Honors courses are open to all capable and motivated students at Pitt. As with any course, there may be additional restrictions (see below). To determine whether an honors course is appropriate for you, please discuss this with an academic advisor or the professor for the course. In order to be successful in an honors course, you must be passionate about the course subject and must be willing to work harder in the course by reading more, writing more, discussing more, and/or working harder problems.
As noted above, some honors courses have additional restrictions placed on them. The most common restriction is a 3.25 GPA requirement. This restriction is placed on courses which generally are not appropriate for first-year students. Other courses may require prerequisite courses to enroll in them. If you encounter such a restriction, you can determine the specific restriction in PeopleSoft. Please note that professors can waive such restrictions on a case-by-case basis (e.g., for a first-year student with a particularly strong background in a specific area). You are free to contact the professor for the course, and if the professor gives you approval to enroll in the course, the professor’s department or the Honors College can generate a permission number for you to enroll in the course.