Academics

Majors and Minors 

More than 50 majors are available from departments in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. More than half of these majors also are offered as minors. A minor is a concentration of designated courses in one subject area; it is noted on your transcript upon graduation, and can be used to fulfill the related area requirement.

Multiple Majors

You can choose to complete more than one Dietrich School major; this double or triple major will be recorded on your transcript, but you will earn only one degree. If one major leads to a BA degree and another to a BS, you must decide at graduation which degree you wish to receive. You can overlap a maximum of six credits between majors. The second major will take the place of a related area. As with a single degree, a minimum of 120 credits are required for graduation, including general-education requirements.

Double Degree Option

You may choose to simultaneously pursue more than one undergraduate degree, either within the Dietrich School (i.e., both a BA and a BS) or in another undergraduate school of the University. The Dietrich School also offers a joint degree program with the School of Engineering. In general, earning two degrees requires a minimum of 150 credits and completion of the curriculum requirements of both schools.

Combined Degree Option

These intensive programs give Dietrich School students the opportunity to complete their undergraduate degree while beginning their first year of a graduate or professional program. To qualify you must:

  • Complete 90 or more Dietrich School credits,
  • Satisfy all of the general education requirements, and
  • Be accepted into a graduate or professional school at the University of Pittsburgh.

You will receive a bachelor’s degree from the Dietrich School upon completion of your first year of graduate study. Options include:

Bachelor of Philosophy

The University Honors College (UHC) grants the Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil) degree, which is an undergraduate degree jointly awarded by UHC and any undergraduate school/college at Pitt that is the home school of the recipient. The BPhil is the degree title and is not related to the academic discipline of philosophy.

Certificate Programs

Certificate programs allow you to complete a concentrated area of study in addition to your major. Certificates typically require 18-24 credits, and are noted on your transcript upon graduation. Some certificate programs can be used to fulfill the related area requirement.

Preparation for Professional Programs 

Although the Dietrich School does not offer specific majors in pre-law, pre-medical, pre-dental, or pre-education, it is possible for you to complete all of the necessary prerequisites for entry into these and other graduate professional schools while fulfilling Dietrich School degree requirements. Be sure to talk with your advisor about your intended path.

If you are planning to complete your undergraduate education in the University of Pittsburgh's professional Schools of Social Work, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Information Sciences, or Pharmacy, you will normally spend two years in the Dietrich School taking the necessary prerequisite courses and electives in preparation for professional study.

If you are not admitted directly into the Schools of Engineering or Nursing, or the College of Business Administration (CBA), you may be offered the option of beginning in the Dietrich School. Successful transfer into these schools after one or two years will depend upon space availability and your academic success. Be sure to talk to your advisor if you are interested in any of these options.

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