Students gain a knowledge and expertise with a concentration in accounting through courses such as Corporate Financial Reporting, Strategy and Regulation, and Business Language Analytics.
Acting provides rigorous, conservatory training within a university setting, with curriculum focused in acting, speech, voice and movement.
This minor provides a background in 3D printing with a particular emphasis on metals used in manufacturing, from part design through additive processes, to properties and component performance.
African and African American Studies
This unique transnational minor brings together several departments and colleges within the university, offering students the opportunity to undertake an empirical and theoretical examination of the cultural, political, social and historical experiences of Africans and people of African descent.
Animation & Special Effects
Students in the Animation and Special Effects minor study the interconnected components of performance capture, rendering, 3D and 2D animation, and special effects. They merge arts and technology perspectives to explore each of these components and the area of digital animation as a whole.
Anthropology builds on a strong theoretical foundation combined with choices of electives to give students an opportunity to explore the intersection of culture, power and the past.
Applied Multilingual Studies
The Applied Multilingual Studies program teaches the analysis of social, cultural and cognitive dimensions of multilingualism and its development by exploring questions related to issues surrounding identity, diversity and culture.
Arabic Studies promotes language proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic (listening, speaking, writing and reading) and stresses familiarity with the multiple cultures in the Arab world.
Architectural Design Fabrication
This is a minor for students who want to develop expertise in analog and digital material methods for shaping the built environment and making as a mode of architectural research and cultural expression.
This is a minor for students who want to understand the history of architecture through time and cultural context.
Architectural Representation and Visualization
This is a minor for students who want to develop skills in architectural representation and gain advanced placement in the School of Architecture's Computational Design masters program.
This is a minor for students who want to develop intellectual links to the technical aspects of the architecture profession.
Students can pursue a career as a licensed architect though the B.Arch program, or pursue a B.A. degree that allows and encourages interdisciplinary exploration. The minor degree is available for students who intend to develop intellectual links to the architectural profession.
By combining conceptual thinking with hands-on studio work, students harness their knowledge, passions and perspectives to create art that both engages with and shapes the world.
Built for those who want to develop the AI of tomorrow, this program and its curriculum focus on how complex inputs — such as vision, language and huge databases — can be used to make decisions or enhance human capabilities.
Audio Engineering is for engineering majors with interest in music technology, recording or sound-editing or majors from any discipline who can meet the prerequisite requirements for the engineering courses in the minor.
Automation and Controls
Automation and controls exposes engineering students to the modern practice of control and automation. The main interdisciplinary component of the minor is between engineering and computer science.
Behavioral Economics, Policy and Organizations
The field of Behavioral Economics (BE) integrates perspectives from economics and psychology to better understand how people make consequential decisions and to leverage this understanding to improve the design of the policies, programs and institutions that govern such behavior.
The Biological Sciences program has a distinctive core curriculum that provides a foundation in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics, and provides students with a greater understanding of the science behind life.
Biological Sciences and Psychology
Biological Sciences and Psychology reflects the interdisciplinary nature of current research in the fields of biology and psychology, as well as the national trend in some professions to seek individuals broadly trained in both the social and natural sciences.
Biological Sciences: Neuroscience Track
This track provides an option for Biological Sciences majors who are interested in an intensive curricular focus in neuroscience.
Biomedical Engineering collaborates across engineering disciplines and with cutting-edge medical facilities in Pittsburgh for a strong foundation in both biomedicine and traditional engineering.
Building Science is for students who want to deepen their knowledge in the building sciences or gain advanced placement in the School of Architecture's Building Performance and Diagnostics or Sustainable Design master's programs.
Business Administration provides a quantitative business education that develops analytical, communication and leadership skills to make data-informed business decisions in a global environment.
Business Analytics and Optimization
The Minor in Business Analytics and Optimization is for students interested in learning how modern analytics — its mathematical models and software tools — is applied in business.
Business Analytics and Technologies
Students gain knowledge and expertise with a concentration in business analytics and technologies through courses such as Machine Learning for Business Analytics, Mathematical Models for Consulting, and Financial Text Mining.
