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.

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News & Events

What Can I Do With a Major in Public Service?
Tuesday, November 25
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.

Preparing for Finals
Monday, December 1 - Thursday, December 4
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success

Learn to predict exam questions, develop an understanding of different test formatsm and complete practice questions. This free workshop is held from 4-5:30 p.m. each day and is open to all students. RSVP to

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.

Pitt Named a 2015 Military Friendly School

The University of Pittsburgh has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds.

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.

Conflict Zone
Wednesday, October 15 - Friday, October 31
(All day)
University Art Gallery, Frick Fine Arts Building

The University of Pittsburgh College of General Studies and Office of Veterans Services are pleased to present "Conflict Zone," a groundbreaking look at war. "Conflict Zone" is a collection of images from the front lines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan captured by some of the world's leading combat photographers and journalists. The exhibit runs from October 15-31. 

An Opening Reception will be held on October 16 from 4-5:30 p.m. Kathleen Flynn, a photojournalist with the Times-Picayune/ whose work is featured in the exhibit, will speak at the event. Learn more.