Dietrich College

Carnegie Mellon’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences is home to research and education centered on humanity — from how the brain gives rise to the mind to how rapidly evolving technologies affect society.

Building on a foundation of deep disciplinary expertise, the Dietrich College community reaches across boundaries to pursue some of the most thrilling and promising cross-disciplinary research on the planet. We prepare students to be leaders with real-world impact.

With your support, we will advance research that is applied, interdisciplinary and relevant, and expand innovative teaching and learning to enhance the impact our graduates have on their professions and communities.

A Message from the Dean

Richard Scheines

The work we are doing today in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences is shaping the future of humanity, from deep disciplinary research and creative projects emerging from each department, to the educational experiences that enhance our students’ learning in and out of the classroom.

Dietrich College is preparing students to navigate complex societal challenges — by exploring what we can make possible across disciplines like language, psychology, data science and philosophy.

With your support, Dietrich College will educate students in a collaborative culture, create learning experiences that address society’s most urgent problems, and attract faculty who will accelerate research and learning opportunities to create the next generation of great thinkers and doers.

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What will you and Dietrich College

Educating students to solve problems across disciplinary boundaries.

Educating students to solve problems across disciplinary boundaries.

We’re strengthening our commitment to educate students to effectively collaborate across disciplines to share knowledge and find solutions. Your support will lead to greater understanding.

Help us make it possible
Advancing research that is applied, interdisciplinary and relevant.

Advancing research that is applied, interdisciplinary and relevant.

Investment in research centers that facilitate cooperation, collaboration and connection accelerates tangible change for the better — for people everywhere. Your support will create connections that advance research into the world’s most critical questions and complex problems.

Help us make it possible
Creating engaged citizens and professionals through experiential learning.

Creating engaged citizens and professionals through experiential learning.

Thanks to partnerships at home and around the globe providing on-the-ground, meaningful experience, Dietrich students receive a life-changing education that makes an impact — now and in the future. Your support will connect students to experiences that will change their lives, and help them change the world.

Help us make it possible
Advancing our research mission by recruiting and supporting the finest faculty in the world.

Advancing our research mission by recruiting and supporting the finest faculty in the world.

Dietrich faculty’s passion for exploring complex questions that resonate through the human experience echoes through their classrooms and laboratories. Your support will attract and retain talented faculty, giving them the resources required to do work that matters.

Help us make it possible

Help us make it all possible

Educating Students to Solve Problems Across Disciplinary Boundaries

  • Grand Challenges Fund
    Transform students into collaborative problem-solvers as they tackle complex societal issues from multiple perspectives.
  • Dietrich Curriculum
    Introduce a new, general interdisciplinary curriculum by coordinating the teaching of writing, communication and critical thinking across all four years and across all academic disciplines.
  • Holistic Academic Advising
    Create a more holistic academic advising model to support self-direction, experiential learning and career placement.
  • Collaborative Learning Spaces
    Refurbish spaces to facilitate learning and collaboration.
  • Diversity and Inclusion
    Develop programs and practices to foster an atmosphere in which diverse perspectives are engaged and supported.
  • Fellowships and Scholarships
    Enable students to secure a Dietrich College education, regardless of their financial circumstances, and grow Dietrich’s diverse and talented student body.

Advancing Research That Is Applied, Interdisciplinary and Relevant

  • Faculty Research Fellowships
    Accelerate promising areas of research with critical financial support.
  • Research Centers
    Create research centers that will identify and address critical issues at the nexus of humanity and technology such as Humanity and Technology, Integrative Neuroscience, Data Science for Social Good and Human Rights Science.

Creating Engaged Citizens and Professionals Through Experiential Learning

  • Pittsburgh Summer Internship Program
    Help undergraduates engage and connect with organizations in the place CMU calls home, Pittsburgh.
  • Summer Internships
    Support students pursuing opportunities for personal growth and education around the world.
  • International Educational Experiences Fund
    Fuel students’ journeys as leaders, citizens and scholars through hands-on learning opportunities, entrepreneurship support and guidance, travel and more.
  • Program Support
    Facilitate student growth through experiences and initiatives that break down barriers and promote cross-cultural understanding like the Askwith Kenner Global Languages and Cultures Room or the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards.
  • Senior Honors Program Fellowships
    Give students in the Senior Honors Program a head start on their theses by helping them to do early-stage research and development the summer before their final year.
  • Fellowships and Scholarships
    Open the door to a Dietrich education to all students, regardless of their financial means, and help build a student body that reflects the world they will be impacting.

Advancing our research mission by recruiting and supporting the finest faculty in the world

  • Professorships
    Fuel faculty with funding that empowers their research, creative and teaching goals, and recruit even more of the greatest minds to Dietrich College.
  • Fellowships
    Connect faculty with talented graduate students who can advance important research as research assistants while fueling their own evolution as scholars and teachers.
  • Faculty Research Fellowships
    Promote promising faculty research in interdisciplinary fields or exploration into new areas of inquiry.

Make it Possible

Contact Us
Liz Cooper
Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Associate Dean for Advancement
412-268-7713