M. Stephanie Murray, Director
Solar Decathlon House
http://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 regimen. 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 Humanities and Arts (BHA), the Bachelor of Science and Arts (BSA), and the Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts (BCSA) BXA Intercollege Degree Programs is to allow a select group of students who demonstrate interest and accomplishment in the fine arts and the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, computer science, and emerging media 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 humanities, natural sciences, or computer science 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 four 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 the humanities and social sciences, the natural and mathematical sciences, or computer science.

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 Program 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/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/MCS/SCS concentration
  • Experience in designing, researching, and completing a large-scale, object-based project that integrates both areas of concentration

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.

Students choose their fine arts concentration from among the five schools in CFA: Architecture, Art, Design, Drama, or Music. A student must meet the entry requirements for the particular CFA school of their choice. While in the BHA Program, a student may change their CFA concentration only if they pass all admission requirements for that particular school.

Students choose their humanities or social/behavioral sciences concentration from the list of majors and minors offered by DC.

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. 

Masters of Arts Management (MAM) Option

BHA students who have an interest in arts management and wish to go on for an advanced degree may select courses in their sophomore and junior years to prepare them for this area. A student in the junior year may apply to the Accelerated Master's Program with the School of Public Policy & Management at Heinz College. In this program students take both graduate and undergraduate courses in the senior year, earn the BHA degree, and continue on for an additional year to complete the work for the Masters of Arts Management (MAM) degree.

BHA Curriculum

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

I. 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, 79-104 required)
  • Modeling: Mathematics and Experiments (1 course, 9 units minimum)
  • Deciding: Social Sciences and Values (3 courses, 27 units minimum, 36-200 or 36-201 required)
  • Computing @ Carnegie Mellon (1 course, 3 units, 99-101 or 99-102 required)
  • BXA Required Courses (5 courses, 36 units minimum, 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
(various topics by section) www.cmu.edu/hss/english/first_year/index.html
82-xxxModern Languages18
Complete two courses taught in a language offered by the Modern Language Department. A wide selection of courses are offered in Arabic, Chinese Studies, European Studies, French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, Hispanic Studies, Italian, Japanese Studies, Russian Studies, and Spanish. 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.

79-104Global Histories9
(various topics by section) http://www.history.cmu.edu/undergraduate/fall.html

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
21-241Matrices and Linear Transformations10
80-110Nature of Mathematical Reasoning9
80-210Logic and Proofs9
80-211Logic and Mathematical Inquiry9
80-212Arguments and Logical Analysis9
Natural Science
02-223Personalized Medicine: Understanding Your Own Genome9
02-261Quantitative Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory9
03-121Modern Biology9
03-125Evolution9
03-132Basic Science to Modern Medicine9
03-161Molecules to Mind9
09-103Atoms, Molecules and Chemical Change9
09-105Introduction to Modern Chemistry I10
12-201Geology9
33-104Experimental Physics9
33-111Physics I for Science Students12
33-114Physics of Musical Sound9
33-115Physics for Future Presidents9
33-124Introduction to Astronomy9
Other Courses
02-223Personalized Medicine: Understanding Your Own Genome9
05-413Human Factors9
15-104Introduction to Computing for Creative Practice10
15-110Principles of Computing10
15-112Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science12
18-090Twisted Signals: Multimedia Processing for the Arts10
33-120Science and Science Fiction9
36-202Methods for Statistics and Data Science9
80-220Philosophy of Science9
80-222Measurement and Methodology9
80-223Causality and Probability9
80-226Revolutions in Science9
80-322Philosophy of Physics9
80-323Philosophy of Biology9
80-327Philosophy of Neuroscience9
85-370Perception9
99-238Materials, Energy and Environment9

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
or 36-201 Statistical Reasoning and Practice
73-102Principles of Microeconomics9
73-103Principles of Macroeconomics9
79-342Introduction to Science and Technology Studies9
80-130Introduction to Ethics9
80-136Social Structure, Public Policy & Ethics9
80-208Critical Thinking9
80-221Philosophy of Social Science9
80-230Ethical Theory9
80-242Conflict and Dispute Resolution9
80-244Environmental Ethics9
80-245Medical Ethics9
80-248Engineering Ethics9
80-270Philosophy of Mind9
80-271Philosophy and Psychology9
80-305Choices, Decisions, and Games9
80-324Philosophy of Economics9
80-335Deliberative Democracy: Theory and Practice9
80-336Philosophy of Law9
80-348Health Development and Human Rights9
80-405Game Theory9
80-430Ethics and Medical Research9
80-447Global Justice9
84-104Decision Processes in American Political Institutions9
84-309Political Behavior9
84-310International Political Economy and Organizations9
84-319U.S. Foreign Policy and Interventions in World Affairs9
84-320Domestic Politics and International Affairs9
84-321Autocrats and Democrats9
84-322Nonviolent Conflict and Revolution9
84-333Power and Levers for Change in Washington, DC12
84-336Implementing Public Policy: From Good Idea To Reality12
84-346Legal Issues in Public Administration6
84-348Advocacy, Policy and Practice6
84-362Diplomacy and Statecraft9
84-366Presidential Politics: So, You Want to Be President of the United States9
84-380Grand Strategy in the United States9
84-386The Privatization of Force9
84-388Concepts of War and Cyber War6
84-389Terrorism and Insurgency9
84-402Judicial Politics and Behavior9
84-414International and Subnational Security9
85-102Introduction to Psychology9
85-211Cognitive Psychology9
85-219Biological Foundations of Behavior9
85-221Principles of Child Development9
85-241Social Psychology9
85-251Personality9
85-261Abnormal Psychology9
85-395Applications of Cognitive Science9
88-120Reason, Passion and Cognition9

Computing @ Carnegie Mellon (1 course, 3 units)

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

99-101Computing @ Carnegie Mellon3
or 99-102 Computing @ Carnegie Mellon

BXA Required Courses (5 courses, 36 units minimum)

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 Fall9
52-402BXA Seminar V: Capstone Spring9

II. Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences Concentration

(9 courses, 81 units minimum)

Each student meets individually with a BHA DC Academic Advisor to design an 81 unit DC concentration based on existing DC majors/minors. Please refer to the DC section of this catalog to review the individual majors and minors offered. Curriculum for several BHA DC concentration options are outlined below and others will be made available in the BXA office throughout the academic year.

A completed DC Concentration Sheet must be approved by the concentration faculty advisor and submitted to the BXA office by the end of the student’s sophomore year.

Anthropology Concentration (81 units minimum)

The BHA concentration in Anthropology offers students training in ethnographic methods and in theoretical understandings of culture. Students examine the evolution, depth, and complexities of ethnography, and explore notions of “culture” in diverse settings, over time and across space. In today’s world, students are increasingly aware of the importance of developing a sophisticated approach to culture and its articulation with changes in the domains of the arts, technology, economics, and politics. The BHA concentration in Anthropology provides students with the tools to link artistic practices to various aspects of globalization. It is highly recommended that Anthropology students study abroad in some capacity.
There are three required courses for the concentration: Introduction to Anthropology (79-201) and Advanced Seminar in Global Studies (79-400), and one Methods course which may be satisfied by rotating options each semester. Students also choose 6 regional/topical courses (51 units). Demonstrating intermediate to advanced level proficiency in a language other than English is also crucial component of the concentration in Anthropology; all students are required to take at least two upper level (intermediate or above) language courses to satisfy this language pre-requisite requirement (which is in addition to required concentration courses).

Language Requirement

Every student is expected to take at least two upper level (intermediate or above) courses in a language other than English. These courses deepen the immersion in a culture or society that the Anthropology concentration provides a student, and when possible, should coordinate with the regional courses selected for the concentration.

Anthropology Required 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.

79-201Introduction to Anthropology9
79-400Global Studies Research Seminar12
Required Anthropological Methods Course (1 course, 9 units)

Students must take one course in ethnographic, archaeological, or other anthropological methods. Courses may also be taken as independent studies or from another university.

79-xxxSee advisor for current course list9
Anthropological Perspectives (6 courses, 51 units minimum)

Students gain knowledge of specialized theoretical and regional topics by choosing 51 units (typically six courses) selecting from the list below.

79-203Social and Political Change in 20th Century Central and Eastern Europe9
79-211Introduction to Southeast Asia9
79-221Development and Democracy in Latin America9
79-222Between Revolutions: The Development of Modern Latin America9
79-223Mexico: From the Aztec Empire to the Drug War9
79-224Mayan America9
79-235Caribbean Cultures9
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
79-275Introduction to Global Studies9
79-276Beyond the Border6
79-287The Mummy's Curse: Uses and Abuses of Archaeology6
79-295Race Relations in the Atlantic World9
79-311PaleoKitchen: Food and Cooking in the Ancient World6
79-314The Politics and Culture of Memory9
79-315The Politics of Water: Global Controversies, Past and Present9
79-317Art, Anthropology, and Empire9
79-332Medical Anthropology9
79-333Sex, Gender & Anthropology9
79-342Introduction to Science and Technology Studies9

Note: Courses that count toward this category may be taken at another university, and the units transferred to the BHA concentration under the guidance of the BHA Anthropology faculty advisor.

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 and Data Science9
88-251Empirical Research Methods9
88-252Causal Inference in the Field: Using Data to Study Crime, Love, Sports & More9
Economics Courses (2 courses, 18 units)
73-102Principles of Microeconomics9
73-160Foundations of Microeconomics: Applications and Theory9
Psychology Courses (2 courses, 18 units)
88-120Reason, Passion and Cognition9
88-302Behavioral Decision Making9
Behavioral Economics Courses (2 courses, 18 units)
88-360Behavioral Economics9
88-367Behavioral Economics in the Wild9

Cognitive Neuroscience Concentration (81 units minimum)

Cognitive neuroscience is a science concerned with discovering biological bases of psychological functions. It addresses questions of how behavior is produced by neural circuits of the brain and also how those neural circuits are in turn influenced by behavioral experiences. Students with a concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience are expected to learn about existing findings within the field and also to become proficient in how to conduct and analyze scientific investigations directed toward understanding the biological basis of behavior. This includes observing behavior, formulating hypotheses, designing experiments to test these hypotheses, running experiments, performing statistical analyses, and writing reports.

Introductory and Survey Coursework (36 units)
03-121Modern Biology9
03-363Systems Neuroscience9
85-219Biological Foundations of Behavior9
85-211Cognitive Psychology9
or 85-213 Human Information Processing and Artifical Intelligence
Research Methods Training (18 units)
36-309Experimental Design for Behavioral and Social Sciences9
85-314Cognitive Neuroscience Research Methods *9

85-310 Research Methods in Cognitive Psychology may be substituted if necessary.

Distribution Requirements (27 units)

Complete three courses with at least one from each category below.

Approaches to Cognitive Neuroscience:
15-386Neural Computation9
15-883Computational Models of Neural Systems12
36-746Statistical Methods for Neuroscience and Psychology12
85-345Meaning in Mind and Brain9
85-412Cognitive Modeling9
85-414Cognitive Neuropsychology9
85-419Introduction to Parallel Distributed Processing9
85-429Cognitive Brain Imaging9
Cognitive Neuroscience Electives:
03-133Neurobiology of Disease9
03-362Cellular Neuroscience9
03-364Developmental Neuroscience9
85-356Music and Mind: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Sound9
85-370Perception9
85-385Auditory Perception: Sense of Sound9
85-390Human Memory9
85-406Autism: Psychological and Neuroscience Perspectives9
85-426Learning in Humans and Machines9
85-442Health Psychology9
85-501Stress, Coping and Well-Being9

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.

Pre-requisite Courses
15-112Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science12
21-120 & 21-122Differential and Integral Calculus - Integration and Approximation19-20
or 21-120
21-256
Differential and Integral Calculus
and Multivariate Analysis
21-127Concepts of Mathematics10
Statistics Course (9 units)
36-309Experimental Design for Behavioral and Social Sciences9
Computational/Cognitive Modeling Core (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
Cognitive Psychology Core (36 units)
85-211Cognitive Psychology9
or 85-213 Human Information Processing and Artifical Intelligence
85-310Research Methods in Cognitive Psychology9

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

85-219Biological Foundations of Behavior9
85-370Perception9
85-390Human Memory9
85-395Applications of Cognitive Science9
85-408Visual Cognition9
85-414Cognitive Neuropsychology9
80-310Formal Logic9
80-314Logic and Artificial Intelligence9
80-315Modal Logic9
80-316Causation Probability & Al9
80-381Meaning in Language9
80-383Language in Use9
Cognitive Science Elective (9 units)

Choose one elective in consultation with your Cognitive Science 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 major (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.

