Carnegie Mellon University

Minor in Societal & Human Impacts of Future Technologies (SHIFT)

SHIFT your thinking about advancing technologies

Technological advances are rapidly reshaping cultures, economies, societies, nations, peoples, and our very understanding of what it is to be human. Students are graduating into a world filled with technological tools, computational intelligence, human-AI teams, and large-scale data-driven decision making.

With the SHIFT minor, you will gain the skills, knowledge, and experience to successfully take on roles in integrated, multidisciplinary analyses of current and near-future computational technologies.

Coursework

The SHIFT minor requires eight total courses, with no limit to double-counting with other majors or minors.

Core Courses (2 courses, 18 units total):

80-249

AI, Society, and Humanity

9

80-445

Shift Capstone Experience

Var.


Area Courses (6 courses, 54 units total):

Note: Five of the six Area Courses must be taken in different departments.

Technology area (18 units):
Courses that build basic technological competence, and teach concepts & frameworks that provide high-level understanding of computational technologies, including their possibilities and limits.
Social & behavioral sciences area (18 units):
Courses that teach the concepts and frameworks of social & behavioral sciences (e.g., economics, psychology, sociology), including methods & analyses such as experimental design and quantitative & qualitative data analysis.
Ethics, policy, & design area (18 units):
Courses that teach core concepts & frameworks to address and analyze ethical, policy, and design challenges relevant to current and near-future computational technologies.

Area Course Selections

More advanced courses in these areas can satisfy these requirements (upon discussion with the minor advisor).

05-317

Design of Artificial Intelligence Products

12

05-318

Human AI Interaction

12

05-320

Social Web

12

05-452

Service Design

12

15-110

Principles of Computing

10

15-112

Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science

12

16-467

Human Robot Interaction

12

17-303

Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains and Applications

Var.

17-313

Foundations of Software Engineering

12

17-331

Information Security, Privacy, and Policy

12

17-333

Privacy Policy, Law, and Technology

9

17-355

Program Analysis

12

36-201

Statistical Reasoning and Practice

9

36-202

Methods for Statistics & Data Science

9

67-250

The Information Systems Milieux

9

88-300

Programming and Data Analysis for Social Scientists

9

05-413

Human Factors

9

17-224

Influence, Persuasion, and Manipulation Online

9

36-200

Reasoning with Data

9

70-311

Organizational Behavior

9

70-321

Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

9

70-341

Team Dynamics and Leadership

9

73-102

Principles of Microeconomics

9

73-103

Principles of Macroeconomics

9

84-265

Political Science Research Methods

9

84-369

Decision Science for International Relations

9

88-406

Behavioral Economics @ Work

9

88-418

Domestic Negotiation

9

88-419

International Negotiation

9

88-435

Decision Science and Policy

9

05-413

Human Factors

9

08-200

Ethics and Policy Issues in Computing

9

16-161

ROB Freshman Seminar: Artificial Intelligence and Humanity

9

17-224

Influence, Persuasion, and Manipulation Online

9

36-200

Reasoning with Data

9

51-173

Design Center: Human Experience in Design

9

51-241

How People Work

9

51-371

Futures I

4.5

51-373

Futures II

4.5

51-382

Design Center: Design for Social Innovation

9

66-161

DC Grand Challenge First-Year Seminar: Artificial Intelligence and Humanity

9

70-311

Organizational Behavior

9

70-321

Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

9

70-332

Business, Society and Ethics

9

70-341

Team Dynamics and Leadership

9

70-364

Business Law

9

73-102

Principles of Microeconomics

9

73-103

Principles of Macroeconomics

9

79-234

Technology and Society

9

79-299

From Newton to the Nuclear Bomb: History of Science, 1750-1950

9

79-302

Killer Robots:The Ethics, Law, and Politics of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems

6

79-305

Moneyball Nation: Data in American Life

9

80-130

Introduction to Ethics

9

80-135

Introduction to Political Philosophy

9

80-248

Engineering Ethics

9

80-330

Ethical Theory

9

80-335

Social and Political Philosophy

9

84-265

Political Science Research Methods

9

84-275

Comparative Politics

9

84-319

U.S. Foreign Policy and Interventions in World Affairs

9

84-325

Contemporary American Foreign Policy

9

84-369

Decision Science for International Relations

9

84-370

Global Nuclear Politics

9

84-372

Space and National Security

9

84-373

Emerging Technologies and the Law

9

84-380

Grand Strategy in the United States

9

84-386

The Privatization of Force

9

84-387

Technology and Policy of Cyber War

9

84-389

Terrorism and Insurgency

9

84-390

Social Media, Technology, and Conflict

9

84-405

The Future of Warfare

9

84-414

International and Subnational Security

9

88-221

Analytical Foundations of Public Policy

9

88-406

Behavioral Economics @ Work

9

88-418

Domestic Negotiation

9

88-419

International Negotiation

9

88-435

Decision Science and Policy

9