College of General Studies online courses are available in a veriety of formats. This page is designed to help you decide which format is best for you and identify which courses are available in that format.
The first step in finding a course that is right for you involves answering these questions:
Compare the differences in formats shown below to find those that will work for you and your schedule.
(meetings in a classroom)
|None||Some, but only at scheduled dates - check the course description||Some, but only at scheduled dates - check the course description|
|Web-based discussion, activities, and interaction with instructor and fellow students||Required||Required||Sometimes required - check syllabus|
|Schedule||All students move through the material together, with flexibility within the week*||All students move through the material together, with flexibility within the week*||Students work on the material at their own pace, but target dates are supplied*|
|Must complete within one term?||Yes**||Yes**||Yes**|
*For specific deadlines and targets, check the syllabus and schedule for your course in Blackboard.
** Although CGS Online courses have greater flexibility than traditional face-to-face courses, all requirements for CGS Online courses must be completed within a single term unless extenuating personal circumstances intervene. See the G-grade policy for your school and your course; many courses follow the College of General Studies G-Grade Policy.
Now that you know what class format(s) you want, you can search for courses available in an upcoming term with the Course Search Tool.
Many courses satisfy general education requirements in the College of General Studies, or can be used as part of a major or certificate program. A sample listing of courses available by modality:
|Medical Sociology||Introduction to International Economics||Academic and Career Exploration||Introduction to Asian Art|
|Risk Factors and Health||Media and Consumer Culture||Written Professional Communication||Seminar in Composition|
|Abnormal Psychology||Introduction to World Art||Visual Literacy||Introduction to Legal Research|
|Health Communication||Television and Society||Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality||Greek Tragedy|
|Minority Groups||Archaeology: An Overview||Ireland||Intermediate Microeconomics|
|Human Factors in System Design||Physical Anthropology: An Overview||Russian Fairy Tales||Labor and the Economy|
|Statistics and Probability for Business Management||Psychology of Gender||Sci-Fi: East and West||World Politics|
|Public Service Technologies||Introduction to Literature||Vampire: Blood and Empire||American Presidency|
|Introduction to Cybercrime||Principles of Behavior Modification||Interpersonal Communication||Civil War History|
|Introduction to Logic||Organizational Communication|
|Introduction to Microeconomic Theory||Health Psychology|
Current students can register for CGS Online courses through the University portal at my.pitt.edu, just as they do for their face-to-face courses. Students from the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences or other schools should discuss their registration intentions with their advisor and observe the relevant policies and procedures.
New students should read about the application process and submit an application to the College of General Studies.