76-365Beginning Poetry Workshop9
76-366Essay Writing Workshop9
76-460Beginning Fiction Workshop9
76-462Advanced Fiction Workshop9
76-464Creative Nonfiction Workshop9
76-465Advanced Poetry Workshop9
76-469Screenwriting Workshop9
76-4xxElective Workshops (various forms)9
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 Creative Writing 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, 45 units)
73-102Principles of Microeconomics9
85-211Cognitive Psychology9
88-120Reason, Passion and Cognition
(freshman or sophomore year)
9
88-223Decision Analysis9
88-302Behavioral Decision Making9
Research Methods (2 courses, 18 units)
36-202Methods for Statistics and Data Science9
88-251Empirical Research Methods9
Electives (2 courses, 18 units)

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:
85-352Evolutionary Psychology9
85-377Attitudes and Persuasion9
85-442Health Psychology9
88-230Human Intelligence and Human Stupidity9
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
88-380Dynamic Decisions9
Managerial and Organizational Aspects of Decision Making:
70-311Organizational Behavior9
70-381Marketing I9
70-460Mathematical Models for Consulting9
88-150Managing Decisions9
88-221Analytical Foundations of Public Policy9
88-406Behavioral Economics in Organizations9
88-418Domestic Negotiation9
88-419International Negotiation9
88-444Public Policy and Regulation9
88-451/452Policy Analysis Senior Project12
Philosophical and Ethical Perspectives on Decision Making:
80-208Critical Thinking9
80-221Philosophy of Social Science9
80-244Environmental Ethics9
80-245Medical Ethics9
80-305Choices, Decisions, and Games9
80-321Causation, Law, and Social Policy9
88-275Bubbles: Big Data for Human Minds9
88-409Behavioral Economics Perspectives on Ethical Issues9
Economic and Statistical Methods for Decision Science:
70-374Data Mining & Business Analytics9
70-455Modern Data Management9
70-460Mathematical Models for Consulting9
73-347Game Theory for Economists9
80-337Philosophy, Politics & Economics9
80-405Game Theory *9
88-255Behavioral and Applied Game Theory9
88-360Behavioral Economics9
88-367Behavioral Economics in the Wild9

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

Decision Science and Public Policy:
84-393Legislative Decision Making: US Congress9
88-221Analytical Foundations of Public Policy9
88-365Behavioral Economics and Public Policy9
88-366Behavioral Economics of Poverty and Development9
88-405Risk Perception and Communication9
88-412Energy, Climate Change, and Economic Growth in the 21st Century9
88-444Public Policy and Regulation9
88-451/452Policy Analysis Senior Project12
Research Methods for Decision Science:
36-303Sampling, Survey and Society9
70-460Mathematical Models for Consulting9
88-252Causal Inference in the Field: Using Data to Study Crime, Love, Sports & More9
88-319Large-scale social phenomenon9
88-402Modeling Complex Social Systems9
88-417Scientific Integrity and Communication9
88-435Decision Science and Policy9

Economics Concentration (81 units minimum)

The BHA concentration in Economics provides a solid understanding of economic theory and quantitative economic analysis. The introductory core disciplinary sequences in economic theory and quantitative analysis rely on a knowledge base of calculus and statistics. The advanced data analysis component pays additional attention to ordinal data and the study of surveys. Students also study political, historical, cultural, and social institutions within an economic context.

Mathematics Pre-requisites

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 (36 units)
73-102Principles of Microeconomics9
73-103Principles of Macroeconomics9
73-230Intermediate Microeconomics9
73-240Intermediate Macroeconomics9
Quantitative Analysis Requirements (18 units)

These courses require 36-201 Statistical Reasoning and Practice as a pre-requisite; 36-201 fulfills a general education Deciding requirement, as well.

36-202Methods for Statistics and Data Science9
73-265Economics and Data Science9
Advanced Economics Electives (27 units)

Students must take three advanced elective courses. Advanced elective courses are those numbered 73-300 through 73-495 (excluding 73-374 Econometrics II) 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.

English Concentration (81 units minimum)

The BHA concentration in English is distinctive in drawing from the artistic and research strengths of the Department’s faculty in Literary and Cultural Studies, Rhetoric, and Creative Writing. Literary and Cultural Studies focuses on the way texts are formally constructed and how they function in historical and contemporary contexts. Creative Writing helps students focus on language as a tool to explore and depict experience. Rhetoric focuses on the principles through which writers construct texts and audiences respond to them. Drawing from all of these perspectives, students with a Concentration in English learn the research skills and writing strategies to enable them to analyze the language and texts of other writers and to report their research in effective texts of their own. Such training can prepare students for graduate work in literature, cultural studies, or rhetoric, and also for careers in law, business, or government, which require similar skills in interpretation, research, and writing.

Introductory Courses (2 courses, 18 units)

The 200-level core courses are designed to introduce students to writing in a variety of genres, to a knowledge of literary and other media forms, and to a basic theoretical knowledge of how texts are produced and interpreted. In the Interpretive Practices course, students are introduced to basic concepts, methods, and practices of literary and rhetorical approaches to texts. In the Survey of Forms course, students learn how to use language to express experience through poetic and narrative forms.

76-26xSurvey of Forms (Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, Screenwriting)9
76-294Interpretive Practices: Introduction to Critical Reading9
Research Course (1 course, 9 units)

Research in English offers training in gathering information systematically and in building arguments based on that information. Students will hone their skills in reading texts, using critical commentary, assessing print and electronic materials, and conducting interviews and surveys. They will learn how to test their hypotheses against alternatives and present their research to audiences within the discipline of English. The historical or thematic content of this course will vary from one semester to another. While 76-394 is not a pre-requisite for 400-level courses, it is strongly recommended that students with a BHA concentration in English take this course in their junior year.

76-394Research in English9
Rhetoric Course (1 course, 9 units)

Complete one course from a set of varied offerings in Rhetoric as designated each term by the English Department. Rhetoric courses focus explicitly on language and discourse as objects of study and emphasize the relationships of language, text structure, and meaning within specific contexts.

300-Level Courses (2 courses, 18 units)

Complete two 300-level courses that investigate the production and interpretation of texts and other media from a variety of periods and theoretical and methodological perspectives. Course offerings that meet these requirements are advertised on a semester-by-semester basis. For students with a BHA Concentration in English, 76-294 Interpretive Practices: Introduction to Critical Reading is a prerequisite for these courses. Course options include but are not limited to the following:

76-323God: A Literary and Cultural History9
76-338The American Cinema9
76-343Rise of the American Novel9
76-344Censored Texts9
76-350Theory from Classics to Contemporary9
76-381Mad-Men, Television, and the History of Advertising9
76-3xxAny 300 level course with advisor approval9
400-Level Courses (2 courses, 18 units)

Complete two 400-level seminar courses that investigate a specific topic in depth and allow students to work on a major research-based paper. Courses in this category will be advertised on a semester-by-semester basis. For students with a BHA Concentration in English, 76-294 Interpretive Practices: Introduction to Critical Reading is a prerequisite and 76-394 Research in English is pre- or co-requisite. Among current course offerings, examples include but are not limited to the following:

76-403The Crucible of Modernity:Vienna 19009
76-410The Long Eighteenth CenturyVar.
76-421Why Stories Matter9
76-429Early Modern Theatre, Conversion, & Digital Humanities9
76-439Seminar in Film and Media Studies9
76-444History of Books and Reading: Media before "New Media"9
76-4xxAny 400 level course with advisor approval
Period Course Requirement

The period course requirement is not a separate course requirement per se but one that needs to be met through the selection of the required 300- and 400-level courses. At least two of these four required courses must be “period” courses, that is, courses that focus on texts that are connected in time and place or through common social concerns. One of these two courses must focus on a historical period prior to 1900. Courses in this category will vary from year to year and be advertised on a semester-by-semester basis. Such courses may be at either the 300- or 400-level.

Elective Course (1 course, 9 units)

Complete one course from the English Department’s offerings. This course may be at the 200-, 300-, or 400-level. Electives may include any courses offered by the English Department with the exception of courses designed for non-majors. Some semester offerings may include cross-listed courses from Modern Languages or History.

Environmental Studies Concentration (81 units minimum)

The concentration in Environmental Studies focuses on human-environment interactions from a multitude of disciplinary perspectives. The curriculum draws on the expertise of faculty across several Carnegie Mellon colleges in order to provide students with the interdisciplinary background and skills necessary to understand environmental problems and the means to mitigate them. It emphasizes three general areas: (1) natural science and technology; (2) social sciences; and (3) the humanities. The flexible curriculum features training in research methods; a set of core courses on fundamental environmental issues including energy, pollution, and biological diversity; and a project course experience geared toward policy formulation. It is recommended that students take 21-111 Differential Calculus and 36-202 Methods for Statistics and Data Science as prerequisites for higher-level coursework.

Note that some courses carry prerequisites and/or reserve seats for primary majors. Students interested in pursuing the concentration must meet beforehand with the faculty director and their BHA academic advisor in order to map out a course of study. Students are encouraged to be alert to new course offerings; every effort will be made to find equivalent courses that meet student interest when done in consultation with the faculty director.

Foundation of Environmental Sciences (18 units minimum)

Complete one required science course:

03-121Modern Biology9

Choose one of the following courses:

03-124Modern Biology Laboratory
(co-requisite: 03-121)
9
03-125Evolution9
09-103Atoms, Molecules and Chemical Change9
09-105Introduction to Modern Chemistry I10
09-106Modern Chemistry II10
Disciplinary Perspectives (18 units)

Choose two of the following courses:

09-510Chemistry and Sustainability9
73-148Environmental Economics9
76-319Environmental Rhetoric9
79-374American Environmental History: Critical Issues9
Thematic Electives (15 units minimum)

Choose two of the following courses:

12-100Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering12
19-101Introduction to Engineering and Public Policy12
19-424Energy and the Environment9
60-203Concept Studio: EcoArt10
76-395Science Writing9
79-372/90-765Cities, Technology, and the Environment6
80-348Health Development and Human Rights9
88-223Decision Analysis9
88-302Behavioral Decision Making9
88-412Energy, Climate Change, and Economic Growth in the 21st Century9
90-798Environmental Policy & Planning12
90-808Energy Policy6
90-xxxHeinz College courses (open to seniors)
Research and Analytical Methods (18 units)

Choose two of the following courses:

36-309Experimental Design for Behavioral and Social Sciences9
79-380Ethnographic Methods9
79-381Energy and Empire: How Fossil Fuels Changed the World9
88-220Policy Analysis I9
88-251Empirical Research Methods9
88-252Causal Inference in the Field: Using Data to Study Crime, Love, Sports & More9
Project Course (12 units)

Complete one of the following courses:

19-451EPP Projects
(pre-approved sections)
12
19-452EPP Projects12

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.

Economics Requirement (1 course, 9 units)
73-102Principles of Microeconomics9
History Core (3 courses, 27 units)

Required History Core Courses (Students must earn a final grade of "C" or better for these courses to count toward the concentration):

79-200Introduction to Historical Research & Writing9
79-300History of American Public Policy9

Choose one Survey Course:

US Survey
79-240Development of American Culture9
79-24920th/21st Century U.S. History9
Non-US Survey
79-202Flesh and Spirit: Early Modern Europe, 1400-17509
79-203Social and Political Change in 20th Century Central and Eastern Europe9
79-20520th/21st Century Europe9
79-207Development of European Culture9
79-222Between Revolutions: The Development of Modern Latin America9
79-223Mexico: From the Aztec Empire to the Drug War9
79-226African History: Earliest Times to 17809
79-227African History: Height of Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to the End of Apartheid9
79-229Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1880-19489
79-230Arab-Israeli Conflict and Peace Process since 19489
79-237Comparative Slavery9
79-251India/America: Democracy, Diversity, Development9
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: From the First to the Last Tsar9
79-266Russian History: From Communism to Capitalism9
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 18 units at the 100-level may be counted toward this requirement.

