List of Academic Communities

Fall 2019

For more information regarding the Academic Communities, including the course titles, days, and times of the classes in each, click the Academic Community title.

International Studies: Asia International Studies: Europe 
International Studies: Global  International Studies: Quebec 
Inside the Theater How to Make a Movie 
Sports, The Body, and Society Who Are You?
Mind and Meditation Art and Algorithms
The Beautiful Mind Nature/Cities/Humans
Biology and the Brain  Molecules and Morals 
Cells and Society  Neurons and Chemicals 
Health-Realted Careers  Health Care Communication 


International Studies: Asia

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)
15554 HA&A 0020 - Introduction to Asian Art TuTh 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 3
11414 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations W 3:00 - 3:50 p.m. 1


International Studies: Europe

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, Slovak, Russian, or Arabic.

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)
29574 HIST 1109 - France, Spain, and Italy in the 20th Century TuTh 10:00 -10:50 a.m. 3
31052 HIST 1109 -  France, Spain, and Italy in the 20th Century Recitation F 1:00 - 1:50 p.m. 0
11504 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations Tu 4:00 - 4:50 p.m. 1


International Studies: Global

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)

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
23039 PS 0550 - Introduction to Global Studies TuTh 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 3
11689 SOC 0317 - Globalization MWF 2:00 - 2:50 p.m. 3
10401 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations Tu 2:00 - 2:50 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 enroll in one of the following French classes: FR 0103, 0104, 0020, 0021, 0027, 0055, 0056, or 1090.

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 traveling 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 First-Year Programs prior to enrolling in this community.

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
26936 FR 0014 - Introduction to French-Speaking Canada TuTh 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. 3
10661 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations Th 4:00 - 4:50 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)
11034 THEA 0810 - Introduction to Dramatic Art TuTh 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. 3
10475 THEA 0830 - Introduction to Performance MWF 12:00 - 12:50 p.m. 3
11005 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations Th 4:00 - 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.

NOTE: Students enrolled in theis Academic Communty will travel to Rochester, NY to visit the George Eastman House to study early photographic and film technologies, as well as the Strong Museum’s Video and Electronic Game collection to investigate the present and near-future of media technologies. (This trip is funded by the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.)

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
10816 ENGCMP 0205 - Seminar in Composition: Film MW 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 3
25450 ENGFLM 0590 - Filmmaking: Production and Criticism F 9:00 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. 3
11029 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations W 5:00 - 5:50 p.m. 1


Sports, The Body, and Society

How does society use media to understand the relationship between sports, athletics, and the human body?  This community will introduce you to the history of sports in broadcast and film, the history and use of technology in the representation of athletes and the body, and exciting educational options for sports related careers. (7 credits) 

NOTE: In addition to visiting sporting events and Pitt Studios to learn about the ACC Network, students enrolled in this Academic Community will travel to Rochester, NY to visit the George Eastman House to study early photographic and film technologies for recording human movement, as well as the Strong Museum’s Video and Electronic Game collection to investigate the present and near-future of e-sports. (This trip is funded by the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.)

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
29919 ENGFLM 0585 - Technologies of the Body M 1:00 - 4:50 p.m. 3
30935 SOC 0465 - Sociology of Sports W 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. 3
25592 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations M 1:00 - 1:50 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)
23595 PHIL 0010 - Concepts of Human Nature TuTh 9:00 - 9:50 a.m. 3
31055 PHIL 0010 - Concepts of Human Nature Recitation M 10:00 - 10:50 a.m. 0
10311 PSY 0160 - Psychology of Personality TuTh 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 3
22669 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations W 10:00 - 10:50 a.m. 1


Mind and Meditation

Recent studies looking at the intersection of psychoanalysis and Buddhism have demonstrated the value of Buddhist practice to an understanding of the human psyche.  Learn about how these fields intersect and how meditation can influence how we understand human psychology. (7 credits)

