Carnegie Mellon University

Curriculum Opportunities

Establishing an understanding of others through history, language and culture sets the groundwork for an informed, accepting community in which every individual can thrive and meet their full potential. To that end, departments across campus offer courses focusing on race and culture, with many more curricula currently in development.

African and African American Studies Minor

Global Studies Major

International Relations and Politics (IRP) Major

  • 48-444: American Regions & Regionalism: An Architectural History of Place, Time and Culture
  • 48-442: History of Asian Architecture
  • 48-493: Representing Activism
  • 60-206: Contemporary Visual Cultures 1960-present
  • 60-373: Aesthetics from a Global Viewpoint
  • 60-451: Advanced DP3: Concepts of Figuration
  • 70-342: Managing Across Cultures
  • 99-452: Language and Culture for Teaching
  • 51-272: Cultures
  • 51-396: Design Ethos and Action
  • 76-185: Grand Challenge Interdisciplinary Freshman Seminar: Racism
  • 76-238: What was the Hip-Hop Generation?
  • 76-241: Introduction to Gender Studies
  • 76-245: Shakespeare: Tragedies and Histories
  • 76-294: Interpretive Practices
  • 76-350: Theory from Classics to Contemporary
  • 76-384: Race, Nation and the Enemy
  • 76-318: Communicating in the Global Marketplace
  • 76-475: Law, Performance, and Identity
  • 76-856: Class and Cultural Studies
  • African and African American Studies Minor
  • 79-164: Freshman Seminar: Slave Passage
  • 79-201: Intro to Anthropology
  • 79-208: Early Modern Witch-Hunts
  • 79-222: Between Revolutions: The Development of Modern Latin America
  • 79-223: Mexico: From the Aztec Empire to the Drug War
  • 79-235: Caribbean Cultures
  • 79-237: Comparative Slavery
  • 79-235: The Roots of Black Urban Rebellion in America, 1945 to the Present
  • 79-238: Roots of Black Urban Rebellion
  • 79-242: African American History: Reconstruction to the Present
  • 79-277: African/American: Creating Creole Culture
  • 79-288: Bananas, Baseball, and Borders: A History of Latin America-US Relations
  • 79-290: The Slave Passage: From West Africa to the Americas
  • 79-320: Women, Politics and Protest
  • 79-325: U.S. Gay and Lesbian History
  • 79-331: Body Politics: Women and Health in America
  • 79-333: Sex, Gender and Anthropology
  • 79-355: Refugees, Immigrants and Citizens: The Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion
  • 79-364: Birth of Modern Childbirth
  • 79-370: Disasters in American History
  • 79-371: African American Urban History
  • 79-411: Research on Great Islamic Issues According to the Early Sources
  • 79-712: Race and Class: 21st Century Perspectives on the Black Urban Experience
  • 79-731: The Topics in the History of The African Diaspora
  • 82-137: Chinese Calligraphy: Culture and Skills
  • 82-188: Freshman Seminar: Introduction to Russian Culture
  • 82-215: Introduction to Modern Arabic Literature and Culture: Arab Culture Through Film and Literature
  • 82-215: Intro to Modern Arabic Literature and Culture
  • 82-238: Topics in Chinese Culture: Gender and Sexuality in China
  • 82-245: Bodies in Conflict: Gender, Violence and Protest in Latin America
  • 82-252: Topics in Korean Culture: Korean Cinema in Transitional Perspective
  • 82-273: Introduction to Japanese Language and Culture
  • 82-278: Japanese Film and Literature: The Art of Storytelling
  • 82-283: Language Diversity & Cultural Identity
  • 82-303: Introduction to French Culture
  • 82-304: The Francophone World
  • 82-305: Latin America: Language and Culture
  • 82-323: Germany, Austria and Switzerland in the 20th Century
  • 82-333: Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture
  • 82-339: Business Language and Culture in China
  • 82-344: US Latinos: Language and Culture
  • 82-345: Introduction to Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies
  • 82-362: Italian Language and Culture II
  • 82-397: Topics in Russian Language and Culture: Radicals, Heretics and Hackers
  • 82-416: Topics in French and Francophone Studies: Haiti
  • 82-426: Topics in German Literature and Culture: Inventing and Innovating
  • 82-434: Studies in Chinese Traditions
  • 82-444: Studies in Peninsular Literature and Culture: The Corporeal Text
  • 82-450: Advanced Research in Hispanic Language
  • 82-451: Studies in Latin American Literature and Culture
  • 82-455: US Latino Literature
  • 82-456: Topics in Hispanic Studies: Southern Cone Dictatorships in the Movies (1984-2016)
  • 82-474: Topics in Japanese Studies: Japanese Language and Culture from a Pragmatics Perspective
  • 82-512: Special Topics: Arabic Language and Culture
  • 82-894: Teaching in Modern Languages and Cultures II
  • 57-480: History of Black American Music
  • 57-780: Black American Music Seminar
  • 69-129: Rape Aggression Defense System (RAD)
  • 85-350: Psychology of Prejudice
  • 85-357: Navigating Race and Identity in America: The Role of Psychology in Racial Interactions
  • 85-443: Social Factors and Well-Being
  • 85-446: Psychology of Gender
  • 85-775: Cross-cultural Psychology
  • 90-703: Women and Public Policy
  • 90-704: Poverty, Inequality and Social Policies
  • 90-714: Policy and Politics in American Institutions
  • 90-716: Race in America
  • 98-038: Introduction to Anime
  • 98-075: Buddhism and Chinese Culture
  • 98-094: Sneakerology 101
  • 98-244: Sign Language Through Pop Music
  • 98-301: Beyonce: Pop Royalty and Beyond
  • 98-309: Startups in the Cultural and Global Context
  • 98-843: Special Topics: Management Arts and Social Change

