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Here are some examples of classes we have or currently are offering:

  • Fun with Robots
  • Sneakerology 101
  • Introduction to Ballroom Dancing
  • Crocheting at Carnegie Mellon
  • Wall Street 101
  • Introduction to Anime
Yes. Carnegie Mellon undergraduate students who enroll in and pass a StuCo course will receive 3 Free Elective unit for that course. Carnegie Mellon undergraduate students who teach, and pass a course evaluation of, a StuCo course will also receive 3 Free Elective units for that course.
A maximum combination of 9 units of credit for StuCo courses may be counted for credit toward graduation as Free Elective units. This may be further constrained by similar college rules governing Physical Education and/or ROTC courses.
Credit is being granted to ensure that there is a level of academic responsibility on the part of both the instructor and students. It is to legitimize the intellectual endeavor, not to provide an incentive to enroll to pad one's resume or to accumulate units.
All StuCo course units are graded pass/no pass. Any student who has more than two unexcused absences is automatically given a no pass grade.
All members of the University community are eligible to take StuCo courses. However, only those individuals with current enrollment status may receive credit.


Only currently-enrolled graduate and undergraduate students are eligible to teach StuCo courses.

StuCo observes the official academic calendar. No StuCo course will be offered prior to 6:30pm on weekdays.

The StuCo policy requires instructors to award a "no pass" grade to any student who has more than two unexcused absences. If this presents an issue with a student who joins the class late, but before the university course add deadline, the instructor must find a way to assign work to make sure the student is caught up with the rest of the class, and the student will still be able to pass.

StuCo courses are assigned 98-xxx.

Unfortunately you cannot pick your own course number. It has to be decided by Kristin Lavery, StuCo's Course Administrator. This is done in consideration of a few factors as follows based on information in the Enrollment Services document, “Building the Schedule of Classes”, which states that:

Since an existing course number cannot be deleted, it can, however, be altered.  The course number may take on a new title,change in units, mini status, grading option and/or description for the current or future semesters. In other words ,the course number can be recycled each semester. Some departments may change their curriculum or course numbering schema every few years as academic programs change within their  department. 

If there are retired StuCo courses that have run in the past with common names, descriptions and syllabus themes, then they will be revived using the retired course number. When a similar course name, description or syllabus is not able to be selected, a new course number is generated.

If you end up on a StuCo's waitlist, don't give up! StuCos often experience a higher drop rate than regular CMU courses, because students sign up for many of them and then choose which ones they want to stick with. If you're on the waitlist, be sure to go to the classes and talk to the teacher as well. There is a high change you'll be able to get in.
If at any point in the proceeding of a StuCo course the student and/or teacher feels a serious issue has arisen, it is their duty to notify the StuCo course administrator, Kristin Lavery, to pursue resolution.
StuCo teachers and Committee members do not receive any monetary compensation from StuCo or Carnegie Mellon University.
Yes. However, this fee, when assessed, is strictly to cover necessary materials. Prior approval from the StuCo Executive Committee is required to assess a course fee. The course fee, if applicable, will be included in the course description to alert prospective students.
Generally, StuCo courses are taught by one or two teachers. As of S19, new courses looking to have more than two teachers can petition the executive committee for up to four teachers. Existing courses with more than two teachers may continue to run as they have been.
You should jointly submit a single course application.
Yes. Both you and your friend will be interviewed together in a group interview, or separately if your schedules don't allow a group interview.
Yes. If you're currently teaching, simply fill out the form indicating your intent to teach again when you receive it from the executive committee. If you previously taught the course, then you can ask the StuCo Committee for a copy of your previously submitted course application, and submit the copy with updated relevant information.
Yes. As long as you are qualified and are interviewed and approved by the StuCo Executive Committee, you can develop your own course on a topic previously taught in StuCo. Contact the executive committee to explore the possibility of using the previous instructor's course materials (permission of the previous instructor is needed).
StuCo teachers are evaluated by the StuCo Committee based on a course audit performed at some point throughout the semester. The audit is unannounced. Any serious issues will be addressed immediately following the audit, possible in conjuction with Kristin Lavery or Judy Halinen. Otherwise, feedback is provided to teachers closer to the end of the semester.
StuCo students are evaluated by their teacher, in the manner set forth in the course application for that course. That is, the teacher will choose how to evaluate the students. The evaluation method will need to be approved by StuCo.
Yes. We highly encourage StuCo teachers to advertise their own courses to the student body as a supplement to the regular StuCo advertising. The executive committee can help with printing posters -- look out for an email about this a few weeks before course registration.
StuCo adheres to and acknowledges the principles of Carnegie Mellon University as expressed in the University Policies.

Unlike other courses, StuCo's cannot make class seat reservations. However, when a class accumulates a wailist, Kristin can help move any student on the wailist to the top of the waitlist, so they can be enrolled on priority once somebody drops and creates an empty seat. This enables instructors to selectively favor a subgroup of students in enrollment, similar to reservations. To achieve this, instructors need to contact Kristin Lavery (klavery) during registration.