The environment in which today's engineering graduates will find themselves working is evolving rapidly. Technical innovation is becoming ever more critical to retaining a competitive edge. This is true for individuals, for firms and for nations. Start-ups, as well as established companies, have significant international opportunities but also face more competition in a global economy. Seizing these opportunities and dealing with the associated challenges requires an understanding of the global context in which engineers work, as well as understanding multi-disciplinary approaches to technological innovation across cultures.
The College of Engineering has developed General Education Requirements designed to ensure that our students are ready to work effectively in the global economy, and become the innovators and leaders of tomorrow. All Carnegie Mellon University programs require students to fulfill certain General Education requirements. For the Class of 2016 and later, this is divided into a two-part program: courses to take during freshman year, and courses to take after freshman year.
76-101 Interpretation and Argument (some may need 76-100 first)
One course from the following list:
- 73-100 Principles of Economics
- 73-230 Intermediate Microeconomics
- 80-100 Introduction to Philosophy
- 85-102 Introduction to Psychology
- 88-104 Decision Processes in American Political Institutions
- 79-104 Global Histories
- 100-level modern language course
One other People, Places, and Cultures list or Social Analysis and Decision Making list.
After First Year
Students must complete each of the categories (descriptions of categories follow below):
Peoples, Places, and Cultures (PPC)
PPC courses are designed to help you gain better understanding of the diversity of the world in which we live, and the way in which social, political, economic and technical factors interact to shape that world.
9 units from the PPC list; or a 9-12 unit course in a modern language at the 200+ level (Students can receive exemption through an approved study abroad program. These students would have three General Education Electives to complete instead of two.)
Social Analysis and Decision Making (SDM)
SDM courses are focused on helping you to gain an understanding of different ways in which individuals and societies approach and make decisions.
9 units from the SDM list of courses (which could be two 4.5 unit courses)
Innovation & Internationalization (I&I)
I&I courses are intended to expose to you the opportunities and potential that engineering provides with regard to developing cutting-edge technologies and leveraging the fundamental skills you gain in your education to make these pioneering ideas come to fruition in a global context.
9 units from the I&I list of courses (which could be two 4.5 unit courses)
Writing and Expression (W&E)
9 units from the W&E list of courses (in addition to 76-101)
General Education Electives
At least 18 units (any combination) from the four categories: I&I, PPC, SDM or W&E, or non-technical academic courses from the Dietrich College or the College of Fine Arts excluding those listed on the General Education Exclusions
- 6 points by participating in a variety of approved activities in the following timeframe:
- 2 points sophomore fall semester
- 2 points sophomore spring semester
- 2 points junior fall semester