Ethics (9 units):
80-130Introduction to Ethics9
80-230Ethical Theory9
Political Philosophy (9 units):
80-135Introduction to Political Philosophy9
80-334Social and Political Philosophy9
Foundations of Social Science (9 units):
80-221Philosophy of Social Science9
80-321Causation, Law, and Social Policy9
80-324Philosophy of Economics9
80-337Philosophy, Politics & Economics9
Applied Philosophy (9 units):
80-136Social Structure, Public Policy & Ethics9
80-241Ethical Judgments in Professional Life9
80-244Environmental Ethics9
80-245Medical Ethics9
80-247Ethics and Global Economics9
80-335Deliberative Democracy: Theory and Practice9
80-341Computers, Society and Ethics9
80-344Management, Environment, and Ethics9
80-348Health Development and Human Rights9
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
73-148Environmental Economics9
73-352Public Economics9
73-358Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources9
73-359Benefit-Cost Analysis9
73-365Firms, Market Structures, and Strategy9
73-372International Money and Finance9
73-408Law and Economics9
73-476American Economic History9
English
76-492Rhetoric of Public Policy9
History
79-219Modern Cuba: A Travel Guide for Millennials, 1898 to the Present6
79-221Development and Democracy in Latin America9
79-231American Foreign Policy: 1945-Present9
79-233The United States and the Middle East since 19459
79-242African American History: Reconstruction to the Present9
79-250Running for President: Campaigns & Elections in History of American Presidency9
79-253American Massacres in History and Memory6
79-267The Soviet Union in World War II: Military, Political, and Social History9
79-288Bananas, Baseball, and Borders: Latin America and the United States9
79-298Mobile Phones & Social Media in Development & Human Rights: A Critical Appraisal6
79-299From Newton to the Nuclear Bomb: History of Science, 1750-19509
79-301History of Surveillance: From the Plantation to Edward Snowden6
79-302Drone Warfare and Killer Robots: Ethics, Law, Politics, and Strategy9
79-303Pittsburgh and the Transformation of Modern Urban America6
79-305Moneyball Nation: Data in American Life9
79-310Modern U. S. Business History: 1870 to the Present9
79-312Archaeology of Death6
79-315The Politics of Water: Global Controversies, Past and Present9
79-320Women, Politics, and Protest9
79-325U.S. Gay and Lesbian History6
79-331Body Politics: Women and Health in America9
79-336Oil & Water: Middle East Perspectives6
79-338History of Education in America9
79-339Juvenile Delinquency and Film (1920 to "The Wire")9
79-340Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice9
79-342Introduction to Science and Technology Studies9
79-349The Holocaust in Historical Perspective9
79-370Disasters in American History (2):Epidemics & Fires6
79-371African American Urban History9
79-374American Environmental History: Critical Issues9
79-381Energy and Empire: How Fossil Fuels Changed the World9
79-389Stalin and Stalinism9
Philosophy
80-241Ethical Judgments in Professional Life9
80-256Modern Moral Philosophy9
80-305Choices, Decisions, and Games9
80-341Computers, Society and Ethics9
80-344Management, Environment, and Ethics9
80-405Game Theory9
Institute for Politics and Strategy
84-310International Political Economy and Organizations9
84-380Grand Strategy in the United States9
84-393Legislative Decision Making: US Congress9
84-402Judicial Politics and Behavior9
Social and Decision Sciences
88-223Decision Analysis9
88-345Perspectives on Industrial Research and Development9
88-371Entrepreneurship, Regulation and Technological Change9
88-387Social Norms and Economics9
88-444Public Policy and Regulation9

Note: Other elective courses may be approved at the discretion of the EHPP faculty advisor and should be noted on a student's DC Concentration Sheet.

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. Demonstrating intermediate to advanced level proficiency in a language other than English is a crucial component of the concentration in Global Studies.

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, the Global Studies academic program manager, and the faculty director 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 faculty director and the academic program manager 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 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. 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.

76-453Literature of Empire9
76-497Culture: Interdisciplinary Approaches9
79-200Introduction to Historical Research & Writing9
79-297Dilemmas and Controversies in Anthropology9
79-314The Politics and Culture of Memory9
79-317Art, Anthropology, and Empire9
79-318Sustainable Social Change: History and Practice9
79-377Food, Culture, and Power: A History of Eating9
79-380Ethnographic Methods9
79-381Energy and Empire: How Fossil Fuels Changed the World9
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:
76-322Global Masala: South Asians in the Diaspora9
76-353Transnational Feminisms: Fiction and Film9
76-384Race, Nation, and the Enemy9
76-440Postcolonial Theory: Diaspora and Transnationalism9
76-448The Global Renaissance9
79-212Nationalism, Diplomacy and the Origins of the First World War6
79-224Mayan America9
79-233The United States and the Middle East since 19459
79-237Comparative Slavery9
79-251India/America: Democracy, Diversity, Development9
79-273Jews and Muslims in History: From the Time of Muhammad to the Present9
79-276Beyond the Border6
79-295Race Relations in the Atlantic World9
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
79-289Animal Planet: An Environmental History of People and Animals6
79-315The Politics of Water: Global Controversies, Past and Present9
79-333Sex, Gender & Anthropology9
79-385The Making of the African Diaspora9
80-348Health Development and Human Rights9
80-447Global Justice9
82-283Language Diversity & Cultural Identity9
82-304The Francophone World9
82-345Introduction to Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies9
84-315Contemporary Debates in Human Rights9
84-319U.S. Foreign Policy and Interventions in World Affairs9
84-322Nonviolent Conflict and Revolution9
84-326Theories of International Relations9
84-389Terrorism and Insurgency9
Regional Courses:
Africa
79-215The End of Colonialism and the Birth of Modern Africa, 1945-19756
79-225West African History in Film9
79-226African History: Earliest Times to 17809
79-227African History: Height of Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to the End of Apartheid9
79-291Globalization in East African History6
79-386Entrepreneurs in Africa, Past, Present and Future9
84-312Gender and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa6
Eastern and Southern Asia and the Pacific
76-354South Asian Literature9
79-211Introduction to Southeast Asia9
79-264Tibet and China: History and Propaganda6
82-431China and the West9
88-411Rise of the Asian Economies9
Europe
79-202Flesh and Spirit: Early Modern Europe, 1400-17509
79-203Social and Political Change in 20th Century Central and Eastern Europe9
79-20520th/21st Century Europe9
79-207Development of European Culture9
79-268World War I: The Twentieth Century's First Catastrophe9
79-270Anti-Judaism and Antisemitism in Europe: From the Middle Ages to the Present6
79-323Family, Gender, and Sexuality in European History, 500-18009
79-353Religious Identities and Religious Conflicts in 19th Century Europe9
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
79-229Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1880-19489
79-230Arab-Israeli Conflict and Peace Process since 19489
79-307Religion and Politics in the Middle East9
79-336Oil & Water: Middle East Perspectives6
79-398Documenting the 1967 Arab-Israeli War9
The Americas
79-222Between Revolutions: The Development of Modern Latin America9
79-223Mexico: From the Aztec Empire to the Drug War9
79-235Caribbean Cultures9
82-245Bodies of Conflict: Gender, Violence, and Protest in Latin America9
82-343Latin America: Language and Culture9
82-451Studies in Latin American Literature and Culture9
82-455Topics in Hispanic Studies9
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 academic advisor and faculty director. The faculty director 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
76-450Space and Mobilities Studies9
79-201Introduction to Anthropology9
79-284Introduction to Archaeological Methods: The Social Life of Things9
79-330Medicine and Society9
79-349The Holocaust in Historical Perspective9
80-244Environmental Ethics9
80-247Ethics and Global Economics9
80-335Deliberative Democracy: Theory and Practice9
82-215Arab Culture Through Film and Literature9
82-311Advanced Arabic I9
82-541Special Topics: Hispanic StudiesVar.
84-275Comparative Politics9
84-310International Political Economy and Organizations9
84-311International Development: Theory and Praxis6
84-362Diplomacy and Statecraft9
88-412Energy, Climate Change, and Economic Growth in the 21st Century9
Nation-based Courses
76-337Representations of Islam in Early Modern England9
79-231American Foreign Policy: 1945-Present9
79-2541968: The Year Everything Changed (in the U.S. and around the world)9
79-320Women, Politics, and Protest9
79-331Body Politics: Women and Health in America9
82-344U.S. Latinos: Language and Culture9
82-420The Crucible of Modernity:Vienna 19009
79-269London and the Birth of Modern Britain, 1800 to the Present6
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
79-309The Chinese Revolution Through Film (1949-2000)9
82-333Introduction to Chinese Language and CultureVar.
82-433Topics in Contemporary Culture of China9
82-434Studies in Chinese Traditions9
82-440Studies in Chinese Literature & Culture9
79-258French History: From the Revolution to De Gaulle9
79-259France During World War II9
82-303Introduction to French Culture9
82-305French in its Social Contexts9
79-25620th Century Germany9
79-257Germany and the Second World War9
79-326German History through Film9
82-327The Emergence of the German Speaking World9
82-425Topics in German Literature and Culture9
82-427Nazi and Resistance Culture9
82-428History of German Film9
82-361Italian Language and Culture I9
82-273Introduction to Japanese Language and Culture9
82-278Japanese Film and Literature: The Art of Storytelling9
82-473Topics in Japanese Studies9
82-253Korean Culture Through Film9
82-254World of Korea, Then and Now9
79-265Russian History: From the First to the Last Tsar9
79-266Russian History: From Communism to Capitalism9
79-267The Soviet Union in World War II: Military, Political, and Social History9
79-389Stalin and Stalinism9
82-293Introduction to Russian Culture9
82-294Topics in Russian Language and Culture9
82-342Spain: Language and Culture9

International Relations and Politics Concentration (81 units minimum)

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 major 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 behavioral decision science, complex social systems, 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. Thus, IRP preserves and expands CMU’s tradition in political science. At the same time, IRP taps into and contributes to CMU’s strengths in other social sciences that combine analytical and empirical methods. IRP has recently launched an innovative initiative to incorporate decision science in international relations. It will enable students to learn and 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.

Open to all Carnegie Mellon undergraduates, 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 public policy for the IRP concentration.

Students’ understanding of politics 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.

IRP students 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 student organizations focused on domestic or international politics. Becoming involved in the Institute for Politics and Strategy, as well as attending lectures and events sponsored by the Center for International Relations and Politics will provide additional opportunities for students.

The International Relations and Politics concentration is offered through the Institute for Politics and Strategy.

Pre-requisites
36-200Reasoning with Data9
or 36-201 Statistical Reasoning and Practice
73-102Principles of Microeconomics9
Core Courses (6 courses, 54 units)
84-104Decision Processes in American Political Institutions9
84-265Political Science Research Methods9
84-275Comparative Politics9
84-326Theories of International Relations9
84-369Decision Science for International Relations9
84-450Policy Forum6
36-202Methods for Statistics and 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. This 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, 27 units minimum)

International Relations and Politics BHA students will either:

