When & How-Academic Advisory Center (AAC) - Carnegie Mellon University

AAC Advisor

Your Academic Advisory Center (AAC) Advisor is the first step in declaring your major. They can help you think about your interests and values and relate them to the majors that we offer in the Dietrich College. Your AAC Advisor can also help you select courses that enable you to explore and identify what majors are best for you. The earliest a major will be declared is mid-semester of the second semester of the Freshman year. Primary majors should be declared no later than mid-semester of the last semester of the Sophomore year.

When you decide on a major, you should meet with your AAC Advisor to audit that major and degree.  Your advisor will give you a Declaration of Major form and explain the next steps in the process.

Who advises about what

When you declare your major, your AAC Advisor becomes your secondary advisor.  Your AAC Advisor will continue to answer any questions regarding the General Education Program.

Your major advisor will become your primary advisor. Your primary academic advisor will assist you with all the questions you have regarding the major curriculum, internships, life after graduation, etc. Your primary advisor will then be the one who needs to sign off on all your paperwork and will certify you for graduation!


All of the Dietrich College majors are designed to be completed within two years with the exception of Economics and Information Systems.

Information Systems Major

Information Systems is the only major in the college that requires an application [.pdf] for admission consideration.  You can go through this application process when you initially submit your application to the Office of Admission at Carnegie Mellon or you can decide to apply after you arrive here.  students who are admitted are declared when the enter the University work directly with the advisor of Information Systems, Gary DiLisio.  Information Systems majors also have a secondary advisor in the AAC to assist with General Education requirements.

Science and Humanities Scholars

Students admitted into the Science and Humanities Scholars Program (SHS) are members of both the Mellon College of Science and the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. These students are advised by William Alba and will go through a declaration of major process with him.

Bachelor of Humanities and Arts

Students admitted into the Bachelor of Humanities and Arts (BHA) program work with the BHA advisor to design a 72-unit Dietrich College concentration based on existing majors/minors in the college.

Humanities Scholars Program & Quantitative Social Science Scholars Program

The Humanities Scholars Program (HSP) and the Quantitative Social Science Scholars Program (QSSS) are areas of study but not majors. In addition to your AAC Advisor, each program has an program director that will assist students in completing the requirements for the program. Students go through the regular declaration process to declare a major.