Carnegie Mellon University

Business Administration Breadth Requirements

As part of the Business Administration degree, students are required to complete coursework in the liberal arts and sciences to develop breadth across several categories. These courses further connect students to the vast array of academic disciplines offered at CMU and provide important skill building in areas such as communication, collaboration, and citizenship, through the five diverse categories

Students must also complete the First-year Writing Requirement and Global Histories to fulfill the liberal arts & sciences requirements for the BA degree.

Approved Breadth Courses

The Business Administration program reviews course offerings on a periodic basis to update the list of possible courses per category. This list is not exhaustive and students are welcome to submit requests to the Undergraduate Business Administration program office to add a new course within a specific category.

Students select one course per category to complete the breadth requirements. Browse the approved courses in the sections below.

05-413    Human Factors
05-438    Role of Technology in Learning in the 21st Century
32-402    Leadership and Ethics
57-377    Psychology of Music
80-100    Introduction to Philosophy
80-110    Nature of Mathematical Reasoning
80-130    Introduction to Ethics
80-135    Intro to Political Philosophy
80-150    Nature of Reason
80-180    Nature of Language
80-201    Epistemology
80-210    Logic and Proofs
80-211    Logic and Mathematical Inquiry
80-230    Ethical Theory
80-242    Conflict and Dispute Resolution
80-244    Environmental Ethics
80-245    Medical Ethics
80-246    Moral Psychology
80-250    Ancient Philosophy
80-251    Modern Philosophy
80-253    Continental Philosophy
80-256    Modern Moral Philosophy
80-263    Approaching Chinese Philosophy
80-270    Philosophy of Mind
80-276    Philosophy of Religion
80-281    Language and Thought
80-305    Choices, Decisions and Games
80-334    Social and Political Philosophy
80-335    Deliberative Democracy
80-336    Philosophy of Law
80-348    Health Development and Human Rights
80-405    Game Theory
85-102    Introduction to Psychology
85-211    Cognitive Psychology
85-213    Human Information Processing and Artificial Intelligence
85-219    Biological Foundations of Behavior
85-221    Principles of Child Development
85-241    Social Psychology
85-251    Personality
85-261    Abnormal Psychology
88-120    Reason, Passion, and Cognition
88-223    Decision Analysis
88-275    Bubbles: Big Data for Human Minds
88-302    Behavioral Decision Making
88-367    Behavioral Economics in the Wild
88-419    International Negotiation

05-391    Designing Human-Centered Software
05-392    Interaction Design Overview
05-499    Special Topics in HCI
05-651    Interaction Design Studio I
36-315    Statistical Graphics and Visualization
48-095    Spatial Concepts for Non-Architects I
48-241    Modern Architecture
51-231    Calligraphy I
51-261    Communication Design Fundamentals
51-262    Communication Design Fundamentals
51-264    Industrial Design Fundamentals
51-396    Design Ethos and Action
54-163    Production for Non-majors (Drama)
54-169    Studiocraft I
54-187    Introduction to Playwriting
54-188    Introduction to Playwriting
54-191    Acting for Non-Majors
54-192    Acting for Non-Majors
57-1xx     Elective Studios in Music
57-101    Intro to Music Technology
57-117    Chorus
57-171    Intro to Music Technology (self-paced)
57-209    The Beatles
57-337    Sound Recording
57-338    Sound Editing and Mastering
57-377    Psychology of Music
57-438    Multitrack Recording
60-110    Electronic Media Studio I
60-130    3-D Media Studio I
60-142    Digital Photography I
60-157    Drawing for Non (Art) Majors
62-102    Modern Dance Workshop
62-103    Modern Dance Workshop
62-110    Passport to the Arts
62-141    Black and White Photography I
62-142    Digital Photography I
62-150    IDeATe: Intro to Media Synthesis and Analysis
62-232    Art and the Brain
62-239    Reading Pictures, Writing Photography
62-334    Photography, Community and Change
62-360    Photography and Photographers Since World War II
62-371    Photography, the First 100 Years
62-478    IDeATe: digiTOOL
65-201    Humanities Scholars III
70-350    Acting for Business
76-239    Introduction to Film Studies
80-130    Introduction to Ethics
80-210    Logic and Proofs
80-211    Logic and Mathematical Inquiry
80-243    Ethics of Leadership
80-244    Environmental Ethics
80-330    Ethical Theory
82-xxx     Language courses in the Department of Modern Languages

