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 Open House September 19

CGS and its associated units--the McCarl Center, the Office of Veterans Services, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute--have relocated to a new signature space on the first floor of Wesley W. Posvar Hall. And we invite you to stop by and check it out!  

Friday, September 19, noon-2 p.m. 
1400 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, 230 South Bouquet Street 

News & Events

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Students
Thursday, September 4
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The McCarl Center for Non-traditional Student Success

New students can get off to a good start by developing strong academic habits early. This workshop will highlight seven strategic steps that students can follow to reach their academic goals, enrich their college experience, and succeed at the University. The workshop is free. RSVP to sbrown@pitt.edu.

An alternate session will be held on Saturday, September 6 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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 TheBestSchools.org. 

TheBestSchools.org 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.

Time Management Workshop
Monday, September 8
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The McCarl Center for Non-traditional Student Success

In our fast-paced world of competing priorities—school, family, work, and more—time management skills are essential. This workshop provides tools for successful and realistic planning, strategies to make the most of your limited time, and easy solutions for tracking how your time is spent. The workshop is free. RSVP to sbrown@pitt.edu.

An alternate session will be held on Thursday, September 11 from 4-5:30 p.m.

What Can I Do With a Major in Media and Professional Communications?
Wednesday, September 10
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.

Career Fair Prep
Tuesday, September 16
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success

Thinking about coming to Pitt’s largest career fair but not sure what to expect? Then join us for the Career Fair Prep Workshop. We will cover logistics, provide a list of employers attending, and review elevator pitches and proper networking etiquette.