College of General Studies

Overview of the College of General Studies

We specialize in addressing the unique needs of students who are already busy with work, family, and community responsibilities. Our priorities are providing our students with a high-quality education that will help them change or advance their careers, and supporting them with the personalized services and resources they need to achieve their academic and professional aspirations.

CGS Spring Open House

On Wednesday, March 18, from 4-7 p.m., we will be hosting a CGS Spring Open House.  Join us to learn how our results-oriented majors and certificates can help you complete your degree, get the promotion you want, or prepare you for graduate school. Connect with Pitt-wide resources in one convenient location and more! RSVP today.  

News & Events

Preparing for Finals
Monday, March 30 - Thursday, April 2
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success

Learn to predict exam questions, develop an understanding of different test formats and complete practice questions.


This workshop will be offered daily from Monday, March 30 through Thursday, April 2, 2015. Each workshop will take place in the McCarl Center from 4-5:30 p.m.

Scholar-Athlete Awards Breakfast
Congratulations to the following College of General Studies student athletes who were recently honored at the Scholar-Athlete Awards Breakfast. These athletes were recognized for their outstanding academic achievement for the 2014 fall term.

The following CGS student athletes were recognized for achieving a 4.0 GPA for the 2014 fall term:

Basketball (Women’s)

Brianna Kiesel


Kaila Balatgek

Volleyball (Women’s)

Jenna Potts


The following CGS student athletes were recognized for achieving a 3.5 or better GPA for the 2014 fall term:


Marc Berube

Cheer and Dance

Laura Brouse


Haley Bodenheimer, Maya Ketner, Katie O’Rourke, Haley Sedgewick


Savannah King, Maggie Sevilla

Volleyball (Women’s)

Jenna Jacobson


The following CGS student-athletes were recognized for achieving a 3.0 or better GPA for the 2014 fall term:


Luke Curtis, Jordan Frabasilio, Manuel Pazos, Casey Roche, Nicholas Yarnall

Basketball (Men's)

Sheldon Jeter,  Derrick Randall,  Onyekachi “Joseph” Uchebo

Basketball (Women’s)

Cora McManus

Cheer and Dance

Julia Runco


T.J. Clemmings, Devin Cook, Matthew Galambos, John J.P. Holtz, Dorian Johnson, Cory King, Adam Lazenga, Jack Lippert, Khaynin Mosley-Smith
Scott Orndoff, Lafayette Pitts, Devon Porchia, Darryl Render, Ryan Schlieper


Brittney Harris, Jacqueline Lucci

Soccer (Women’s)

Alex Charlebois, Riliegh McHugh


Jenna Modic

Tennis (Women’s)

Taylor Washington

Track and Field/Cross Country (Men’s)

Desmond Palmer, Brycen Spratling

Track and Field (Women’s)

Julia Koloski, Jessica Tongue-Coates

Volleyball (Women’s)

Delany Clesen


Nicholas Bonaccorsi, Matthew Gotzon, John Rizzo, Patrick “P.J.” Tasser, Anthony Zanetta

What Can I Do with a Major in Health Services?
Tuesday, April 7
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success

A representative from the Office of Career Development and Placement Assistance will reveal careers pursued by recent graduates, potential job titles and employment areas applicable to the major, salary expectations, grad school options, and general tips to help students break into their field.

Register for Summer Sessions!

Get a head start on the fall term, finish gen ed requirements, take classes in your major, or pick up extra credits to graduate sooner! Learn more at

Pitt ranked #1 for Best Bachelor’s in Legal Studies Degree Programs

The College of General Studies' Bachelor in Legal Studies was ranked number one in an article titled “The 25 Best Bachelor in Legal Studies Degree Programs” by selected Pitt’s program based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, course offerings, faculty strengths, and reputation, including reputation for online degree programs.

Learn more about CGS' Legal Studies degree.