BXA: Computer Science and Arts
Created by the College of Fine Arts and the School of Computer Science, this program gives students an ideal technical and artistic foundation so they can pursue fields that blur the lines between technology and the arts, like game design, computer animation, robotic art and more.
BXA: Engineering and Arts
The additional major in Engineering and Arts is designed for students who’d like to incorporate interdisciplinary study in the fine arts with their primary major in engineering.
BXA: Engineering Studies and Arts
The major in Engineering Studies and Arts provides depth and breadth in dual fields to creatively advance maker culture and positively influence our world.
BXA: Humanities and Arts
The Bachelor of Humanities and Arts intercollege degree program is designed for students who’d like to integrate their interests in the humanities/social sciences and the fine arts.
BXA: Science and Arts
The Bachelor of Science and Arts intercollege degree program is designed for students who’d like to integrate their interests in science/mathematics and the fine arts.
Chemical Engineering combines chemistry, mathematics, physics and biology with its own unique principles of chemical engineering science and process systems engineering to develop new products and manufacturing processes.
The Chemistry program curriculum provides a strong foundation in the fundamental areas of study in chemistry including organic, physical, inorganic and analytical chemistry.
This degree is ideal for students who wish to better prepare themselves for advanced studies in biological chemistry or biomedical fields and a job market that values knowledge and skills from both disciplines.
Chinese Studies offers Chinese language (Mandarin) courses at all levels and a variety of content courses on Chinese and Sinophone literature, cultures and society from an intercultural and multidisciplinary perspective.
Civil Engineering prepares students to plan, design, construct, operate and maintain infrastructure used daily by the public and industry, such as buildings, transportation networks, water systems and energy distribution systems.
All of these fields share the goal of understanding neural processes, and how these processes give rise to perception, memory and learning.
The field of cognitive science has grown out of increasingly active interaction among psychology, linguistics, artificial intelligence, philosophy and neuroscience. By combining these diverse perspectives, students of cognitive science are able to deeply understand cognition and intelligence.
This minor is available to piano majors who are interested in developing skills in collaborative piano, working closely with vocalists and instrumentalists.
Colloids, Polymers and Surfaces
Students explore the science and engineering of fine particles and macromolecules as they relate to complex fluids and interfacially engineered materials.
This degree program strongly emphasizes contemporary music within a technologically innovative university setting, where students work closely with professional composers and student ensembles.
Students will gain significant knowledge in the fundamentals of computer science while building a strong background in biology. Most importantly, the program emphasizes integrating knowledge so students can make connections between the two fields.
Computational Design is for students who want to engage with computation as a vehicle of generative, material and spatial design exploration and who want to explore designing, making and theory.
Computational Finance provides the background needed to support the computational and mathematical analysis needs of a wide variety of businesses and industries and is well-suited to students with an interest in the physical sciences and engineering.
Computing is a discipline with strong links to many fields, and this program gives students unparalleled flexibility to pursue these fields and provides the formal tools to remain current as technologies and systems change.
This minor is designed for music students interested in conducting that demonstrates leadership and organizational skills.
Students will explore experimental approaches to art making such as street art, participatory art, urban interventions, interactive social media, public installations and politically engaged art.
The School of Drama Costume Design program produces innovative leaders in the design and production fields of clothing for the stage, television and film industries.
Students will develop talents in writing fiction, poetry, screenwriting and creative nonfiction; study with writers; read a range of literature and genres; sharpen critical and verbal skills; explore the resources and potential of imagination; and develop a professional attitude toward writing.
Cybersecurity and International Conflict
This minor analyzes the role of cyber warfare and cybersecurity in international politics—past, present, and future. It addresses the role of deterrence, dissuasion, and attribution in cyber conflict, while also studying the nuances of key components of modern warfare.
As an Information Systems major, students can elect this concentration to obtain a deeper understanding of data science.
The interdisciplinary field of Decision Science seeks to understand and improve the judgment and decision making of individuals, groups and organizations.
The major has three tracks of specialization (Products, Communications and Environments) that emphasizes the importance of designing for interactions between people, the built world and the natural world. The minor allows students to incorporate design into their area of study.