Option 1

Take 27 units (three courses) from the elective lists below. At least two courses (18 units) 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
79-203Social and Political Change in 20th Century Central and Eastern Europe9
79-231American Foreign Policy: 1945-Present9
79-298Mobile Phones & Social Media in Development & Human Rights: A Critical Appraisal6
79-301History of Surveillance: From the Plantation to Edward Snowden6
79-302Drone Warfare and Killer Robots: Ethics, Law, Politics, and Strategy9
79-389Stalin and Stalinism9
80-135Introduction to Political Philosophy9
80-321Causation, Law, and Social Policy9
80-335Deliberative Democracy: Theory and Practice9
84-309Political Behavior9
84-319U.S. Foreign Policy and Interventions in World Affairs9
84-320Domestic Politics and International Affairs9
84-321Autocrats and Democrats9
84-322Nonviolent Conflict and Revolution9
84-323War and Peace9
84-324Democracies and War9
84-362Diplomacy and Statecraft9
84-363Comparative Legal Systems9
84-366Presidential Politics: So, You Want to Be President of the United States9
84-380Grand Strategy in the United States9
84-386The Privatization of Force9
84-387Technology and Policy of Cyber War6
84-388Concepts of War and Cyber War6
84-389Terrorism and Insurgency9
84-393Legislative Decision Making: US Congress9
84-402Judicial Politics and Behavior9
84-405Future of Warfare: Cyber, Violent Non-State Actors & Conflict in the Gray Zone9
84-414International and Subnational Security9
88-281Topics in Law: 1st Amendment9
88-284Topics of Law: The Bill of Rights9
Economics and Society
19-452EPP Projects12
70-342Managing Across Cultures9
70-365International Trade and International Law9
70-430International Management9
73-103Principles of Macroeconomics9
73-148Environmental Economics9
73-328Health Economics12
73-331Political Economy of Inequality and Redistribution9
73-394Development Economics9
79-386Entrepreneurs in Africa, Past, Present and Future9
80-136Social Structure, Public Policy & Ethics9
80-244Environmental Ethics9
80-247Ethics and Global Economics9
80-348Health Development and Human Rights9
80-447Global Justice9
84-310International Political Economy and Organizations9
84-311International Development: Theory and Praxis6
84-312Gender and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa6
84-315Contemporary Debates in Human Rights9
88-411Rise of the Asian Economies9
88-412Energy, Climate Change, and Economic Growth in the 21st Century9
88-430Methods of Policy Analysis12
International Cultures
76-318Communicating in the Global Marketplace9
76-322Global Masala: South Asians in the Diaspora9
76-386Language & Culture9
79-20520th/21st Century Europe9
79-221Development and Democracy in Latin America9
79-222Between Revolutions: The Development of Modern Latin America9
79-223Mexico: From the Aztec Empire to the Drug War9
79-224Mayan America9
79-227African History: Height of Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to the End of Apartheid9
79-229Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1880-19489
79-230Arab-Israeli Conflict and Peace Process since 19489
79-233The United States and the Middle East since 19459
79-251India/America: Democracy, Diversity, Development9
79-25620th Century Germany9
79-257Germany and the Second World War9
79-259France During World War II9
79-262Modern China: From the Birth of Mao ... to Now9
79-264Tibet and China: History and Propaganda6
79-265Russian History: From the First to the Last Tsar9
79-266Russian History: From Communism to Capitalism9
79-267The Soviet Union in World War II: Military, Political, and Social History9
79-275Introduction to Global Studies9
79-288Bananas, Baseball, and Borders: Latin America and the United States9
79-291Globalization in East African History6
79-307Religion and Politics in the Middle East9
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
79-377Food, Culture, and Power: A History of Eating9
79-381Energy and Empire: How Fossil Fuels Changed the World9
79-385The Making of the African Diaspora9
79-398Documenting the 1967 Arab-Israeli War9
85-375Crosscultural Psychology9
300 or 400- level language course
Option 2

Complete the majority of their electives via the Carnegie Mellon University Washington Semester Program (CMU/WSP) Public Policy elective sequence. Any elective units not fulfilled during CMU/WSP may be completed through coursework from the Grand Strategy and Political Institutions (84-xxx) elective list.

The Washington Semester Program (CMUWSP) Public Policy Elective Sequence includes:
• Policy Forum (This course will count as the Policy Forum (84-450) Core Course Requirement)12
• Internship Seminar12
• CMU/WSP Elective Seminars (24 units total)12 + 12

A list of CMU/WSP Core and Elective Seminars may be found in the CMU/WSP section of the undergraduate catalog.

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 internal placement test scores.

Core Courses in Japanese (36-39 units)
82-272Intermediate Japanese II *12
82-273Introduction to Japanese Language and Culture9
82-371Advanced Japanese I9
82-372Advanced Japanese II9

* Placement out of 82-272 is possible. For students who place out of 82-272, a minimum of 9 additional units must be taken from the Japanese Electives of the "Japanese Studies and Interdisciplinary Electives" category below.

Core Courses in Modern Languages (12 units)

Complete one 9 unit course plus the Senior Seminar (3 units).

82-280Learning About Language Learning9
82-281Tutoring for Community OutreachVar.
82-282Community Service LearningVar.
82-383Second Language Acquisition: Theories and Research9
82-388Understanding Second Language Fluency9
82-480Social and Cognitive Aspects of Bilingualism9
82-580Senior Seminar in Modern Languages3
Japanese Studies and Interdisciplinary Electives (33 units minimum)

Complete three courses from Japanese Electives and one course from Interdisciplinary Electives, or a minimum of two courses from Japanese Electives and two courses from Interdisciplinary Electives in consultation with the Japanese advisor. One course from Interdisciplinary Electives must be chosen from the History department courses, or with permission of the advisor students can instead complete at least one Japanese history course at the University of Pittsburgh (e.g., Modern Japan, Popular Religion in a Changing Japan, and Modern East Asia), one in Japan when they study abroad, or in a summer program at any other university.

Japanese Electives
82-373Structure of the Japanese Language9
82-374Technical Japanese9
82-473/474Topics in Japanese Studies
(Students may repeat with new topics.)
9
82-505Undergraduate InternshipVar.
82-571/572Special Topics: Japanese StudiesVar.
Interdisciplinary Electives

This list is compiled from possibilities such as but not limited to the following. Students should consult OLR and the advisor for the most up to date interdisciplinary electives appropriate for the Japanese Studies curriculum. Courses may be suggested to the advisor for approval as a substitute. 

English
76-239Introduction to Film Studies9
76-386Language & Culture9
76-387Narrative & Argument9
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
Modern Languages
82-278Japanese Film and Literature: The Art of Storytelling9
82-280Learning About Language Learning9
82-281Tutoring for Community OutreachVar.
82-282Community Service LearningVar.
82-373Structure of the Japanese Language9
82-374Technical Japanese9
82-383Second Language Acquisition: Theories and Research9
82-388Understanding Second Language Fluency9
82-480Social and Cognitive Aspects of Bilingualism9
Music
57-306World Music9
Philosophy
80-180Nature of Language9
80-280Linguistic Analysis9
80-281Language and Thought9
80-380Philosophy of Language9
Psychology
85-375Crosscultural Psychology9
85-421Language and Thought9
Social and Decision Science
88-384Conflict and Conflict Resolution in International Relations9

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
Fundamental Skills Courses (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
76-385Introduction to Discourse Analysis9
or 76-484 Discourse Analysis
80-381Meaning in Language9
80-383Language in Use9
Breadth Courses (2 courses, 18 units)

Take one course from each of the following two areas:

Language Learning and Language Cognition
76-420The Cognition of Reading and Writing: Introduction to a Social/Cognitive Process9
80-281Language and Thought9
82-280Learning About Language Learning9
82-383Second Language Acquisition: Theories and Research9
82-388Understanding Second Language Fluency9
82-585Topics in Second Language Acquisition9
85-354Infant Language Development9
85-421Language and Thought9
Discourse, Society and Culture
76-385Introduction to Discourse Analysis9
or 76-484 Discourse Analysis
76-386Language & Culture9
80-283Syntax and Discourse9
82-273Introduction to Japanese Language and Culture9
82-283Language Diversity & Cultural Identity9
82-333Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture9
Elective Courses (4 courses, 36 units)

Take four additional electives. These can be additional courses from the Fundamental Skills courses or Breadth courses listed above, or any other course which must be approved by the Director 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 Director will provide students with a list of possible electives each semester, and will assist students in selecting electives which are consistent with their goals and interests. A list of these courses must be filed in the BXA office.

11-411Natural Language Processing12
11-716Graduate Seminar on Dialog Processing6
11-721Grammars and Lexicons12
11-722Grammar Formalisms12
11-761Language and Statistics12
11-762Language and Statistics II12
76-378Literacy: Educational Theory and Community Practice9
80-284Invented Languages9
80-286Words and Word Formation: Introduction to Morphology9
80-287Historical and Comparative Linguistics9
80-380Philosophy of Language9
80-382Phonetics and Phonology II9
80-384Linguistics of Turkic Languages9
80-385Linguistics of Germanic Languages9
82-373Structure of the Japanese Language9
82-585Topics in Second Language Acquisition9
Language Requirement

Students must successfully complete two semesters of consecutive language courses. Students may not test out of this requirement. However, language courses taken at other institutions or as part of a study abroad program will typically substitute for a semester of language study.

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 Director.

In any of the areas listed, substitutions of courses that cohere with a student’s interest may be allowed with approval from the 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
80-230Ethical Theory9
80-244Environmental Ethics9
80-245Medical Ethics9
80-247Ethics and Global Economics9
80-248Engineering Ethics9
80-334Social and Political Philosophy9
80-335Deliberative Democracy: Theory and Practice9
80-337Philosophy, Politics & Economics9
80-348Health Development and Human Rights9
80-430Ethics and Medical Research9
80-447Global Justice9
Area 2: Philosophy of Mind/Language/Metaphysics (1 course, 9 units)
80-180Nature of Language9
80-270Philosophy of Mind9
80-271Philosophy and Psychology9
80-276Philosophy of Religion9
80-280Linguistic Analysis9
80-281Language and Thought9
80-282Phonetics and Phonology I9
80-283Syntax and Discourse9
80-284Invented Languages9
80-327Philosophy of Neuroscience9
80-371Philosophy of Perception9
80-380Philosophy of Language9
80-381Meaning in Language9
80-382Phonetics and Phonology II9
80-383Language in Use9
80-384Linguistics of Turkic Languages9
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
80-312Philosophy of Mathematics9
80-315Modal Logic9
80-411Proof Theory9
80-413Category Theory9
80-513Seminar on Philosophy of Mathematics9
80-514Categorical Logic9
Area 4: Epistemology/Metaphysics (1 course, 9 units)
80-150Nature of Reason9
80-201Epistemology9
80-208Critical Thinking9
80-214Computing, AI, and Philosophy9
80-220Philosophy of Science9
80-221Philosophy of Social Science9
80-222Measurement and Methodology9
80-223Causality and Probability9
80-226Revolutions in Science9
80-305Choices, Decisions, and Games9
80-321Causation, Law, and Social Policy9
80-322Philosophy of Physics9
80-323Philosophy of Biology9
80-324Philosophy of Economics9
80-327Philosophy of Neuroscience9
80-405Game Theory9
80-515Seminar on the Foundations of Statistics9
80-516Causality and LearningVar.
80-520Seminar on Philosophy Science9
80-521Seminar on Formal EpistemologyVar.
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
80-261Empiricism and Rationalism9
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 Director.

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.

Foundation Courses (4 courses, 36 units)
76-26xSurvey of Forms (Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, or Screenwriting)9
76-271Introduction to Professional and Technical Writing9
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
76-351Rhetorical Invention9
76-355Leadership, Dialogue, and Change9
76-386Language & Culture9
76-396Non-Profit Advocacy: Genres, Methods, and Issues9
76-428Visual Verbal Communication9
76-476Rhetoric of Science9
76-484Discourse Analysis9
76-491Rhetorical Analysis9
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 and the “Selected Core Courses & Electives for PW Majors” advising sheet available through the English Department. 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 (in conjunction with the 3-unit 76-488 Web Design Lab) 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.
76-302Writing in the Disciplines9
76-319Environmental Rhetoric9
76-351Rhetorical Invention9
76-355Leadership, Dialogue, and Change9
76-372News Writing9
76-375Magazine Writing9
76-386Language & Culture9
76-389Rhetorical Grammar9
76-391Document & Information Design12
76-396Non-Profit Advocacy: Genres, Methods, and Issues9
76-428Visual Verbal Communication9
76-476Rhetoric of Science9
76-481Introduction to Multimedia Design12
76-484Discourse Analysis9
76-487Web Design12
76-491Rhetorical Analysis9
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, 76-272 Language in Design, 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.

English Elective (1 course, 9 units)

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 and 76-272 Language in Design, both of which are designed for non-majors and overlap with 76-271 Introduction to Professional and Technical Writing. Students with a concentration in PW are additionally encouraged to supplement their PW coursework with 76-300 Professional Seminar (3 units) to learn more about internship and career options in professional writing. 76-300 meets once per week and is offered every fall semester.

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 Psychology
*
9
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

* A fourth survey course can be taken in place of Introduction to Psychology.

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 and Social Sciences -Fall9
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, 85-484,85-505, 85-506, 85-507, 85-508).