K-12 Programs

Girls of Steel Robotics

A FIRST robots team based at CMU, Girls of Steel is designed to empower young women in middle school and high school by developing skills in STEM, and specifically, building robots for competitions around the country.

Leonard Gelfand Center for Service Learning and Outreach

The Leonard Gelfand Center works with faculty, students and staff through on-campus and community-based activities that improve educational opportunities for minority and low-income youth in Pittsburgh schools and communities, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.


The Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science (SAMS) is a six-week residential summer program for high school seniors with a STEM focus through coursework, projects and standardized test preparation. The program is aimed at populations underrepresented in STEM.

Recruitment and Retention Programs

Recruiting and retaining quality students, faculty and staff from a variety of cultural, socioeconomic and world perspectives transforms our way of finding solutions to the world's toughest challenges — and allows us to do it better than anyone else. There are many programs at CMU designed to recruit and retain world-class talent from all backgrounds.

  • Academic Development - The center offers a variety of academic support services to assist students in developing the skills, strategies and behaviors needed to perform as confident, independent and active learners.
  • Building Our Network of Diversity (BOND) - A group of faculty and administrators supporting Undergraduate Admission office in recruitment of underrepresented students.
  • Celebration of Diversity Weekends - Celebration of Diversity Weekends are an opportunity for high school students to experience the diverse community, academic, extracurricular and cultural facets of both the campus and Pittsburgh.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable - Each semester, we host diversity roundtables for students, faculty and staff to bring up concerns and share experiences and new ideas.
  • Emerging Leaders Retreat - Emerging Leaders (EL) is a spring semester program for first-year students focusing on self-exploration and discovery of personal values and goals.
  • Go Research - Undergraduate Summer Research Program support to provide housing and build community with visiting summer students.
  • First Together @CMU - Establishing collaborative partnerships to develop programming aimed to meet the specific needs of First Generation students on campus.
  • Latinx Alliance Network - The Latinx Alliance Network is a group of CMU faculty, staff and student organizations that strive to enhance the quality of life of students and create awareness of Latinx cultures on campus.
  • ORIGINS - An off campus preorientation program for ethnic minority students designed to help with the transition from high school to college and the development of peer networks and communities based on shared interests, academic goals and cultural backgrounds.
  • (re)CHARGE - A summer academic restart program for supporting at-risk rising sophomores and juniors.
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU-SE) - NSF-run recruiting, retention and success program for undergraduate students.
  • SPIRIT - Named the first Black student organization at CMU, SPIRIT acts a liason between its members and the university via cultural programs and the championing of Black awareness.
  • Summer Undergraduates Research Fellowships (SURF) - Recruits students to participate in undergraduate summer research programs — engineering, computer science, sciences, statistics and architecture — across campus.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable - Each semester, CMU hosts diversity roundtables for students, faculty and staff to bring up concerns, share experiences and explore new ideas.
  • Fellowships - CMU is a member of several consortia which promote diversity through fellowship opportunities. These include the National GEM Consortium (engineering and sciences), Executive Women’s Forum INI Scholarship, Tepper School Forte Scholarship and Tepper School Consortium Fellowship. Additionally, students are provided support to apply for other national fellowships such as the Ford Foundation Fellowships and AAUW Fellowships.
  • Fusion Forum - CMU graduate student recruitment program to introduce faculty and underrepresented prospective graduate students to the departments, programs and graduate school opportunities.

