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University of Pittsburgh    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
 
  Nov 30, 2020
 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Approved Humanities/Social Science Electives 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 Peoplesoft each term to determine whether a course is being offered as a “W”-designated course. In the Class Search screen, choose “Writing Option” from the Requirement Designation field. 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 are not acceptable including Administration of Justice courses.  Courses designated as self-paced (self), online (www) or hybrid online (hybrid) in CGS or A&S are not acceptable except by the Associate Dean’s permission, as outlined in the Online Courses policy in the SSOE Catalog.

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 0450 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 0450 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.

ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES (ARC) - HUMANITIES
All three-credit courses in ARC between 0110-0300, 1118-1191, 1310 , and 1330  are approved, as well as ARC 0201 , 1201 , and 1202 .

ARTS AND SCIENCES (ARTSC) - SOCIAL SCIENCE
The following are approved courses:
ARTSC 0150 - INTRODUCTION 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:
COMMRC 0300 - COMMUNICATION PROCESS  
COMMRC 0310 - RHETORICAL PROCESS  
COMMRC 0320 - MASS COMMUNICATION PROCESS  
COMMRC 0500 - ARGUMENT  
COMMRC 0530 - INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION  
COMMRC 0540 - DISCUSSION  
COMMRC 1103 - RHETORIC AND CULTURE  
COMMRC 1104 - POLITICAL COMMUNICATION  
COMMRC 1105 - TELEVISION AND SOCIETY  
COMMRC 1106 - SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION  
COMMRC 1111 - THEORIES OF PERSUASION  
COMMRC 1122 - MEDIA CRITICISM  
COMMRC 1123 - RHETORICAL CRITICISM  
COMMRC 1148 - RHETORIC AND HUMAN RIGHTS  
COMMRC 1160 - VISUAL RHETORIC  
COMMRC 1161 - COMMUNICATION ETHICS  
COMMRC 1730 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMMUNICATION 
COMMRC 1731 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN RHETORIC  
COMMRC 1732 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN MASS COMMUNICATION  

ECONOMICS (ECON) - SOCIAL SCIENCE
The following ECON Courses and ECON 0000 are approved:
ECON 0100 - INTRODUCTION TO MICROECONOMIC THEORY  
ECON 0110 - INTRODUCTION TO MACROECONOMIC THEORY  
ECON 0120 - INTRODUCTORY ECONOMIC THEORY  
ECON 0140 - INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL ECONOMY  
ECON 0160 - INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMETRICS  (W sections only)
ECON 0200 - GAME THEORY PRINCIPLES  
ECON 0220 - INTRO TO HEALTH ECONOMICS  
ECON 0230 - INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ECONOMICS  
ECON 0280 - MONEY AND BANKING  
ECON 0330 - URBAN ECONOMICS  
ECON 0360 - INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENT AND RESOURCE ECONOMICS  
ECON 0400 - LABOR AND THE ECONOMY  
ECON 0430 - WOMEN IN THE LABOR MARKET  
ECON 0450 - ECON OF TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE  
ECON 0460 - SPORTS ECONOMICS  
ECON 0470 - INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATION 1  
ECON 0480 Consumer Economics
ECON 0490 - TRANSPORTATION ECONOMICS 
ECON 0500 - INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS  
ECON 0520 - COMPARATIVE ECONOMIC SYSTEMS  
ECON 0530 - INTRODUCTION TO DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS  
ECON 0630 - EAST ASIA’S DYNAMIC ECONOMIES  
ECON 0640 - ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA (MENA) REGION  
ECON 0700 Economics of Information Sci. (UHC)
ECON 0800 - INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS  
ECON 0810 - CONSUMER ECONOMICS  
ECON 0820 - REGULATED INDUSTRIES  
ECON 1010 - AMERICAN ECONOMIC HISTORY  (HIST 1645 )
ECON 1030 - INTELLCL FOUNDTNS OF CAPITALISM  (HIST 1145 )
ECON 1050 - SOCIALISM VERSUS CAPITALISM  (HIST 1045 )
ECON 1070 - HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT 1  
ECON 1080 - HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT 2  
ECON 1100 - INTERMEDIATE MICROECONOMICS  
ECON 1110 - INTERMEDIATE MACROECONOMICS  
ECON 1200 - GAME THEORY  
ECON 1210 - MICROECONOMICS  
ECON 1230 - INTERMEDIATE PUBLIC ECONOMICS 
ECON 1260 - EXPERIMENTAL ECONOMICS  
ECON 1280 - MONETARY THEORY AND POLICY  
ECON 1300 - INTRODUCTION TO REGIONAL ECONOMICS  
ECON 1320 - URBAN ECONOMICS  
ECON 1390 - WORK, SELF AND SOCIETY  
ECON 1400 Theory of Labor Unions
ECON 1410 - COLLECTIVE BARGAINING  
ECON 1420 - LABOR ECONOMICS  
ECON 1440 - ECONOMICS OF CORPORATION FINANCE  
ECON 1470 - MARKET STRUCTURE AND COMPETITION 
ECON 1480 - ECONOMICS OF INNOVATION  
ECON 1500 - INTERMEDIATE INTERNATIONAL TRADE  
ECON 1530 - INTERMEDIATE DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS  
ECON 1580 - ECON GROWTH PBLC HLTH DEMOGRAPHY  
ECON 1590 - PEOPLE RESOURCES USSR/E EUROPE  
ECON 1610 - LATIN AMERICA ECON DEVELOPMENT  
ECON 1620 - ECON DEVELOPMENT SOCIALIST CUBA  
ECON 1630 - ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF CHINA  
ECON 1640 - JAPANESE ECONOMIC GROWTH  
ECON 1670 - FORMER SOCIALIST ECON & TRANSTN  
ECON 1700 - CAPSTONE SEMINAR IN MICROECONOMICS  
ECON 1710 - CAPSTONE SEMINAR IN INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS  
ECON 1720 - CAPSTONE SEMINAR IN MACROECONOMICS  
ECON 1905 - SPECIAL TOPICS  
ECON 1960 - POLITICS AND ECONOMICS OF PUBLIC POLICY  

