Carnegie Mellon University

Life at Carnegie Mellon

We understand the value of work hard/play hard, and prize our tight-knit community where students from all around the world make lifelong friends as they prepare for career success.

The undergraduate economics program is a joint program of the Tepper School of Business and the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Economics majors are members of both colleges and enjoy their full support and services (e.g., academic advising, opportunities for study abroad funding, departmental and college-level clubs, preferential course placement and career advising). Through this unique arrangement, our students benefit from the best of the liberal arts and professional approaches to education. Students graduating with major degrees from our program also are required to fulfill university and Dietrich College general education requirements. Students graduating with additional and minor degrees from our program are responsible for fulfilling university and home college general education requirements.

Our undergraduate program is home to a total of 200 to 240 primary majors (freshmen through seniors), accounting for roughly one-third of the Tepper School's undergraduate population and one-fifth of the Dietrich College's undergraduate population. The size of our program allows us to offer seminar-style intermediate and upper-level economics electives where students are encouraged to ask questions, listen deeply and challenge themselves intellectually.

Intellectual Collaboration

Carnegie Mellon is unique in its institutional openness and desire for its students to create cross-disciplinary connections; our faculty and administration encourage students to take intellectual risks inside and out of the classroom. This spirit of collaboration carries through to the economics program. We are an unusual campus in that we don't determine classroom composition uniquely by major; the result of this is that economics students have the opportunity to study alongside students at Carnegie Mellon's top-ranked programs in computer science, design, robotics, engineering and business administration. The mixing of students in the classroom leads to each individual student's increased exposure to exciting challenges in multiple disciplines.

The Undergraduate Research Office is one extension of the university's commitment to student exploration. In the recent past, undergraduate economics program students have received research grants to study economics, and also to pursue research in photography, human interaction, geography and urban development.

Outside the Classroom

Being a student at Carnegie Mellon involves much more than going to classes. It means exploration in and out of the classroom in Pittsburgh and off-campus. While at college, you have the time and opportunity to find new interests, join an intramural or varsity athletic team, hone a skill, learn a new dance style, join a professional organization, volunteer in Pittsburgh, join a language club and more. Our students have many opportunities to become involved in student-run and/or faculty-sponsored organizations on campus. The range of organizations spans academic societies to cultural/national groups to special interest groups to community service groups and more. Find out more about Carnegie Mellon student activities.

Our students are campus leaders who are recognized for their participation and leadership. Within the last three years, members of the undergraduate economics program have been the presidents of the Student Senate, Student Dormitory Council and Student Activities Board. Our students also have been the editors of the university's newspaper The Tartan, and of other academic, arts and satirical magazines on campus. They have been chairs of clubs, fraternities/sororities and arts and cultural organizations, including the Chinese Student Association, Mayur-SASA, Dancer's Symposium and Scotch 'n' Soda Theatre; our students also have played in varsity, intramural and club level teams. Our students are peer-tutors and STUCO Course Designers. Volunteerism in the Pittsburgh community also is something in which our students are engaged.

The possibilities for our students to explore and expand their personal and professional selves at Carnegie Mellon know no boundaries. As a student here, you are guaranteed to find a piece of the close-knit community that speaks to you.