2017 Academic Communities

International Studies: Asian Studies

Learn more about Asian culture and language and the history of Asian art with other students who share your interest. Find out about study abroad opportunities and explore the Hillman Library’s extensive collection of materials on Asian studies. Participate in campus events and visit important sites relevant to Asian culture and art. (4 credits plus language credits)

To be a member of this Academic Community, students must also enroll in any level of one of the following languages: Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, or Vietnamese.

NOTE: Students enrolled in this Academic Community will travel to Cleveland, Ohio, to visit the Cleveland Museum of Art's amazing collection of Asian art. (This trip is funded by the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.)

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
15969 HA&A 0020 - Introduction to Asian Art TuTh 2:30-3:45 p.m. 3
11550 FP 0001 - Introduction to the Arts and Sciences W 3-3:50 p.m. 1

 

International Studies: European Studies 

What is a nation? And how have individual answers to this question created the Western world in which we live? Trace the political life of Europe and how it has affected the individual’s sense of identity and place in the growing European Union and in the world. (4 credits plus language credits)

To be a member of this Academic Community, students must also enroll in any level of one of the following languages: French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Swedish, modern Greek, Hungarian, Polish, or Slovak.

NOTE: Students enrolled in this Academic Community will visit New York City, tour the United Nations (UN), visit with the Delegation of the European Union to the UN, and learn about study abroad and funding opportunities at the Institute of International Education. (This trip is funded by the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.)

Class Number

Department & Catalog Number - Course Title

Day(s)

Time

Credit(s)

29785

HIST 1109 - France, Spain, and Italy in the 20th Century

TuTh

4-5:15 p.m.

3

11662

FP 0001 - Introduction to the Arts and Sciences

M

4-4:50 p.m.

1

 

International Studies: Global Studies (This community is closed)

Examine the ways in which nation-states interact on a global level and the challenges that arise for our leaders, policymakers, and fellow citizens because of different governing strategies. Find out about study abroad opportunities and participate in campus and local events centered on global studies themes. (7 credits)

NOTE: Students enrolled in this Academic Community will visit Washington D.C., meet with Pitt alumni who work with nonprofits or government agencies in DC, and visit museums, and other important cultural sites. (This trip is funded by the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.)

Class Number

Department & Catalog Number - Course Title

Day(s)

Time

Credit(s)

24150

PS 0550 - Introduction to Global Studies

MW

3-4:15 p.m.

3

26073

ENGLIT 0720 - Global Fictions

TuTh

1-2:15 p.m.

3

10428

FP 0001 - Introduction to the Arts and Sciences

F

1-1:50 p.m.

1

 

International Studies: Quebec

Learn about the rich linguistic, cultural, and geographical landscape of our French-speaking neighbor to the north while studying the French language. Participate in a unique and exciting “study abroad” weekend and explore North America’s French speaking province first hand. (4 credits plus language credits)

To be a member of this Academic Community, students must also enroll in any level of French language study with a minimum of 3 credits.

NOTE: Students enrolled in this Academic Community will have the opportunity to visit Montreal, Quebec and explore museums and landmark buildings as well as other areas of cultural, geographical, and political significance. (This trip is funded by the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.)

NOTE: Students travelling to Montreal must have a valid passport with an expiration date more than six months after October 31st. Students must verify that they are in possession of a valid passport at the beginning of fall term.

NOTE: Interested International Students must contact the Office of Freshman Programs prior to enrolling in this community.

Class Number

Department & Catalog Number - Course Title

Day(s)

Time

Credit(s)

30286

FR 0014 - Introduction to French-Speaking Canada

MWF

9-9:50 a.m. 3
10726 FP 0001 - Introduction to the Arts and Sciences Th 4-4:50 p.m. 1

 

How to Make a Movie

“Hollywood in Pittsburgh” is a common phrase here. Learn the important role Pittsburgh has in the production and creation of films, both past and present. Learn the processes of movie-making by scripting, creating, and editing your own film. Write about your own engagement with film and film production, and discover where you fit in Pittsburgh’s vibrant film community. (7 credits)

To enroll in this Academic Community, students must place into Seminar in Composition. ENGCMP 0205 fulfills the Seminar in Composition requirement.

