Welcome to Carnegie Mellon's BXA Intercollege Degree Programs' website. We have grouped BHA, BSA, and BCSA, the acronyms that identify our programs, under the single heading of BXA.
The letter X, the 24th letter of the alphabet, has always played an important part in mathematics and science. It is used as the symbol for an unknown or variable quantity. Similarly, in the bourgeoning field of interdisciplinary studies, the letter X symbolizes the quest for new forms of knowledge resulting from the mastery and fusion of multiple fields of inquiry. Carnegie Mellon University's BHA, BSA, and BCSA Intercollege Degree Programs have been conceived and developed on such premises.
The Bachelor of Humanities and Arts (BHA) Program began in 1993 as a response to numerous requests
by Carnegie Mellon students to integrate studies in the fine arts
with studies in the humanities or social sciences. The deans and
faculty of the College of Fine Arts and the Dietrich College of Humanities
and Social Sciences designed BHA as an innovative interdisciplinary
degree-granting program that allows students the freedom to blend
their interests between these two colleges.
The Bachelor of Science and Arts (BSA) Program was launched in 1999 as a joint venture between the College of Fine Arts and the Mellon College of Science. Based on the successful BHA model, the BSA curriculum is carefully designed to allow students the ability to balance studies in the fine arts with studies in the natural sciences or mathematics.
The Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts (BCSA) Program was created in 2008 by the College of Fine Arts and the School of Computer Science. It provides an ideal technical and conceptual foundation for students interested in pursuing fields which comprehensively meld technology and the arts such as game design, computer animation, computer music, interactive stagecraft, robotic art, and other emerging media.
The BXA Intercollege Degree Programs enable students the freedom to individualize
their educational experience by promoting integration, balance and
innovation. I encourage you to explore our website to discover the
vision of these degree programs.
M. Stephanie Murray, Ph.D.
Director & Academic Advisor, BXA Intercollege Degree Programs