWENSTEIN, Herbert A. Simon University Professor of Economics and Psychology – Ph.D., Yale University; Carnegie Mellon, 1990–.JOHN H. MILLER, Professor of Economics and Social Science and Department Head – Ph.D., The University of Michigan; Carnegie Mellon, 1989–.KIRON K. SKINNER, Associate Professor of International Relations and Political Science – Ph.D., Harvard University; Carnegie Mellon, 1999–.GOLNAZ TABIBNIA, Assistant Professor – Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles; Carnegie Mellon, 2009–.ROBERTO A. WEBER, Professor of Social and Decision Sciences – Ph.D., California Institute of Technology; Carnegie Mellon, 1999–.ERTE XIAO, Assistant Professor – Ph.D., George Mason University; Carnegie Mellon, 2008–.

Faculty by Courtesy Appointment

LINDA ARGOTE, David and Barbara Kirr Professor of Organizational Behavior – Ph.D., University of Michigan; Carnegie Mellon, 1979–.KATHLEEN M. CARLEY, Professor of Sociology – Ph.D., Harvard University; Carnegie Mellon, 1984–.DENNIS N. EPPLE, Professor of Economics – Ph.D., Princeton University; Carnegie Mellon, 1974–.JOSEPH B. KADANE, Leonard J. Savage University Professor of Statistics and Social Science – Ph.D., Stanford University; Carnegie Mellon, 1969–.MARK S. KAMLET, Provost and Professor of Economics and Public Policy – Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; Carnegie Mellon, 1978–.SARAH B. KIESLER, Professor – Ph.D., The Ohio State University; Carnegie Mellon, 1979–.DAVID M. KRACKHARDT, Professor of Organizations and Public Policy – Ph.D., University of California, Irvine; Carnegie Mellon, 1991–.ROBERT E. KRAUT, Hebert A. Simon Professor of Human Computer Interaction – Ph.D., Yale University; Carnegie Mellon, 1993–.CAREY MOREWEDGE, Assistant Professor – Ph.D., Harvard University; Carnegie Mellon, 2007–.JOACHIM VOSGERAU, Assistant Professor of Marketing – Ph.D., INSEAD, France; Carnegie Mellon, 2007–.

Emeritus Faculty

WILLIAM R. KEECH, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison; Carnegie Mellon, 1997–.

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Faculty

LINDA BABCOCK, James Mellon Walton Professor of Economics – Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison; Carnegie Mellon, 1988–.SILVIA BORZUTZKY, Teaching Professor of Political Science and International Relations – Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh; Carnegie Mellon, 2001–.SERGUEY BRAGUINSKY, Associate Professor – Ph.D., Keio University, Japan; Carnegie Mellon, 2008–.LEE BRANSTETTER, Associate Professor – Ph.D., Harvard University; Carnegie Mellon, 2006–.STEPHEN BROOMELL, Assistant Professor – Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Carnegie Mellon, 2011–.WäNDI BRUINE DE BRUIN, Assistant Professor – Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon; Carnegie Mellon, 2009–.JULIE DOWNS, Assistant Research Professor – Ph.D., Princeton University; Carnegie Mellon, 1995–.PAUL S. FISCHBECK, Professor of Social and Decision Sciences and Engineering and Public Policy – Ph.D., Stanford University; Carnegie Mellon, 1990–.BARUCH FISCHHOFF, Howard Heinz University Professor of Social and Decision Sciences and of Engineering and Public Policy – Ph.D., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Carnegie Mellon, 1987–.CHRISTINA FONG, Senior Research Scientist – Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Carnegie Mellon, 2001–.JENDAYI FRAZER, Distinguished Service Professor – Ph,.D., Stanford University; Carnegie Mellon, 2009–.RUSSELL GOLMAN, Visiting Assistant Professor – Ph.D., The University of Michigan; Carnegie Mellon, 2010–.CLEOTILDE GONZALEZ, Associate Research Professor of Information and Decision Sciences – Ph.D., Texas Tech University; Carnegie Mellon, 2000–.DAVID GREENSTREET, Assistant Professor – Ph.D., The University of Michigan,; Carnegie Mellon, 2008–.DAVID A. HOUNSHELL, David M. Roderick Professor of Technology and Social Change – Ph.D., University of Delaware; Carnegie Mellon, 1991–.KARIM KASSAM, Assistant Professor – Ph.D., Harvard University; Carnegie Mellon, 2010–.STEVEN KLEPPER, Arthur Arton Hamerschlag Professor of Economics and Social Science – Ph.D., Cornell University; Carnegie Mellon, 1980–.GEORGE F. LOEWENSTEIN, Herbert A. Simon University Professor of Economics and Psychology – Ph.D., Yale University; Carnegie Mellon, 1990–.JOHN H. MILLER, Professor of Economics and Social Science and Department Head – Ph.D., The University of Michigan; Carnegie Mellon, 1989–.KIRON K. SKINNER, Associate Professor of International Relations and Political Science – Ph.D., Harvard University; Carnegie Mellon, 1999–.GOLNAZ TABIBNIA, Assistant Professor – Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles; Carnegie Mellon, 2009–.ROBERTO A. WEBER, Professor of Social and Decision Sciences – Ph.D., California Institute of Technology; Carnegie Mellon, 1999–.ERTE XIAO, Assistant Professor – Ph.D., George Mason University; Carnegie Mellon, 2008–.

Faculty by Courtesy Appointment

LINDA ARGOTE, David and Barbara Kirr Professor of Organizational Behavior – Ph.D., University of Michigan; Carnegie Mellon, 1979–.KATHLEEN M. CARLEY, Professor of Sociology – Ph.D., Harvard University; Carnegie Mellon, 1984–.DENNIS N. EPPLE, Professor of Economics – Ph.D., Princeton University; Carnegie Mellon, 1974–.JOSEPH B. KADANE, Leonard J. Savage University Professor of Statistics and Social Science – Ph.D., Stanford University; Carnegie Mellon, 1969–.MARK S. KAMLET, Provost and Professor of Economics and Public Policy – Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; Carnegie Mellon, 1978–.SARAH B. KIESLER, Professor – Ph.D., The Ohio State University; Carnegie Mellon, 1979–.DAVID M. KRACKHARDT, Professor of Organizations and Public Policy – Ph.D., University of California, Irvine; Carnegie Mellon, 1991–.ROBERT E. KRAUT, Hebert A. Simon Professor of Human Computer Interaction – Ph.D., Yale University; Carnegie Mellon, 1993–.CAREY MOREWEDGE, Assistant Professor – Ph.D., Harvard University; Carnegie Mellon, 2007–.JOACHIM VOSGERAU, Assistant Professor of Marketing – Ph.D., INSEAD, France; Carnegie Mellon, 2007–.

Emeritus Faculty

WILLIAM R. KEECH, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison; Carnegie Mellon, 1997–.