List of Academic Communities

Fall 2021

For information regarding each Academic Community, please click the links below. You can also find more information on the Academic Communities brochure.

International Studies: Asia International Studies: Mediterranean
International Studies: Global - CLOSED International Studies: Quebec
Inside the Theater In the Museum - CLOSED
How to Make a Movie - CLOSED Bytes & Pixels
Who Are You? - CLOSED Nature/Cities/Humans - CLOSED
The Beautiful Mind - CLOSED Molecules and Morals - CLOSED
Cells and Society - CLOSED Neurons and Chemicals - CLOSED
Science in a Gendered World - CLOSED Medical Humanities - 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 religion.  This community provides 4 credits plus language credits in your first-term schedule.

NOTE: 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)
30031 RELGST 0505 - Religion in Asia MW 4:30 - 5:45 pm 3
30052 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations W 2:00 - 2:50 pm 1


International Studies: Mediterranean

Mediterranean Studies allows for an interdisciplinary and comparative exploration of the history, politics, societies, and/or cultures of Southern Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East. It serves as a starting point for myriad interests, such as ancient civilizations, art and architecture, religious studies, peace and conflict studies, immigration policy, and international affairs, to name just a few. This community will help you consider your interests and plans in Mediterranean and international studies, and introduce you to courses, resources and opportunities on campus. This community provides 4 credits plus language credits in your first-term schedule.
 
NOTE: To be a member of this Academic Community, students also must enroll in any level of one of the following languages: Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, Greek, Serbian/Croatian, Turkish, Hebrew, Arabic (Levantine, Maghrebi, and Egyptian/Central). Other languages may be taken upon approval.

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
30811 HIST 1790 - Mediterranean World Since 1500 TuTh 4:00 - 5:15 pm 3
30053 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations W 4:00 - 4:50 pm 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)
22231 PS 0550 - Introduction to Global Studies TuTh 11:00 am - 12:15 pm 3
11539 SOC 0317 - Globalization TuTh 1:00 - 2:15 pm 3
30048 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations Tu 3:00 - 3:50 pm 1

International Studies: Quebec

While continuing to study French, learn about the rich linguistic, cultural, and geographical landscape of our French-speaking neighbor to the north in Quebec and other French-speaking areas of Canada. This academic community will introduce you to courses and opportunities, both on and off campus, that will allow you to enrich your studies of French and international studies.  This community provides 4 credits plus language credits in your first-term schedule.

NOTE: To be a member of this Academic Community, students must enroll in one of the following French classes: FR 0103, 0104, 0220, 0221, 0227, 0255, 0256 or any three-credit 1000 level course taught in French.

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
25575 FR 0014 - Introduction to French-Speaking Canada MWF 9:00 - 9:50 am 3
30050 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations W 3:00 - 3:50 pm 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)
10945 THEA 0810 - Introduction to Dramatic Art TuTh 1:00 - 2:15 pm 3
10439 THEA 0830 - Introduction to Performance MWF 12:00 - 12:50 pm 3
30056 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations Th 3:00 - 3:30 pm 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)
30687 ANTH 0780 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology TuTh 11:00 - 11:50 am 3
31835 ANTH 0780 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Recitation Th 4:00 - 4:50 pm 0
30144 HAA 0125 - Museums: Society and Inclusion? MW 3:00 - 4:15 pm 3
30044 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations M 1:00 - 1:50 pm 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.

NOTE: 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)
10750 ENGCMP 0205 - Seminar in Composition: Film MW 11:00 am - 12:15 pm 3
27739 FMST 0800 - Filmmaking 1: Fundamentals F 1:00 - 4:00 pm 3
30049 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations W 4:00 - 4:50 pm 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 4 credits in your first-term schedule.

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
26285 ENGFLM 0570 - Introduction to New Media M 1:00 - 4:50 pm 3
30051 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations W 1:00 - 1:50 pm 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)
22734 PHIL 0010 - Concepts of Human Nature TuTh 10:00 - 10:50 am 3
31847 PHIL 0010 - Concepts of Human Nature Recitation M 10:00 - 10:50 am 0
10306 PSY 0160 - Psychology of Personality TuTh 11:00 am - 12:15 pm 3
31541 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations W 10:00 - 10:50 am 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)
24477 GEOL 0840 - Environmental Science MW 3:00 - 3:50 pm 3
28463 GEOL 0840 - Environmental Science Recitation F 1:00 - 1:50 pm 0
10441 URBNST 0010 - Introduction to Urban Studies TuTh 11:00 am - 12:15 pm 3
30054 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations W 2:00 - 2:50 pm 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)
24551 NROSCI 0080 - Brain and Behavior MWF 9:00 - 9:50 am 3
23652 SA 0130 - Drawing Studio 1 MW 1:00 - 2:40 pm 3
30045 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations M 3:00 - 3:50 pm 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)
10467 CHEM 0110 - General Chemistry 1 TuTh 1:00 - 2:15 pm 4
28467 CHEM 0110 - General Chemistry 1 Lab Th 6:00 - 9:50 pm 0
11334 HPS 0613 - Morality and Medicine MW 2:00 - 2:50 pm 3
26722 HPS 0613 - Morality and Medicine Recitation W 1:00 - 1:50 pm 0
31539 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations Tu 3:00 - 3:50 pm 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 BIOSC 0150 Pre-Assessment.

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
25109 BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 TuTh 2:30 - 3:45 pm 3
28460 BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 Recitation F 9:00 - 9:50 am 0
21780 SOC 0477 - Medical Sociology MW 11:00 - 11:50 am 3
31857 SOC 0477 - Medical Sociology Recitation F 11:00 - 11:50 am 0
31474 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations F 12:00 - 12:50 pm 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.

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
10466 CHEM 0110 - General Chemistry 1 TuTh 9:30 - 10:45 am 4
28466 CHEM 0110 - General Chemistry 1 Lab Tu 1:00 - 4:50 pm 0
31385 NROSCI 0081 - Drugs and Behavior MWF 1:00 - 1:50 pm 3
30046 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations M 4:00 - 4:50 pm 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 BIOSC 0150 Pre-Assessment.

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
10713 BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 MWF 12:00 - 12:50 pm 3
31836 BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 Recitation Th 10:00 - 10:50 am 0
30176 GSWS 0400 - Gender and Science MW 9:30 - 10:45 am 3
30047 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations Th 4:00 - 4:50 pm 1


Medical Humanities

Begin your pursuit of becoming a health care professional by exploring the fundamentals of biology while also discovering what literature can teach us about health care. This Academic Community will allow students to learn about important biological functions and discuss crucial topics, which all health care providers should be aware of when treating patients.  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 BIOSC 0150 Pre-Assessment.

Class Number Department & Catalog Number - Course Title Day(s) Time Credit(s)
10168 BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 MWF 3:00 - 3:50 pm 3
31882 BIOSC 0150 - Foundations of Biology 1 Recitation Tu 11:00 - 11:50 am 0
31553 ENGLIT 0648 - Narrative and Graphic Perspectives in Health Humanities TuTh 1:00 - 2:15 pm 3
30055 FP 0002 - Academic Foundations F 1:00-1:50 pm 1