  • Graduate Student Assembly - Organizes social events and provides funding for graduate organizations and professional development. The group also provides resources for students with families and international students.
  • Graduate Student Organizations - There are many graduate student orgs at CMU including: Black Graduate Student Organization, Black Business Association, Latino/a Graduate Student Association, Asian American/Pacific Islander Caucus, Allies Grad, O-STEM, Out and Allied at Tepper, Out and Allied at Heinz, Tepper Women in Business, Minorities and Philosophy, Heinz Graduate Women’s Association, and Women in INI.
  • Graduate Student Recruitment Initiative - CMU recruits at minority-serving institutions, majority schools and at national conferences such as the Emerging Researchers National Conference, Society of Women Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science. CMU also participates at annual conferences, such as: National Black MBA Association, National Society of Hispanic MBA's, Riordan Diversity MBA Admissions Conference, Reaching Out Conference (LGBTQ MBA), National Association of Women MBAs, Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting and the Diversity MBA Conference.
  • Graduate Student Recruitment Partnerships - CMU is a member of the Project 1000 consortium, Forte Foundation, Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, and Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute.
  • Graduate Women's Gatherings - Networking and professional development opportunities for graduate women directed by the Graduate Education Office.
  • I'm First Initiatives - Establishing collaborative partnerships to develop programming aimed to meet the specific needs of First Generation students on campus.
  • Latinx Alliance Network - The Latinx Alliance Network is a group of CMU faculty, staff and student organizations that strive to enhance the quality of life of students and create awareness of Latinx cultures on campus.
  • Students of Color - Networking and professional development for students of color at CMU. Activities include the Ph.D. SOC monthly luncheons and the SOC Inter-university Dinners co-hosted with the University of Pittsburgh.
  • UDream - The Urban Design Regional Employment Action for Minorities initiative is an 18-week intensive program offered in the summer and fall at CMU. It provides minority graduates from around the country a hands-on approach to urban design with a goal of keeping them in Pittsburgh to improve upon local communities.
  • Alumni Professional Networks - Carnegie Mellon Black Alumni Association (CMBAA) and many other organizations sponsor a variety of activities aimed at professional mentoring.
  • Building Our Network of Diversity (BOND) - A group of faculty and administrators supporting the Undergraduate Admission office in recruitment of underrepresented students.
  • Center for Faculty Success (CFS) - CFS supports all faculty, starting from their recruitment and throughout their career at CMU.
  • CMBAA - The Black Alumni Association of CMU is a network of alumni who facilitate mentorships to students, highlight achievements of students and alumni and assist the university in its efforts to grow and support a diverse community.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable - Each semester, CMU hosts diversity roundtables for students, faculty and staff to bring up concerns, share experiences and explore new ideas.
  • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) - Through partnership with colleges in Ohio, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania, HERC is a cooperative job posting service that helps dual-career couples find positions in academia.
  • Inclusivity Training - CMU offers inclusivity training through the Bias Busters program for faculty, advisors, administrators, undergraduate and graduate students; the Interactive Theater on global diversity, inclusion and cross-cultural awareness; and other programs.
  • Professional Development - Human Resources, the Alumni Association and the Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC) offer professional development webinars, job opportunities, career advice, job prep skills, management training and much more.
  • Recruiting and Staffing Services - HR can assist faculty and staff members develop recruiting plans for a diverse pool of candidates from start to finish.
  • Textio - Platform used to help recruiters recruit better qualified, more diverse talent. Contact HR for more information.
  • Vice Provost for Faculty (VPF) - Helps to develop practices and policies that attract and retain diverse, world-class scholars in all of CMU's fields and disciplines.

Celebration of Diversity Weekends

Every semester the Office of Admission teams prospective students with a current student (Overnight Ambassador) for a weekend of touring, dining and fun. This time allows potential students to experience the diverse community, academics, and extracurricular and cultural facets on campus and around the Pittsburgh community.

Read more about Diversity Weekends

Trevor Hadick

Vice Provost for Faculty

The Vice Provost for Faculty, Dr. Kathryn Roeder, and her office advise leadership on the best way to enhance standards for diverse and inclusive recruiting practices, including mandatory training in implicit bias for search committees, and how to retain diverse personnel at all levels. The office is also home to a wealth of resources for faculty:

  • Faculty development programs
  • National collaborations for scholarly advancement
  • Recruitment initiatives
  • Engagement opportunities and more

Learn more about Diversity and Inclusion from the VPF

Dr. Kathryn Roeder