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Approved Electives

Humanities and Social Science Elective Guidelines and Requirements

Undergraduate Requirements

All Swanson School of Engineering undergraduates must complete at least six humanities and social science elective courses from the School’s list of approved courses in order to satisfy Swanson School of Engineering and ABET accreditation requirements for breadth and depth. In order to meet these standards, all Engineering undergraduate students must fulfill the following requirements when choosing their six elective classes:

Depth Requirement

  • Students must complete two or more courses from one of the approved departments or programs in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.
  • A student may also satisfy the Depth Requirement by completing two or more courses with a related theme, e.g. courses that focus on a geographic region, historic period, or ideological perspective.
  • Only one course below the 0200 level may be used to satisfy the depth requirement, except in the departments of Psychology, Linguistics, and languages.
  • Some transfer and AP courses may transfer to the Swanson School under Catalog Number 0000 (e.g. ENGLIT 0000). Multiple courses in the same Subject with Catalog Number 0000 may count toward students’ elective requirements, but may not together satisfy the depth requirement.

Breadth Requirement

  • Students must select courses from at least three different Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences humanities and social science departments.
  • Students must select courses from both the humanities and social science departments.

Departmental Requirements

  • It is important to note that some of the Engineering majors have additional guidelines for selecting the six humanities and social science elective requirements. Students are responsible for checking with their departments for any supplemental requirements.

Notes and Restrictions on Selecting Electives

  • No more than two of the required six elective courses can be satisfied via high school Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate credits.
  • Language classes may not be taken in the student’s native language, unless placement is deemed appropriate by the language department in question.
  • Independent Study courses, Study Abroad courses, Directed Study, and Research courses will not satisfy humanities/social science elective requirements unless they have been pre-approved by your department’s Undergraduate Coordinator and the Associate Dean for Academics. In the listing below, they are listed as not approved, as are any additional independent study, study abroad, directed study, or research courses. See your department’s Undergraduate Coordinator if these courses interest you.
  • All humanities/social science elective courses must be taken for 3 or more credits. Courses that are offered for fewer than 3 credits may NOT be combined to count as an elective.
  • Courses that are cross-listed with other departments may be taken under either course number (i.e. ANTH 1524 is equivalent to HAA 1650) and may be used to satisfy the depth requirement in either department.
  • All Swanson School of Engineering students must also complete at least one “W”-designated course in which the “W” indicates that a course has a substantial writing component as approved by the School of Arts and Sciences. Students should refer to the Registrar’s website on course information (http://www.courses.as.pitt.edu/) each term to determine whether a course is being offered as a “W”-designated course. Under General Education requirements (right side), select “W - Writing Intensive" and then choose the semester about which you are inquiring. Every School of Arts and Sciences department offers “W”-designated courses, which may or may not satisfy Swanson School of Engineering humanities or social science requirements.

Approved Course Listing

  • Only an officially listed School of Arts and Sciences course may be used to fulfill a humanities and social science requirement. Approved departments may be found below. Courses from the College of General Studies (including External Studies courses), the College of Business Administration, or the School of Information Sciences cannot be used to fulfill the humanities and social science requirements.
  • These courses may be used to satisfy a free or open elective requirement, though students should always discuss these courses with an Academic Advisor before selecting and registering for such a course.
  • Only A&S courses are acceptable. CGS courses that are not acceptable include Administration of Justice courses and all courses designated as self-paced (self), online (www) or hybrid online (hybrid). None of these courses will count as fulfilling H/SS requirements.

 

AFRICANA STUDIES (AFRCNA)– SOCIAL SCIENCE
All three-credit courses in AFRCNA below 1760 are approved, including AFRCNA 0000.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ASL) – HUMANITIES
All three- or four-credit courses in ASL below 1900 are approved, including ASL 0000.

ANTHROPOLOGY (ANTH) – SOCIAL SCIENCE
ANTH courses below 0540 are not approved.
ANTH 1164, 1497, 1498, 1499, 1516, 1520, 1534, 1537, 1602, 1605, 1609, 1613, 1617, 1627, 1712, 1750 are not approved.
Other three-credit courses in ANTH between 0540 and 1899 are approved, as is ANTH 0000.

ARABIC (ARABIC) – HUMANITIES
All three-, four-, or five-credit courses in ARABIC below 1900 are approved, including ARABIC 0000.

