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Other Opportunities

Learn about other educational opportunities available to Dietrich College students.

Academic Opportunities

Consider Research For Fall 2024!

One of the greatest advantages of attending a “research university” like 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 fall 2024.

Research Training Courses are semester-long, structured independent studies for Dietrich College freshmen and sophomores, designed to give students some real research experience working with a faculty member in a current project or lab, and in so doing to stimulate and nurture 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.

View Fall 2024 Research Training courses

F24 Class for Non-Majors, 88-235 Negotiation: Strategies and Behavioral Insights 

Course:  88-235 Negotiation: Strategies and Behavioral Insights
Instructor: Silvia Saccardo 
Course Meets: Wednesday 7:00-9:50 p.m. I BH A36
Description: Elevate your STEM toolkit with key negotiation skills! Dive into the art and science of negotiation to boost your potential in work and life.

Negotiation is key for resource allocation, career advancement, effective teamwork, persuasively presenting ideas and everyday interactions.

Uncover the strategies and psychology behind successful negotiations. Practice how to sway outcomes in your favor with hands-on learning, simulations and debriefs that highlight practical takeaways.

Perfect for all majors, this course complements other technical and analytical skills.

*Fulfills the Dietrich General Education Business requirement!

Introduction to Life Design

The Career & Professional Development Center is pleased to continue to offer:

Introduction to Life Design


Fridays 10:00-11:50

3 units

CMU-PGH juniors and seniors 

Course Description:

The course uses design thinking to address the complex problem of designing one's personal life and career. This class offers a framework, tools, and most importantly, a community of peers where we’ll work on these issues through assigned readings, reflections, and in-class exercises. The course employs a design thinking approach to help students from any major develop a constructive and effective approach to finding and designing their lives and vocations after Carnegie Mellon.

This course is not designed as a "job search" class.  It is for students who desire to explore how to build their own life of meaning.

IIf you or your students have any questions, please reach out to Kevin Monahan

Feedback from Current Class:

  • “Most people live their life prescribed to them by some preconceived notions or expectations, this class gives you the skills to break down your life decisions and customize a life that’s built with you in mind.”
  • "It’s collaborative, it’s a dedicated space to pause the grind and think about where you are in life and where you are going."
  • "Introduction to Life Design provides students with ideas on how to build on their life decisions through discussion with peers and the professor."
  • "Hearing from others’ perspectives helps to get a better understanding of how you can structure your life."
  • "Learning about yourself and the tools that will help you make important decisions in the future."
  • "You, too, have a life. Design it."

Summer Courses in the School of Music

Thinking about taking classes this summer?

In Pittsburgh or remotely?

This coming summer, the School of Music is offering the classes below.

57-149S Basic Harmony I for 9 units [remote]

Summer One (May 13 to June 20)

MTWRF 10:30am to 11:50am

57-173S / 57-188S Survey of Western Music History for 9 units  [remote]

Repertoire and Listening for Musicians for 1 unit [co-requisite for 57-173]   [remote]

Summer One (May 13 to June 20)

MTWR 8:30am to10:20am

57101U NEW! Introduction to Music Technology for 6 units [in person]

Summer Two (June 24 to August 1)

TR 9:30am to 10:50am

57-342U Sound Recording Workshop for 6 units [can count as 57-337]   [in person]

Summer Two (June 24 to August 1)

MW 6:30pm to 7:50pm

If you can take one or more of these music classes this summer, you can...

  • Get ahead with completing required music classes in a small scale seminar environment
  • Avoid the competition for spaces in these music classes during the school year.
  • Have more time available to take other classes during the school year.

If you have any questions, please email Sharon Johnston, director of student services for the School of Music, at

Fall 2024 Courses in the Languages, Cultures & Applied Linguistics Department

82-283 Language, Diversity & Cultural Identity

This course explores the intricate relationship between language, culture and identity, emphasizing the significance of linguistic diversity in global contexts. Through four modules and a final project, students examine how language choices impact communities and nations, with a focus on applied linguistics and multilingual studies aimed at fostering social change.

  • Fulfills Intercultural and Global Inquiry gen ed requirement
  • Taught in English

82-279 Anime: Visual Interplay Between Japan and the World

This course delves into the integral role of anime in contemporary Japanese culture, examining its global appeal through cultural analyses of renowned productions like Studio Ghibli's films and Cyberpunk. Exploring the origins of Japanese animation from prewar to postwar works, including manga influences, the course also evaluates anime's potential as a significant art form within broader cultural contexts.

  • Fulfills the Arts gen ed requirement
  • Taught in English

Masters of Global Communication & Applied Translation Program – Invitation to Apply 

Upcoming Application Deadlines for fall 2024: March 13, May 8

Are you passionate about languages, communication, and bridging cultural gaps? The Masters of Arts in Global Communication & Applied Translation (GCAT) program is your gateway to a dynamic career in the ever-evolving field of translation and global communication, jointly offered by the Department of English and the Department of Languages, Cultures & Applied Linguistics (formerly Modern Languages).

Why choose the GCAT program?

  • Accelerated “4+1” Program: Exclusively for CMU students, our accelerated track allows you to earn your masters degree in just two semesters. Dive into core courses, electives, hands-on projects, and internships, refining your expertise as a skilled translator.
  • Translation as a Profession: Gain practical insights into the world of professional translation. We’ll guide you through employment opportunities, job-seeking strategies, and networking with industry experts.
  • Cutting-Edge Technology: Access Carnegie Mellon’s groundbreaking language and translation technologies, staying ahead of the curve and exploring innovative tools.
  • Language Pair Flexibility: Choose from a range of target languages to pair with English translation: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish.
  • World-Renowned Faculty: Learn from seasoned professionals in a close-knit, collegial environment. Our faculty boasts accolades in the field of professional translation.
  • Financial Support:In addition to tuition scholarships, we offer funding opportunities to support your academic journey.

 Your path, your language.

Students have the option to translate from your native language (or highest proficiency) into English or from English into your native tongue.

Upcoming Application Deadlines for fall 2024: March 13, May 8.

Questions? Visit the GCAT website or email Jen Loughran


You're Invited to Submit! 2024 Film & Visual Media Studies Awards

Deadline for submission: Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 5 p.m. EDT

Run by the Film & Visual Media Studies program, this award ceremony celebrates student excellence in screenwriting, short films and academic papers related to film. All currently registered undergraduate students throughout the Carnegie Mellon University community are invited to submit their original work. The awards for each category are monetary in nature. 

Details are available on the Film & Visual Media Studies Awards website.

And please mark your calendar for the presentation of awards: Monday, April 29, 2024, at 5 p.m. Location: TBA. Dinner will be served. Details will be posted soon on the Film & Visual Media Studies Awards website. 

If you have questions, please contact Professors Jeff Hinkelman ( or Sharon Dilworth (