The undergraduate IE program requires students to take at least six
(6) Humanities / Social Sciences Electives. In general, these courses
may be chosen based on the student's personal interests or as a means to
satisfy other requirements (such as for a dual degree, a minor or a
certificate). The courses must come from the list of electives approved
by the Swanson School of Engineering or, in the case of globally focused
courses, be selected from the Arts and Sciences general education
course catalog under the headings, "Foreign Culture/International" or
"Non-Western Culture". See the links below.
The courses also must conform to the recommended Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) guidelines for:
Balance and Breadth: At least two courses must
be from the humanities (e.g., English literature, fine arts, Spanish
etc.) and at least two from the social sciences (e.g., economics,
sociology, psychology, etc.).
Depth: At least one of the electives must be in
the same subject as another elective (such as ECON 0100 and ECON 1100)
and cannot be an introductory course (indicated with an "*" on the SSOE
Writing: Unless a student takes a writing course in a technical area (MATH 413, for example) then at least one of the electives must be a
course that has a significant writing component to it - these are
identified by the "Writing Requirement Course" designation in the
enrollment information in PeopleSoft.
International Requirement: Between 2-4 of the 6 courses must be
globally focused (depending on whether a student is using Option A or B
to satisfy the international requirement).
These electives present students with an opportunity to challenge
their perspectives and personal growth, and to broaden and round out
their education. Thus students are strongly encouraged to give serious
thought to their choice of electives and to take full advantage of the
large number of course offerings that are available at Pitt through the
School of Arts and Sciences. If an elective is of particular interest to
a student but does not appear on the approved list, the student may
petition the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for approval of the
course as a humanities / social science elective
SSOE approved electives which can satisfy the requirements.
School of Arts and Sciences general education course catalog
for globally focused courses. Any course listed under the headings
"Foreign Culture/International" or "Non-Western Culture" can satisfy
H/SS requirements and the international requirement.
ABET recognizes language courses as appropriate for the
Humanities/Social Science requirement. The Swanson School of
Engineering's policy is as follows: Three out of five, or six out of ten
first year language course credits are acceptable towards fulfilling
the Humanities/Social Sciences requirements. This will enable
engineering students to utilize any two language courses regardless of
level as partial fulfillment of the humanities/social science
requirements. This also applies to AP courses transferred from high
school. The following restrictions apply:
No External Studies courses are acceptable (these are identified by the "University External Studies" designation in the enrollment information in PeopleSoft).