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
79-203Social and Political Change in 20th Century Central and Eastern Europe9
79-20520th/21st Century Europe9
79-207Development of European Culture9
79-211Introduction to Southeast Asia9
79-221Development and Democracy in Latin America9
79-222Between Revolutions: The Development of Modern Latin America9
79-223Mexico: From the Aztec Empire to the Drug War9
79-225West African History in Film9
79-226African History: Earliest Times to 17809
79-227African History: Height of Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to the End of Apartheid9
79-229Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1880-19489
79-230Arab-Israeli Conflict and Peace Process since 19489
79-233The 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
79-245Capitalism and Individualism in American Culture9
79-24920th/21st Century U.S. History9
79-251India/America: Democracy, Diversity, Development9
79-252Recent U.S. History: 1945-Present9
79-25620th Century Germany9
79-258French History: From the Revolution to De Gaulle9
79-261The Last Emperors: Chinese History and Society, 1600-19009
79-262Modern China: From the Birth of Mao ... to Now9
79-265Russian History: From the First to the Last Tsar9
79-266Russian History: From Communism to Capitalism9
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.

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 Pre-requisites

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 Pre-requisite

This course is not counted as part of your DC Concentration. It fulfills the BHA General Education Statistics Requirement.

36-200Reasoning with Data9
or 36-201 Statistical Reasoning and Practice
Statistics Core (6 courses, 54 units)
36-202Methods for Statistics and Data Science9
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. Students will consult with the Statistics advisor to select the Special Topics and Electives courses that best fit for their areas of interest.

Statistics & Machine Learning (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 Pre-requisites

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
21-127Concepts 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

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 Pre-requisite

This course is not counted as part of your DC Concentration. It fulfills the BHA General Education Statistics Requirement.

36-200Reasoning with Data9
or 36-201 Statistical Reasoning and Practice
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
Machine Learning Core (3 courses, 34 units)
15-112Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science12
15-122Principles of Imperative Computation10
10-601Introduction to Machine Learning (Master's)12
Machine Learning Electives (1 courses, 9-12 units)

Students will consult with the Statistics & Machine Learning advisor to choose an elective from Statistics, Data Analysis, Probability Theory, or Computing. This course may have additional pre-requisites.

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 TW concentration take two Theory/Specialization courses specific to either the Technical Communication or the Scientific and Medical Communication 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 (5 courses, 51 units)
76-26xSurvey of Forms (Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, or Screenwriting)9
76-271Introduction to Professional and Technical Writing9
76-390Style9
76-391Document & Information Design12
76-487Web Design12
Theory/Specialization Courses (2 courses, 18 units minimum)

Complete two courses to deepen your area of specialty in Technical Communication (TC) or Scientific and Medical Communication (SMC). 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
76-361Topics in Digital Humanities: Corpus Rhetorical Analysis9
76-395Science Writing9
76-425Science in 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.
76-302Writing in the Disciplines9
76-318Communicating in the Global Marketplace9
76-319Environmental Rhetoric9
76-325Intertextuality9
76-340American English9
76-351Rhetorical Invention9
76-355Leadership, Dialogue, and Change9
76-360Literary Journalism Workshop9
76-361Topics in Digital Humanities: Corpus Rhetorical Analysis9
76-372News Writing9
76-375Magazine Writing9
76-378Literacy: Educational Theory and Community Practice9
76-386Language & Culture9
76-389Rhetorical Grammar9
76-391Document & Information Design12
76-395Science Writing9
76-396Non-Profit Advocacy: Genres, Methods, and Issues9
76-420The Cognition of Reading and Writing: Introduction to a Social/Cognitive Process9
76-425Science in the Public Sphere9
76-428Visual Verbal Communication9
76-472Multimedia 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 (2 courses, 12 units minimum)

Students with a TW concentration take two courses 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.

III. 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 (52 units minimum)
48-100Architecture Design Studio: Foundation I -Fall, Freshman year10-12
or 48-095 Spatial Concepts for Non-Architects I
48-120Digital Media I -Fall, Freshman year6
48-121Drawing I -Fall, Freshman year6
48-125Digital Media II -Spring, Freshman year6
48-126Drawing 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)

PORTFOLIO REVIEW REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION

Concept Studios (2 courses, 20 units)

Complete two courses:

60-101Concept Studio: The Self and the Human Being10
60-201Concept Studio: Space and Time10
60-202Concept Studio: Systems and Processes10
60-203Concept Studio: EcoArt10
60-204Concept Studio: Networked Narrative10
Media Studios (3 courses, 30 units)

Complete three courses:

60-1502D Media Studio: Drawing10
60-1602D Media Studio: Imaging10
60-2502D Media Studio: Painting10
60-2512D Media Studio: Print Media10
60-130-60-1303-D Media Studio I-I
(complete two minis, 5 units each)
10
60-131-60-1313D Media Studio II-II
(complete two minis, 5 units each)
10
60-110Electronic Media Studio: Introduction to the Moving Image10
60-210Electronic Media Studio: Introduction to Interactivity10
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
60-403Extended Studio10
60-410 - 60-429 Advanced Electronic and Time-Based Work (ETB)10
60-430 - 60-447 Advanced Sculpture, Installation and Site-Work (SIS)10
60-448 - 60-449 Advanced Contextual Practice (CP)10
60-450 - 60-498 Advanced Drawing, Painting, Print Media and Photography (DP3)10
60-499Studio Independent Study
(one only)
10
Art History/Theory (2 courses, 18 units)
60-205Critical Theory in Art III -Fall9
60-206Critical Theory in Art IV -Spring9
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 -Fall0

Design Concentration (108 units minimum)

PORTFOLIO REVIEW REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION

Design Required Courses (96 units)
51-101Studio: Survey of Design -Fall, Freshman year9
51-103Design Workshop I -Fall, Freshman year3
51-121Visualizing -Fall, Freshman year9
51-171Placing -Fall, Freshman year9
51-102Design Lab -Spring, Freshman year9
51-104Design Workshop II -Spring, Freshman year3
51-122Collaborative Visualizing -Spring, Freshman year9
51-172Systems -Spring, Freshman year9
Choose Two Studios:
51-225Communications Studio I: Understanding Form & Context -Fall, Sophomore year4.5, 4.5
or 51-245 Products Studio I: Understanding Form & Context
or 51-265 Environments Studio I: Understanding Form & Context
Choose Two Corresponding Labs:
51-227Prototyping Lab I: Communications -Fall, Sophomore year4.5, 4.5
or 51-247 Prototyping Lab I: Products
or 51-267 Prototyping Lab I: Environments
51-271How People Work -Fall, Sophomore year9
51-371Futures -Fall, Junior year or later9
Design Electives (12 units minimum)

A minimum of 12 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)

AUDITION/INTERVIEW REQUIRED FOR DIRECTING OR DRAMATURGY CONCENTRATION OPTION. PORTFOLIO REVIEW/INTERVIEW REQUIRED FOR DESIGN OR PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT CONCENTRATION OPTION.

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

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

Required Courses for All Concentration Options (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

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

Design Required 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 (52 units)
54-121-54-122Directing I: Sources-Directing I: Sources18
54-221-54-222Directing II: Fundamentals-Directing II: Fundamentals18
54-159-54-159Production Practicum-Production Practicum
(two times, 12 units total)
12
54-517Director's Colloquium
(four times, 4 units total)
1

A minimum of 36 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 (53 units minimum)
54-109Dramaturgy 1: Approaches to Text9
54-184Dramaturgy 2: Introduction to Production Dramaturgy9
54-121Directing I: Sources9
54-159Production Practicum6
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 35 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 (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)

AUDITION REQUIRED FOR PERFORMANCE CONCENTRATION OPTION. PORTFOLIO REVIEW/INTERVIEW REQUIRED FOR COMPOSITION, MUSICOLOGY, AUDIO RECORDING & PRODUCTION, OR SOUND THEORY & PRACTICE CONCENTRATION OPTION.

Options available in the following areas: 1) Performance (instrumental, piano, organ, voice), 2) Composition 3) Musicology, 4) Audio Recording & Production 5) Sound Theory & Practice

Required Course for All Concentration Options (9 units)
57-152Harmony I -Fall9
or 57-149 Basic Harmony I

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

Performance and Composition Required Courses (76 units)
57-161Eurhythmics I -Fall (recommended co-requisite: 57-181)3
57-181Solfege I -Fall3
or 57-180 Basic Solfege I
or 57-185 Advanced Solfege I
57-173Survey of Western Music History -Fall (co-requisite: 57-188)9
57-188Repertoire and Listening for Musicians1
57-69xBXA 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.

Musicology Required Courses (45 units)
57-283Music History I
(co-requisite: 57-190)
9
57-284Music History II
(co-requisite: 57-289)
9
57-285Music History III
(co-requisite: 57-290)
9
57-189Introduction to Repertoire and Listening for Musicians3
57-190Repertoire and Listening for Musicians I3
57-289Repertoire and Listening for Musicians II3
57-290Repertoire and Listening for Musicians III3
57-611Independent Study in History6

Choose 36 units from:

57-209The Beatles9
57-306World Music9
57-430Music of Iran9
57-477Music of the Spirit6
57-478Survey of Historical Recording6
57-480History of Black American Music6

A minimum of 18 additional Music units must be approved by the Music advisor. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

Audio Recording & Production Required Courses (40 units)
57-101Introduction to Music Technology6
or 57-171 Introduction to Music Technology (self-paced)
57-181Solfege I -Fall3
or 57-180 Basic Solfege I
or 57-185 Advanced Solfege I
57-173Survey of Western Music History -Fall (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 II -Spring9
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
57-421The Exploded 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 II5
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.

Sound Theory & Practice Required Courses (47 units)
57-101Introduction to Music Technology6
or 57-171 Introduction to Music Technology (self-paced)
57-181Solfege I -Fall3
or 57-180 Basic Solfege I
or 57-185 Advanced Solfege I
57-173Survey of Western Music History -Fall (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 II -Spring9
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
57-343Interdisciplinary Studies in Listening, Culture, and Technology9
57-344Experimental Sound Synthesis9
57-347Electronic and Computer Music
(pre-requisite: 57-101 or 57-171)
6
57-421The Exploded Ensemble6
57-425Expanded Music Performance9
57-438Multitrack Recording9
57-829Contemporary Soundscapes9
60-1313D Media Studio II5
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.

IV. 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.

Students choose their fine arts concentration from among the five schools in CFA: Architecture, Art, Design, Drama or Music. A student must meet the entry requirements for the particular CFA school of their choice. While in the BSA Program, a student may change their CFA concentration only if they pass all admission requirements for that particular school.

Students choose their science concentration from among the four departments in MCS: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Neurobiology, or Physics.

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 Concentration114-134
III. CFA Concentration108
IV. Free Electives9-29
Total BSA Degree Requirements380

I. BSA General Education

(18 courses, 129 units minimum)

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
(various topics by section) www.cmu.edu/hss/english/first_year/index.html
99-101Computing @ Carnegie Mellon3
or 99-102 Computing @ Carnegie Mellon
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.

57-173Survey of Western Music History9
57-209The Beatles9
57-306World Music9
70-342Managing Across Cultures9
73-331Political Economy of Inequality and Redistribution9
76-221Books You Should Have Read By Now9
76-227Comedy9
76-232Introduction to African American Literature9
76-239Introduction to Film Studies9
76-241Introduction to Gender Studies9
76-386Language & Culture9
79-104Global Histories9
79-201Introduction to Anthropology9
79-202Flesh and Spirit: Early Modern Europe, 1400-17509
79-20520th/21st Century Europe9
79-207Development of European Culture9
79-221Development and Democracy in Latin America9
79-229Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1880-19489
79-230Arab-Israeli Conflict and Peace Process since 19489
79-240Development of American Culture9
79-241African American History: Africa to the Civil War9
79-242African American History: Reconstruction to the Present9
79-255Irish History9
79-261The Last Emperors: Chinese History and Society, 1600-19009
79-265Russian History: From the First to the Last Tsar9
79-266Russian History: From Communism to Capitalism9
79-275Introduction to Global Studies9
79-297Dilemmas and Controversies in Anthropology9
79-307Religion and Politics in the Middle East9
79-345Roots of Rock & Roll9
79-349The Holocaust in Historical Perspective9
79-350Early Christianity9
79-357History of Black American Music6
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
99-241Revolutions of Circularity9
99-3xxAny of the Country Today courses3
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 minimum)

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 Fall9
52-402BXA Seminar V: Capstone Spring9

II. Mellon College of Science Concentration

(number of courses vary, 114-134 units)

BSA students choose one of the following concentrations:

  • Biological Sciences (114 units)
  • Chemistry (121 units)
  • Mathematical Sciences (123 units)
  • Neurobiology (114 units)
  • Physics (134 units)

Biological Sciences Concentration (114 units minimum)

Biological Sciences Required Courses (96 units minimum)
03-201/202Undergraduate Colloquium for Sophomores2
03-220Genetics
(co-requisite: 03-343)
9
03-231Biochemistry I9
or 03-232 Biochemistry I
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 & 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.

