List of Academic Communities

Fall 2020

For more information regarding the Academic Communities, click the links below. 

International Studies: Asia International Studies: Global
Inside the Theater In the Museum
How to Make a Movie  Bytes & Pixels
Who Are You? Election 2020 - CLOSED
Nature/Cities/Humans - CLOSED The Beautiful Mind
Molecules and Morals - CLOSED Cells and Society - CLOSED
Neurons and Chemicals Health Care Communication - CLOSED 
Science in a Gendered World - CLOSED  

To be part of an Academic Community, you must enroll in all the courses selected for that particular community.  You can find more information about the courses in the Academic Communities by clicking the corresponding class numbers. 


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. This community provides 4 credits plus language credits in your first-term schedule.

To be a member of this Academic Community, students also must enroll in any level of one of the following languages: Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, or Vietnamese.

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
26825 HAA 0020 - Introduction to Asian Art W 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. 3
31533 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations W 3:25 - 4:15 p.m. 1


International Studies: Global

This Academic Community is for students who want to lead lives of impact in their own community or abroad, who desire a deeper understanding of social and economic inequality in transnational context, and who seek a broader understanding of the dominant political and economic trends. Students will learn about resources at Pitt and in the community as well as study abroad opportunities and participate in campus and local events centered on global studies themes. This community provides 7 credits in your first-term schedule.

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
22319 PS 0550 - Introduction to Global Studies TuTh 11:05 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. 3
11598 SOC 0317 - Globalization TuTh 1:15 - 2:05 p.m. 3
30161 (31641) SOC 0317 - Globalization Recitation F 12:10 - 1:00 p.m. 0
31539 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations Tu 3:25 - 4:15 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. Practice your own acting skills and explore productions by Pitt’s Department of Theatre Arts and professional theater troupes in the city. This community provides 7 credits in your first-term schedule.

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
10994 THEA 0810 - Introduction to Dramatic Art TuTh 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. 3
10466 THEA 0830 - Introduction to Performance MWF 12:10 - 1:00 p.m. 3
31548 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations Th 4:30 - 5:20 p.m. 1


In the Museum

What role do museums play in society? What role should they play? As collectors of objects from different historic periods, peoples, and places, museums are essential to the way that we understand past cultures and our world. Because of their rich and yet sometimes controversial origins, can museums still spark wonder and curiosity? And, what purposes should museums serve now and in the future? Understanding the origins and complexities of cultures and their artifacts will enhance the exploration of museums near and far as these questions are explored. This community provides 7 credits in your first-term schedule.

Class Number Department & Catolog Number - course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
10140 ANTH 0780 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology TuTh 12:10 - 1:00 p.m. 3
10139 (31648) ANTH 0780 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Recitation Tu 1:15 - 2:05 p.m. 0
30548 HAA 0125 - Museums: Society and Inclusion? MW 3:25 - 4:40 p.m. 3
31558 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations Th 3:25 - 4:15 p.m. 1


How to Make a Movie

“Hollywood in Pittsburgh” is a common phrase here. Learn the important role Pittsburgh has had in the production and creation of films both past and present. Learn the processes of movie making by scripting, shooting, 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. This community provides 7 credits in your first-term schedule.

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)
10790 ENGCMP 0205 - Seminar in Composition: Film MW 11:05 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. 3
30953 FMST 0800 - Filmmaking 1: Fundamentals F 8:55 - 11:55 a.m. 3
31544 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations W 4:30 - 5:20 p.m. 1


Bytes & Pixels

Are you interested in learning more about visual arts, digital images, or social media? Take a hands-on approach to digital experimentation as you create visual and aural art using the open-source electronics platform, Arduino. Explore the history and development of various forms of digital media while also examining the changes they have produced in our society. This community provides 7 credits in your first-term schedule.

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
30903 ENGFLM 0570 - Introduction to New Media Th 1:15 - 5:05 p.m. 3
30534 SA 0170 - Digital Studio: Creative Coding Tu 1:15 - 4:35 p.m. 3
31529 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations W 4:30 - 5:20 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 to understand our natures and personalities? The courses in this community will provide a multifaceted approach to finding answers to these questions. This community provides 7 credits plus language credits in your first-term schedule.

To enroll in this Academic Community, students should anticipate receiving either AP, IB, or transfer credit for Introduction to Psychology, which is a prerequisite for Psychology of Personality.

