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Pitt Academics

University of Pittsburgh requires a minimum of 120 credits to complete a bachelor's degree. Students can choose the accelarated degree program if they would like to finish all the credits for graduation in less time than normal.

Pitt does accept transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Additionally, Pitt has a summer session, so students can earn credits during the summer.

Pitt offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.

What Classes Do I Have To Take at Pitt?

Pitt has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.

Students are required to fulfill a lanuage requirement as well as a math and science requirement. Students do not have to take a computer class.

Majors at Pitt

When choosing a major, Pitt students have several choices to make. Scroll down to see a full list of majors offered at Pitt below.

Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major. Declaring a double major may require more work but it can provide a unique combination of experience that helps students stand out when looking for a job or applying to a graduate program.

If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, they can design their own major. Pitt does not require students to complete a senior project.

Does Pitt Have Services For Students With Disabilities?

Pitt offers services for students with disabilities. Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.

Does Pitt Offer Online Classes?

Pitt has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.

Does Pitt Offer Credit for AP Classes?

Pitt offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.

Does Pitt Have An Honors Program?

Pitt offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, and offers a Freshman Honors College. The Freshman Honors college provides a rich curriculum for highly-motivated first-year students.

Does Pitt Require Internships?

Pitt does not require an internship for any students. Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job. While Pitt does not require internships for students in any majors, internships can help students gain hands-on work experience for their resume, and explore career paths that interest them without committing to one path.


The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.

Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every school. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.

Pitt has an Army ROTC program, an Air Force ROTC program and a Navy ROTC program.

Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at Pitt include: - an ARMY ROTC branch unit on campus - a Navy ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus - an Air Force branch unit on campus

Dual Degree Programs at Pitt

A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time. A 3-2 dual degree program is a five-year program wherein the first three years are spend taking undergraduate courses and the final two years are spent taking graduate courses. Upon completion of the 5 years, the student will be awarded two degrees, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.

Pitt offers these dual degree programs: - 3-2 dual degree program in business administration with BA or BS from College of Business Administration and JD from Law - Computer Science (BS/MS)

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Pitt Majors & Subject Areas

African Studies
Asian Studies/Civilization
East Asian Studies
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies
European Studies/Civilization
Latin American Studies
Russian Studies
Western European Studies
German Studies
Area Studies, Other
African-American/Black Studies
Women's Studies
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Artificial Intelligence
Information Science/Studies
Computer Science
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Information Technology Project Management
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Urban Education and Leadership
Special Education and Teaching, General
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Vision Impairments Including Blindness
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
Education, Other
Engineering, General
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Computer Engineering, General
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
Engineering Science
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Mining and Mineral Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Petroleum Engineering
Systems Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Engineering, Other
Industrial Safety Technology/Technician
Chinese Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Russian Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
French Language and Literature
Italian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Arabic Language and Literature
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Legal Studies, General
Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General
Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law
Health Law
International Law and Legal Studies
Intellectual Property Law
Legal Professions and Studies, Other
English Language and Literature, General
Creative Writing
Rhetoric and Composition
English Literature (British and Commonwealth)
Children's and Adolescent Literature
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Library and Information Science
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Molecular Biology
Molecular Biophysics
Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
Microbiology, General
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Molecular Genetics
Human/Medical Genetics
Exercise Physiology
Pathology/Experimental Pathology
Molecular Pharmacology
Computational Biology
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Neurobiology and Anatomy
Mathematics, General
Applied Mathematics, General
Mathematical Biology
Statistics, General
Mathematics and Statistics, Other
Biological and Physical Sciences
Historic Preservation and Conservation
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis
Computational Science
Sustainability Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Religion/Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Physics, General
Optics/Optical Sciences
Psychology, General
Educational Psychology
Homeland Security
Public Administration
Public Policy Analysis, General
Social Work
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
Social Sciences, General
Economics, General
Geographic Information Science and Cartography
International Relations and Affairs
National Security Policy Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Urban Studies/Affairs
Social Sciences, Other
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Music, General
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Dental Clinical Sciences, General
Oral Biology and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
Dental Public Health and Education
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Physician Assistant
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other
Medical Scientist
Clinical/Medical Social Work
Genetic Counseling/Counselor
Pharmacy Administration and Pharmacy Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Environmental Health
Public Health Education and Promotion
Community Health and Preventive Medicine
Health Services Administration
Public Health, Other
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Assistive/Augmentative Technology and Rehabilitation Engineering
Rehabilitation Science
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services, Other
Bioethics/Medical Ethics
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Nurse Anesthetist
Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Nursing Education
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Business Administration and Management, General
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General
Organizational Behavior Studies
Human Resources Management and Services, Other
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems and Services, Other
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Marketing Research
History, General
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
History, Other

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