BSCS Humanities and Arts Requirements

Humanities and the Arts

Revised November, 2018

Students are required to complete at least 63 units in the humanities and the arts (7 courses of at least 9 units each) as described below. Some courses that are offered by Dietrich College or the College of Fine Arts may not be used in satisfaction of the Humanities and Arts elective requirements; these are noted in the Deletions section. Also, some courses offered by other colleges may be used to satisfy the Humanities and Arts elective requirements. These are noted in the Additions section. Of course, if a Science/Engineering course can be used to satisfy a Humanities and Arts elective, it cannot be used as Science/Engineering requirement!

Humanities and the Arts: Writing Requirement (9 units)
All students are required to complete the following course:

76-101 Interpretation and Argument

Humanities and the Arts: Constrained Categories (27 units)

Students are required to complete one course of at least 9 units in each of the following three constrained elective categories. Note that courses listed below may not be offered every semester. Students should consult with their academic advisor and with the relevant department for more information.

Category 1: Cognition, Choice and Behavior

This requirement explores the process of thinking, decision making, and behavior in the context of the individual.

Courses currently acceptable for Category 1 include:

70-311 Organizational Behavior
80-130 Introduction to Ethics
80-150 Nature of Reason
80-180 Nature of Language
80-221 Philosophy of Social Science  
80-241 Ethical Judgments in Professional Life
80-242 Conflict and Dispute Resolution 
80-270 Philosophy of Mind
80-271 Philosophy and Psychology
80-275 Metaphysics
80-281 Language and Thought
80-330 Ethical Theory
85-102 Introduction to Psychology 
85-211 Cognitive Psychology 
85-221 Principles of Child Development 
85-241 Social Psychology 
85-251 Personality 
85-261 Abnormal Psychology 
88-120 Reason, Passion and Cognition 
88-260 Organizations

Category 2: Economic, Political and Social Institutions
This requirement explores the processes by which institutions organize individual preferences and actions into collective outcomes.

Courses currently acceptable for Category 2 include:

19-101 Introduction to Engineering and Public Policy
36-303 Sampling, Survey and Society
70-332 Business, Society and Ethics
73-100 Principles of Economics (prior to 2017)
73-102 Principles of Microeconomics (starting 2017)
73-103 Principles of Macroeconomics (starting 2017)
73-230 Intermediate Microeconomics (prior to 2017)
73-240 Intermediate Macroeconomics (prior to 2017)
79-299 From Newton to the Nuclear Bomb: History of Science, 1750-1950
79-300 History of American Public Policy
79-320 Women, Politics, and Protest
79-331 Body Politics: Women and Health in America
80-135 Introduction to Political Philosophy
80-136 Social Structure, Public Policy & Ethics
80-243 Ethics of Leadership 
80-244 Environmental Ethics
80-245 Medical Ethics
80-324 Philosophy of Economics
80-334 Social and Political Philosophy
80-341 Computers, Society and Ethics
84-104 Decision Processes in American Political Institutions
84-275 Comparative Politics
84-310 International Political Economy and Organizations
84-320 Domestic Politics and International Affairs
84-322 Attitudes, the Media, and Conflict in International Relations
84-324 Democracies and War
84-326 Theories of International Relations
84-362 Diplomacy and Statecraft
84-380 Grand Strategy in the United States
84-386 The Privatization of Force
84-389 Terrorism and Insurgency
84-393 Legislative Decision Making: US Congress
84-402 Judicial Politics and Behavior
84-414 International and Subnational Security
88-220 Policy Analysis I
88-257 Experimental Economics
Category 3: Cultural Analysis
This requirement seeks to recognize cultures that have shaped and continue to shape the human experience; courses in this category are usually either broad in place, time, or cultural diversity.

Courses currently acceptable for Category 3 include:

57-173 Survey of Western Music History
60-205 Modern Visual Culture 1789-1960
70-342 Managing Across Cultures
76-221 Books You Should Have Read By Now
76-227 Comedy
76-232 African American Literature
76-239 Introduction to Film Studies
76-241 Introduction to Gender Studies
79-104 Global Histories
79-201 Introduction to Anthropology
79-202 Flesh and Spirit: Early Modern Europe: 1400-1750
Development of European Culture
79-222 Between Revolutions: The Development of Modern Latin America
79-223 Mexico: From the Aztec Empire to the Drug War
79-226 Introduction to African History: Earliest Times to 1780
79-229 Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1880-1948
79-230 Arab-Israeli Conflict and Peace Process since 1948
79-240 The Development of American Culture
79-241 African American History: Africa to the Civil War
79-242 African American History: Reconstruction to the Present
79-255 Irish History (6 units - must be paired with another humanities course for 9 units or more) 
79-262 Modern China
79-265 Russian History: From the First to the Last Tsar
79-282 Europe and the World since 1800
79-311 Introduction to Anthropology
79-316 Photography, the First 100 Years, 1839-1939 (crosslisted with 62-371)
79-345 Roots of Rock and Roll
79-350 Early Christianity
79-395 The Arts in Pittsburgh
79-396 Music and Society in 19th and 20th Century Europe and the U.S.
80-100 Introduction to Philosophy
80-250 Ancient Philosophy
80-251 Modern Philosophy
80-253 Continental Philosophy
80-254 Analytic Philosophy
80-255 Pragmatism
80-261 Empiricism and Rationalism
80-276 Philosophy of Religion
82-273 Introduction to Japanese Language and Culture
82-293 Introduction to Russian Culture
82-303 Introducxtion to French Culture
82-304 The Francophone World
82-327 The Emergence of the German Speaking World
82-333 Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture
82-342 Spain: Language and Culture
82-343 Latin America: Language and Culture
82-344 U.S. Latinos: Language and Culture
82-345 Introduction to Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies
Humanities and the Arts: Electives (27 units)
In addition to 76-101 and the three required Category courses, students must complete 3 non-technical courses of at least 9 units each from any of the departments in the Dietrich College or the College of Fine Arts. Note the courses in the following Deletions section which are explicitly excluded from serving as a Humanities and Arts elective as well as the section of Additions from other departments which are allowed to be used in satisfaction of these electives.

