Jan 31, 2023
The Honors Degree program consists of a structured program of curricular and co-curricular activities that provides an enhanced academic experience which includes opportunities for interdisciplinary study.
The Honors Degree program requires 24 credits to be completed upon graduation. Of these 24 credits, a minimum of 18 credits of David C. Frederick Honors College approved academic course credits and a minimum of 6 experiential course credits are required. The 18 academic course credits may include courses with the David C. Frederick Honors College course attribute value (honors courses); courses with the Civic Learning course attribute value; graduate-level courses; courses which are used to fulfill the following (including courses which do not have the David C. Frederick Honors College attribute): Leadership and Ethics Certificate ; Conceptual Foundations of Medicine Certificate ; Engineering for Humanity Certificate ; Engineering Science ; Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Minor ; Global Health Certificate ; Pitt Business Honors Program; Politics and Philosophy, BA ; Public Communication of Science and Technology Certificate ; Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability ; and any additional course work beyond those used for the 6 credit experiential course work requirement. The 6 experiential credits may include courses with the Civic Learning + Engagement course attribute value, as well as academic research, independent study, study abroad, internships, or co-op programs, all of which require completed credits to appear on the transcript. In addition to the curricular requirements, students are required to complete the Honors Outside the Classroom Curriculum (Honors OCC) that provides non-credit enhanced experiences for honors students. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 upon graduation is required for completion of the Honors Degree program. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a degree/diploma jointly-conferred by the David C. Frederick Honors College and their primary school/college of admission. Students admitted to the Honors Degree program in their first year will be granted priority access to the honors living learning community within the residence halls. Students who remain in good academic standing in the Honors Degree program will also be granted priority registration throughout their time as undergraduate students (priority registration for students admitted to the Honors Degree program as a first-year student begins with spring term enrollment).
The admissions process includes criteria for three categories of students: first-year admits, external transfers, and internal (Pitt) transfers.
- Admission for first-year students is conducted by Pitt Admissions and is based on evaluation of high school transcript, extra-curricular activities, and response to an essay prompt.
- Admission for external transfer students is conducted by Pitt Admissions and is based on the evaluation of the completion of a minimum of two college semesters (24 credits) that meet the University of Pittsburgh criteria for transfer and review of an essay prompt.
- Admission for internal transfer students (current Pitt students in all campuses) is conducted by the David C. Frederick Honors College and is based on an evaluation of a current Pitt transcript with minimum GPA of 3.50 after completion of two semesters (24 credits), review of an essay prompt, and one academic letter of recommendation from an instructor or academic advisor.
Requirements for Students in the School of Nursing
- Minimum GPA: 3.25
- 18 credits of honors-approved course work
- 6 credits of experiential course work
- Completion of the Honors OCC
18 Credits of Honors-Approved Course Work
18 credits minimum from the following:
* Required course for students admitted into the David C. Frederick Honors College concurrently with their admission to the University of Pittsburgh; not required for students admitted to David C. Frederick Honors College after or during their first semester at the University of Pittsburgh
** May also be fulfilled by any graduate-level course (e.g., NUR 2004 - PATHPHYLGY ACROSS LIFE SPAN , NUR 2010 - HEALTH PROMO/DISEASE PRVNTN , NUR 2011 - APPLIED STATISTICS FOR EBP , NUR 2061 - ORGANIZTNL & MANAGEMENT THEORY ), any additional coursework beyond those used for the 6 credit experiential course work requirement, or courses part of the David C. Frederick Honors College approved programs (including courses which do not have the David C. Frederick Honors College attribute).
6 Credits of Experiential Course Work
6 credits minimum from the following:
REQUIRED COURSES (2-4 credits)
SELECT FROM AT LEAST ONE OF THESE OPTIONS (2-4 credits)
*** Clinical courses should be taken as co-requisites with NUR 1092 - NURSING HONORS CAPSTONE 2 as a venue for disseminating the capstone results; needs to be arranged with permission from course instructors.
Requirements for Students in the School of Social Work
Social Work Course Sequence Options
This presents three ways in which students could complete the 9 credits of Honors-designated BASW classes.
Students must complete an additional 9 credits of Honors-designated courses (3 courses). At least 6 credits (2 courses) of the 9 credits must satisfy social work co-requisites:
- Africana Studies (3 cr)
- Anthropology (3 cr)
- Economics (3 cr)
- English Composition (3 cr)
- Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (any course with a GSWS class attribute) (3 cr)
- Human Biology (3 cr)
- Political Science (3 cr)
- Psychology (3 cr)
- Religion/Spirituality (any course with a Religious Studies class attribute) (3 cr)
- Sociology (3 cr)
- Statistics (3 cr)
A maximum of 3 credits (1 course) can be any other course with a David C. Frederick Honors College course attribute value.