32-102    Seapower and Maritime Affairs
48-240    Historical Survey of World Architecture and Urbanism I
57-173    Survey of Western Music History
57-209    The Beatles
62-110    Passport to the Arts
62-360    Photographers and Photography Since World War II
76-232    Intro to African American Literature
76-234    Media: Past, Present and Future
76-238    What Was the Hip-Hop Generation?
76-239    Introduction to Film Studies
76-241    Introduction to Gender Studies
76-245    Shakespeare: Tragedies and Histories
76-247    Shakespeare: Comedies and Romances
76-296    A Century of Russian Films
76-319    Environmental Rhetoric
76-332    African American Literature
76-334    Literature of Wall Street
76-335    20th and 21st Century American Literature
76-338    The American Cinema
76-342    Love: A Cultural History
76-343    Rise of the American Novel
76-352    Listening Spaces
76-355    Leadership, Dialogue and Change
76-369    Art, Conflict and Technology in Northern Ireland
76-408    Culture and Globalization
76-439    The Rise of the Art Film
79-2xx and above – courses in the Department of History
80-100    Introduction to Philosophy
80-180    Nature of Language
82-xxx     Language and culture courses in the Department of Modern Languages
82-3xx     Cultural study courses in the Department of Modern Languages

05-320    Social Web
08-732    Law of Computer Technology
19-101    Intro to Engineering and Public Policy
19-211    Ethics and Policy Issues in Computing
19-355    Special Topics: Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains and Applications
19-402    Telecommunications Technology Policy and Management
19-403    Policies of Wireless Systems and the Internet
19-411    Global Competitiveness: Firms, Nations and Technological Change
19-421    Emerging Energy Policies
19-424    Energy and the Environment
19-425    Sustainable Energy for the Developing World
19-437    Special Topics: Global Ecological Issues and Controversies
19-470    Special Topics: Introduction to Risk Assessment for Human and Environmental Health
19-473    Special Topics: Patents, Licensing and Innovation
19-486    Special Topics: New Technology Commercialization: Public Policy Strategies
32-102    Seapower and Maritime Affairs
36-303    Sampling, Survey and Society
54-381    Special Topics in Drama: History, Literature and Criticism
66-221    Topics of Law: Intro to Intellectual Property Law
79-201    Introduction to Anthropology
79-203    Social and Political Change in 20th Century Central and Eastern Europe
79-206    The European Union at the Crossroads
79-213    The American Railroad: Decline and Renaissance in the Age of Deregulation
79-215   The End of Colonialism and the Birth of Modern Africa, 1945-1975
79-217    The War in Vietnam
79-230    Arab-Israeli Conflict Since 1948
79-231    American Foreign Policy: 1945-Present
79-234    Political History of the Modern Middle East
79-239    The Great Depression in America, 1929-1941
79-245    Capitalism and Individualism in American Culture
79-257    Germany and the Second World War
79-262    Modern China: From Birth of Mao … to Now
79-275    Introduction to Global Studies
79-277    From Venice to Chicago: How the “Ghetto” Came to America and Became Black
79-280    Coffee and Capitalism
79-281    Introduction to Religion
79-288    Bananas, Baseball, and Borders: Latin America and the United States
79-296    Religion in American Politics
79-300    History of American Public Policy
79-302    Killer Robots: The Ethics, Law and Politics of Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems
79-305    Moneyball Nation: Data in American Life
79-307    Religion and Politics in the Middle East
79-310    Modern U.S. Business History: 1870 to the Present
79-315    The Politics of Water: Global Controversies, Past and Present
79-320    Women, Politics, and Protest
79-321    Launching the Presidency: The First 100 Days
79-329    “High Crimes and Misdemeanors”: The Constitution and Impeachment
79-330    Medicine and Society
79-331    Body Politics: Women and Health in America
79-335    Drug Use and Drug Policy
79-338    History of Education in America
79-341    The Cold War in Documents and Film
79-351    Germany and the European Union
79-359    Sustainable Innovations: Ideas, Policies and Technologies to Make a Better Planet
79-369    Disasters in American History: Floods and Hurricanes
79-372    Cities, Technology, and the Environment
79-374    American Environmental History
79-375    College Students, Politics and Protest: Student Activism Since World War II
79-384    Garbage Gone Global
80-135    Intro to Political Philosophy
80-136    Social Structure, Public Policy and Ethics
80-235    Political Philosophy
80-324    Philosophy of Economics
80-334    Social and Political Philosophy
80-335    Deliberative Democracy: Theory and Practice
82-306    Intensive French Language and Culture
82-333    Intro to Chinese Language and Culture
82-391    Advanced Russian I: Modern Russia
84-104    Decision Processes in American Political Institutions
84-275    Comparative Politics
84-315    Contemporary Debates in Human Rights
84-319    U.S. Foreign Policy and Intervention in World Affairs
84-322    Nonviolent Conflict and Revolution
84-326    Theories of International Relations
84-320    Domestic Politics and International Affairs
84-321    Autocrats and Democrats
84-326    Theories of International Relations
84-362    Diplomacy and Statecraft
84-363    Comparative Legal Systems
84-366    Presidential Politics: So, You Want to Be President of the United States
84-370    Global Nuclear Politics
84-380    Grand Strategy in the United States
84-387    Technology and Policy of Cyber War
84-388    Concepts of War and Cyber War
84-389    Terrorism and Insurgency
84-393    Legislative Decision Making: U.S. Congress
88-184    Topics of Law: The Bill of Rights
88-220    Policy Analysis I
88-281    Topics in Law: 1st Amendment
88-284    Topics of Law: The Bill of Rights
88-309    Judicial Politics and Behavior
88-310    International Political Economy and Organizations
88-345    Perspectives on Industrial Research and Development
88-366    Behavioral Economics of Poverty and Development
88-371    Entrepreneurship, Regulation and Technological Change
88-384    Conflict and Conflict Resolution in International Relations
88-389    Terrorism and Insurgency
88-391    Technology and Economic Growth
88-393    Legislative Decision-Making: U.S. Congress
88-406    Behavioral Economics in Organizations
88-411    Rise of the Asian Economies
88-412    Energy, Climate Change and Economic Growth in the 21st Century
88-413    Energy and Climate: History, Science, Technology and Policy in the U.S. 1776-2076 

