Undergraduate Studies

The Department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) is a unique engineering department focused on the interface between technology and society. Society is largely responsible for setting the goals and framing the problems that engineers work on. However, technologies designed by engineers profoundly change the societies in which they operate. Technology has enabled a healthier, richer and more productive society. At the same time, technology has contributed to the creation of many of the more serious problems our society faces.

Our undergraduate programs include the EPP Double Major and Technology & Policy Minor. The EPP undergraduate programs enhance a traditional course of study at Carnegie Mellon University with the perspectives and skills that enable students to understand and work at the interface between technology and society.

  • EPP Double Major
    Students can enroll in the EPP double major degree program which earns them a joint degree between EPP and any of the five primary engineering departments (Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Computer, Mechanical, and Materials Science), or Computer Science. 
  • Career Paths with EPP
    Graduates of the Engineering and Public Policy double major and the Technology and Policy minor will enter traditional careers with a set of insights and skills that will help them to better deal with issues in technology and policy, and better exercise their ethical and social obligations as practicing professionals.
  • EPP BS/MS Options
    Undergraduates with EPP can take a fifth year Master of Science in Engineering and Public Policy or a double major bachelor's degree, and a master's degree in the H. John Heinz School of Public Policy and Management in a five-year course of study.
  • EPP Project Courses
    The capstone experience for EPP consists of problem-solving project courses to synthesize technology-policy issues with social science analysis. In the EPP Projects Course, students experience working on unstructured, real-world problems that, for proper treatment, require teamwork and contributions from diverse disciplines.
  • Technology & Policy Minor
    For CMU students in Mellon College of Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, and the College of Fine Arts, EPP administers the Technology and Policy Minor. The T&P minor is designed to allow students to explore interests in the interactions of technology and policy without significant overload to the course requirements in their major curriculum.

If you are a prospective EPP student and would like to learn more about EPP, please schedule an appointment with Deanna Matthews, Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Affairs and Assistant Teaching Professor, Engineering and Public Policy.

For information on the undergraduate program, contact:
Deanna Matthews
Email: dhm@cmu.edu,
Phone: (412) 268-7889.