The Honors degree consists of a structured program of curricular and co-curricular activities that provides an enhanced academic experience which includes opportunities for interdisciplinary study for students at the University of Pittsburgh.
Completion of the program will give you a degree jointly-conferred by the Honors College and your primary academic area (Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Business, Nursing, Computing and Information, etc.). This program gives you priority course registration, priority access to Honors housing communities, and an assigned Honors Scholar-Mentor to support your academic experience.
In addition, students have the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil) degree through the Honors College, which requires you to complete an individually approved program of study that has an element of intellectual scope achieved through breadth and/or depth combined with the successful defense of a graduate-caliber thesis under the direction of a faculty member in your major department.
The BPhil degree replaces the standard bachelor’s degree you would receive in your major and is jointly-conferred by the Honors College and your primary academic area (Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Business, Nursing, Computing and Information, etc.). You apply for the BPhil degree after you have established a foundation of research skills relevant to you major and you have identified a faculty member in your major department who agrees to provide you with a graduate-caliber research experience. Your final thesis will be defended before an examination committee consisting of Pitt faculty members and a scholar from outside the University of Pittsburgh.