NOTE: Students admitted prior to 2006 are required to take 36 units of Humanities and Arts electives instead of the 27 units currently required.

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The intent of the Humanities and Arts requirements is to provide breadth in background and exposure to non-technical areas. For this reason, certain technical courses from H&SS are excluded. These courses are listed below, though this list is not presumed to be exhaustive - new courses will undoubtedly be offered which are not currently listed.
The following H&SS departments offer courses that are considered too technical or quantitative to be used to fulfill any Humanities and Arts elective requirement. Particular disallowed courses are listed by their department:

 Statistics - Deletions

36-xxxAll courses except 36-303

 Design - Deletions

51-224Communication Design: Web Design
51-257Computing for the Arts with Processing (crosslisted with 48-257, 60-257)
51-327Introduction to Web Design
51-328Advanced Web Design

 H&SS Interdisciplinary - Deletions

67-xxxAll courses

 Economics - Deletions

73-226Quantitative Economic Analysis
73-251Economic Theory
73-252Advanced Microeconomic Theory
73-253Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
73-274Econometrics I
73-347Game Theory for Economists
73-374Econometrics II

 English - Deletions

76-388Topics in Digital Humanities: Coding for Humanities
76-481Introduction to Multimedia Design

 Philosophy - Deletions

80-110Nature of Mathematical Reasoning
80-210Logic and Proofs
80-211Arguments and Inquiry
80-212Arguments and Logical Analysis
80-222Measurement and Methodology
80-223Causation and Probability
80-305Choices, Decisions and Games
80-310Formal Logic
80-311Computability and Incompleteness
80-314Logic in Artificial Intelligence
80-315Modal Logic
80-316Probability and AI
80-318Computability and Proof Search
80-319Computability and Learnibility
80-405Game Theory
80-410Recursion and Hierarchies
80-411Proof Theory
80-412Intuitionism and Constructive Mathematics
80-413Category Theory
80-419Interactive Theorem Proving
80-481Formal Semantics
80-521Seminar on Formal Epistemology

 Psychology - Deletions

85-213Human Information Processing and Artificial Intelligence
85-219Biological Foundations of Behavior
85-355Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
85-414Cognitive Neuropsychology
85-419Introduction to Parallel Distributed Processing

 Social & Decision Sciences - Deletions

88-250Regression Methods in Social Science
88-251Empirical Research Methods
88-372Social and Emotional Brain

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Certain courses offered in academic units other than H&SS and CFA are considered non-technical and may be taken to fulfill Humanities and Arts electives. The following courses offered by the EPP and BA departments may be used to satisfy the Humanities and Arts elective requirement. Of course, if an EPP course can be used to satisfy a Humanities and Arts elective, it cannot be used as Science/Engineering requirement! In addition, some courses offered by the Heinz School may also be used; see the Assistant Dean for a determination. Again, this list is not presumed to be exhaustive; we'll try to update it as we learn about new courses.

Societal Computing - Additions

08-200Ethics and Policy Issues in Computing (cross-listed with 19-211)
08-532Law of Computer Technology
08-533Privacy, Policy, Law and Technology

Engineering and Public Policy - Additions

19-101Introduction to Engineering and Public Policy (counts as a Cat. 2)
19-402Telecommunications, Technology Policy & Management
19-403Policies of Wireless Systems and the Internet
19-411Global Competitiveness: Firms, Nations and Technological Change
19-484Decision Tools for Engineering Design and Entrepreneurship (crosslisted with 24-484)

 Naval Science/ROTC - Additions

32-102Seapower and Maritime Affairs
32-201Leadership and Management
32-402Leadership and Ethics

 Business Administration - Additions

70-160Graphic Media Processes
70-311Organizational Behavior
70-321Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
70-332Business, Society, and Ethics
70-340Business Communications
70-341Organizational Communication
70-342Managing Across Cultures
70-343Interpersonal Communication
70-345Oral Communications
70-350Business Acting
70-364Business Law
70-365International Trade and International Law
70-381Marketing I
70-430International Management

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