Experiential Learning

Experiential learning takes place outside the classroom through research with faculty, internships, or service learning.  We encourage you to consider experiential learning as part of your total educational experience at Pitt.


“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” — Confucius

"Education is life itself." —John Dewey

“One must learn by doing the thing, for though you think you know it-you have no certainty, until you try.” — Sophocles


The Undergraduate Department of Psychology offers the following options:

A maximum of 12 credits of PSY 1900, PSY 1902, and PSY 1903 combined may be applied toward the B.S. degree, with a maximum of 9 credits under one course number.  Review this chart for PSY 1900/1903 prerequisites.

The Dietrich School of Arts & and Sciences allows a maximum of 24 experiential learning credits toward the degree; therefore, students can take 12 research/internships credits through A&S and/or other A&S departments in addition to the 12 credit maximum in psychology.

All experiential learning opportunities during the summer are offered as 12-week session courses only and therefore, require enrollment by the published add/drop deadline. The four and six-week sessions are not available for experiential learning opportunities.



Unsure of how to reach out to a faculty member to inquire about working in their research lab?  Are you interested in an internship or supervised field placement site but not sure how to begin the application process?  

Use the links below for suggestions on writing a formal email and applying to for experiential learning opportunities: