Freshman Program Courses

All students enrolled in a First-Year Programs course receive a free academic planner at the beginning of the term.

Introduction to the Arts and Sciences (FP 0001)

Introduction to the Arts and Sciences introduces first-year students to the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Pittsburgh campus, and the cultural delights of Pittsburgh. Interesting coursework and fun extracurricular activities prepare first semester students for the academic challenges of college, while providing the opportunity to explore the city’s rich cultural heritage on the Oakland campus and elsewhere.

Small classes taught by an instructor and Undergraduate Teaching Assistant provide the perfect environment for discussion, learning, and making friends. Interesting activities that take place out of the classroom make this course a totally unique introduction to college life, one a new student will not want to pass up!

All students enrolled in this course will receive a free academic planner, designed to keep them abreast of the important activities and events on campus as well as being a fantastic tool to develop time management strategies and to keep track of tasks and tests.

First-Year Seminar (FP 0003)

Explore a focused topic by reading selected texts, writing papers, and participating in classroom discussions. First-Year Seminar is a dynamic, four-credit course that fulfills the Seminar in Composition requirement and includes Introduction to the Arts and Sciences (FP 0001), an introduction to academic life in the Dietrich School. Develop your college writing skills and learn more about the excellent educational opportunities at Pitt through coursework and extracurricular activities.

Please see the schedule for First-Year Seminar for this fall term here.

First-Year Seminar (FP 0006)

Explore a focused topic you are interested in by reading selected texts, writing papers, and participating in classroom discussions. First-Yesr Seminar (0006) is a dynamic, three-credit course for freshmen that fulfills the Seminar in Composition requirement and is offered in the spring term only. 

Please see the schedule for First-Year Seminar for this spring term here.

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