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
11042 PSY 0010 - Introduction to Psychology TuTh 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. 3
25429 RELGST 1558 - Buddhism and Psychology TuTh 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 3
10414 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations M 1:00 - 1:50 p.m. 1


Art and Algorithms

Explore the commonalities between studio arts and computing by investigating core concepts like information, abstraction and representation, communication, and creative expression. Learning through hands-on investigations in materials, media, and ideas will be central to both the CMPINF and SA courses. (8 credits)

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
29653 CMPINF 0010 - Big Ideas in Computing and Information TuTh 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. 4
29657 CMPINF 0010 - Big Ideas in Computing and Information Lab W 11:00 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. 0
24274 SA 0110 - Visual Thinking TuTh 10:00 - 11:40 a.m. 3
10688 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations F 10:00 - 10:50 a.m. 1


The Beautiful Mind

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)
25687 NROSCI 0080 - Brain and Behavior MWF 9:00 - 9:50 a.m. 3
11458 SA 0130 - Drawing Studio 1 TuTh 1:00 - 2:40 p.m. 3
11569 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations W 11:00 - 11:50 a.m. 1


Nature/Cities/Humans

How do humans live in harmony with each other and nature in urban areas?  Pittsburgh is the perfect backdrop to explore how sustainability plays out in natural and built environments.  Explore the tradeoffs, challenges, and opportunities of balancing equity, environment, and economics at the campus and city scale (7 credits).

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
25600 GEOL 0840 - Environmental Science Tu 6:00 - 7:50 p.m. 3
31053 GEOL 0840 - Environmental Science Recitation F 1:00 - 1:50 p.m. 0
10477 URBNST 0080 - Introduction to Urban Studies TuTh 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 3
10404 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations W 1:00 - 1:50 p.m. 1


Biology and the Brain

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)
10779 BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 MWF 12::00 - 12:50 p.m. 3
23624 BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 Recitation W 2:00 - 2:50 p.m. 0
10933 NROSCI 0080 - Brain and Behavior MWF 4:00 - 4:50 p.m. 3
11568 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations Tu 1:00 - 1:50 p.m. 1


Molecules and Morals

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)
10504 CHEM 0110 - General Chemistry 1 TuTh 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. 4
31057 CHEM 0110 - General Chemistry 1 Lab Tu 6:00 - 9:50 p.m. 0
11473 HPS 0613 - Morality and Medicine MW 2:00 - 2:50 p.m. 3
28687 HPS 0613 - Morality and Medicine Recitation W 1:00 - 1:50 p.m. 0
10406 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations Tu 3:00 - 3:50 p.m. 1


Cells and Society

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)
26366 BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 TuTh 8:00 - 9:15 a.m. 3
31050 BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 Recitation Th 11:00 - 11:50 a.m. 0
22539 SOC 0477 - Medical Sociology TuTh 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. 3
11077 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations Th 3:00 - 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)
10503 CHEM 0110 - General Chemistry 1 TuTh 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. 4
31056 CHEM 0110 - General Chemistry 1 Lab Tu 1:00 - 4:50 p.m. 0
10931 NROSCI 0081 - Drugs and Behavior MWF 1:00 - 1:50 p.m. 3
10424 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations Th 1:00 - 1:50 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)
10170 BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 MW 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. 3
28674 BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 Recitation W 7:30 - 8:20 p.m. 0
10502 CHEM 0110 - General Chemistry 1 MWF 2:00 - 2:50 p.m. 4
31058 CHEM 0110 - General Chemistry 1 Lab Tu 8:00 - 11:50 a.m. 0
10428 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations Th 4:00 - 4:50 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)
10779 BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 MWF 12:00 - 12:50 p.m. 3
31051 BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 Recitation W 3:00 - 3:50 p.m. 0
26874 COMMRC - Interpersonal Communication Th 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. 3
10421 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations M 3:00 - 3:50 p.m. 1