Chemistry Concentration (121 units minimum)

Chemistry Required 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 & 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 (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 21-272 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
03-231Biochemistry I - 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 & 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 (134 units minimum)

Physics Required Courses (116 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
Physics Electives (2 courses, 18 units)

Two courses to be pre-approved by the Physics Department.

33-xxxTwo Physics Electives18

Note: 33-114 Physics of Musical Sound (9 units) is highly recommended for students with a Music concentration.

III. 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 (52 units minimum)
48-100Architecture Design Studio: Foundation I-Fall, Freshman year10-12
or 48-095 Spatial Concepts for Non-Architects I
48-120Digital Media I -Fall, Freshman year6
48-121Drawing I -Fall, Freshman year6
48-125Digital Media II -Spring, Freshman year6
48-126Drawing 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)

PORTFOLIO REVIEW REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION

Concept Studios (2 courses, 20 units)

Complete two courses:

60-101Concept Studio: The Self and the Human Being10
60-201Concept Studio: Space and Time10
60-202Concept Studio: Systems and Processes10
60-203Concept Studio: EcoArt10
60-204Concept Studio: Networked Narrative10
Media Studios (3 courses, 30 units)

Complete three courses:

60-1502D Media Studio: Drawing10
60-1602D Media Studio: Imaging10
60-2502D Media Studio: Painting10
60-2512D Media Studio: Print Media10
60-130-60-1303-D Media Studio I-I
(complete two minis, 5 units each)
10
60-131-60-1313D Media Studio II-II
(complete two minis, 5 units each)
10
60-110Electronic Media Studio: Introduction to the Moving Image10
60-210Electronic Media Studio: Introduction to Interactivity10
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
60-403Extended Studio10
60-410 - 60-429 Advanced Electronic and Time-Based Work (ETB)10
60-430 - 60-447 Advanced Sculpture, Installation and Site-Work (SIS)10
60-448 - 60-449 Advanced Contextual Practice (CP)10
60-450 - 60-498 Advanced Drawing, Painting, Print Media and Photography (DP3)10
60-499Studio Independent Study
(one only)
10
Art History/Theory (2 courses, 18 units)
60-205Critical Theory in Art III -Fall9
60-206Critical Theory in Art IV -Spring9
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 -Fall0

Design Concentration (108 units minimum)

PORTFOLIO REVIEW REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION

Design Required Courses (96 units)
51-101Studio: Survey of Design -Fall, Freshman year9
51-103Design Workshop I -Fall, Freshman year3
51-121Visualizing -Fall, Freshman year9
51-171Placing -Fall, Freshman year9
51-102Design Lab -Spring, Freshman year9
51-104Design Workshop II -Spring, Freshman year3
51-122Collaborative Visualizing -Spring, Freshman year9
51-172Systems -Spring, Freshman year9
Choose Two Studios:
51-225Communications Studio I: Understanding Form & Context -Fall, Sophomore year4.5, 4.5
or 51-245 Products Studio I: Understanding Form & Context
or 51-265 Environments Studio I: Understanding Form & Context
Choose Two Corresponding Labs:
51-227Prototyping Lab I: Communications -Fall, Sophomore year4.5, 4.5
or 51-247 Prototyping Lab I: Products
or 51-267 Prototyping Lab I: Environments
51-271How People Work -Fall, Sophomore year9
51-371Futures -Fall, Junior year or later9
Design Electives (12 units minimum)

A minimum of 12 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)

AUDITION/INTERVIEW REQUIRED FOR DIRECTING OR DRAMATURGY CONCENTRATION OPTION. PORTFOLIO REVIEW/INTERVIEW REQUIRED FOR DESIGN OR PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT CONCENTRATION OPTION.
Options available in the following areas: 1) Design, 2) Directing, 3) Dramaturgy, 4) Production Technology and Management

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

Required Courses for All Concentration Options (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

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

Design Required 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 (52 units)
54-121-54-122Directing I: Sources-Directing I: Sources18
54-221-54-222Directing II: Fundamentals-Directing II: Fundamentals18
54-159-54-159Production Practicum-Production Practicum
(two times, 12 units total)
12
54-517Director's Colloquium
(four times, 4 units total)
1

A minimum of 36 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 (53 units minimum)
54-109Dramaturgy 1: Approaches to Text9
54-184Dramaturgy 2: Introduction to Production Dramaturgy9
54-121Directing I: Sources9
54-159Production Practicum6
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 35 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 (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)

AUDITION REQUIRED FOR PERFORMANCE CONCENTRATION OPTION. PORTFOLIO REVIEW/INTERVIEW REQUIRED FOR COMPOSITION, MUSICOLOGY, AUDIO RECORDING & PRODUCTION, OR SOUND THEORY & PRACTICE CONCENTRATION OPTION.

Options available in the following areas: 1) Performance (instrumental, piano, organ, voice), 2) Composition 3) Musicology, 4) Audio Recording & Production, 5) Sound Theory & Practice

Required Course for All Concentration Options (9 units)
57-152Harmony I -Fall9
or 57-149 Basic Harmony I

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

Performance and Composition Required Courses (76 units)
57-161Eurhythmics I -Fall (recommended co-requisite: 57-181)3
57-181Solfege I -Fall3
or 57-180 Basic Solfege I
or 57-185 Advanced Solfege I
57-173Survey of Western Music History -Fall (co-requisite: 57-188)9
57-188Repertoire and Listening for Musicians1
57-69xBXA 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.

Musicology Required Courses (45 units)
57-283Music History I
(co-requisite: 57-190)
9
57-284Music History II
(co-requisite: 57-289)
9
57-285Music History III
(co-requisite: 57-290)
9
57-189Introduction to Repertoire and Listening for Musicians3
57-190Repertoire and Listening for Musicians I3
57-289Repertoire and Listening for Musicians II3
57-290Repertoire and Listening for Musicians III3
57-611Independent Study in History6

Choose 36 units from:

57-209The Beatles9
57-306World Music9
57-430Music of Iran9
57-477Music of the Spirit6
57-478Survey of Historical Recording6
57-480History of Black American Music6

A minimum of 18 additional Music units must be approved by the Music advisor. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

Audio Recording & Production Required Courses (40 units)
57-101Introduction to Music Technology6
or 57-171 Introduction to Music Technology (self-paced)
57-181Solfege I -Fall3
or 57-180 Basic Solfege I
or 57-185 Advanced Solfege I
57-173Survey of Western Music History -Fall (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 II -Spring9
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
57-421The Exploded Ensemble6
57-425Expanded Music Performance9
57-427Advanced Seminar in Film Musicology9
57-478Survey of Historical Recording6
57-622Independent Study in Sound Recording ProductionVar.
60-1313D Media Studio II5
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.

Sound Theory & Practice Required Courses (47 units)
57-101Introduction to Music Technology6
or 57-171 Introduction to Music Technology (self-paced)
57-181Solfege I -Fall3
or 57-180 Basic Solfege I
or 57-185 Advanced Solfege I
57-173Survey of Western Music History -Fall (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 II -Spring9
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
57-343Interdisciplinary Studies in Listening, Culture, and Technology9
57-344Experimental Sound Synthesis9
57-347Electronic and Computer Music
(pre-requisite: 57-101 or 57-171)
6
57-421The Exploded Ensemble6
57-425Expanded Music Performance9
57-438Multitrack Recording9
57-829Contemporary Soundscapes9
60-1313D Media Studio II5
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.

IV. Free Electives

(approximately 1-3 courses, 9-29 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.


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.

Students choose their fine arts concentration from among the five schools in CFA: Architecture, Art, Design, Drama or Music. A student must meet the entry requirements for the particular CFA school of their choice. While in the BCSA Program, a student may change their CFA concentration only if they pass all admission requirements for that particular school.

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

I. BCSA General Education

(15 courses, 121 units minimum)
  • Writing/Expression (1 course, 9 units, 76-101 required)
  • Cultural Analysis (1 course, 9 units)
  • Mathematics (2 courses, 20 units, 21-120 and either 21-122 or 21-241 required), Probability (1 course, 9 units minimum required)
  • Science (2 courses, 18 units minimum)
  • Engineering (In consultation with your academic advisor, an engineering course could substitute for one of the two Science requirements.)
  • Economic, Political, & Social Institutions OR Cognition, Choice & Behavior (1 course, 9 units minimum)
  • One additional course from one of the following departments: English, History, Modern Languages, Philosophy, or Psychology (1 course, 9 units minimum)
  • Computing @ Carnegie Mellon (1 course, 3 units, 99-101 or 99-102 required)
  • BXA Required Courses (5 courses, 36 units minimum, 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
(various topics by section) www.cmu.edu/hss/english/first_year/index.html

Cultural Analysis (1 course, complete 9 units)

This requirement seeks to recognize cultures that have shaped and continue to shape the human experience; courses in this category are usually either broad in place, time, or cultural diversity.

57-173Survey of Western Music History *9
60-205Critical Theory in Art III9
70-342Managing Across Cultures9
76-221Books You Should Have Read By Now9
76-227Comedy9
76-232Introduction to African American Literature9
76-239Introduction to Film Studies *9
76-241Introduction to Gender Studies *9
79-104Global Histories9
79-201Introduction to Anthropology9
79-202Flesh and Spirit: Early Modern Europe, 1400-17509
79-207Development of European Culture9
79-222Between Revolutions: The Development of Modern Latin America9
79-226African History: Earliest Times to 17809
79-229Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1880-19489
79-230Arab-Israeli Conflict and Peace Process since 19489
79-240Development of American Culture9
79-241African American History: Africa to the Civil War9
79-242African American History: Reconstruction to the Present9
79-255Irish History9
79-261The Last Emperors: Chinese History and Society, 1600-19009
79-262Modern China: From the Birth of Mao ... to Now9
79-265Russian History: From the First to the Last Tsar9
79-282Europe and the World since 18009
79-316Photography, the First 100 Years, 1839-19399
79-345Roots of Rock & Roll9
79-350Early Christianity9
79-395The Arts in Pittsburgh9
79-396Music and Society in 19th and 20th Century Europe and the U.S.9
80-100Introduction to Philosophy9
80-250Ancient Philosophy9
80-251Modern Philosophy9
80-253Continental Philosophy9
80-254Analytic Philosophy9
80-255Pragmatism9
80-261Empiricism and Rationalism9
80-276Philosophy of Religion9
82-273Introduction to Japanese Language and Culture9
82-293Introduction to Russian Culture9
82-303Introduction to French Culture *9
82-304The Francophone World *9
82-327The Emergence of the German Speaking World9
82-333Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture *Var.
82-342Spain: Language and Culture9
82-343Latin America: Language and Culture9
82-344U.S. Latinos: Language and Culture9
82-345Introduction to Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies9

* Indicates co-requisites and/or prerequisites required.

