General Education Requirements for Classes 2021 and Later
The College of Engineering has developed General Education Requirements designed to ensure that our students are ready to work effectively in the global economy and become the innovators and leaders of tomorrow.
Complete the Following Requirements to Graduate
- 76-101, Interpretation and Argument (some students may need to take 76-100 first) *Another possibility is 76-102, which is an advanced Special Topics in Writing course that is by invitation only for select students.
Students must complete each of the categories (descriptions of categories follow below): **This is a 9-unit requirement. Any course taken on this list that is below 9 units will require additional units to make up the difference.**
*Note that the units from one course cannot be split to count for two General Education categories (eg PPC and General Education Elective)
- Peoples, Places, and Cultures (PPC)
9 units from the PPC list; or a 9-12 unit course in a modern language at the 200+ level (Students can receive exemption through an approved study abroad program. These students would have three General Education Electives to complete instead of two.)
- Social Analysis and Decision Making (SDM)
9 units from the SDM list of courses (which could be two 4.5 unit courses)
- Innovation & Internationalization (I&I)
9 units from the I&I list of courses (which could be two 4.5 unit courses)
- Writing and Expression (W&E)
9 units from the W&E list of courses (in addition to 76-101)
- General Education Electives (3 total)
At least 27 units from any non-technical academic courses from the Dietrich College or the College of Fine Arts list excluding those listed on the General Education Exclusions page. Courses from this list of non-technical courses outside of the Dietrich College or the College of Fine Arts may also be counted. A maximum of 18 units of these units may be fulfilled via AP/IB/Cambridge exam credit.
- Experiential Learning
6 points by participating in a variety of approved activities in the following timeframe under the desiginated course number:
- 2 points sophomore fall semester (Course # 39-210)
- 2 points sophomore spring semester (Course # 39-220)
- 2 points junior fall semester (Course # 39-310)
General Education Categories
People, Places and Cultures (PPC)
PPC courses are designed to help you gain better understanding of the diversity of the world in which we live, and the way in which societal factors interact to shape that world.
Writing and Expression (W&E)
Engineers must be able to communicate ideas, research, and directives to people with diverse backgrounds, languages, cultures, and demographics. Courses offered under the Writing and Expression category are aimed at building writing and oral skills, which are essential in today's global society.
Experiential Learning (EL)
Being curious and constantly looking for inspiration are critical parts of lifelong learning. To be successful as an engineer and as a citizen, your education must not stop when you graduate from Carnegie Mellon. The EL requirement aims to encourage a habit of lifelong learning about innovation and the growing internationalization in engineering and, indeed, of many other aspects of the modern world. The goal of this requirement is to help inspire the habits of being open to new ideas as successful, innovative engineers.
To do that, during both semesters of your sophomore year and the first semester of your junior year, we require you to choose a few related activities that are not part of your formal course work. Examples could include:
- Attending approved seminars and then submitting a one-page write-up of your thoughts on what you heard;
- Participating in one of the "country courses" or other weekend courses that the University runs (for details see: www.cmu.edu/weekend-today/index.html)
- Holding an official leadership position (eg President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer) in a student organization.
Students enrolled in Experiential Learning (39-210, 220 or 310) can find more information about completing the requirements on their Blackboard page (with the corresponding course numbers above).
Grading and points of contact are divided alphabetically. Get information on advising through the Office of Undergraduate Studies.