03-121    Modern Biology
03-131    Genes, Drugs and Diseases
03-132    Basic Science to Modern Science
03-240    Cell Biology
05-292    Learning Media Methods
05-391    Designing Human-Centered Software
05-413    Human Factors
05-863    Intro to HCI for Technology Executives
06-100    Intro to Chemical Engineering
09-103    Atoms, Molecules and Chemical Change
09-105    Intro to Modern Chemistry
12-100    Intro to Civil and Environmental Engineering
12-201    Geology
15-104    Intro to Computing for Creative Practice
15-110    Principles of Computing
15-112    Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science
15-122    Principles of Imperative Computation
15-294    Special Topics: Rapid Prototyping Technologies
18-100    Intro to Electrical and Computer Engineering
19-101    Intro to Engineering and Public Policy
19-424    Energy and the Environment
24-101    Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering
27-100    Engineering the Materials of the Future
33-100    Basic Experimental Physics
33-104    Experimental Physics
33-106    Physics I for Engineering Students
33-114    Physics of Musical Sound
33-115    Physics for Future Presidents
33-120    Science and Science Fiction
33-121    Physics I for Science Students
33-124    Introduction to Astronomy
36-350    Statistical Computing
39-245    Rapid Prototype Design
42-101    Intro to Biomedical Engineering
42-202    Physiology
54-366    Physics of Stage Machinery
57-101    Intro to Music Technology
57-337   Sound Recording
57-338    Sound Editing and Mastery
67-211    Intro to Business Systems Programming
76-388    Topics in Digital Humanities: Coding for Humanities 

About the Breadth Course Categories

  • Creative Production and Reflection: These courses foster creativity and provide exposure to artistic and intellectual products such as drama, literature, design, music, expository writing, and foreign languages. It also seeks to stimulate critical reflection on the process of creating and inquiry into why one chooses certain kinds of creative productions.
  • Political and Social Institutions: This requirement presents courses that analyze, through model-based reasoning, the processes by which institutions organize individual preferences and actions into collective outcomes. Choices draw upon such disciplines as political science, history, and policy analysis.
  • Science and Technology: This requirement seeks to engage students in both exposure to substance, and the experience of, methods in science and technology through courses drawn from the natural and physical sciences, computer science, and engineering.
  • Cognition, Choice, and Behavior: This requirement explores the process of thinking, decision making, and behavior in the context of the individual.
  • Cultural Analysis: This requirement fosters deeper understanding of the role cultures play in shaping individual and social behaviors.