Fall 2024 New & Trending Online Courses

The College of General Studies, in partnership with the academic departments, is excited to announce the following courses in new, online formats - asynchronous or hybrid. 
 
Browse through the list below to find the courses that fit your academic needs and interests.
 
Online courses fill up fast. Register Now! 
 
CHEM 0100-7510  Intro to General Chemistry
Instructor: Carol Fortney
Class size: 25 students
Frequency: Fall 
Class Format: Web / Asynchronous (no scheduled meetings)
 

This non-lab, 3-credit course develops fundamental concepts, basic calculations, and problem-solving skills in General Chemistry.  This course is designed for those who seek to gain knowledge and ability as a foundation to subsequently taking General Chemistry 1, or those students desiring to fill a Natural Science GER with a Chemistry experience without plans of taking additional Chemistry courses. 

Topics typically introduced include Measurement, Matter, Energy, Atoms, Elements, Molecules, Chemical Composition, Chemical Reactions, Stoichiometry, Periodic Properties of the Elements, and Bonding.


What does this course count for in CGS: Major - Liberal Studies BA (self design); General Education Requirement for Natural Science.

Interested in Chemistry?  Visit the Department of Chemistry »

ENGCMP 1104-7510  Corporate Storytelling
Instructor: Beth Marcello
Class size: 25 students
Frequency: Fall
Class Format: Web / Asynchronous (no scheduled meetings)
 

Corporate writers play key roles in defining and developing the communications landscape for organizations and their audiences.

In this course, students will explore the conventions of content marketing, search engine optimization, writing for the web, and the other forms of business writing in order to craft inventive and accessible messages. We will also examine corporate storytelling as a tool used to construct and maintain strong company personas. 


What does this course count for in CGS: Major - Media and Professional Communications and Liberal Studies BA (self design); Certificates - Corporate and Community Relations and Writing. Writing Intensive Course (WRIT)

Interested in English Composition?  Visit the Department of English »

FR 0012-7510  French Kiss: Love, Sex, France
Instructor: Ryan Pilcher
Class size: 25 students
Frequency: Fall / Spring
Class Format: Web / Asynchronous (no scheduled meetings)
 

Taught in English. From kissing to romantic escapades, from Paris to the Riviera, from Tahiti to Marrakesh, France and the Francophone world have a highly recognizable profile in matters of sex and love.

In this class, we will adopt a historical lens to retrace the cultural transformations of sex and love in the French cultural and social landscape. We will address controversial issues such as virginity, adultery, same-sex relationships, women's sexual agency, gender definitions through sexuality, the shifting boundaries of pornography and other related matters.


What does this course count for in CGS: Major - Liberal Studies BA (self design); General Education Diversity, Geographic Region, and Literature Requirement

Interested in French?  Visit the Department of French and Italian »

GSWS 0100-7710 Intro to Gender, Sexuality, and Women Studies
Instructor:  Alonna Carter
Class size: 19 students
Frequency: Spring / Fall
Class Format: Hybrid (asynchronous & 3 in-person Saturday meetings)
 

What is sex? What is gender? What is sexuality? How are these concepts related to culture? To nature? To help you answer these important questions, this course will introduce you to the exciting field of gender and sexuality studies. We will use a range of interdisciplinary concepts, tools, and methods to understand and analyze sex, gender, femininity, masculinity, and sexuality.

In addition, we will consider how gender intersects with other identity categories such as race, class, ethnicity, nation, age, ability, and sexuality. Because we all have a gender and a sexuality, this course is crucial for any profession and for understanding the world around us.


