Curriculum-Science and Humanities Scholars Program - Carnegie Mellon University

SHS Core Curriculum

There are 14 requirements in the SHS General Education Program. The program is designed to expose students to a variety of subjects and methodologies, and thereby broaden their range of possible subsequent major choices.

NOTE: All courses are 9 units unless otherwise listed.

Mathematical Sciences (29 units)

  1. 21-120 Differential & Integral Calculus
  2. 21-122 Integration, Differential Equations, & Approximation, or 21-124 Calculus II for Biologists and Chemists
  3. 36-247 Statistics for Lab Sciences, 21-325 Probability, or many Statistics courses at 200-level or higher (e.g., 36-201, 36-217, 36-225)

English (9 units)

  1. 76-101 Interpretation & Argument
    NOTE: This course must be taken during the first year.

World Culture (9 units)

  1. 79-104 Global Histories, or approved substitute
    NOTE: This course is recommended for the first year.

Freshman Seminar (9 units)

  1. Students may select an Science and Humanities Scholars (SHS) seminar, a seminar from the Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences (DC), or the equivalent of one semester of seminars from the Mellon College of Science (MCS). The list of available DC and MCS seminars varies every semester. Two regularly offered SHS seminars are:
    99-241 Revolutions of Circularity
    99-242 Meaning Across the Millennia
    NOTE: This course must be taken during the first year.

Computational Reasoning (9-10 units)

  1. Complete one of the following courses:
    15-110 Principles of Computing
    15-112
    Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science
    21-127
    Concepts of Mathematics
    80-210
    Logic and Proofs
    80-211
    Logic and Mathematical Inquiry
    80-212
    Arguments and Logical Analysis

Science Core (28 units)

Choose three of the following courses. Science majors with primary majors in the Mellon College of Science must complete at least two that are outside of their major department. Other courses may occasionally fulfill these requirements; see the SHS Director for prior approval. (Requirements 8 through 10)

  • 03-121 Modern Biology
  • 03-130 Introduction to Mammalian Physiology or 42-202 Physiology
  • 09-105 Introduction to Modern Chemistry or 09-107 Honors Chemistry
  • 09-106 Modern Chemistry II
  • 33-111 Physics for Science Students I (or 33-131 Matter & Interactions I)
  • 33-112 Physics for Science Students II (or 33-132 Mater & Interactions II)

Distribution Requirements (36 units)

Choose a minimum of four courses, at 9 units per category, totaling at least 36 units. Below are examples of courses satisfying these categories. You are encouraged to identify other courses that could fulfill these requirements; see the SHS Director for prior approval.

