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Heinz Education Policy Courses

Interested in education policy courses through Heinz? The following courses are open to interested Dietrich College students with a 3.0 or better.

90-865 Policy and Leadership in Public Education Mini 3, Wednesdays 6 to 8:50pm
This course introduces students to policy issues in public education while simultaneously building the skills to lead change through authentic assignments and in-class collaboration.

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90-850 Societal Consequences of Technological Change: Education
The course will meet on: Saturday, Feb. 2 and Sunday, Feb. 3 in HBH 1206. This "micro class" is a two-day dive into the future of K-12 education, a $600 billion industry in the U.S. affecting the lives of over 55 million children every year.

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New Mini 4 Class Added for Spring: Future of Democracy

The Institute for Politics and Strategy has just added a new mini 4 course to the spring 2019 schedule. There are no prerequisites and it promises to be a terrific new course!

84-324 A4: The Future of Democracy
Professor John Chin
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 to 10:20 a.m.
6 units

After the Cold War, Francis Fukuyama famously argued that humanity had reached the "end of history" insofar as liberal democracy had become the last viable form of government. Yet today, illiberal democracies and dictatorships persist and the world has witnessed the return of authoritarian great powers led by China and Russia. What is the future of democracy globally? How strong and secure are autocratic regimes from Iran to North Korea? Do populist movements in the United States and Europe really put democracy in the heart of the "democratic west" at risk? This course surveys the historical rise of democracy, the domestic and international causes of democratization and democratic consolidation, the rise and fall of democracy promotion and the impact of democratic and autocratic major powers on the spread of democracy worldwide. By the end, students will be expected to write an intelligence memo on democratic prospects in a specific country or region or a policy memo with a proposal to reform democracy promotion.

Lucky “7” History Courses!

Didn’t get all the courses you wanted and feeling down on your luck? History can help! We have spaces in seven awesome courses, from our greatest hits to some under-the-radar gems. Check out the list below to add a fun and interesting course to your schedule:

  • 79-235 Caribbean Cultures – Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 to 7:50 p.m.
  • 79-260 Adolf Hitler – Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 to 4:20 p.m.
  • 79-261 The Last Emperors: Chinese History and Society, 1600 - 1900 – Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30 to 2:50 p.m.
  • 79295 - Archaeology of Technology – first half mini – Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 to 4:20 p.m.
  • 79-305 Moneyball Nation – Mondays and Wednesdays 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., with Friday recitations at either 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. or 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.
  • 79-345 Roots of Rock & Roll – Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30 to 2:50 p.m.
  • 79-359 Truth, Lies, Propaganda – Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30 to 2:50 p.m.

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Accelerated Master of Science in International Relations and Politics (IRP/AMP)

Application deadline: Monday, Feb. 11, 2019

Application materials are now available for the Accelerated Master of Science in International Relations and Politics (IRP/AMP) for fall 2019 admission. Students should apply for the program in the spring of the junior year - NO GRE is required! As a student in the IRP/AMP, you will complete some graduate coursework in the senior year and graduate with your bachelor’s degree on schedule in May 2020. There is a required internship in the summer between the fourth and fifth years, which we help you find. In 2020-2021, you will be a full-time graduate student and graduate with a M.S. International Relations and Politics in May 2021. All graduate students receive a half-tuition fellowship for the fifth year in exchange for conducting research or serving as a graduate TA.

More details about the IRP/AMP

CMU HCII Undergraduate Summer Research Program

Application deadline: Tuesday, Jan. 15

This program is ideal for undergraduates who want to conduct research in a modern academic laboratory under the guidance of experienced scientists. We’ll be working on exciting projects that blend the fields of psychology, computer science, human-computer interfaces and language technologies. Some example topics of research for summer 2019 include smart classroom sensors, software engineering for HCI and security, designing and developing educational games, developing tools for citizen science, designing better systems for the future of work, improving online health support groups, building smartphone privacy tools and building tools to help people with disabilities be crowd workers. The program runs for 10 weeks, from May 28 to Aug 2. Students receive a stipend and housing supplement. Ideal applicants are rising sophomores, juniors or seniors, with strong skills in one or more of visual or interaction design, behavioral sciences, or software or hardware development. Previous research experience is not a requirement.


MechE course (“Citizen Science”) approved for Dietrich College General Education (Modelling/Other)

24-213: Citizen Science: Sensors, Makers, and the Environment,  approved as a Dietrich College general education credit!
This course will introduce students to technical aspects of citizen science, using air pollution as a case study. Students will learn about important air pollutants and the environmental regulations that govern these pollutants in the United States. Students will be introduced to data quality requirements for applications ranging from regulatory pollutant monitoring to education and outreach. Students will also learn about operating principles for both laboratory- and consumer-grade pollutant monitoring equipment. The class will culminate in a project where student teams will design, construct and test a low-cost air pollutant monitoring system. The groups will then deploy these sensor packages to collect and present their data. The project will use the TechSpark maker space. It is primarily aimed at non-engineering majors.

Consider Research in Spring 2019!

One of the greatest advantages of attending Carnegie Mellon is the opportunity to participate in the research that faculty are pursuing. If this appeals to you, consider the Dietrich College Freshman-Sophomore Research Training Courses for Spring 2019.

Research Training Courses are semester-long, structured independent studies for Dietrich College freshmen and sophomores, designed to give students real research experience working with a faculty member in a current project or lab. Doing so stimulates and nurtures further interest in research in future semesters.

Research Training Courses (RTC) are open to those students who will be second semester freshmen or sophomores during the semester in which they will take the course.

Benefits of taking a Research Training Course:

Dietrich College students have first priority in taking these courses; registration will be open only to Dietrich College students through registration week and then will be open to other freshmen and sophomores after that week.

