COVID-19 Information

The College of General Studies welcomes new and returning students for the upcoming 2021 semester. In accordance with university guidelines, we remain committed to the health and well-being of the communities we serve and will continue to provide remote delivery of services and programs throughout the year.

For COVID-19 updates, visit The Power of Pitt.

Flexible Courses

At the College of General Studies, we understand that not all college students are the same. However, one thing all of our students seem to have in common is managing the demands of a busy schedule. Our face-to-face evening, Saturday, and online courses provide you with added flexibility, allowing you to learn on your terms.

CGS partners with other schools and colleges at the University of Pittsburgh to offer a wide range of classes in a variety of subjects and flexible formats. CGS courses are designed to meet both the academic needs and busy schedules of our diverse students.

The University’s Class Search webpage features information on individual courses offered through CGS, the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, and the University Honors College, as well as related courses from the College of Business Administration and the Swanson Engineering School, among others.

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CGS On-Campus Courses

These courses are available at the Pittsburgh campus, located in Oakland. Our on-ground classes typically meet in the evenings or on Saturdays to accommodate the schedules of working students. Our face-to-face classes are usually capped in enrollment at 35 students. Most courses are three credits and meet once a week for two-and-a-half hours. (Courses including recitations or lab sections may have longer class times.)

COVID-19 Update: CGS has moved to remote delivery of its classes for the 2020-2021 academic year. Visit our online course section below to learn more about CGS Online Courses and review the Attending Class in Person with Flex @ Pitt infographic on the Provost's Office website for additional information on the operational mode of Pitt classes for the Spring 2021 semester.

CGS Online Courses

CGS Online provides students with the opportunity to earn credit towards degrees and certificates through flexible online course formats. All courses offered through CGS Online are taught through Canvas, the University’s Learning Management Systems (LMS), and can be enhanced with the use of virtual meeting applications such as Zoom and Canvas Conferences. CGS Online courses meet the same standards for academic rigor, content excellence, and expert instruction as our traditional classroom courses. Learn more

Searching for CGS courses

You can search for CGS classes by Academic Organization. Follow these steps:

  1. In the Class Search tool, once you have chosen your desired term, select: Campus: Pittsburgh Campus, Academic Career: Undergraduate, and a Subject.
  2. Go to the drop-down menu called "Any Academic Organization" and select "College of General Studies."
  3. Click search. If there are any courses offered by the College of General Studies for this subject, they will be displayed in Class Search.
  4. CGS Class sections begin with "7xxx." Click on screenshot example:

Learn how to search for CGS online classes.

For information on how to enroll, visit the Course Registration page.