Academic Foundations Courses

Of course, going to class and studying are an important part of college. But coming to college is about more than that. It’s about living independently, choosing your own path, making your own decisions about what to do and when, and finding your fit in a new community. It’s always helpful to have an experienced guide to offer insider insight in a new environment. That’s why the Academic Foundations and First-Year Seminar courses are so valuable.

Students in Academic Foundations discover some of Pittsburgh’s best neighborhoods by exploring them in small groups through the Neighborhood Project.

Academic Foundations (FP 0001, FP 0002, and FP 0004)

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.

FP 0002 is a version of Academic Foundations for students enrolled in the Academic Communities. 

FP 0004 is a version of Academic Foundations that students in the BRIDGES program can opt to take.

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.

Sections of this course are offered Monday through Friday at almost every hour, so you can easily fit it into your schedule!