BSCS Humanities and Arts Requirements

SCS Humanities and Arts Requirements
Revised August, 2016

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
80-230 Ethical Theory
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
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
73-230 Intermediate Microeconomics
73-240 Intermediate Macroeconomics
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
84-362 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
79-207
Development of European Culture
79-222 Between Revolutions: The Development of Modern Latin America
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.

 DELETIONS

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-xxx All courses except 36-303

 

Design - Deletions

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

 

H&SS Interdisciplinary - Deletions

67-xxx All courses

 

Economics - Deletions

73-226 Quantitative Economic Analysis
73-251 Economic Theory
73-252 Advanced Microeconomic Theory
73-253 Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
73-261/363 Econometrics
73-274 Econometrics I
73-347 Game Theory for Economists
73-374 Econometrics II

 

English - Deletions

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

 

Philosophy - Deletions

80-110 Nature of Mathematical Reasoning
80-210 Logic and Proofs
80-211 Arguments and Inquiry
80-222 Measurement and Methodology
80-310 Formal Logic
80-311 Computability and Incompleteness
80-314 Logic in Artificial Intelligence
80-315 Modal Logic
80-316 Probability and AI
80-318 Computability and Proof Search
80-319 Computability and Learnibility
80-405 Game Theory
80-410 Recursion and Hierarchies
80-411 Proof Theory
80-412 Intuitionism and Constructive Mathematics
80-413 Category Theory
80-481 Formal Semantics
80-521 Seminar on Formal Epistemology

 

Psychology - Deletions

85-213 Human Information Processing and Artificial Intelligence
85-219 Biological Foundations of Behavior
85-355 Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
85-370 Perception
85-414 Cognitive Neuropsychology

 

Social & Decision Sciences - Deletions

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

 ADDITIONS

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

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

Engineering and Public Policy - Additions

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

 

Naval Science/ROTC - Additions

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

 

Business Administration - Additions

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