Honors courses

Coursework that cuts across traditional academic boundaries. 

Honors classes create a dynamic, personal environment — so you become part of the course, shaping it with your own commentary and interests. 

Even though they're more challenging, they're more interesting. Dig deeper into the material with richer analysis, cutting-edge tools, and through the lens of pop culture and society.  

Use PeopleSoft to find the list of all honors courses being offered. On the Class Search page, select University Honors Course in the Course Attribute pull-down menu to get the list.

If you do not meet the enrollment requirements for an honors course, you must contact the professor teaching the course to obtain their permission to enroll in it. When you email the professor, explain why you're interested in taking the course and offer details about any skills/experiences you will bring to the course. If the professor is willing to waive the enrollment requirements to allow you to enroll in the course, the professor can direct you to someone in their department who can issue you a permission number, or the professor can send an email message to David Hornyak in the Honors College with the following information:

1. The course department and number (e.g., HIST 1234)
2. Your name
3. Your email address
4. Your PeopleSoft ID number

You will be emailed a permission number in return.

2020 Fall Term Course Spotlight

HONORS 0001 - University Orientation: Foundations of Research and Scholarship
Five Sections (various times; see link above or PeopleSoft for more information)

PITT 0130 - Wellness and Resilience
Wednesdays, 6-8:30 pm - or - Thursdays, 6-8:30 pm

BUSENV 1706 - Market Manipulations: Crises, Bubbles, Robber Barons, and Corporate Saints
Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:30-10:45 am

CHEM 0710 - General Chemistry 1
Lectures: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30-10:45 am
Labs: Tuesdays, 1-4:50 pm - OR - Wednesdays, 8-11:50 am - OR - Wednesdays, 1-4:50 am

PHYS 0475 - Introduction to Physics
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays, 11-11:50 am

MATH 0235 - Honors 1 - Variable Calculus
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays, 10-10:50 am

MATH 1185 - Honors Linear Algebra
Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, 2-2:50 pm

ENGLIT 0710 - Contemporary Environmental Literature
Tuesdays, 4-10 pm

BIOSC 0155 - Foundations of Biology 1
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30-10:45 am AND Fridays, 10-11:50 am

ECON 0100 - Introduction to Microeconomic Theory
Mondays & Wednesdays, 3-4:15 pm

ECON 0110 - Introduction to Macroeconomic Theory
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30-10:45 am

ENGCMP 0200 - Seminar in Composition
Mondays & Wednesdays, 3-4:15 pm

ENGLIT 0612 (lecture); ENGLIT 0699 (lab) - Literature and Science
Lectures: Tuesdays, 6-8:30 pm
Labs: Fridays, 2-3:15 pm

Honors Courses Offered in Pitt's Law School

LAW 2910 - How Law Began
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30-10:45 am

LAW 2911 - First Amendment
Wednesdays, 6-8:30 pm

In order to access information about LAW courses in PeopleSoft, do the following on the Class Search page:

In the Subject field, type LAW
Change the Course Career pull-down menu from Undergraduate to Graduate

Finally, EVERY student will need a permission number from the Law School to enroll in the LAW courses. Here's the procedure to request a permission number:

Send an email to lawreg@pitt.edu and include the following in your email:

1. State that you are an undergraduate student.
2. Give the specific course number (e.g., LAW 2910).
3. Provide your PeopleSoft ID number.

The Law School will email the permission number to you in return.