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
  • Capstone Experience Course

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
  • 05-318: Human AI Interaction
  • 05-320: Social Web
  • 05-452: Service Design
  • 15-110: Principles of Computing
  • 15-112: Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science
  • 16-467: Human Robot Interaction
  • 17-303: Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains, and Applications
  • 17-331: Information Security, Privacy, and Policy
  • 17-313: Foundations of Software Engineering
  • 17-333: Privacy Policy, Law, and Technology
  • 17-355: Program Analysis
  • 36-201: Statistical Reasoning and Practice
  • 67-250: The Information Systems Milieux
  • 67-101: Concepts of Information Systems
  • 88-300: Programming and Data Analysis for Social Scientists
  • 05-413: Human Factors
  • 17-224: Influence, Persuasion, and Manipulation Online
  • 36-200: Reasoning with Data
  • 70-311: Organizational Behavior
  • 70-318: Managing Effective Work Teams
  • 70-321: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • 70-341: Team Dynamics and Leadership
  • 73-102: Principles of Microeconomics
  • 73-103: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • 84-265: Political Science Research Methods
  • 84-369: Decision Science for International Relations
  • 88-406: Behavioral Economics @ Work
  • 88-418: Domestic Negotiation
  • 88-419: International Negotiation
  • 88-435: Decision Science and Policy
  • 08-200: Ethics and Policy Issues in Computing
  • 51-173: Design Center: Human Experience in Design
  • 51-241: How People Work
  • 51-371: Futures
  • 51-373: Design for Good
  • 51-382: Introduction to Design for Social Innovation
  • 66-161/16-161: AI & Humanity (First-year Grand Challenge course)
  • 70-332: Business, Society & Ethics
  • 70-364: Business Law
  • 79-234: Technology and Society
  • 79-299: From Newton to the Nuclear Bomb: History of Science, 1750-1950
  • 79-302: Killer Robots: The Ethics, Law, and Politics of Lethal Autonomous Weapons System
  • 79-305: Money Ball Nation: Data in American History
  • 80-130: Introduction to Ethics
  • 80-135: Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • 80-248: Engineering Ethics
  • 84-275: Comparative Politics
  • 84-319: U.S. Foreign Policy and Interventions in World Affairs
  • 84-325: Contemporary American Foreign Policy
  • 84-370: Global Nuclear Politics
  • 84-372: Space and National Security
  • 84-373: Emerging Technologies and the Law
  • 84-380: Grand Strategy in the United States
  • 84-386: The Privatization of Force
  • 84-387: Technology and Policy of Cyber War
  • 84-389: Terrorism and Insurgency
  • 84-390: Social Media, Technology, and Conflict
  • 84-405: The Future of Warfare
  • 84-414: International and Subnational Security
  • 88-221: Analytical Foundations of Public Policy