ARTS AND SCIENCES (ARTSC) – SOCIAL SCIENCE
The following are approved courses:
ARTSC 0150 Intro to Global Studies
ARTSC 1501 Seminar: Latin America

CHINESE (CHIN) – Humanities
All three-, four-, or five-credit courses in CHIN below 1900 are approved, including CHIN 0000.

CLASSICS (CLASS) – HUMANITIES
All three credit courses in CLASS below 1900 are approved, including CLASS 0000.

COMMUNICATION (COMMRC) – SOCIAL SCIENCE
The following COMMRC Courses and COMMRC 0000 are approved:
0300 – Communication Process
0310 – Rhetorical Process
0300 Communication Process
0310 Rhetorical Process
0320 Mass Communication Process
0500 Argument
0530 Interpersonal Communication
0540 Discussion
1103 Rhetoric and Culture
1104 Political Communication
1105 Television and Society
1106 Small Group Communication
1111 Theories of Persuasion
1122 Media Criticism
1123 Rhetorical Criticism
1148 Rhetoric and Human Rights
1160 Visual Rhetoric
1161 Communication Ethics
1730 Communicating World Culture through Film (Honors)
1731 Special Topics in Rhetoric
1732 Special Topics in Mass Communication

ECONOMICS (ECON) – SOCIAL SCIENCE
The following ECON Courses and ECON 0000 are approved:
0100 Introduction to Microeconomic Theory
0110 Introduction to Macroeconomic Theory
0120 Introductory Economic Theory (UHC)
0140 Radical Political Economy
0160 Introduction to Econometrics (W sections only)
0200 Game Theory Principles
0220 Introduction to Health Economics
0230 Public Finance 1
0280 Introduction to Money and Banking
0330 Urban Economics
0360 Intro. to Environ. & Resource Economics
0400 Labor and the Economy
0430 Women in the Labor Market
0450 Economics of Technological Change
0460 Sports Economics
0470 Industrial Organization
0480 Consumer Economics
0490 Transportation Economics
0500 Introduction to International Economics
0520 Comparative Economic Systems
0530 Economics of Underdeveloped Areas
0630 East Asia's Dynamic Economies
0640 Economics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
0700 Economics of Information Sci. (UHC)
0800 Introduction to Economics
0810 Consumer Economics
0820 Regulated Industries
1010 American Economic History (HIST 1645)
1030 European Economic History (HIST 1145)
1050 Socialism vs. Capitalism (HIST 1045)
1070 History of Economic Thought 1 (UHC)
1080 History of Economic Thought 2 (UHC)
1100 Intermediate Microeconomics
1110 Intermediate Macroeconomics
1210 Microeconomics
1230 Intermediate Public Finance
1260 Intermediate Micro/Business Economics
1280 Monetary Theory and Policy
1300 Introduction to Regional Economics
1320 Urban Economics
1390 Work, Self, and Society (UHC)
1400 Theory of Labor Unions
1410 Collective Bargaining
1420 Labor Economics
1440 Economics of Corporate Finance
1470 Industrial Organization 2
1480 Government Regulation of Business
1500 Intermediate International Trade
1530 Development Economics
1580 Economic Growth, Public Health & Demography
1590 Peoples and Resources of USSR and East Europe
1610 Latin American Economic Development
1620 Economic Development in Socialist Cuba
1630 Economic Development of China
1640 Japanese Economic Growth
1670 Economies of USSR and East Europe
1700 Prosem Methodology of Economics
1710 Prosem International Economics
1720 Prosem Monetary and Macroeconomics
1905 Special Topics
1960 Politics and Economics of Public Policy (UHC) (PS 1682)

ENGLISH COMPOSITION (ENGCMP) – HUMANITIES
All three-credit courses in ENGCMP between 0410 and 1899 are approved, as is ENGCMP 0000.

ENGLISH LITERATURE/ENGLISH FILM (ENGLIT/ENGFLM) – HUMANITIES
All three-credit courses in ENGLIT between 0300 and 1899 are approved, as is ENGLIT 0000.
All three-credit courses in ENGFLM below 1900 are approved, including ENGLIT/ENGFLM 0000.

ENGLISH WRITING (ENGWRT) – HUMANITIES
ENGWRT 0053 is not approved.
All other three-credit courses in in ENGWRT below 1700 are approved, including ENGWRT 0000.

FILM STUDIES (FLMST) – HUMANITIES
All three-credit courses in FLMST below 1900 are approved, as is FLMST 0000.

