Carnegie Mellon University

Degrees by Department

degrees, majors and minors

The Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers more than 60 majors and minors and various graduate degrees through our academic departments and programs. The college also offers a student-defined major for those students who want to pursue academic goals that combine existing curricula.   

Each department and program is committed to quality undergraduate and graduate education. Unique among major research universities, senior faculty at Carnegie Mellon University teach introductory courses and conduct research with undergraduates, even first-year students.

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Department of Economics

CMU economic degrees are designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of central economic theories, empirical methods and applications as well as behavioral economics.

Department of English

Inspired by the richness of disciplinary traditions and innovation, the department is dedicated to enhancing the student experience while cultivating beyond the classroom opportunities.

Department of History

The Department of History focuses on the connections between the past and present as well as how historical knowledge facilitates the understanding of social, cultural and policy change.

Information Systems Program

While the world becomes more connected, the Information Systems Program equips students with advanced skillsets to emerge as leaders in the software systems and services industry.

Institute for Politics & Strategy

Diverse course and research opportunities provide students with analytical and quantitative training in political science with a focus on international security studies, political institutions and the grand strategy of nation-states.

Department of Modern Languages

The Applied Multilingual Studies, Arabic, Chinese, French & Francophone, German, Japanese, Hispanic and Russian courses are immersive and varied, and students have many opportunities to study abroad or participate in service-learning communities.

Neuroscience Institute

The Neuroscience Institute at Carnegie Mellon administers two Ph.D. programs: the Program in Neural Computation and the Program in Systems Neuroscience. Both programs benefit from a close relationship with the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC), an integrative center spanning both Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. All PNC and PSN students are by extension members of the CNBC. We aim to take advantage of the world-class strengths of CMU and Pitt, in areas including computer science, machine learning, statistics and dynamical systems and to train students to apply these tools to critical problems in neuroscience. There are also options for non-degree granting graduate study and undergrad

Department of Philosophy

Faculty and students conduct research on the foundations of science, computation, mathematics, rationality, causation and cognitive science, serve on National Academies of Science committees and work with many other agencies and the community.

Department of Psychology

As an internationally renowned department, students have the opportunity to study specialities ranging from cognitive science to social, developmental, educational and health psychologies.

Department of Social and Decision Sciences

Students learn how to combine creative ideals with the realities of human and organizational behavior to excel in key decision-making roles in the public and private sectors.

Department of Statistics & Data Science

Courses are tailored to meet the needs and interests of students, and emphasize modern methods, strong communication skills and the analysis of data from real, interdisciplinary problems.

Interdisciplinary Majors

Interdisciplinary majors and additional majors offer students the ability to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries and explore the connections between a wide number of fields.