Carnegie Mellon University

Dreamers and Doers, Welcome

What kind of person belongs at Dietrich College? The passionate kind. The playful kind. The analytical kind. The boundary-crossing, convention-crashing, expectation-defying kind. The kind of person that dreams the best for humankind.

Humanities and Social Sciences: From Ideas to Innovation

If you like doing things a little differently – or better yet, a lot differently – you’re going to love it here! We learn by doing. We work across disciplines. We mash up traditional liberal arts with analytical and computational approaches, and we tackle some of society’s toughest problems.

Consider this your official invitation to become your best self. Our undergraduate programs and research won’t just prepare you for career opportunities. They’ll enable you to adapt to new challenges and set you on a lifelong path to fulfill your passion – even if you’re not quite sure what it is yet. Let’s get started!

Take a Look Around

First-year Experience:
A Foundation for Learning

Degrees, Majors and Minors:

Your Path to the Future

Experiential Learning:

Action and Reflection

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

Connected and Thriving Together

Honors and Pre-professional Programs:
Exploring and Excelling

Careers and Outcomes:

Aspirations into Action

Meet Your Peers

Xiohan Liu

“The self-affirming lesson I was able to pull from my first semester at CMU is that I am capable of success. Furthermore, I realized that data and technology must be coupled with humanities and social sciences to ensure that future technological advancements align with societal values. Beyond the technical knowledge of programming I learned in the fall semester, I was inspired by the power of computer science in the future of society. Together with the captivating topics on the intersection of technology and humanity discussed in the Data and Democracy Grand Challenge Seminar, I discovered an interest in the ethical use of data for combatting the spread of misinformation.” — Xiohan Liu, class of 2024

Joshua Pinckney

"Being a student-athlete here was always a really exciting prospect and it's still a really special part of my CMU experience. Every time I step out on the court whether it's for practice or competition, I feel simultaneously humbled and proud to be representing this school that I've been able to call home. My time in Dietrich has paralleled the best parts of being a student-athlete. In the same way that I have a community of other driven, talented and disciplined student-athletes to motivate me, in Dietrich, I've had classmates and professors that encourage me to be widely curious and deeply engaged in course offerings ranging from decision sciences or statistics to gender studies or modern languages. In many cases, those classmates and fellow student-athletes are one in the same." — Joshua Pinckney, class of 2021

Arianna Garcia Guerrero

“At Dietrich, you meet so many well-rounded students and so many professors who are eager to engage with you and to have you join in on their research or work. Dietrich truly prepares anyone to make a positive impact, because it allows you the chance to engage with people from so many disciplines. It gives you the knowledge to understand difficult topics, and it gives you the tools to achieve your goals. I think Dietrich not only prepares you academically but it also prepares you socially; to be able to engage in fruitful conversations with people from all walks of life. The classes I have taken here so far, have truly challenged me and have made me think about situations in more creative ways.” — Arianna Garcia Guerrero, class of 2023

Julianne Tippett

“The classes offered by the Washington Semester Program are amazing because of the professors and the speakers they bring into class. The professors care so much about our well-being and they go above and beyond to help us with any issues we are having. Furthermore, the alumni and other speakers who have come to class have been so generous with their time. I have felt a sense of community within the Washington Semester Program through the amazing people I have met. I have been able to have coffee with multiple professors, alumni, and other guest speakers to speak about career advice, which has been so helpful to me. Everyone I have met has been so generous with their time and truly wants us to succeed.” — Julianne Tippett, class of 2022

Cameron Monteith

“CMU would not be CMU without Pittsburgh. I love the seasonal events that take place at the Phipps Conservatory, or trying to fish at Point State Park. The friendly environment that seems to surround the city has an affect on the students at Carnegie Mellon. My recommendation to any new students is to take some time and explore the city — allow yourself to get lost so that you can discover something you've never seen before.” — Cameron Monteith, class of 2023

Ayushi Ray

“One of the things that I love about the curriculum offered through Dietrich College is how interdisciplinary it is. My courses have ranged from history to policy to decision science to economics, and yet have still seamlessly connected with one another in riveting ways. Being a Dietrich student also allows me to have to the privilege to work on real-world applications of the curriculum I’m learning every day — from conducting research as a first-year to having professors with industry experience.” — Ayushi Ray, class of 2023