Carnegie Mellon University

Welcome to the Department of Social and Decision Sciences

The Department of Social and Decision Sciences (SDS) is an interdisciplinary department that offers undergraduate and graduate programs that combine studies in the social sciences with the practical skills needed to excel in key decision making roles in the public and private sectors.

Students learn how to combine intellectual ideals with the realities of human and organizational behavior and to apply these lessons across a wide variety of endeavors, ranging from government service to leadership positions in the information economy.

Students are afforded the opportunity to engage in world-class hands-on research through the four departmental research centers:

Center for Risk Perception and Communication
Dynamic Decision Making Laboratory
The Center for Behavioral Decision Research
Behavioral Economics and Decision Research Policy Lab

SDS offers an array of undergraduate majors, including:

  • BA in Behavioral Economics, Policy and Organizations (BEPO)
  • BS in Decision Science
  • BS in Policy & Management

The majors leverage SDS’s departmental core that includes courses in decision analysis, empirical research, organizations, policy analysis and applied psychology .

SDS also offers two minors in Decision Science and Policy & Management.

Graduate Study within SDS offers six areas of focus:

  • Behavioral Decision Research
  • Social and Decision Sciences
  • Behavioral Marketing and Decision Research (Joint with the Tepper School of Business)
  • Behavioral Economics (Joint with the Tepper School of Business)
  • Psychology and Behavioral Decision Research (Joint with the Department of Psychology)
  • Medical Scientist Training Program MD-PhD (Joint with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine)

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