First-Year Programs Class for BRIDGES Students

Academic Foundations

This one-credit course is your insiders’ guide to Pitt, connecting you to valuable academic resources and opportunities, introducing you to the campus and the city, and providing the opportunity to meet other new students in small classes. Whether you’re an out-of-state student or have lived in the Pittsburgh region your entire life, this course will provide you with indispensable information and tips for navigating your new home.

In Academic Foundations, you will:

  • Define your educational goals. Learn how general education courses can help you become an educated citizen in today’s global society while developing skills that employers demand and earning credits for graduation;
  • Become familiar with the cultural resources on Pitt’s campus as well as the diversity of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods and communities;
  • Get connected to academic success workshops, tutoring opportunities, and academic support services;
  • Be introduced to the Hillman Library, which houses 6 million volumes, extensive online resources, and much more to help you succeed; and
  • Learn to communicate with faculty, staff, and administrators, which will help you secure internships and letters of recommendation, and build the résumé you want.

Exclusive sections of this course are offered for BRIDGES students! In fall 2020, there are two options: Mondays at 2 p.m. and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. To enroll in one of these courses, contact BRIDGES Program Manager and Outreach Coordinator Kayla Banner.