Design for Learning
Students in the Design for Learning minor combine skills to imagine, design, and evaluate effective new media systems for learning: from creating games for learning to integrating adaptive ed-tech and augmented reality experiences into diverse learning settings.
Digital Media Analytics
As an Information Systems major, students can elect this concentration to obtain a deeper understanding of digital media analytics.
While honing their creative skills in classrooms, workshops and full studio productions, students explore techniques of directing for the stage, digital platforms and beyond. PLEASE NOTE: ADMISSION TO THE JOHN WELLS DIRECTING PROGRAM HAS BEEN PAUSED FOR FALL 2024.
Discrete Mathematics and Logic
This minor develops the fundamentals of discrete mathematics and logic necessary to understand the mathematical foundations of many computer-related disciplines.
The Drama major is a rigorous conservatory program that provides classical theater training while incorporating contemporary changes to the discipline. The Drama minor provides students with a well-rounded opportunity to obtain preliminary professional exposure to the theater arts.
Dramaturgy is a rigorous, highly structured academic and artistically focused program that provides students with a strong background in theatrical practice, dramatic literature and humanities.
Drawing, Painting, Printmaking and Photography
In our image-saturated culture, CMU’s 2D classes challenge students to find new ways that this work can confront complex and timely ideas.
Built upon a reputation for exceptional analytical and creative problem-solving, the Undergraduate Economics program prepares students for making a difference in government, business and academia.
Economics and Mathematical Sciences
This major offers an integrated curriculum that builds upon the synergies between economics and mathematics. It equips students with the mathematical tools and skills necessary for advanced economic model building, data science, and mathematical finance.
Economics and Politics
This major provides a unique set of classes that relate the fields and advanced electives in both economics and political science. It delivers an analytic and data-informed approach to the intersection of economics and political science and provides a practical perspective on policymaking.
Economics and Statistics
The Economics and Statistics major provides those students interested in economics a solid foundation in economic theory as well as the tools needed to analyze and interpret economic data.
Electrical and Computer Engineering
This major encompasses a diverse and expanding set of technologies used to create new products and markets such as “smart” cars, cell phones and mobile computing systems, video games and advanced medical systems for imaging, diagnosis, testing and monitoring.
Electronic and Time-Based Media
Across all courses in this area, students will harness emerging technologies to investigate complex questions of how technology shapes society and how artists can co-opt technology to subvert it for creative expression.
This minor is intended to offer Electrical and Computer Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering students a firm basis for the application of electronic materials in advanced systems.
This innovative degree program offers instruction in emerging sound design, computer-based music generation, electronic performance and more, while also training students in traditional music methods.
Engineering and Public Policy
This major imparts a robust understanding of economic, social, historical and political factors needed to solve problems at the interface between technology and society.
Engineering Design, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (EDIE)
The EDIE additional major will provide students the know-how to innovate products around technology and deliver product solutions to the people who need them.
Students who are non-engineering majors can gain knowledge and expertise with a minor in engineering studies through courses such as Introduction to Engineering and Public Policy, Engineering the Materials of the Future, and Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering.
Students gain knowledge and expertise with a concentration in entrepreneurship through courses such as New Venture Creation, Commercialization and Innovation, and Integrated Product Conceptualization.
Environmental and Sustainability Studies
Students explore interdisciplinary perspectives of environmental and sustainability issues in their core courses and continue to expand their knowledge of environment and sustainability beyond their primary discipline in elective courses.
Students work to protect public health and the environment by providing leadership on complex technical and societal issues such as renewable energy, climate change adaptation, provision of safe drinking water and sustainable development.
The Additional Major in Environmental Policy is designed to provide students with the interdisciplinary background and skills necessary to understand environmental issues. It emphasizes three general areas: (1) humanities and the arts; (2) social sciences; and (3) natural science and technology.
The Ethics minor is a flexible minor that requires five courses providing a foundation in ethical theory and its applications to help students learn to respond to new and unavoidable ethical problems in business, government, technologies and more.
Ethics, History and Public Policy
A joint major between History and Philosophy that focuses on American public policy from historical and philosophical lenses, it prepares students for careers in law, government, policy work, consulting, journalism and business.
