Studying Across Our Disciplines

Carnegie Mellon’s unique culture of interdisciplinary and cross-college opportunities, majors and more

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"There’s never a question of if you can take advantage all Carnegie Mellon has to offer."

Carnegie Mellon is a place filled with endless opportunities, offering 90+ majors and minors within six undergraduate colleges. Our academic offerings include intercollege degrees, interdepartmental majors and minors, and other interdisciplinary opportunities.


Whether it’s engineering, fine arts, pure and natural sciences, humanities and social sciences, business or computer science; we’ve got it all. When you apply to Carnegie Mellon, you apply directly to your primary academic area of interest.


We’re often asked if it’s possible to double major, or major and minor, or creatively combine two areas of study across our undergraduate colleges. For instance, is it possible to study both science and music, engineering and business, or art and computer science? The answer is almost always yes.


Each college differs in their first-year experience and approach to general education. Freshman year will give you a taste of what your academic college has to offer with introductory courses like Introduction to Computing for Creative Practice (SCS), Survey of Design + Workshop (CFA) or Programming for Scientists (MCS). You’ll get a feel for college-level, Carnegie Mellon courses and grow within the campus community as a whole. 


While our students are often focused and specialized within a particular academic area, there are a myriad of possibilities for interdisciplinary study, research, projects, etc. Students are able to take classes across six academic colleges — as long as your schedule allows, of course. As a student at Carnegie Mellon, you can add additional majors and minors across colleges to pursue a wide range of interests through unique academic combinations, such as:



Carnegie Mellon also offers several degree programs and courses of study that cross multiple colleges, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the university. These include programs like Computational Biology, Computational Finance, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Statistics and Machine Learning, Economics and Statistics and more. Students interested in combining technology and business may feel at home in the Information Systems program. Information Systems utilizes technology to improve business productivity, offering project-based coursework that allow students to work closely with existing companies and organizations. 


Many Carnegie Mellon students have an aptitude for creativity and collaborative innovation, and pursue this interest through the Integrative Design, Arts and Technology (IDeATe) network. This series of minors and concentrations connects diverse strengths by merging technology and the arts. Students can study such topics as animation, intelligent environments and physical computing, among others. 


Carnegie Mellon students have ample opportunity to study across disciplines. By venturing across the Cut to different areas of study, students that graduate from Carnegie Mellon are multidisciplinary in nature: they'll learn to solve problems, think critically from new perspectives, and communicate across teams to cause breakthroughs at the intersection of different fields.