Mathematics & Probability (3 courses, 29 units minimum)

Choose two mathematics courses (20 units):

21-120Differential and Integral Calculus10
21-122Integration and Approximation10
or 21-241 Matrices and Linear Transformations

Choose one probability course (9 units minimum):

15-359Probability and Computing12
21-325Probability9
36-225Introduction to Probability Theory9

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
02-250Introduction to Computational Biology12
02-261Quantitative Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory9
03-121Modern Biology9
03-124Modern Biology Laboratory9
03-125Evolution9
03-132Basic Science to Modern Medicine9
06-100Introduction to Chemical Engineering12
09-105Introduction to Modern Chemistry I10
09-106Modern Chemistry II10
09-221Laboratory I: Introduction to Chemical Analysis12
12-100Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering12
12-201Geology9
18-100Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering12
21-259Calculus in Three Dimensions9
24-101Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering12
27-100Engineering the Materials of the Future12
33-104Experimental Physics9
33-114Physics of Musical Sound9
33-120Science and Science Fiction9
33-121Physics I for Science Students12
or 33-151 Matter and Interactions I
33-142Physics II for Engineering and Physics Students12
or 33-152 Matter and Interactions II
33-224Stars, Galaxies and the Universe9
42-101Introduction to Biomedical Engineering12
42-202Physiology9
42-203Biomedical Engineering Laboratory9
85-219Biological Foundations of Behavior9
85-310Research Methods in Cognitive Psychology9
85-314Cognitive Neuroscience Research Methods9

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
36-303Sampling, Survey and Society9
70-332Business, Society and Ethics9
73-102Principles of Microeconomics9
73-103Principles of Macroeconomics9
79-299From Newton to the Nuclear Bomb: History of Science, 1750-19509
79-300History of American Public Policy9
79-320Women, Politics, and Protest9
79-331Body Politics: Women and Health in America9
80-135Introduction to Political Philosophy9
80-136Social Structure, Public Policy & Ethics9
80-243Ethics of Leadership9
80-244Environmental Ethics9
80-245Medical Ethics9
80-324Philosophy of Economics9
80-334Social and Political Philosophy9
80-341Computers, Society and Ethics9
84-104Decision Processes in American Political Institutions9
84-275Comparative Politics9
84-310International Political Economy and Organizations9
84-320Domestic Politics and International Affairs9
84-322Nonviolent Conflict and Revolution9
84-324Democracies and War9
84-362Diplomacy and Statecraft9
84-380Grand Strategy in the United States9
84-386The Privatization of Force9
84-389Terrorism and Insurgency9
84-393Legislative Decision Making: US Congress9
84-402Judicial Politics and Behavior9
84-414International and Subnational Security9
88-220Policy Analysis I9
88-257Experimental Economics9
Cognition, Choice, and Behavior

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

70-311Organizational Behavior9
80-130Introduction to Ethics9
80-150Nature of Reason9
80-180Nature of Language9
80-221Philosophy of Social Science9
80-230Ethical Theory9
80-241Ethical Judgments in Professional Life9
80-242Conflict and Dispute Resolution9
80-270Philosophy of Mind9
80-271Philosophy and Psychology9
80-275Metaphysics9
80-281Language and Thought9
85-102Introduction to Psychology9
85-211Cognitive Psychology9
85-221Principles of Child Development9
85-241Social Psychology9
85-251Personality9
85-261Abnormal Psychology9
88-120Reason, Passion and Cognition9
88-260Organizations9

Complete ONE additional course from one of the following departments (1 course, complete 9 units minimum)

  • English
  • History
  • Modern Languages
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology

Computing @ Carnegie Mellon (1 course, 3 units)

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

99-101Computing @ Carnegie Mellon -REQUIRED3
or 99-102 Computing @ Carnegie Mellon

BXA Required Courses (5 courses, 36 units minimum)

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 Fall9
52-402BXA Seminar V: Capstone Spring9

II. School of Computer Science Concentration

Computer Science Concentration (111 units minimum)

Prerequisite
15-112Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science12
Computer Science Core Requirements (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 (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, 08-200, 08-532, 15-351, 16-223. 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
08-540Green Computing9
11-291Applied Computational Intelligence Lab9
11-344Machine Learning in Practice12
11-411Natural Language Processing12
15-214Principles of Software Construction: Objects, Design, and Concurrency12
15-322Introduction to Computer Music9
15-323Computer Music Systems and Information Processing9
15-365Experimental Animation12
15-381Artificial Intelligence: Representation and Problem Solving9
15-388Practical Data Science9
15-415Database Applications12
15-437Web Application Development12
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
15-491Special Topic: CMRoboBits: AI and Robots for Daily-Life Problems12
15-494Cognitive Robotics: The Future of Robot Toys12
16-264Humanoids12
16-362Mobile Robot Programming Laboratory12
16-374IDeATe: Art of Robotic Special Effects12
16-384Robot Kinematics and Dynamics12
16-385Computer Vision9
16-423Designing Computer Vision Apps12
16-455Human-Machine Virtuosity12
16-465Game Engine Programming10
16-467Human Robot Interaction12

III. 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 (52 units minimum)
48-100Architecture Design Studio: Foundation I -Fall, Freshman year10-12
or 48-095 Spatial Concepts for Non-Architects I
48-120Digital Media I -Fall, Freshman year6
48-121Drawing I -Fall, Freshman year6
48-125Digital Media II -Spring, Freshman year6
48-126Drawing 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)

PORTFOLIO REVIEW REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION

Concept Studios (2 courses, 20 units)

Complete two courses:

60-101Concept Studio: The Self and the Human Being10
60-201Concept Studio: Space and Time10
60-202Concept Studio: Systems and Processes10
60-203Concept Studio: EcoArt10
60-204Concept Studio: Networked Narrative10
Media Studios (3 courses, 30 units)

Complete three courses:

60-1502D Media Studio: Drawing10
60-1602D Media Studio: Imaging10
60-2502D Media Studio: Painting10
60-2512D Media Studio: Print Media10
60-130-60-1303-D Media Studio I-I
(complete two minis, 5 units each)
10
60-131-60-1313D Media Studio II-II
(complete two minis, 5 units each)
10
60-110Electronic Media Studio: Introduction to the Moving Image10
60-210Electronic Media Studio: Introduction to Interactivity10
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
60-403Extended Studio10
60-410 - 60-429 Advanced Electronic and Time-Based Work (ETB)10
60-430 - 60-447 Advanced Sculpture, Installation and Site-Work (SIS)10
60-448 - 60-449 Advanced Contextual Practice (CP)10
60-450 - 60-498 Advanced Drawing, Painting, Print Media and Photography (DP3)10
60-499Studio Independent Study
(one only)
10
Art History/Theory (2 courses, 18 units)
60-205Critical Theory in Art III -Fall9
60-206Critical Theory in Art IV -Spring9
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 -Fall0

Design Concentration (108 units minimum)

PORTFOLIO REVIEW REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION

Design Required Courses (96 units)
51-101Studio: Survey of Design -Fall, Freshman year9
51-103Design Workshop I -Fall, Freshman year3
51-121Visualizing -Fall, Freshman year9
51-171Placing -Fall, Freshman year9
51-102Design Lab -Spring, Freshman year9
51-104Design Workshop II -Spring, Freshman year3
51-122Collaborative Visualizing -Spring, Freshman year9
51-172Systems -Spring, Freshman year9
Choose Two Studios:
51-225Communications Studio I: Understanding Form & Context -Fall, Sophomore year4.5, 4.5
or 51-245 Products Studio I: Understanding Form & Context
or 51-265 Environments Studio I: Understanding Form & Context
Choose Two Corresponding Labs:
51-227Prototyping Lab I: Communications -Fall, Sophomore year4.5, 4.5
or 51-247 Prototyping Lab I: Products
or 51-267 Prototyping Lab I: Environments
51-271How People Work -Fall, Sophomore year9
51-371Futures -Fall, Junior year or later9
Design Electives (12 units minimum)

A minimum of 12 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)

AUDITION/INTERVIEW REQUIRED FOR DIRECTING OR DRAMATURGY CONCENTRATION OPTION. PORTFOLIO REVIEW/INTERVIEW REQUIRED FOR DESIGN OR PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT CONCENTRATION OPTION.

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 (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

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

Design Required 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 (52 units)
54-121-54-122Directing I: Sources-Directing I: Sources18
54-221-54-222Directing II: Fundamentals-Directing II: Fundamentals18
54-159-54-159Production Practicum-Production Practicum
(two times, 12 units total)
12
54-517Director's Colloquium
(four times, 4 units total)
1

A minimum of 36 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 (53 units minimum)
54-109Dramaturgy 1: Approaches to Text9
54-184Dramaturgy 2: Introduction to Production Dramaturgy9
54-121Directing I: Sources9
54-159Production Practicum6
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 35 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 (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)

AUDITION REQUIRED FOR PERFORMANCE CONCENTRATION OPTION. PORTFOLIO REVIEW/INTERVIEW REQUIRED FOR COMPOSITION, MUSICOLOGY, AUDIO RECORDING & PRODUCTION, OR SOUND THEORY & PRACTICE CONCENTRATION OPTION.

Options available in the following areas: 1) Performance (instrumental, piano, organ, voice), 2) Composition 3) Musicology, 4) Audio Recording & Production 5) Sound Theory & Practice

Required Course for All Concentration Options (9 units)
57-152Harmony I -Fall9
or 57-149 Basic Harmony I

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

Performance and Composition Required Courses (76 units)
57-161Eurhythmics I -Fall (recommended co-requisite: 57-181)3
57-181Solfege I -Fall3
or 57-180 Basic Solfege I
or 57-185 Advanced Solfege I
57-173Survey of Western Music History -Fall (co-requisite: 57-188)9
57-188Repertoire and Listening for Musicians1
57-69xBXA 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.

Musicology Required Courses (45 units)
57-283Music History I
(co-requisite: 57-190)
9
57-284Music History II
(co-requisite: 57-289)
9
57-285Music History III
(co-requisite: 57-290)
9
57-189Introduction to Repertoire and Listening for Musicians3
57-190Repertoire and Listening for Musicians I3
57-289Repertoire and Listening for Musicians II3
57-290Repertoire and Listening for Musicians III3
57-611Independent Study in History6

Choose 36 units from:

57-209The Beatles9
57-306World Music9
57-430Music of Iran9
57-477Music of the Spirit6
57-478Survey of Historical Recording6
57-480History of Black American Music6

A minimum of 18 additional Music units must be approved by the Music advisor. A list of these selected courses must be filed in the BXA office.

Audio Recording & Production Required Courses (40 units)
57-101Introduction to Music Technology6
or 57-171 Introduction to Music Technology (self-paced)
57-181Solfege I -Fall3
or 57-180 Basic Solfege I
or 57-185 Advanced Solfege I
57-173Survey of Western Music History -Fall (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 II -Spring9
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
57-421The Exploded 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 II5
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.

Sound Theory & Practice Required Courses (47 units)
57-101Introduction to Music Technology6
or 57-171 Introduction to Music Technology (self-paced)
57-181Solfege I -Fall3
or 57-180 Basic Solfege I
or 57-185 Advanced Solfege I
57-173Survey of Western Music History -Fall (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 II -Spring9
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
57-343Interdisciplinary Studies in Listening, Culture, and Technology9
57-344Experimental Sound Synthesis9
57-347Electronic and Computer Music
(pre-requisite: 57-101 or 57-171)
6
57-421The Exploded Ensemble6
57-425Expanded Music Performance9
57-438Multitrack Recording9
57-829Contemporary Soundscapes9
60-1313D Media Studio II5
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.

IV. Free Electives

(approximately 4 courses, 40 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.

Academic Standards

Academic Actions

The academic performance of each student is reviewed at the end of each semester. Academic actions are initiated by the Director of the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs when students have not met minimum academic progress standards. A recommendation is presented to the associate deans of the appropriate colleges and Academic Actions Committee of the College of Fine Arts for confirmation. An appeals process is available to the student. The academic actions listed below do not follow a particular sequence; any of these actions may be imposed at any time.

BHA Academic Actions

BHA students are expected to maintain a 3.0 quality point average (QPA). If a student’s QPA falls below 3.0 at the end of the semester this signals an advising response. The student will be asked to meet with the Director of the BHA Program to discuss strategies to improve his/her academic performance.  

If a student has two consecutive semesters with a QPA below 3.0, the Director will meet with the student and carefully evaluate the situation in consultation with the student’s advisors in DC and CFA. If it seems in the best interest of the student, the student may be advised to transfer out of the BHA Program and into DC or CFA. 

Warning
A Warning is intended to notify the student of unsatisfactory performance and to suggest that the student take steps to determine and correct the cause of the difficulty. A Warning is imposed when a student receives a “D” in a required DC concentration course, or if the student’s semester QPA is between a 2.0 and 2.49, or if the cumulative QPA drops below a 2.75. 

Conditions for removing a Warning: the student must receive at least a 3.0 QPA in the following semester, and at least a 2.75 cumulative QPA, with at least 36 units, no incompletes, and no grades less than a “C”. Otherwise the student may continue on Warning, or, depending on individual grades, the action could escalate to Probation, Final Probation, or Drop from the BHA Program.