FRENCH (FR) – HUMANITIES
FR 0197, 0452, 1494, 1497, 1498 are not approved.
All other three-, four-, or five-credit courses in FR below 1900 are approved, as is FR 0000.

GENDER, SEXUALITY, AND WOMEN’S STUDIES (GSWS) – INTERDISCIPLINARY
All three-credit courses in GSWS between 0100 and 1899 are approved, as is GSWS 0000 and 0030.

GEOGRAPHY (GEOG) – SOCIAL SCIENCE
The following GEOG courses and GEOG 0000 are approved:
0210 Physical Geography
0810 Earth and People

GERMAN (GER) – HUMANITIES
GER 0031, 0197, 1104, 1204, 1399, 1531, and 1550 are not approved.
All other three-, four-, or five-credit courses in GER below 1900 are approved, as is GER 0000.

GREEK (GREEK) – HUMANITIES
All three-, four-, or five- credit courses in GREEK below 1800 are approved, including GREEK 0000.

HINDI (HINDI) – HUMANITIES
All three-, four-, or five-credit courses in HINDI below 1900 are approved, including HINDI 0000.

HISTORY (HIST) – SOCIAL SCIENCE
HIST 1000, 1001, 1030, 1449, 1494, 1497, 1498, 1499, and 1745 are not approved.
All other three-credit courses in HIST below 1800 are approved, including HIST 0000.

HISTORY OF ART AND ARCHITECTURE (HAA) – HUMANITIES
All three-credit courses in HAA below 1900 are approved, as are HAA 0000 and HAA 1913.

HONORS (HON) – INTERDISCIPLINARY
The following HON courses are approved:
1110 Comparative Studies in Leadership
1160 Discourses in Human Knowledge

IRISH (IRISH) – HUMANITIES
All three-, four-, or five-credit courses in IRISH below 1900 are approved, including IRISH 0000.

ITALIAN (ITAL) – HUMANITIES
All three-, four-, or five-credit courses in ITAL below 1900 are approved, including ITAL 0000.

JAPANESE (JPNSE) – HUMANITIES
JPNSE 1494 is not approved.
All other three-, four-, or five-credit courses in JPNSE below 1900 are approved, including JPNSE 0000.

JEWISH STUDIES (JS) – INTERDISCIPLINARY
All three-, four-, or five-credit courses in JS below 1900 are approved, including JS 0000.

KOREAN (KOR) – HUMANITIES
All three-, four-, or five-credit courses in KOR below 1900 are approved, including KOR 0000

LATIN (LATIN) – HUMANITIES
All three-, four-, or five-credit courses in LATIN below 1800 are approved, including LATIN 0000.

LESS COMMONLY TAUGHT LANGUAGES (LCTL) – HUMANITIES
All three-, four-, or five-credit courses in LCTL below 1900 are approved, including LCTL 0000.

LINGUISTICS (LING) – HUMANITIES
LING 1330, 1340, and 1441 are not approved.
All other three-, four-, or five-credit courses in LING between 0080 and 1799 are approved, including LING 0000.

MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE STUDIES (MRST) – HUMANITIES
All three-credit courses in MRST below 1900 are approved, including MRST 0000.

MUSIC (MUSIC) – HUMANITIES
Music voice and/or instrument lessons may count as a humanities/social science elective if they are taken for three credits in a given semester. One- or two-credit MUSIC courses may not be combined to count as a humanities/social science elective.
MUSIC 1401, 1494, and 1497 are not approved.
All other three-credit courses in MUSIC below 1900 are approved, including MUSIC 0000.

PERSIAN/FARSI (PERS) – HUMANITIES
All three-, four-, or five-credit PERS classes below 1900 are approved, including PERS 0000.

PHILOSOPHY (PHIL) – HUMANITIES
PHIL 0500, 1494, and 1497 are not approved.
All other three-credit courses in PHIL below 1900 are approved, including PHIL 0000.

POLISH (POLISH) – HUMANITIES
All three-, four-, or five-credit courses in POLISH below 1900 are approved, including POLISH 0000.

POLITICAL SCIENCE (PS) – SOCIAL SCIENCE
PS 0700, 1000, 1449, 1494, 1497, 1498, 1499, 1700, 1702, 1800, and 1820 are not approved.
All other three-credit courses in PS between 0200 and 1899 are approved, as well as PS 0000.

PORTUGUESE (PORT) – HUMANITIES
All three-, four-, or five-credit courses in PORT below 1900 are approved, including PORT 0000.

