Carnegie Mellon University

Minor in Political Science, Security, and Technology

The Minor in Political Science, Security, and Technology is designed for students who are majoring in fields from the arts and humanities to science, engineering, and computer science. Adding a new dimension to their major field of study, these students will gain the background and knowledge to address the ethical, social, and political dimensions of new technologies from a political science perspective. 

The minor in Political Science, Security, and Technology takes a social science (not technical) approach to studying emerging technologies that affect war and peace. There is no better place to study security and technology than Carnegie Mellon University, a thought leader in global and national security issues, policies, and strategies related to digital technologies. CMU students are uniquely poised to influence the future, with cutting-edge research happening across campus in all the relevant technological areas--e.g., machine learning, cybersecurity, robotics, big data, neuroscience, human-computer interaction, human enhancement, synthetic biology, and various types of artificial intelligence.

In completing this course of study, Carnegie Mellon undergraduates will learn how to analyze the political, economic, social, and ethical dimensions of new technologies, equipping themselves to contribute to vital political debates and influence technological developments in the public interest.

Students may double count a maximum of two courses with another major or minor. Unlimited double counting is permitted with General Education requirements. 

Curriculum (63 units)

Political Science Core (18 units)

Students must complete: 

84-226 International Relations 9

Students must complete one of the following courses:

84-104 Decision Processes in American Political Institutions  9
84-275 Comparative Politics 9
Security and Technology Core

Students must complete: 

84-274 An Introduction to Technology and War
(formerly 84-374 Technology, Weapons, and International Conflict)

Students must complete 36 units from the following list of courses:

84-350 A Strategist's Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 9
84-363 Click. Hack. Rule: Understanding the Power & Peril of Cyber Conflict 9
84-370 Nuclear Security & Arms Control 9
84-372 Space and National Security 9
84-373 Emerging Technologies and International Law  9
84-381 International Governance of Artificial Intelligence (future course offering) 9
84-383 Cyber Policy as National Policy 6
84-387 Remote Systems and the Cyber Domain in Conflict 9
84-388 Concepts of War and Cyber War 6
84-390 Social Media, Technology, and Conflict 9
84-405 The Future of Warfare 9
84-3xx Ethics of Technology and Security (future course offering)
84-3xx The Ethical and Security Implications of Synthetic Biology (future course offering)
84-3xx The Development and Diffusion of Military Technologies (future course offering)
84-3xx Emerging Technologies and Political Power (future course offering)

Students may double count a maximum of two courses with another major or minor. Unlimited double counting is permitted with General Education requirements.