  1. Cognition, Choice, and Behavior
    Courses in this category use model-based analysis to broaden an understanding of human thinking, choices, and behavior on an individual basis across a variety of settings. The following list includes examples from Philosophy, Psychology, and Social and Decision Sciences.
    • 80-130 Introduction to Ethics
    • 80-150 The Nature of Reason
    • 80-180 The Nature of Language
    • 80-181 Language & Thought
    • 80-221 Philosophy of Social Science
    • 80-230 Ethical Theory
    • 80-241 Ethical Judgments in Professional Life
    • 80-270 Philosophy of Mind
    • 85-102 Introduction to Psychology
    • 85-211 Cognitive Psychology
    • 85-221 Principles of Child Development
    • 85-241 Social Psychology
    • 85-251 Personality
    • 85-261 Abnormal Psychology
    • 88-120 Reason, Passion & Cognition
  1. Economic, Political, and Social Institutions
    Courses in this category examine the ways in which institutions organize individual preferences and actions into collective outcomes using model-based reasoning. The following list includes examples primarily from Economics, History, and Social and Decision Sciences; similar courses in those and other departments may also fulfill this requirement.
    • 36-303 Sampling, Survey and Society
    • 70-332 Business, Society& Ethics
    • 73-100 Principles of Economics
    • 73-230 Intermediate Microeconomics
    • 79-266 Russian History: From Communism to Capitalism
    • 79-331 Body Politics: Women and Health in America
    • 79-350 Early Christianity
    • 80-135 Introduction to Political Philosophy
    • 80-136 Social Structure, Public Policy, & Ethics
    • 80-235 Political Philosophy
    • 80-341 Computers, Society, & Ethics
    • 88-104 Decision Processes in American Political Institutions
    • 88-184 Topics of Law: The Bill of Rights
    • 88-205 Comparitive Politics
  1. Creative Production and Reflection
    Courses in this category encourage exploration of the artistic and intellectual creation of others while allowing for personal expression and reflection upon the creative process. The following list includes examples primarily from the College of Fine Arts, English, and Modern Languages (100- and 200-level).
    • xx-xxx Courses from the College of Fine Arts (Architecture 48-xxx, Design 51-xxx, Drama 54-xxx, Music 57-xxx, Art 60-xxx, CFA Interdisciplinary 62-xxx)
    • 76-239 Introduction to Film Studies
    • 76-260 Survey of Forms: Fiction
    • 76-262 Survey of Forms: Nonfiction
    • 76-265 Survey of Forms: Poetry
    • 76-269 Survey of Forms: Screenwriting
    • 80-220 Philosophy of Science
    • 82-1xx Any Elementary Modern Language course
    • 82-2xx Any Intermediate Modern Language course   
    • 99-241 Revolutions of Circularity
    • 99-242 Meaning Across the Millennia
  1. Cultural Analysis
    Courses in this category explore definitions of culture and the role culture plays in producing different actions and institutions, as well as the roles of institutions, systems, and human actions in shaping cultural contexts. The following list includes examples from English, History, Philosophy, and Modern Languages (300-level and above); many other courses in those departments will also fulfill this requirement.
    • 55-173 Survey of Western Music History
    • 70-342 Managing Across Cultures
    • 76-221 Studies in Classical Literature: Books You Should Have Read By Now
    • 76-238 Introduction to Media Studies: Meanings and Functions of Mass Media
    • 76-241 Introduction to Gender Sudies
    • 76-245 Shakespeare: Histories and Tragedies
    • 76-245 Shakespeare: Histories and Tragedies
    • 76-247 Shakespeare: Comedies and Romances
    • 76-267 The Short Story
    • 76-294 Interpretative Practices
    • 76-317 The History of the Novel
    • 76-327 Poetry of the Americas
    • 76-333 Post-Race Culture
    • 76-338 Media Studies: The New, the Old, and the Dead
    • 79-113 Culture and Identity in American Society
    • 79-207 Development of European Culture
    • 79-224 Mayan America
    • 79-240 The Development of American Culture
    • 79-241 African American History: Africa to the Civil War
    • 79-242 African American History: Reconstruction to the Present
    • 79-261 Chinese Culture and Society
    • 79-311 Introduction to Anthropology
    • 79-330 Medicine and Society
    • 79-345 The Roots of Rock and Roll, 1870-1970
    • 80-100 Introduction to Philosophy
    • 80-250 Ancient Philosophy
    • 80-251 Modern Philosophy
    • 80-253 Continental Philosophy
    • 80-254 Analytic Philosophy
    • 80-255 Pragmatism
    • 80-261 Empiricism and Rationalism
    • 82-273 Introduction to Japanese Language and Culture
    • 82-294 Topics in Russian Language and Culture
    • 82-303 French Culture
    • 82-304 The Francophone World
    • 82-305 French in its Social Contexts
    • 82-310 Intensive Arabic Language and Culture
    • 82-311 Arabic Language and Culture I
    • 82-312 Arabic Language and Culture II
    • 82-333 Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture
    • 82-342 Spain: Language and Culture
    • 82-343 Latin America: Language and Culture
    • 82-344 U.S. Latinos: Language and Culture
    • 82-345 Introduction to Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies
    • 82-396 The Faust Legend at Home and Abroad
    • 82-415 Topics in French and Francophone Studies
    • 82-426 Topics in German Literature and Culture
    • 82-451 Studies in Latin American Literature and Culture
    • 82-491 Literature, Politics and Film in Russia & East Europe Today