What does this course count for in CGS: Major - Liberal Studies BA (self design); and GSWS Certificate

Interested in Gender, Sexuality & Women Studies?  Visit the GSWS Program »

LCJS 1310 -7510  Law and Deviance
Instructor: Salvatore Poier
Class size: 25 students
Frequency: Fall / Spring
Class Format: Web / Asynchronous (no scheduled meetings)
 

This course examines the concept of deviance, including types and theories of deviant behavior as well as how deviancy and responses thereto are socially constructed. We will examine the hypothesis that social, emotional, and legal responses to many types of behavior depend on myriad factors distinct from the behavior itself, including historical context and the social status of those both judging and being judged. Special attention will be given to variation in criminalization and punishment across historical contexts and social groups


What does this course count for in CGS: Major - LCJS BA and Liberal Studies BA (self design); Minor - LCJS

Interested in Law, Criminal Justice, and Society?  Visit the LCJS Program »

LCJS 1586-7010  Consumer Law
Instructor: Sheila Ford
Class size: 25 students
Frequency: Fall / Spring
Class Format: On-Campus / F2F (in person weekly meetings)
 

This course introduces students to major laws governing the rights of consumers.  The evolution of consumer rights is traced from the common law to our present statutes.  Students are introduced to state and federal laws, including: the Truth in Lending Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act.


What does this course count for in CGS: Major - LCJS BA and Liberal Studies BA (self design); Minor - LCJS; General Education Requirement for Global Issues, Cross-Cultural Awareness, and Historical Analysis

Interested in Law, Criminal Justice, and Society?  Visit the LCJS Program »

PUBSRV 1110-7510  Financial Mgmt in the Public Service Sector
Instructor: Susan Hockenberry
Class size: 25 students
Frequency: Fall 
Class Format: Web / Asynchronous (no scheduled meetings)
 

Participants are provided with an overview of the financial management concepts and practices.  Stress is put on the strengths, weaknesses, and critical roles financial management plays in aiding public service managers to better realize their programmatic goals and objectives.


What does this course count for in CGS: Major - Public Service BA, Liberal Studies BA (self design); Minor - Public Service; Certificate - Managing Health Services Programs & Projects

Interested in public administration?  Visit GSPIA »

PUBSRV 1130-7510  Planning in the Public Sector
Instructor: James Hassinger
Class size: 25 students
Frequency: Fall
Class Format: Web / Asynchronous (no scheduled meetings)
 

This course will introduce the profession of urban planning through a review of the historical development of cities. With this framework we will look at the actual work of the planner:  data gathering, analysis, policy, public process and politics.  We will address the relation between the physical nature of cities and the quality of community that develops. 

This course underscores the importance of physical and geographic determinants to city growth, and makes the connection between democratic values and city development policy.


What does this course count for in CGS: Major - Public Service BA, Liberal Studies BA (self design); Minor - Public Service

Interested in public administration?  Visit GSPIA »

PSY 0310-7510   Developmental Psychology
Instructor: Klaus Libertus
Class size: 25 students
Frequency: Fall 
Class Format: Web / Asynchronous (no scheduled meetings)
 

The course focuses on development of the child from birth to adolescence, the current theory and research concerning social, emotional, intellectual, perceptual and language development.  The organization of the course is topical. Coverage is confined to normal development; what develops, how and why in the average child.  Little attention to abnormal development.


What does this course count for in CGS: Major - Liberal Studies BA (self design)

Interested in Psychology?  Visit the Department of Psychology »

URBNST 0506-7510  Urban Planning Process
Instructor: Chihuangji (Herbert) Wang
Class Size: 25 students
Frequency: Fall / Spring
Class Format: Web / Asynchronous (no scheduled meetings)
 

This course introduces the practice of urban planning, focusing on the opportunities and challenges of professional planning in Pittsburgh's metropolitan region. The course focuses on how planning processes and methods can address different urban needs.

Students will engage with guest speakers and plans that illustrate approaches to land use, zoning, transportation planning, placemaking, public health, and sustainability. On completion, students will concisely and effectively communicate findings and recommendations and develop practical solutions to their professional, urban plans.

What does this course count for in CGS: Majors - Health Services BA and Liberal Studies BA (self design); Certificates - Community Health Assessment and Leadership 

Interested in Urban Studies?  Visit the Urban Studies Program »