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
22823 PHIL 0010 - Concepts of Human Nature TuTh 8:55 - 9:45 a.m. 3
22828 (28599) PHIL 0010 - Concepts of Human Nature Recitation M 10:00 - 10:50 a.m. 0
10304 PSY 0160 - Psychology of Personality TuTh 11:05 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. 3
31527 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations W 10:00 - 10:50 a.m. 1


Election 2020

Every four years, the United States elects a president. This will be an exciting election and some of you may vote for the first time! Learn the basics about the American political process and the intricacies of how it impacts our society. Consider what rhetorical strategies politicians and candidates use as they debate the merits of their platforms and positions. This community provides 4 credits in your first-term schedule. The Department of Communication canceled COMMRC 0510.  The academic community will continue without that class.

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
31399 COMMRC 0510 - Debate: Presidential Rhet Election 2020 MW 4:30 - 5:45 p.m. 3
17108 SOC 0007 - Social Problems TuTh 1:15 - 2:05 p.m. 3
27422 (31651) SOC 0007 - Social Problems Recitation F 12:10 - 1:00 p.m. 0
31563 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations F 1:15 - 2:05 p.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. This community provides 7 credits in your first-term schedule.

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
24579 GEOL 0840 - Environmental Science MW 10:00 - 10:50 a.m. 3
24580 (31640) GEOL 0840 - Environmental Science Recitation F 1:15 - 2:05 p.m. 0
10468 URBNST 0080 - Introduction to Urban Studies TuTh 11:05 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. 3
31525 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations W 1:15 - 2:05 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. This community provides 7 credits in your first-term schedule.

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
24653 NROSCI 0080 - Brain and Behavior MWF 8:55 - 9:45 a.m. 3
11378 SA 0130 - Drawing Studio 1 MW 10:00 - 11:40 a.m. 3
31522 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations M 1:15 - 2:05 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. This community provides 8 credits in your first-term schedule.

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
10494 CHEM 0110 - General Chemistry 1 TuTh 1:15 - 2:30 p.m. 4
24849 (28601) CHEM 0110 - General Chemistry 1 Lab Th 6:30 - 10:20 p.m. 0
11388 HPS 0613 - Morality and Medicine MW 2:20 - 3:10 p.m. 3
11394 (26850) HPS 0613 - Morality and Medicine Recitation W 1:15 - 2:05 p.m. 0
31531 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations Tu 3:25 - 4:15 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. This community provides 7 credits in your first-term schedule.

NOTE: All students intending to take BIOSC 0150 Foundations of Biology 1 must take the pre-assessment before they can enroll in the course. Information concerning the pre-assessment can be found at http://tinyurl.com/biosc0150.

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
25220 BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 TuTh 7:50 - 9:05 a.m. 3
25300 (31637) BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 Recitation F 12:10 - 1:00 p.m. 0
21866 SOC 0477 - Medical Sociology MW 10:00 - 10:50 a.m. 3
30168 (31642) SOC 0477 - Medical Sociology Recitation Th 12:10 - 1:00 p.m. 0
31542 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations Th 3:25 - 4:15 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. This community provides 8 credits in your first-term schedule. The Department of Neuroscience canceled NROSCI 0081.  The academic community will continue without that class.

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
10493 CHEM 0110 - General Chemistry 1 TuTh 9:25 - 10:40 a.m. 4
10198 (28600) CHEM 0110 - General Chemistry 1 Lab Tu 1:15 - 5:05 p.m. 0
23721 NROSCI 0081 - Drugs and Behavior MWF 2:00 - 2:50 p.m. 3
31545 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations M 4:30 - 5:20 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. This community provides 7 credits in your first-term schedule.

NOTE: All students intending to take BIOSC 0150 Foundations of Biology 1 must take the pre-assessment before they can enroll in the course. Information concerning the pre-assessment can be found at http://tinyurl.com/biosc0150.

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
10753 BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 MWF 12:10 - 1:00 p.m. 3
25400 (31638) BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 Recitation Th 2:20 - 3:10 p.m. 0
25630 COMMRC 0530 - Interpersonal Communication: Health Th 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. 3
31536 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations M 3:25 - 4:15 p.m. 1


Science in a Gendered World

How does gender impact the study and practice of science in our world today? What can we learn from studying how science has been pursued, practiced, and promoted historically? Consider what the historical record reveals and how an awareness of it enhances your current academic studies in the sciences at the University level, and then afterwards, in a science career and in everyday life. This community provides 7 credits in your first-term schedule.

NOTE: All students intending to take BIOSC 0150 Foundations of Biology 1 must take the pre-assessment before they can enroll in the course. Information concerning the pre-assessment can be found at http://tinyurl.com/biosc0150.

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
10753 BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 MWF 12:10 - 1:00 p.m. 3
10754 (31649) BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 Recitation Th 10:00 - 10:50 a.m. 0
30922 GSWS 0400 - Gender and Science MW 9:25 - 10:40 a.m. 3
31528 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations M 7:30 - 8:20 p.m. 1