Class Number

Department & Catalog Number - Course Title

Day(s)

Time

Credit(s)

11371

ENGCMP 0205 - Seminar in Compostion: Film

Tu

6-8:30 p.m.

3

27922

FILMST 0001 - Motion Picture Fundamentals

W

1-4:00 p.m.

3

11118

FP 0001 - Introduction to the Arts and Sciences

Th

3-3:50 p.m.

1

 

Inside the Theater

Study the evolution of modern theater as a cultural mirror and gain insight into the different perspectives of actors, directors, and designers. Try your own skills on stage, and attend productions by Pitt’s Department of Theatre Arts and professional theater troupes in the city. (7 credits)

Class Number

Department & Catalog Number - Course Title

Day(s)

Time

Credit(s)

11123

THEA 0810 - Introduction to Dramatic Art

TuTh

1-2:15 p.m.

3

10510

THEA 0830 - Introduction to Performance

MWF

12-12:50 p.m.

3

11091

FP 0001 - Introduction to the Arts and Sciences

W

3-3:50 p.m.

1

 

Who Are You? 

How and when does a person develop a sense of one's self? How do both psychology and philosophy help us understand our natures and personalities? The courses in this community will provide a multifaceted approach to finding answers to these questions. (7 credits)

To enroll in this Academic Community, students should anticipate receiving either AP or transfer credit for Introduction to Psychology, a prerequisite for Psychology of Personality.

Class Number

Department & Catalog Number - Course Title

Day(s)

Time

Credit(s)

24847

PHIL 0010 - Concepts of Human Nature

TuTh

2-2:50 p.m.

3

27937

PHIL 0010 - Concepts of Human Nature Recitation

M

1-1:50 p.m.

0

10338

PSY 0160 - Psychology of Personality

TuTh

11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

3

23721

FP 0001 - Introduction to the Arts and Sciences

W

10-10:50 a.m.

1

 

Politics and Public Life (This community is closed)

Learn the basics about the American political process and the intricacies of how it impacts individuals and society at large. Consider how local and national politics intersect and examine the roles citizens play in both arenas. (7 credits)

NOTE: Students enrolled in this Academic Community will visit Washington, DC and visit museums and other political and cultural national landmarks. (This trip is funded by the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.)

Class Number

Department & Catalog Number - Course Title

Day(s)

Time

Credit(s)

25632

PS 0200 - American Politics

MW

12-12:50 p.m.

3

30321

PS 0200 - American Politics Recitation

F

10-10:50 a.m.

0

17607

SOC 0434 - Political Sociology

MWF

1-1:50 p.m.

3

19642

FP 0001 - Introduction to the Arts and Sciences

F

11-11:50 a.m.

1

 

The Beautiful Mind (This community is closed)

Like the father of Neuroscience, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, you have the opportunity to examine the intersection of art and neuroscience by developing artistic talent while studying the brain. Consider the relationship between art and science and how they complement each other. Nothing demonstrates this like the human mind, truly beautiful in its neural structure and its propensity for creative expression. (7 credits)

Class Number

Department & Catalog Number - Course Title

Day(s)

Time

Credit(s)

11014

NROSCI 0080 - Brain and Behavior

MW

4-5:15 p.m.

3

11604

SA 0130 - Drawing Studio 1

TuTh

1-2:40 p.m

3

11735

FP 0001 - Introduction to the Arts and Sciences

W

11-11:50 a.m.

1

 

Biology and the Brain (This community is closed)

How does the human brain interact with the world around it to produce our perceptions, reactions, and responses? Study the basic biology that makes communication between parts of the brain possible and find out how brain function shapes what we do. (7 credits)

Class Number

Department & Catalog Number - Course Title

Day(s)

Time

Credit(s)

10852

BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1

MWF

12-12:50 p.m.

3

29637

BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 Recitation

W

6-6:50 p.m.

0

11014

NROSCI 0080 - Brain and Behavior

MW

4-5:15 p.m.

3

11734

FP 0001 - Introduction to the Arts and Sciences

Th

3-3:50 p.m.

