First-Year Seminar (FP0006)

Explore a focused topic you are interested in by reading selected texts, writing papers, and participating in classroom discussions. First-Year Seminar (FP 0006) is a dynamic, three-credit course for first-year students that fulfills the Seminar in Composition requirement.

Fall Term 2191

Class Number Day(s) Time Theme
30912 MW 3:00-4:15 p.m. Lost in Pittsburgh

Lost in Pittsburgh
Class Number 30912
Monday and Wednesday
3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

“Lost really has two disparate meanings. Losing things is about the familiar falling away, getting lost is about the unfamiliar appearing.”— Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Pittsburgh has lost much since the middle of the twentieth century: jobs, people, trolley cars, department stores, and of course a lot of baseball games. Now over thirty years since the steel industry all but disappeared, the city has seen plenty of the unfamiliar appear: tech jobs, hospitals, fancy food, bike lanes, and even a visit from Anthony Bourdain. This class will be an opportunity to investigate through writing the concept of getting lost and the sometimes elusive identity of Pittsburgh. How do you lose yourself? How does a city lose itself? What does it mean to lose? To get lost? In addition to reading a variety of Pittsburgh-based nonfiction and Rebecca Solinit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost, students will be required to explore Pittsburgh neighborhoods, conduct research via the Historic Pittsburgh archive, and think creatively and abstractly about what it means  to “get lost.”