Film and Visual Media
The Film and Visual Media program offers comprehensive courses in film and visual media, from theoretical framing and historical-cultural contextualization to training skills in creating, developing and analyzing film.
Students gain knowledge and expertise with a concentration in finance through courses such as Investment Analysis, Valuation and Financial Modeling, and Business Language Analytics.
French and Francophone Studies
The French and Francophone Studies major encourages the discovery of the histories, literatures, cultures and sociolinguistics in France and in Francophone spaces, and all aspects lead to a better understanding of how the multiple cultures interact with each other in modern times.
Students will gain mastery in the art, craft, and science of game design, development, and assessment, and they will learn about the rich histories, theory, and practice of game creation taught by faculty experts.
The Gender Studies minor allows students to develop a deeper understanding of how gender operates across cultures and to transfer those analytical skills to other courses, personal life choices and professions.
The German program aims to strengthen proficiency in German and encourages a broad understanding of the German-speaking world, especially its culture, politics, significance and history, preparing students for a multicultural and multilingual world in which students will be key players.
Global Economics and Business
Students gain knowledge and expertise with a concentration in global economics and business through courses such as Economics and Data Science, Emerging Markets, and Designing the Digital Economy.
This minor is intended for engineering students interested in broadening their background in international experiences and global awareness and engagement.
This is an interdisciplinary major focused on language and culture study that explores forces related to globalization in different contexts, while preparing students for careers in international work, law, nonprofit sectors, academia and consulting.
Global Systems and Management
Students develop skills essential for participating in emerging opportunities in global business systems, systems development, product development and global project management and learn about being in an organization that works globally with its employees, partners, customers and supply chains.
Health Care Policy and Management
Students become familiar with critical policy and management issues and learn to operate effectively in the emerging health care environment with curriculum that combines economic, organizational, managerial, historical and psychological perspectives on these issues.
Hispanic Studies fosters intercultural competency, understanding and communication through studying Spanish languages and linguistics, closely analyzing diverse literary and cultural artifacts from the Americas and Spain, and projects that involve interpretation, creativity and translation.
Students in this program develop a strong background in the fundamentals of computer science, as well a unique perspective on how digital products and services impact humans.
This minor trains students to analyze, digitize, question, quantify and visualize different types of humanities and cultural phenomena while also preparing them for careers in technology, cultural commentary, natural language processing, museums and libraries, data journalism and academia.
Information Security and Privacy
As an Information Systems major, students can elect this concentration to obtain a deeper understanding of information security and privacy.
Information Security, Privacy and Policy
Offered by the Department of Engineering and Public Policy in partnership with the School of Computer Science, this minor provides students from all majors with an understanding of security topics and relevant legal and policy issues.
The Information Systems program combines aspects of computer science, information technology and business management with a humanities-based education, preparing students to harness advanced technology and data to solve complex problems in an increasingly digitized and connected world.
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Students in this minor work collaboratively in hands-on explorations of the complete 21st century innovation ecosystem. Students experience integrated models of innovation that increase the likelihood of home-run products and services that will captivate society and/or the marketplace.
This degree offers intense focus on instrumental performance practice through private lessons, studio classes, ensembles and a broad range of academic and musical studies.
Students will focus on spaces that support efficiency and high quality of experience, addressing the integrated development of such environments and the resulting experience. They explore this integrated approach in many contexts: daily activity, built environment, making process, arts performance.
International Relations and Politics
This program 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.
The Japanese Studies program promotes an in-depth understanding of contemporary Japanese language and culture in Japanese and English from cross-regional and interdisciplinary perspectives, including historical, social, filmic and literary perspectives.
Human language technologies have become an increasingly central component of computer science. The minor gives students the opportunity to not only learn about language technologies, but to also apply that knowledge through a directed project.
Lighting Design is an integrated, hands-on program committed to teaching leadership in the world of theater design and technology through practical, theoretical and conceptual lighting design and production.
Linguistics majors learn how to analyze natural languages at various interconnected levels, including articulatory and acoustic phonetics, phonology, syntax and meaning, both literal and pragmatic, as well as how languages change over time and differ within or between social groups.
