The College of Humanities and Social Sciences
(H&SS) is the liberal and professional studies college and the second largest academic unit by enrollment of Carnegie Mellon University
. The college emphasizes the study of the human condition through rigorous analysis and technology.
The college admitted its first freshman class in 1969, following the announcement of the pending closure of the Margaret Morrison Carnegie College, although roots of the college can be traced to the Division of Applied Psychology, founded in 1916 as the first research-oriented department within Carnegie Mellon. The administrative offices of H&SS are located in Baker Hall. Most of the classes offered by H&SS are held in Baker Hall and Porter Hall, but some classes, particularly the smaller recitation classes, are held in various locations throughout the campus. All undergraduate students at Carnegie Mellon are required to take several H&SS classes (at least two, but usually more) as part of their program's General Education requirements. The founding Dean of H&SS was Erwin Steinberg and the current Dean is statistician John Lehoczky.
H&SS manages the following eight departments and three interdisciplinary programs:
Areas of study
can earn a B.A. or B.S. in the following fields of study. Additional majors and minors are available in most fields as well. Graduate programs
at the master and doctorate levels are also available through the college.
In addition, undergraduate students can define their own major through consultation with their academic advisor.
Jointly administered undergraduate degree programs
H&SS jointly administers the Bachelor of Humanities and Arts (BHA) and Science and Humanities Scholars (SHS) degree programs with the College of Fine Arts
and the Mellon College of Science
The office of Carnegie Mellon's Pre-Law Advising Program is located in the H&SS Academic Advisory Center in Baker Hall. Because it is a university program, all interested undergraduate students of the university are welcome to make use of the services offered by the program. Similarly, all interested students of the university, not just science students, can meet with the advisor for the Health Professions Program
, located in Doherty Hall.
H&SS has particular strengths in the interdisciplinary fields of decision science
, rational choice
, technical writing
, history and policy, and cognitive neuroscience
and manages the following research centers:
- Carnegie Mellon University Press
- Center for African American Urban Studies & the Economy (CAUSE)
- Center for Applied Ethics and Political Philosophy
- Center for the Arts in Society
- Center for Behavioral Decision Research
- Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging
- Center for History and Policy
- Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
- Center for Risk Perception and Communication
- Center for the Study and Improvement of Regulation
- Child Language Data Exchange System
- Children's School
- The Dynamic Decision Making Laboratory
- The Humanities Center
- Infant Cognition Lab
- Infant Language and Learning Lab
- Laboratory for the Study of Stress,
- Immunity and Disease
- Laboratory for Symbolic and Educational Computing
- Modern Language Resource Center
- Pittsburgh Mind-Body Center
- Fenton, Edwin (2000). Carnegie Mellon 1900-2000: A Centennial History. Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon University Press. ISBN 0-88748-323-2.