Overview of BPhil Degree

At the University of Pittsburgh, the University Honors College (UHC) provides the opportunity for qualified undergraduates to pursue a unique research-based degree.

Designed by faculty from throughout the University and designated the Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil) by the University Board of Trustees, this University-wide degree combines (i) General Degree Requirements for an individually approved Program of Study with (ii) Special Degree Requirements for concentration and evaluation following upper-level research and independent scholarship that culminates in a thesis. Through the BPhil it is possible for undergraduate students any time after the freshman year to begin research and scholarly work toward a rigorous baccalaureate degree in a manner usually reserved for the graduate level. Simultaneously, the BPhil degree includes an element of intellectual scope.

Student Guidelines

Read a brief student overview on the requirements needed for the BPhil degree. 

International and Area Studies Dual Major

American students face increasing pressure to become internationalized. View how this dual major fits in your studies.

A Guide for Thesis Advisors

Browse the guidelines provided for faculty who have been asked to serve as thesis advisors for candidates for the Bachelor of Philosophy degree.

HONORS 1905 - BPhil Thesis Research Credits

Students admitted to BPhil degree candidacy can enroll in optional thesis research credits.