Goal Areas

Outside the Classroom Curriculum

The Outside the Classroom Curriculum (OCC) is designed to educate the whole student through the completion of programs and experiences that provide a pathway for students to have the best possible collegiate experience and gain skills needed for employment or graduate school. The Curriculum is divided into 10 goal areas.


Total requirements for Curriculum Completion: 70

NEW OCC Leadership


Learning Outcome: You will have the knowledge, skills, and experience to lead others in achieving a common goal.
Total requirements for completion: 6 Requirements:

  • Complete leadership training for a minimum of 16 hours.
  • Attend 3 leadership workshops or seminars.
  • Serve in a leadership role for an organization (on or off campus), and reflect on the experience.
  • Hold a leadership position (elected or appointed) in an organization (on or off campus) and reflect on the experience.
NEW OCC Career


Learning Outcome: You will have the knowledge, skills, and experience to be competitive in gaining employment or acceptance into graduate or professional school.
Total requirements for completion: 12 Requirements:

  • Have your résumé reviewed by a career consultant or a faculty member.
  • Develop a relationship with a professional in your field of interest so as to cultivate them as a reference, and request a recommendation letter from them.
  • Attend 5 events sponsored by CDPA to develop your career focus.
  • Attend 2 CDPA-sponsored career fairs.
  • Complete an in-person or online mock interview with CDPA or an academic department.
  • Participate in experiential learning and provide a reflection on your experience.
  • Make an appointment with the Office of Career Development and Placement Assistance (CDPA) to review and reflect on career readiness.
NEW OCC Communication


Learning Outcome: You will be effective and confident in oral, interpersonal, and written communication.
Total requirements for completion: 5 Requirements:

  • Facilitate a formal meeting and reflect on the experience.
  • Demonstrate written communication skills.
  • Write a research paper, paper or story for publication.
  • Create and deliver a professional presentation.
  • Write your personal statement or introduction letter and have it reviewed by a faculty mentor, academic advisor, or career consultant.
  • Attend 1 program on building effective communication skills.
NEW OCC Global&Cultural


Learning Outcome: You will understand diverse cultures and function as a global citizen who is informed about issues that impact people, society, and nations.
Total requirements for completion: 9 Requirements:

  • Attend 8 global and cultural awareness events.
  • Complete 1 of the following:
    • Learn about the study abroad process or global internships.
    • Participate in a study abroad experience or travel to a country different from your own and reflect on the experience.
NEW OCC Pitt Pride


Learning Outcome: You will have a sense of belonging to the University and be engaged in the spirit and purpose of the community.
Total requirements for completion: 10Requirements:

  • Attend 10 campus-wide events.
NEW OCC Service


Learning Outcome: You will be conscious of the needs of others and committed to civic engagement and community service.
Total requirements for completion: 6 Requirements:

  • Record a minimum of 60 hours of community service.
  • Participate in 3 University-sponsored days of service.
  • Participate in 1 organization’s philanthropic event.
  • Volunteer with an organization, and reflect on the experience.
NEW OCC Sense of Self


Learning Outcome: You will integrate an awareness of personal skills, abilities, values, and beliefs into your development of identity, sense of purpose, and management of self.
Total requirements for completion: 6 Requirements:

  • Participate in 2 programs that promote civility and encourage the development of emotional intelligence.
  • Participate in 2 programs that explore your sense of purpose and management of self.
  • Participate in 2 programs that identify your personal skills or values.
NEW OCC Wellness


Learning Outcome: You will acquire knowledge, behaviors, and habits conducive to health and financial wellness.
Total requirements for completion: 6 Requirements:

  • Participate in 3 health education programs.
  • Participate in 1 emotional health programs.
  • Participate in 1 physical activity programs.
  • Participate 1 financial literacy program.


Learning Outcome: You will develop a personal definition of art derived from knowledge about and experience with a variety of art forms.
Total requirements for completion: 7 Requirements:

  • Attend 7 arts events.
NEW OCC Initiative&Drive


Learning Outcome: You will demonstrate the ability to conceptualize an ambitious goal, develop a plan to accomplish the goal, and complete all tasks to successfully achieve the goal.
Total requirements for completion: 3 Requirements:

  • Reflect on an ambitious goal that you have accomplished, and describe the steps you took to accomplish this goal.
  • Reflect on the experiences that assisted you in deciding your career path.
  • Submit your application for OCC completion and follow the completion steps listed in detail.

For more information, send an email to occpitt@pitt.edu