PSYCHOLOGY (PSY) – SOCIAL SCIENCE
The following PSY courses and PSY 0000 are approved:
0010 Introduction to Psychology
0015 Introduction to Psychology as Natural Science (cannot also take 0010)
0105 Intro. to Social Psychology
0160 Psychology of Personality
0182 Law and Social Psychology
0184 Psychology of Gender
0205 Psychology of Aging
0310 Developmental Psychology
0422 Cognitive Psychology for Non-Majors
0680 Industrial/Organizational Psych
1050 Special Topics - Child Development in a British Context (Other Special Topics for PSY 1050 require approval)
1051 Special Topics - Interpersonal Relations (Other Special Topics for PSY 1051 require approval)
1110 Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality
1112 Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality
1140 Social Motivation
1155 Psychology of Small Groups
1205 Abnormal Psychology
1330 Developmental Psych: Cognitive Development
1357 Psychology of Aging
1470 Cognition and the Brain
1630 Personnel Psychology
1635 Organizational Psychology

QUECHUA/KICHWA (QUECH) – HUMANITIES
All three-, four-, and five-credit courses in QUECH below 1900 are approved, including QUECH 0000.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES (RELGST) – HUMANITIES
All three-credit courses in RELGST below 1780 are approved, including RELGST 0000.

RUSSIAN (RUSS) – HUMANITIES
RUSS 0211, 0216, 0221, 0226, 0231, 0236, 0241, and 0246 are not approved.
All other three-, four-, or five-credit courses in RUSS below 1900 are approved, including RUSS 0000.

SERBO-CROATIAN (SERCRO) – HUMANITIES
SERCRO 0212, 0213, 0223, 0231, and 0233 are not approved.
All other three-, four-, or five-credit courses in SERCRO below 1900 are approved, including SERCRO 0000.

SLAVIC (SLAV) – HUMANITIES
SLAV 0222, 0223, 0224, 0225, 0232, 1050, 1710, and 1720 are not approved.
All other three-, four-, or five-credit courses in SLAV below 1900 are approved, including SLAV 0000.

SLOVAK (SLOVAK) – HUMANITIES
SLOVAK 0211, 0212, 021, 0222, and 0232 are not approved.
All other three-, four-, or five-credit courses in SLOVAK below 1900 are approved, including SLOVAK 0000.

SOCIOLOGY (SOC) – SOCIAL SCIENCE
SOC 0197, 0230, 0300, 0710, 0715, 0720, 0725, 0726, 0735, 0750, 1114, 1277, 1416, 1455, 1494, 1497, 1498, 1499, 1500, 1515, and 1700 are not approved.
All other three-credit courses in SOC below 1800 are approved, including SOC 0000.

SPANISH (SPAN) – HUMANITIES
SPAN 0197, 1494 and 1497 are not approved.
All other three-, four-, or five-credit courses in SPAN below 1900 are approved, including SPAN 0000.

STUDIO ARTS (SA) – HUMANITIES
All three-credit courses in SA below 1500 are approved, including SA 0000.

SWAHILI (SWAHIL) – HUMANITIES
SWAHIL 0111 is not approved.
All other three-, four-, or five-credit courses in SWAHIL below 1900 are approved, including SWAHIL 0000.

SWEDISH (SWE) – HUMANITIES
All three-, four-, or five-credit courses in SWE below 1900 are approved, including SWE 0000.

THEATER ARTS (THEA) – HUMANITIES
THEA 1480, 1481, 1482, 1483, 1484, 1485, 1486, 1487, 1494, 1497, 1498, 1499, and 1733 are not approved.
All other three-credit courses in THEA between 800 and 1899, as well as THEA 0000 and THEA 0505 are approved.

TURKISH (TURKISH) – HUMANITIES
All three-, four-, or five-credit courses in TURKISH below 1900 are approved, including TURKISH 0000.

UKRAINIAN (UKRAIN) – HUMANITIES
All three-, four-, or five-credit courses in UKRAIN below 1900 are approved, including UKRAIN 0000.

URBAN STUDIES (URBNST) – SOCIAL SCIENCE
The following URNST courses and URBNST 0000 are approved:
1408 Analyzing and Exploring the Global City: Florence
1410 Global City - London
1613 Sustainable Cities 1: Theories and Concepts
1614 Urban Sustainability
1615 Sustainable Cities 2: Field Research

VIETNAMESE (VIET) – HUMANITIES
All three-, four-, or five-credit courses in VIET below 1900 are approved, including VIET 0000.