Carnegie Mellon University

Message from the Dean

Richard ScheinesWelcome to the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. At Carnegie Mellon, Dietrich is the home for research and education centered on humanity.  From how the brain gives rise to the mind, to how humans actually make decisions, to how they should make decisions, to how a collection of individual agents can form a society, to how societies have evolved over time from small tribes to great nations, to how languages and cultures vary and how they shape the human experience, to the amazing edifices of literature and science produced by these cultures, our college is the home to some of the most exciting interdisciplinary research and teaching in the world.

Our faculty do foundational and deep disciplinary research, collaborate across many disciplines, take on problems that are important to the world today, and share a passion for innovation in both research and teaching. Our students are trained in a wide array of disciplinary approaches, and they become involved in research early and often. They emerge from their experience at Carnegie Mellon able to communicate, think, learn, and understand the world in ways that will serve them for the rest of their life. Upon finishing their baccalaureate degree, they are among the most sought after liberal arts graduates in the world.

I invite you to browse our website - to explore our departments, interdisciplinary research centers, undergraduate programs and graduate programs. I invite you to read news stories about our faculty and students. They are relentlessly spectacular. 

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Richard Scheines
Bess Family Dean, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Professor of Philosophy