Studying Across Our Disciplines

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

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


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/school 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 the Phage Genomics Research Course (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 wide-ranging 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. For students interested in combining technology and business, there’s a major called Information Systems. Information Systems utilizes technology to improve business productivity and offers hands-on experience in project based courses that work closely with existing companies and organizations. 


For students with aptitude for creativity and collaborative innovation we have the Integrative Design, Arts and Technology (IDeATe) network that connects diverse strengths of merging technology and arts to eight undergraduate concentrations and minors ranging from animation to physical computing. 


Carnegie Mellon students have ample opportunities to study across disciplines. And breakthroughs happen at the intersection of fields - a Carnegie Mellon specialty.




Students present ongoing research and projects at the Human Computer Interaction Institute's Demo Day.