Literature and Culture
The Literature and Culture program is designed to train students in strong professional and academic skills like critical thinking, inductive reasoning and persuasive argumentation that are applicable to other fields of study and a variety of career paths.
Logic and Computation
The Logic and Computation major is unique and flexible; exploring foundational aspects of the use of symbolic systems for reasoning, computation and various analytic methods for solving problems, it provides the student with a solid foundation in logic, computing and statistics.
Machine learning and statistical methods are increasingly used in many application areas including natural language processing, speech, vision, robotics and computational biology. This program teaches undergraduates the core principles of the field.
Students gain knowledge and expertise with a concentration in marketing management through courses such as Marketing Research, Consumer Behavior and Product and Brand Management.
Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering explores the connection between processing, structure and properties of materials to engineer materials that fit the performance criteria for specific applications, which are useful for the technological needs of our society.
Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
This major provides students with the tools needed to analyze and interpret real-world data that exhibit random variation, with added focus on advanced mathematical methods.
This program allows students to design a program to suit their individual needs and interests. Concentrations within the degree include Mathematical Sciences, Operations Research and Statistics, Statistics, Discrete Mathematics and Logic and Computational and Applied Mathematics.
Mechanical Behavior of Materials
This minor investigates the solid mechanics with the microstructural basis of flow and fracture and is best suited to students in Civil, Mechanical and Materials Science and Engineering.
This major prepares students to work with the principles of force, energy and motion; they use their knowledge of physical systems, design, manufacture and operational processes to advance the world around us.
The Media Design minor serves students who are interested in applying media technologies and practices to live experiences. It explores the interconnected development of technology and content in new media systems and the meaning that arises from the resulting forms.
This minor is available to non-music majors who are interested in furthering their music knowledge at the university level and participating in an elective studio (studio fee is charged).
Music and Technology
This flexible, interdisciplinary program is designed for students pursuing a career in music technology, providing instruction in music, computer science, and electrical engineering.
This minor provides both music majors and non-music majors with instruction in sound recording and music technology, as well as basic music courses.
Music Theater provides rigorous, conservatory training within a university setting, with curriculum focused in acting, speech, voice and movement, plus advanced classes in singing, dance and music theater styles.
This minor is available to music majors and non-music major students who are interested in furthering their studies in the field of music theory. For music majors, graduate courses may be taken with the permission of the instructor.
This minor provides non-music majors with instruction in musicology and basic music courses.
Neural Computation aims to understand the neural basis of intelligent behaviors from a computational perspective. This minor provides students with both the basic computational skills and cognitive science and neuroscience knowledge that are central to the field.
The program's interdisciplinary curriculum is designed for students to gain a fundamental understanding of brain function on many different levels and the major prepares students to specialize within the broad field of Neuroscience.
Operations and Supply Chain Management
This minor is for students interested in operations, logistics and supply chain.
Gain knowledge and expertise with a concentration in operations management through courses such as Mathematical Models for Consulting, Sustainable Operations, and Product and Valuation and Financial Modeling.
The Philosophy major supports students in exploring historical and contemporary philosophical views on the nature of human knowledge, physical reality, minds, morality, logics, scientific inquiry, foundations of computation and political theory.
This minor exposes students to the breadth of photography, offering experiences from traditional photography to digital shooting and output. Students will learn a variety of photography techniques, history and significant practitioners and develop their own distinct engagement with the medium.
Students will explore the technical, experiential, and semantic issues of embedding computing in artifacts and address the key components of physical computing: from the fabrication of the interface and development of the circuitry to the integration of component elements within different contexts.
The BS program provides a solid foundation for students looking to pursue graduate work in physics fields. The BA program is flexible, and allows students to combine Physics with disciplines, such as liberal arts, teaching, business or law. The minor provides a solid introductory foundation.
This degree is based on private studio instruction, further enhanced by training in collaborative piano, keyboard harmony and chamber music.
Policy and Management
The Policy and Management major prepares students for key decision-making and management roles in government, non-profit organizations and business, while the minor prepares students for the analytical and managerial challenges and responsibilities in their professional lives.
