Course Overloads

Taking more than 20 credits in a semester requires the permission of your academic advisor; taking more than 21 credits requires the permission of the Registrar. Please see the Overload Approval page for details and to download the Overload Approval Form.

WebAdvisor Closes for Adds on 8/26

At 4 PM on Friday, August 26, WebAdvisor will close for on-line course Adds. After that time, all Adds will require the instructor’s permission. Add cards will be available in the Registrar’s Office on Monday, August 29, and faculty will be in their offices that afternoon from 1-3 PM to sign eligible students into classes where possible. Add cards must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by the Add deadline, 5 PM on Monday, September 12.

You may continue to drop classes on-line via Webadvisor until the Drop deadline, 5 PM on Monday, September 12.

Please contact the Registrar’s Office if you have any questions.

Fall Course Update 8/19


An additional section, Section 03, of DMS 107 Introduction to Ballroom Dance has been added. Meets MW 12:15-1:30 with Professor Sumerfield.

Fall Course Update 8/15


An additional section, Section 01, of Math 205 Foundations of Mathematics has been added. Meets TuTh 11:00-12:15 with Professor Ellers. This is a signature course.


The instructor for Section 4 of ENGL 110 Reading Literature will be Professor Briggeman (formerly Hellwarth)

The instructor for Section 8 of ENGL 110 Reading Literature will be Professor Briggeman (formerly J. Miller)

The instructor for MATH 158 Calculus II for the Social/Life Sciences will be Professor Ch. Dodge (formerly Ellers)


EDUC 270 Literacy Practicum has been cancelled.

Fall Course Update 8/9


PSYCH 558 Junior Seminar: Behavioral Neuroscience has been cancelled.

JOURN 320 Topics in Journalism has been cancelled.

Fall Course Update 8/3


The instructor for Section 1 of EDUC 100 Introduction to Education Studies will be Professor Foreman (formerly S. Slote)

The instructor for Section 5 of ENGL 110 Reading Literature will be Professor S. Slote (formerly Crowley)

The instructor for ENGL 202 Studies in Later British Literature will be Professor J. Miller (formerly Caballero)

The instructor for JOURN 100 News Writing will be Professor Crowley (formerly Hatch)

Continuing Students: WebAdvisor re-opens August 2

Continuing students: WebAdvisor will re-open to Add or Drop unrestricted Fall classes on Tuesday 2 August. At that time, you may register for up to 20 credits without special permission. WebAdvisor will close for Adds at 5 p.m. on Friday 26 August. For courses that require instructor permission (signature courses, closed courses, etc.), please use an Add card, available in the Registrar’s Office on Monday 29 August. Starting on Monday 29 August ALL adds will require an Add card. You may continue to drop classes on WebAdvisor until the Add/Drop Deadline, 5 p.m on Monday 12 September.

Returning students: WebAdvisor closes June 30

WebAdvisor will close to all continuing students at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 30. Up until that time, you can use WebAdvisor to drop any course or to add open, unrestricted courses. After WebAdvisor closes, you will still be able to see your records but will not be able to make changes to your Fall schedule until August.

New first-year students: you will register for classes during the weeks of July 11-15 and July 18-22. Please see the #AlleghenyBound Essentials site for more information about the registration process for entering students.

New transfer students: you will be contacted by the Registrar’s Office once your transfer credit has been processed. A member of the Registrar’s Office staff will assist you in selecting and registering for Fall classes.

Fall Course Update 6/22


Due to staffing changes in the Black Studies programs, we have had to cancel two classes:

  • BLKST 225 Black Popular Culture
  • BLKST 240 Minority Health Disparities.

However, space is still available in several other Black Studies courses.

Alternative courses:

BLKST 100 Introduction to Black Studies
Professors Moore and B. Prince, TTh 11-12:15

An overview of the field of Black Studies as the academic outgrowth of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements of the sixties and seventies. Students engage the interdisciplinarity of Black Studies by exploring the intersections among music, visual arts, theater, cinema, literature, history, religion, and politics in black culture and experience in the U.S. Controversies in the field, as well as the continuing impact of racism on black communities and strategic debates within anti-racist movements, are examined. Students experience the ways in which Black Studies provides a unique tool to enrich their understanding of race and racism in the world in which they live. Required for the Black Studies minor. Distribution Requirements: HE, PD.

BLKST/PHIL 190 Contemporary African American Thinkers
Professor Bywater, MW 3:30-4:45

A study of the work of prominent black social critics and philosophers such as Kiese Laymon, bell hooks, Ta-Nehisi Coates, George Yancy, Angela Davis, Danielle Allen, and Tavis Smiley. Through student-led discussion and short papers, we examine analyses and proposals for action in the 21st century designed to understand and oppose white supremacy.

BLKST 191 Blacks and the Entertainment Industry
Professor Christie-Searles, TTh 9:30-10:45

A study of the connections between Blacks and the arts. America’s music, jazz, has deep roots in the blues and negro spirituals of Blacks who were either in, or a generation or two out of, bondage. Poetry, painting, sculpture, theater, and dance all reflect significant Black contributions. In addition,Black entrepreneurs served as critics, historians, and archivists to this growing body of rich artistic material. This course explores the Black actors behind the scenes of the entertainment industry and how their contributions advanced not only art but the progress of Blacks nationally and globally. Case studies include Motown, Vibe Magazine, and Soul Train.

BLKST 292 Hollywood and Transatlantic Slave Narratives
Professor Christie-Searles WF 11-12:15

A study of the ever-changing relationship between movies and historical sites, with special attention to the inclusion of the slave narrative. Although separated by the Atlantic Ocean, Houmas House Plantation in Burnside, Louisiana and Kenwood House outside of London, England share a kinship as historical sites that represent slave narrative images. The kinship is even more closely linked as a result of their connection with Hollywood. The former was the film location for the movie Mandingo(1975); the latter was the film location for Belle (2013).  We investigate how the slave narrative is manifest at both locations.

Fall Course Update 6/2


Section 23 of FS*101 has been cancelled.