List of Academic Communities

Fall 2018

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
Politics and Public Life How to Make a Movie
Bodies in Motion Inside the Theater
Gods and Androids Who Are You?
Mind and Meditation (De)Coding Representation
The Beautiful Mind 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)
15743 HA&A 0020 - Introduction to Asian Art TuTh 2:30 - 3:45 p.m. 3
11485 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations W 3-3:50 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)
18049 HIST 0187 - World War II-Europe TuTh 9-9:50 a.m. 3
30563 HIST 0187 - World War II-Europe Recitation F 2-2:50 p.m. 0
11592 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations Tu 4-4:50 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)

NOTE: Students enrolled in this Academic Community will visit Washington D.C., meet with Pitt alumni who work with nonprofits or government agencies in DC, and visit museums, and other important cultural sites. (This trip is funded by the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.)

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
23575 PS 0550 - Introduction to Global Studies MW 3-4:15 p.m. 3
29648 HIST 0712 - A Global History of Terrorism MW 10-10:50 a.m. 3
30564 HIST 0712 - A Global History of Terrorism Recitation Th 10-10:50 a.m. 0
10419 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations F 1-1:50 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 also enroll in any level of French language study with a minimum of 3 credits.

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)
28340 FR 0014 - Introduction to French-Speaking Canada MWF 9-9:50 a.m. 3
10701 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations Th 4-4:50 p.m. 1

Politics and Public Life

Learn the basics about the American political process and the intricacies of how it impacts individuals and society at large. Consider how local and national politics intersect and examine the roles citizens play in both arenas. (7 credits)

NOTE: Students enrolled in this Academic Community will visit Washington, DC and visit museums and other political and cultural national landmarks. (This trip is funded by the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.)

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
24963 PS 0200 - American Politics MW 2-2:50 p.m. 3
30567 PS 0200 - American Politics Recitation F 11-11:50 a.m. 0
17277 SOC 0434 - Political Sociology TuTh 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 3
19237 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations F 12-12:50 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.

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
10858 ENGCMP 0205 - Seminar in Composition: Film MW 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 3
26276 ENGFLM 0590 - Filmmaking: Production and Criticism Th 9 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. 3
11076 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations Th 3-3:50 p.m. 1

Bodies in Motion

Join a community interested in various ways to think about the body and sports. Students in this community will be introduced to human interest writing, the sociology of sports, and physiology, as well as the technology, behind sports broadcasting. Engage and learn about how the body and the athlete have been imagined and reimaged by the media. Learn how to interview subjects and create profiles of sports figures. (7 credits)

To enroll in this Academic Community, students must place into Seminar in Composition. ENGCMP 0200 fulfills the Seminar in Composition requirement.

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
28479 ENGCMP 0200 - Seminar in Composition: Sports MW 3-4:15 p.m. 3
29521 ENGFLM 0585 - Technologies of the Body MW 11 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. 3
26445 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations F 11-11:50 a.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)
11081 THEA 0810 - Introduction to Dramatic Art TuTh 1-2:15 p.m. 3
10496 THEA 0830 - Introduction to Performance MWF 12-12:50 p.m. 3
11051 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations W 3-3:50 p.m. 1

Gods and Androids

How do science fiction literature, film, and television draw on myth and religion to explore how our society works and what the individual’s place in it is? You’ll consider the rich metaphorical language of science fiction in essay writing to examine who we are and what we believe. Through readings that consider the intersection of myth and science fiction, we’ll imagine a new way to think about the future, the present, and the past. (7 credits)

To enroll in this Academic Community, students must place into Seminar in Composition. First-Year Seminar fulfills the Seminar in Composition requirement.

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
11336 CLASS 0030 - Mythology in the Ancient World MW 4:30-5:45 p.m. 3
11428 FP 0003 - First-Year Seminar: Science Fiction and Myth Tu 6-8:30 p.m. 4

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)
24217 PHIL 0010 - Concepts of Human Nature TuTh 2-2:50 p.m. 3
30659 PHIL 0010 - Concepts of Human Nature Recitation M 1-1:50 p.m. 0
10329 PSY 0160 - Psychology of Personality TuTh 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 3
23176 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations W 10-10:50 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)
11089 PSY 0010 - Introduction to Psychology MWF 11-11:50 a.m. 3
26248 RELGST 1558 - Buddhism and Psychology TuTh 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 3
10432 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations M 1-1:50 p.m. 1

(De)Coding Representation

Explore the commonalities between studio arts and computing by investigating core concepts like information, abstraction and representation, communication, meaning-making, and creative expression. Learning through hands-on investigations in materials, media, and ideas will be central to both SA and SCI courses. (7 credits)

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
30647 CMPINF 0999 - Special Topics in Computer and Information: Big Ideas in Computing TuTh 1-2:15 p.m. 3
30649 CMPINF 0999 - Special Topics in Computer and Information: Big Ideas in Computing Lab W 11 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. 0
24945 SA 0110 - Visual Thinking TuTh 3-4:40 p.m. 3
10729 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations M 12-12:50 p.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)
10977 NROSCI 0080 - Brain and Behavior MWF 4-4:50 p.m. 3
11537 SA 0130 - Drawing Studio 1 TuTh 3-4:40 p.m. 3
11660 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations W 11-11:50 a.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)
10820 BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 MWF 12-12:50 p.m. 3
24251 BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 Recitation W 2-2:50 p.m. 0
10977 NROSCI 0080 - Brain and Behavior MWF 4-4:50 p.m. 3
11659 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations Th 2-2:50 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)
10526 CHEM 0110 - General Chemistry 1 TuTh 1-2:15 p.m. 4
30557 CHEM 0110 - General Chemistry 1 Lab Th 6-9:50 p.m. 0
11557 HPS 0613 - Morality and Medicine MW 2-2:50 p.m. 3
30565 HPS 0613 - Morality and Medicine Recitation W 1-1:50 p.m. 0
10424 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations Tu 3-3:50 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)
10182 BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 MWF 3-3:50 p.m. 3
24252 BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 Recitation W 12-12:50 p.m. 0
23038 SOC 0477 - Medical Sociology MW 10-10:50 a.m. 3
30568 SOC 0477 - Medical Sociology Recitation F 10-10:50 a.m. 0
11127 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations Tu 3-3:50 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)
10525 CHEM 0110 - General Chemistry 1 TuTh 9:30-10:45 a.m. 4
30559 CHEM 0110 - General Chemistry 1 Lab Tu 1-4:50 p.m. 0
10975 NROSCI 0081 - Drugs and Behavior MWF 1-1:50 p.m. 3
10443 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations Th 1-1:50 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)
10183 BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 MW 6-7:15 p.m. 3
30552 BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 Recitation W 7:30-8:20 p.m. 0
10524 CHEM 0110 - General Chemistry 1 MWF 2-2:50 p.m. 4
30558 CHEM 0110 - General Chemistry 1 Lab Tu 8-11:50 a.m. 0
10448 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations Th 4-4:50 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)
10182 BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 MWF 3-3:50 p.m. 3
28173 BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 Recitation W 11-11:50 a.m. 0
28226 COMMRC - Interpersonal Communication Th 6-8:30 p.m. 3
10440 FP 0001 - Academic Foundations W 12-12:50 p.m. 1