This program allows students to explore the technology behind live performance and engage in the design and engineering of the systems and networks utilized in production.
This major blends rigorous study in rhetoric, argument, genre studies and plain language skills that put audience and purpose at the center of communication strategies. Courses include options in journalism, public policy, rhetoric, document and web design, cultural studies and global communication.
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 and behave.
Psychology and Biological Sciences
This unified major is intended to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of current research in the fields of psychology and biology, as well as the national trend in some professions to seek individuals broadly trained in both the social and natural sciences.
The Religious Studies minor offers students a range of intellectual tools for thinking about religious ideas, behaviors and institutions. It also enables students to build a base of knowledge that extends beyond any one particular religious tradition.
Students receive a background in engineering and computer science, while also receiving hands-on experience with motion, control and systems unique to robotics. They learn the principles and practices of robotics through theoretical studies and hands-on experience with a robotics minor.
Russian Studies introduces students to the rich literary and linguistic heritage of the Slavic nations and encourages reflection on the sociocultural forces that have shaped the region by investigating aspects of Russian and Slavic culture through courses on poetry, novels, films and visual art.
This program prepares students for careers as scenic designers, art directors and production designers for theater, film, television, opera, dance and events.
Science, Technology and Public Policy
Students who are earning a bachelor of science degree outside of the College of Engineering can work with peers across disciplines to solve challenges where society and technology meet.
Science, Technology and Society
This minor provides interdisciplinary perspectives on the development and meaning of science and technology in modern society.
Sculpture, Installation and Site-Work
This area embraces the challenging and ever-evolving definition of sculpture and its role in society.
Social and Political History
This is a research intensive major that allows students to choose from a variety of departmental thematic and geographic strengths while preparing them for careers in law, government, business, nonprofit work and academia; or a minor that allows students to choose from among all history courses.
Societal and Human Impacts of Future Technologies (SHIFT)
The SHIFT minor helps students gain the skills, knowledge and experience to successfully take on roles in integrated, multidisciplinary analyses of current and near-future computational technologies.
The Sociology minor introduces the student to central concepts in sociological theory and methods of empirical inquiry needed to broadly understand social behavior, including its structure, history, and dynamics.
This minor weaves together a rich set of traditions and techniques to animate soft materials and matter. Students will explore the unique qualities that soft technologies afford in design and interaction — responsiveness, adaptivity, sensitivity, morphing, biomimicry, and forms of intelligence.
Students with this minor learn the fundamental tools, techniques and processes of software engineering. The core curriculum includes material on both engineering the software product and the process, teamwork and management skills essential to successful engineering.
Students will explore the processes and products of digital sound and music. They receive basic training in key component areas: principles of computer music, sound synthesis, spatialization, and concepts in sound design.
The School of Drama Sound Design program teaches students the technical and conceptual practices necessary for designing and integrating audio elements into a production.
Stage and Production Management
This concentration provides specialized undergraduate training in both stage and production management with broad training in the facilitation of the arts in today’s professional environment.
The Statistics major provides students with the mathematical and computational tools needed to analyze and interpret real-world data that exhibit random variation.
Statistics and Machine Learning
The Statistics and Machine Learning major provides students with the tools needed to analyze and interpret real-world data that exhibit random variation, with added focus on computer science and machine-based analysis algorithms.
Students gain knowledge and expertise with a concentration in Strategic Management through courses such as Corporate Strategy, Managing Across Cultures, and Strategic Management and Innovation.
This program provides the technologists of the future with an intensive, undergraduate conservatory curriculum designed to synthesize academic development and theater production experience.
Technical Writing is a subspecialty of professional writing focused on the skills for making complex, technical information accessible and navigable; a strong fit for students with dual interests in writing and STEM fields or who wish to develop the communication skills expected in STEM fields.
Technology and Policy
This minor exposes students to issues at the interface of science, technology and society, and how interdisciplinary approaches are needed to solve complex problems.
Video & Media Design
Video and Media Design is a conceptually rigorous, hands-on, and innovative program, which teaches advanced technical skills in a critical context.
This program offers a well-rounded, technical approach to vocal performance with on-stage opera performance experience and training in drama, dance and foreign language.