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Bridges Curriculum

Created by Duquesne students, faculty and staff through a creative design competition, Bridges provides a foundation for success post-graduation with skills that are in-demand by employers.

Bridges includes four integrated components: On-Ramp, Foundations, Structures and Pathways.

On-Ramp: Welcome to Duquesne University

We're excited to set you up for success and help you make the most of your time at Duquesne. Your journey begins with the online On-Ramp module, available each July.


Strong bridges rest on deep foundations. Several common learning experiences nurture fundamental skills for critical thinking, writing and analysis. You can select an Essential Questions seminar on a topic that interests you, and our Introduction to Ethical Reasoning course equips you with vital questions you can apply across your courses, career and personal life.

Information Literacy (BRDG 100/BRDG 103)
First Year Writing (BRDG 101 & BRDG 102)
Essential Questions (Seminar EQ XXX 104)
Introduction to Ethical Reasoning (BRDG 105)


Bridges take different shapes, but their varied structures depend on dynamic interaction among their materials, design and environment. Just so, the basic structures that make up the Bridges Common Learning Experience include six skill sets-we call them competencies-as well as further writing enrichment and courses in Philosophy and Theology that acquaint you with important ideas and achievements in Catholic intellectual tradition. The interaction among your Bridges competencies, your major and other academic interests you might pursue give you a chance to customize Bridges for your academic goals.


Communication and Creative Expression
Quantitative and Scientific Reasoning
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Ethical Reasoning and Moral Responsibility
Social and Historical Reasoning
Cultural Fluency and Responsiveness

Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Students will complete one Theology and one Philosophy course as part of Bridges. These can be taken as part of their Competency courses, as an Essential Questions Seminar, or as stand-alone courses.

Theology (THEO XXX)
Philosophy (PHIL XXX)

Writing Enrichment

Students will bolster writing skills in in a career-oriented fashion by completing three W courses, at least one which will be in their major.


Where will Bridges take you? You'll have opportunities to learn by doing, whether in labs, study abroad, internships, or engaging our local communities. As you near graduation a capstone experience lets you look back on where you've been and prepares you for where you're going.

Experiential Learning Opportunity
Capstone Experience