Probation
Probation is imposed when a student receives a “D” or “R” grade in a required CFA concentration course, or an “R” in a required DC course, or if the student’s semester QPA is below a 2.0.

Conditions for removing Probation: the student must receive at least a 3.0 QPA in the following semester, with at least 36 units, no incompletes and no grades less than a “C”. The student will be moved to Warning if they meet these conditions, but the cumulative QPA is still between 2.5 and 2.75. Otherwise the student may continue on Probation, or, depending on the individual grades, the action could escalate to Final Probation, or Drop from the BHA Program.
        
Final Probation
Final Probation is imposed when a student receives two or more “D” or “R” grades in required H&SS or CFA concentration courses, or if the student’s semester QPA is below 2.0 (1.75 for freshmen) for the second consecutive semester.
Conditions for removing Final Probation: the student must receive at least a 3.0 QPA in the following semester, with at least 36 units, no incompletes, and no grades less than a “C”. The student will be moved to Probation if they meet these conditions but their cumulative QPA is still between 2.0 and 2.49. They will be moved to Warning if they meet these conditions but their cumulative QPA is between a 2.5 and 2.75. Otherwise the student may continue on Final Probation or, depending on individual grades, the action could escalate to Drop from the BHA Program.

Drop from the BHA Program
If a student has two consecutive semesters receiving “D” or “R” grades in required DC and/or CFA concentration courses, the Director will carefully evaluate the student’s situation in consultation with the student’s DC and CFA advisors. At this time, the student may be advised to transfer out of the BHA Program, or they may be dropped from the BHA Program.  

If a student has two consecutive semesters with a cumulative QPA below 2.5, and the student shows no progress or improvement in their academic performance, they will be dropped from the BHA Program. 

If a student is dropped from BHA, they may be able to successfully transfer into DC or CFA as a traditional full major, depending on their academic performance. If the student is doing poorly in both DC and CFA courses, then the student should consider the following options:

•    Transfer to another department/school within the university. The student is responsible for contacting the department/school of choice to discuss possible transfer.
•    Request Transitional Student status in the College of Fine Arts for one semester. A student must make an appointment with the Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts to discuss this option.
•    Withdraw from Carnegie Mellon University. A Withdrawal/Leave of Absence form is available in the BHA office or in Enrollment Services.

BSA Academic Actions

BSA students are expected to maintain a 3.0 quality point average (QPA). If a student’s QPA falls below 2.75 at the end of the semester this signals an advising response. The student will be asked to meet with the Director of the BSA Program to discuss strategies to improve their academic performance.  

If a student receives “C” and “D” grades in calculus and/or physics courses the student will be required to consult with their MCS advisor to discuss strategies to improve their academic performance.

If a student has two consecutive semesters with a QPA below 2.75, the Director will meet with the student and carefully evaluate the situation in consultation with the student’s advisors in MCS and CFA. If it seems in the best interest of the student, the student may be advised to transfer out of the BSA Program and into MCS or CFA. 

Warning
A Warning is intended to notify the student of unsatisfactory performance and to suggest that the student take steps to determine and correct the cause of the difficulty. A Warning is imposed when a student receives a “D” in a required MCS concentration course, or if the student’s semester QPA is between a 2.0 and 2.49, or if the cumulative QPA drops below a 2.75. 

Conditions for removing a Warning: the student must receive at least a 3.0 QPA in the following semester, and at least a 2.5 cumulative QPA, with at least 36 units, no incompletes, and no grades less than a “C”. Otherwise the student may continue on Warning, or, depending on individual grades, the action could escalate to Probation, Final Probation, or Drop from the BSA Program.

Probation
Probation is imposed when a student receives a “D” or “R” grade in a required CFA concentration course, or an “R” in a required MCS course, or if the student’s semester QPA is below a 2.0.

Conditions for removing Probation: the student must receive at least a 3.0 QPA in the following semester, with at least 36 units, no incompletes and no grades less than a “C”. The student will be moved to Warning if they meet these conditions, but the cumulative QPA is still between 2.5 and 2.75. Otherwise the student may continue on Probation, or, depending on the individual grades, the action could escalate to Final Probation, or Drop from the BSA Program.

Final Probation
Final Probation is imposed when a student receives two or more “D” or “R” grades in required MCS or CFA concentration courses, or if the student’s semester QPA is below 2.0 (1.75 for freshmen) for the second consecutive semester.

Conditions for removing Final Probation: the student must receive at least a 3.0 QPA in the following semester, with at least 36 units, no incompletes, and no grades less than a “C”. The student will be moved to Probation if they meet these conditions but their cumulative QPA is still between 2.0 and 2.49. They will be moved to Warning if they meet these conditions but their cumulative QPA is between a 2.5 and 2.75. Otherwise the student may continue on Final Probation or, depending on individual grades, the action could escalate to Drop from the BSA Program.

Drop from the BSA Program
If a student has two consecutive semesters receiving “D” or “R” grades in required MCS and/or CFA concentration courses, the Director will carefully evaluate the student’s situation in consultation with the student’s MCS and CFA advisors. At this time, the student may be advised to transfer out of the BSA Program, or they may be dropped from the BSA Program.

If a student has two consecutive semesters with a cumulative QPA below 2.5, and the student shows no progress or improvement in their academic performance, they will be dropped from the BSA Program. 

If a student is dropped from BSA, they may be able to successfully transfer into MCS or 
CFA as a traditional full major, depending on their academic performance. If the student is doing poorly in both MCS and CFA courses, then the student should consider the following options:
•    Transfer to another department/school within the university. The student is responsible for contacting the department/school of choice to discuss possible transfer.
•    Request Transitional Student status in the College of Fine Arts for one semester. A student must make an appointment with the Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts to discuss this option.
•    Withdraw from Carnegie Mellon University. A Withdrawal/Leave of Absence form is available in the BSA office or in Enrollment Services.

BCSA Academic Actions

BCSA students are expected to maintain a 3.0 quality point average (QPA). If a student’s QPA falls below 2.5 at the end of the semester this signals an advising response. The student will be asked to meet with the Director of the BCSA Program to discuss strategies to improve his/her academic performance.  

If a student receives “C” or “D” grades in computer science courses (15-xxx) the student will be required to consult with their SCS advisor to discuss strategies to improve their academic performance.

If a student has two consecutive semesters with a QPA below 2.5, the Director will meet with the student and carefully evaluate the situation in consultation with the student’s advisors in SCS and CFA. If it seems in the best interest of the student, the student may be advised to transfer out of the BCSA Program and into SCS or CFA. 

Warning
A Warning is intended to notify the student of unsatisfactory performance and to suggest that the student take steps to determine and correct the cause of the difficulty. A Warning is imposed when a student’s cumulative QPA drops below a 2.75. 

Conditions for removing a Warning: the student must receive at least a 3.0 QPA in the following semester, and at least a 2.5 cumulative QPA, with at least 36 units, no incompletes, and no grades less than a “C”. Otherwise the student may continue on Warning, or, depending on individual grades, the action could escalate to Probation, Final Probation, or Drop from the BCSA Program.

Probation
Probation is imposed when a student receives a “D” or “R” grade in a required CFA concentration course, or an “R” in a required SCS course, or if the student’s semester QPA is below a 2.0 (1.75 for freshmen). 
 
Conditions for removing Probation: the student must receive at least a 3.0 QPA in the following semester, with at least 36 units, no incompletes and no grades less than a “C”. The student will be moved to Warning if they meet these conditions, but the cumulative QPA is still between 2.5 and 2.75. Otherwise the student may continue on Probation, or, depending on the individual grades, the action could escalate to Final Probation, or Drop from the BCSA Program.

Final Probation
Final Probation is imposed when a student receives two or more “D” or “R” grades in required SCS or CFA concentration courses, or if the student’s semester QPA is below 2.0 (1.75 for freshmen) for the second consecutive semester.
Conditions for removing Final Probation: the student must receive at least a 3.0 QPA in the following semester, with at least 36 units, no incompletes, and no grades less than a “C”. The student will be moved to Probation if they meet these conditions but their cumulative QPA is still between 2.0 and 2.49. They will be moved to Warning if they meet these conditions but their cumulative QPA is between a 2.5 and 2.75. Otherwise the student may continue on Final Probation or, depending on individual grades, the action could escalate to Drop from the BCSA Program.

Drop from the BCSA Program
If a student has two consecutive semesters receiving “D” or “R” grades in required SCS and/or CFA concentration courses, the Director will carefully evaluate the student’s situation in consultation with the student’s SCS and CFA advisors. At this time, the student may be advised to transfer out of the BCSA Program, or they may be dropped from the BCSA Program.  

If a student has two consecutive semesters with a cumulative QPA below 2.0, and the student shows no progress or improvement in their academic performance, they will be dropped from the BCSA Program. 

If a student is dropped from BCSA, they may be able to successfully transfer into SCS or CFA as a traditional full major, depending on their academic performance. If the student is doing poorly in both SCS and CFA courses, then the student should consider the following options:

•    Transfer to another department/school within the university. The student is responsible for contacting the department/school of choice to discuss possible transfer.
•    Request Transitional Student status in the College of Fine Arts for one semester. A student must make an appointment with the Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts to discuss this option.
•    Withdraw from Carnegie Mellon University. A Withdrawal/Leave of Absence form is available in the BCSA office or in Enrollment Services.

School Suspension

School Suspension is not applicable to the BHA, BSA, and BCSA Programs.

University Suspension

University Suspension is imposed for exceptionally poor performance or for personal problems that create an impediment to any academic achievement. The student is required to withdraw from the university for a specific period. Re-admission is subject to conditions specified in each case by the Director of the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs.

Study Abroad While on Academic Action

BXA students with a cumulative QPA between 2.5 - 3.0 wishing to spend a semester abroad will need the Director’s special permission. 

BXA students with a cumulative QPA below 2.5 will not be allowed to pursue studies abroad.

Disabilities

Students with a learning disability or a physical disability are encouraged to email access@andrew.cmu.edu. The circumstances will remain con dential 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.

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 the BHA, BSA, & BCSA Deans’ List. The BHA, BSA, & BCSA Intercollege Deans’ List Honors are posted in the BXA office each semester.

Intercollege Honors

BHA, BSA, and BCSA students who successfully complete a BXA Capstone Project under the guidance of a faculty member will graduate with BHA, BSA, or BCSA 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 BHA, BSA, or BCSA student also has the opportunity to graduate with DC College Honors, CFA College Honors, and MCS College Honors. These particular honors are defined by each college. Students will receive honors color cords during the BXA/CFA 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 CFA Commencement Honors Ceremony.

BXA Internal Transfer Process

For current Carnegie Mellon students who wish to apply to the BHA, BSA, or BCSA program, an internal transfer application process takes place in both the fall and spring semester. Applications are available online and in the BXA office and are reviewed by a committee of BHA, BSA, and BCSA advisors in October and in March.  

Withdrawl or Leave of Absence

A student who decides to leave the university must meet with the Director of the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs and complete a Withdrawal or Leave of Absence form located in the BXA office or the HUB. 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 no grades will be recorded 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.

Note on Course Numbers

Each Carnegie Mellon course number begins with a two-digit prefix which designates the department offering the course (76-xxx courses are offered by the Department of English, etc.). 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. xx-6xx courses may be either undergraduate senior-level or graduate-level, depending on the department. xx-7xx courses and higher are graduate-level. Please 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
Fall and Spring: 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
Fall and Spring
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 reflexive 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 disciplines, interdisciplinary approaches and methods, and the components of research. The course will meet weekly, and requirements will include readings, participation in online and seminar discussions, the production of creative works, and research training in preparation for the BXA Capstone Project.
52-400 BXA Seminar: Capstone
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 DC concentrations (for BHA students), CFA and MCS concentrations (for BSA students), or CFA and SCS concentrations (for BCSA 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 52-400 (9 units) when they are unable to complete a two-semester sequence and need to gain special permission by the BXA Director/Academic Advisor.
52-401 BXA Seminar IV: Capstone Fall
Fall: 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 DC concentrations (for BHA students), CFA and MCS concentrations (for BSA students), or CFA and SCS concentrations (for BCSA 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.
52-402 BXA Seminar V: Capstone Spring
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 DC concentrations (for BHA students), CFA and MCS concentrations (for BSA students), or CFA and SCS concentrations (for BCSA 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
Fall and Spring
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.