ENGLISH COMPOSITION (ENGCMP) - HUMANITIES*
All three-credit courses in ENGCMP between 0400 and 1899 are approved, as are ENGCMP 0000 and 0210.  Note that no course may be used as both a humanities/social science elective and as a communication elective in the engineering departments that require one.  These requirements must be fulfilled through separate courses.

*On 9/25/2020 this information was approved for change. In an effort to provide accurate information the update was made on 9/28/2020.

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 are 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.

HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE (HPS) - HUMANITIES
All three-credit courses in HPS below 1700 are approved, including HPS 0000.

HONORS (HON) - INTERDISCIPLINARY
The following HON courses are approved:
HONORS 1110 - COMPARATIVE STUDIES-LEADERSHIP  
HONORS 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:
PSY 0010 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY  
PSY 0015 Introduction to Psychology as Natural Science (cannot also take 0010)
PSY 0035 - RESEARCH METHODS  
PSY 0105 - INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY  
PSY 0160 - PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONALITY  
PSY 0182 - LAW AND SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY  
PSY 0184 - PSYCHOLOGY OF GENDER  
PSY 0205 - PSYCHOPATHOLOGY  
PSY 0310 - DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY  
PSY 0405 - LEARNING AND MOTIVATION  
PSY 0422 - COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY  
PSY 0680 - INTRODUCTION INDUSTRIAL/ORGANIZATIONAL  
PSY 1050 - TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY  
PSY 1051 - TOPICS IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY  
PSY 1110 - PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF HUMAN SEXUALITY  
PSY 1112 - PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF HUMAN SEXUALITY: RESEARCH WRITING PRACTICUM  
PSY 1140 - SOCIAL MOTIVATION  
PSY 1155 - PSYCHOLOGY OF SMALL GROUPS  
PSY 1205 - ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY 
PSY 1215 - HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY  
PSY 1305 - EXPERIMENTAL CHILD PSYCHOLOGY  
PSY 1312 - CHILD DEVELOPMENT & SOCIAL POLCY  
PSY 1315 - DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCH: INFANCY  
PSY 1330 - DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY: COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT  
PSY 1357 - PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING  
PSY 1470 - COGNITION AND THE BRAIN  
PSY 1630 - PERSONNEL PSYCHOLOGY  
PSY 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, 0221, 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 0800 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:
URBNST 0400 - CRIME, PUNISHMENT, JUSTICE, REINTEGRATION  
URBNST 1408 - GLOBAL CITY - FLORENCE  
URBNST 1410 - GLOBAL CITY - LONDON  
URBNST 1613 - SUSTAINABLE CITIES 1: THEORIES AND CONCEPTS  
URBNST 1614 - URBAN SUSTAINABILITY  
URBNST 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.



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