Field Studies

Follow your curiosity beyond Pitt’s campus, and take your research to the world. Not only do you get to travel and experience new places, you have access to new and unique resources that allow you to explore your research topics even further. While you will conduct the majority of your study independently, with input and guidance from your faculty mentor, you’ll also be connected to a core group of peer researchers through planned cultural activities and daily group discussions.

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New York Field Studies

Enhance your current research by traveling to New York City with a small group of your peers to conduct research over spring break. Students complete this week-long field studies program as part of a semester-long research project, using the extraordinary resources of New York City to complement their research.

In this program, you’ll also participate in daily group activities and the discussion of a common reader to provide you with a model for how to redefine your own research. Visits to the Metropolitan Opera and the Museum of Modern Art supplement the program. 

Ursula Simmons

“My career goal is to work for the United Nations. Without the New York Field Studies program, I would not have been given the chance to move one step closer to fulfilling that dream.” 

—Ursula Simmons (Political Science)

Read about Ursula Simmons' experiences in the New York Field Study.

Applications will be accepted from any Dietrich School undergraduate who:

  • is in good academic standing;
  • has earned at least 30 credits of academic work;
  • has declared a disciplinary major; and
  • has a faculty sponsor within the project discipline responsible for oversight of the project
Online Application: 2018 NYC Field Studies Application
Application Deadline: Monday, November 6, 2017

 

Borders and Belonging: London Field Studies

In this rigorous field study, you will travel to London, England, during the first two weeks of May to access resources unavailable in the United States and to enrich your independent spring and summer term-long research.

Participants will be immersed in an innovative urban center—the most populous capital of Western Europe and one of the world’s global cities—as well as a community of their peers, undergraduates dedicated to independently designed research projects. The city of London and the Field Studies program empower you to not only improve your research project, but also to see it and yourself in an international context.

In pre- and post-trip meetings with your peers, you also will discuss the thematic similarities and differences between your diverse projects. While you will conduct the majority of your study independently, at locations decided by you and a faculty mentor, planned cultural activities and daily group discussions will enhance your project.  

Blair Wegescheide

“The London Field Studies trip challenged me to work independently and outside of my comfort zone… The trip broadened my understanding of what I’ve been learning in the classroom and really helped me to expand my interests in a real-world setting.”

—Blair Wegescheide (Architectural Studies and Urban Studies), pictured far left

Read about Blair Wegescheide's experiences in the London Field Study.

Applications will be accepted from any Dietrich School undergraduate who:

  • is in good academic standing;
  • has 30 credit hours of academic work;
  • has declared a disciplinary major; and
  • has a faculty mentor within the project discipline responsible for
  • the oversight of the project; and
  • intends to enroll in directed research for spring term.
Online Application: 2018 London Field Studies Application
Application Deadline: Monday, November 6