Our Vision
Our Vision is the lifelong success of students as leaders of their own educational experience and growth, creators of innovative and complex approaches to learning, and responsible contributors in an interdisciplinary world.

Our Mission
The BXA Intercollege Degree Programs are designed for students who want to turn talent and passion into viable professions for the future through a challenging academic regimen. BXA students pursue their goals with the help of multifaceted advising, innovative pedagogical strategies, and a focus on the impact arts have on technology and vice versa.

The goal of the Bachelor of Humanities and Arts (BHA), the Bachelor of Science and Arts (BSA), and the Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts (BCSA) BXA Intercollege Degree Programs is to allow a select group of students who demonstrate interest and accomplishment in the fine arts and the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences, computer science, and emerging media to explore beyond the traditional academic major, or integrate more than one field of study across disciplines. These programs foster the creativity of students who explore innovative approaches to the academic environments of two colleges. By merging the components in the arts and humanities, natural sciences, or computer science into an interdisciplinary/ multidisciplinary study, a unique, complex product is born. BXA students produce new information, challenging questions, and innovative theory. BXA students are models of independence, motivation, and well-rounded scholarship as humanists, scientists, and artists at the same time.

In the context of the Carnegie Mellon University environment, the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs hold a special role. BXA provides access to four strong colleges that offer specialized training with expert faculty and researchers. The BXA Programs challenge students to utilize those resources as they explore and develop their own approach to interdisciplinary studies in the fine arts and the humanities and social sciences, the natural and mathematical sciences, or computer science.

BXA students balance courses in their CFA concentration with courses in their academic concentration, as well as BXA-specific courses. These BXA-specific courses give students the opportunity to integrate their areas of concentration by focusing on interdisciplinary approaches and arts-based research techniques. The curricula in the concentration areas provide students with a solid disciplinary foundation upon which they can draw for interdisciplinary projects.

A BXA Intercollege degree prepares students for graduate study and careers in an enormous variety of fields, including traditional graduate training in the arts as well as academic areas, positions in arts and education non-profits such as museums and foundations, and technical positions with media and technology companies.

Our Values
Artistic and Intellectual Excellence, Creativity and Innovation, Independence, Leadership, Community.

Written by BXA students.

Program Objectives
The skills developed by BXA students span the creative, the technical, the academic, and the practical. The objective of the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs is to prepare graduates for careers in which they will draw on their creative and academic skills to create, educate, communicate, and innovate across disciplines.

Students who complete the BXA curriculum will graduate with the following skills:

  • Foundational knowledge and technical expertise in the CFA concentration area and the DC/MCS/SCS concentration area
  • Ability to describe the connections between these concentrations and how the student integrates them
  • Ability to communicate ideas textually, visually, and orally
  • Knowledge of how the concentration disciplines intersect with history, society, and culture from local and global perspectives
  • Ability to use cognitive, behavioral, and ethical dimensions within the concentration disciplines to make decisions on individual and social levels
  • Experience in engaging in art research to produce new knowledge both within the CFA concentration and the DC/MCS/SCS concentration
  • Experience in designing, researching, and completing a large-scale, object-based project that integrates both areas of concentration
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