  • Establish a working connection with a faculty member
  • Learn crucial research skills
  • Have a true one-on-one learning experience

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Photography Minor Program

The College of Fine Arts' photography minor is complete with four studio courses and two academic classes.

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The upcoming spring 2019 courses include two new studio/making courses, "Photographing America" and "Photography: Picturing Identity."

Most courses are designed for students who have no prior experience with the medium, and have no prerequisites, making it easier to fit photo classes into your schedule.

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If you have questions, please contact Jamie Gruzska, special faculty and CFA photography administrator

The Green Program

Enrollment is open for winter & spring break 2019.

Founded in 2009, The GREEN Program (TGP) is an experiential education and workforce development program for young leaders in sustainable development. Created for students by students, TGP has introduced a new model for education abroad driven by a desire to provide purposeful, hands-on industry exposure at a fraction of the time and cost.

Our program attracts students and young leaders who are curious about the world, seek opportunities to break out of their comfort zones and stand out amongst their peers as global citizens.

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New! Minor in Cybersecurity and International Conflict

We are excited to announce the launch of a new Institute for Politics and Strategy minor in Cybersecurity and International Conflict. The minor is open to all undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon, including students with a major in IRP.

The minor in cybersecurity and international conflict analyzes the role of cyber warfare and cybersecurity in international politics—past, present, and future. Cyber attacks by nation-states and their proxies have the potential to reshape how wars are fought in the twenty first century. As such, the complexity and policy challenge of cyber-engagements is immense and altogether without precedent. The minor addresses the role of deterrence, dissuasion, and attribution in cyber conflict, while also studying the nuances of key components of modern warfare—from the security dilemma to escalation management.

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For more information, please contact Emily Half, deputy director, Institute for Politics and Strategy

Other Opportunities

Global Communication Center Spring Schedule Now Available

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McGinnis Venture Competition

The McGinnis Venture Competition is a platform exclusively for CMU's community of student entrepreneurs to compete for $60k in investments. All participants receive crucial interaction with alumni entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, an opportunity to raise capital, and valuable feedback about ventures. The multi-round competition kicks off in early January, starting with two virtual rounds and culminating in a final live round celebration at CMU. Registration is now open!

Spring Break with the Green Program

Cusco, Peru (Water Resource Management & Sustainable Practices)
Fukushima, Japan (Disaster Mitigation & Nuclear to Renewable Transitions)
Reykjavik, Iceland (Renewable Energy & Sustainability)

Short-term, experiential education for our world’s most pressing issues in sustainable development.

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Volunteer for Notetaking

Are you interested in volunteering to help students with disabilities? If you're looking for an easy, low time commitment, high impact volunteer opportunity, becoming a peer notetaker for Disability Resources is for you! You can use the online system to upload notes for classes you are already taking notes in!

Contact Catherine Gethcell, director of disability resources, for more information.

Spatial Storytelling Series

The Spatial Storytelling Series is a series of events and workshops on spatial storytelling. These events support broader interaction between members of the CMU community who engage in any aspect of spatial storytelling. We hope to promote critical engagement with spatial data and concepts and learn how we can best support research and student learning by supporting the creation of spatial narratives.

Spatial inquiry and analysis is of growing interest in multiple disciplines. At CMU, courses in geographic information systems (GIS) are taught in the Heinz and Dietrich Colleges and a course on Spatial History has been offered through the History Department. In addition to instruction, researchers in every College of CMU, from the College of Engineering to the Tepper School of Business, are leveraging spatial tools and techniques in their research. Although the application of many of these tools and techniques differ between disciplines, spatial storytelling crosses over disciplinary boundaries. Students and scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences can all utilize spatial narratives to tell stories and provide context to their research. To foster the use of spatial narratives across campus, the proposed series of events open to everyone, will promote the use of digital storytelling methods and methodologies across disciplines.

The planned series of events will end in a competition and expo that will showcase student work in these cross disciplinary applications of digital storytelling. Our events focus on storytelling and aim to support students through the entire process from identifying a research problem, data collection, learning specific tools, and finally crafting a narrative.

Learn more about the series

Global Communication Center fall schedule is now available!

Our schedule is now live, so you can start making appointments right now! You can make an appointment by clicking on the link above. For more detailed instructions, visit the GCC online.

This year, we will have more available appointments than ever before! To help us continue expanding our services to the entire CMU community, we have switched to a new scheduling system, Acuity. For you to have the most functionality with the scheduler, we strongly recommend you register for a free Acuity account. Please bear with us as we fine-tune this new system. Our schedule for fall workshops is also available.

We look forward to working with you on your written, oral and visual communication!

Undergrad Student Mentors Needed - Physics Concepts Program

Why be a mentor in the 2018-2019 CMU Physics Concepts Program?

  1. To help middle school students learn science by doing hands-on projects: test a hypothesis by carrying out an experiment (many times to get a reliable result and estimate the error).
  2. To form a bond with your mentee, which both of you will love.
  3. To build your mentee's self-confidence by understanding the (sometimes very complex) concepts related to his/her project, and rehearse to be ready to present at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) fair in February.
  4. You will learn a great deal about science, teaching of science and working with inner-city kids. 
  5. Your being a mentor in an outreach program will look great on your CV. It could help you get admission to graduate school or get a position when you leave CMU. Also, when one applies for grants from National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, NASA, NIH, etc. you are asked what outreach activities you have done.

Sessions: 2:40 to 4:05 p.m. on Tuesdays

Work-study stipend $10/hour=$20/session

Interested undergrads can contact Leonard Kisslinger at