1

 

Cells and Society (This community is closed)

Explore the relationship between medicine and society. Consider how the delivery of medical services can be dependent on a physician’s knowledge of social and biological systems. (7 credits)

Class Number

Department & Catalog Number - Course Title

Day(s)

Time

Credit(s)

10189

BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1

MWF

3-3:50 p.m.

3

24886

BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 Recitation

W

12-12:50 p.m.

0

23579

SOC 0477 - Medical Sociology

TuTh

8:00-9:15 a.m.

3

11172

FP 0001 - Introduction to the Arts and Sciences

Tu

3-3:50 p.m.

1

 

Health-Related Careers

Join a community of students interested in pursuing careers in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, athletic training, health and rehabilitation sciences, and more—and build the foundation for future success in the health professions. (8 credits)

Class Number

Department & Catalog Number - Course Title

Day(s)

Time

Credit(s)

10188

BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1

MWF

9-9:50 a.m.

3

24884

BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 Recitation

Tu

12-12:50 p.m.

0

10539

CHEM 0110 - General Chemistry 1

MWF

2-2:50 p.m.

4

30116

CHEM 0110 - General Chemistry Lab 1

Tu

8-11:50 a.m.

0

10457

FP 0001 - Introduction to the Arts and Sciences

W

4-4:50 p.m.

1

 

Molecules and Morals (This community is closed)

Explore ethical dilemmas in modern medicine—such as medical experimentation, resource allocation, and health care reform—in connection with modern chemistry, the advances of which have made medical miracles possible and have raised the question of ethics to a new level. (8 credits)

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
10541 CHEM 0110 - General Chemistry 1 TuTh 1-2:15 p.m. 4
30118 CHEM 0110 - General Chemistry Lab 1 W 6-9:50 p.m. 0
11624 HPS 0613 - Morality and Medicine MW 2-2:50 p.m. 3
24891

HPS 0613 - Morality and Medicine Recitation

W

1-1:50 p.m.

0

10433

FP 0001 - Introduction to the Arts and Sciences

Tu

3-3:50 p.m.

1

 

Neurons and Chemicals

Deepen your understanding of chemical structures and states of matter while learning about their wider application in psychopharmacology. Develop a better understanding of the basic structures of the brain and chemicals. (8 credits)

Class Number

Department & Catalog Number - Course Title

Day(s)

Time

Credit(s)

10540

CHEM 0110 - General Chemistry 1

TuTh

9:30-10:45 a.m.

4

30119

CHEM 0110 - General Chemistry Lab 1

Tu

1-4:50 p.m.

0

11012

NROSCI 0081 - Drugs and Behavior

MWF

1-1:50 p.m.

3

10452

FP 0001 - Introduction to the Arts and Sciences

Th

1-1:50 p.m.

1

 

Health Care Communication 

Take the first steps toward developing the communication skills that health care professions need. Learn strategies for expressing yourself clearly, asking good questions and providing solid answers. Delve into the first of the science classes you will need to reach your goals in the health care field. (7 credits)

Class Number

Department & Catalog Number - Course Title

Day(s)

Time

Credit(s)

10189

BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1

MWF

3-3:50 p.m.

3

30085

BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 Recitation

W

11-11:50 a.m.

0

30144

COMMRC 0530 - Interpersonal Communication

Th

6-8:30 p.m.

3

10449

FP 0001 - Introduction to the Arts and Sciences

W

12-12:50 p.m.

1

 

Gods and Androids

How do science fiction literature, film, and television draw on myth and religion to explore how our society works and what the individual’s place in it is? You’ll consider the rich metaphorical language of science fiction in essay writing to examine who we are and what we believe. Through readings that consider the intersection of myth and science fiction, we’ll imagine a new way to think about the future, the present, and the past. (7 credits)

To enroll in this Academic Community, students must place into Seminar in Composition. First-Year Seminar fulfills the Seminar in Composition requirement.

Class Number

Department & Catalog Number - Course Title

Day(s)

Time

Credit(s)

11392

CLASS 0030 - Mythology in the Ancient World

TuTh

2:30-3:45 p.m.

3

11487

FP 0003 - First-Year Seminar: Science Fiction and Myth

Tu

6-8:30 p.m.

4