Many students choose to add a minor to their course of study. These minors can help you to further distinguish yourself in the job market or to pursue a personal interest. Minors are offered by the College of General Studies, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, and School of Social Work. Visit each school's website for the most up-to-date information on currently offered minors.

The College of General Studies offers three minor programs to CGS students as well as other University of Pittsburgh undergraduates.

Administration of Justice

This 15-credit minor introduces students to the administration of justice system and includes a wide array of electives, allowing you to customize your coursework based on professional goals.

Legal Studies

With a 15-credit minor in legal studies, you will gain an understanding of the legal system and explore the law from multiple perspectives.

Public Service

Our 15-credit minor in public service will help you develop the theoretical knowledge and civic skills needed for a career in government and non-government sectors.


  • For all minor programs, you must complete at least half of the minor course requirements at the University of Pittsburgh and earn a 2.0 or better GPA.
  • Courses used for a minor cannot overlap with courses used for a major, minor, or a certificate.

Note: If a cross-listed course (e.g., ADMJ 1400/LEGLST1140 Introduction to Criminal Law) has been taken for the student’s major, it may not be double-counted towards the minor or vice versa. A cross-listed course in two different departments or programs is considered the same course.

  • A minor must be completed in conjunction with an undergraduate degree and cannot be pursued alone, or added to your plan after graduation.
  • Declare early! This should be done as soon as you have started taking courses towards the minor.

How to Declare a CGS Minor

A student must be admitted into the minor in the school that offers it.

Non-CGS students: Please visit CGS Admissions to complete an application form online.
CGS students: Please contact your CGS advisor or CGSAdv@pitt.edu.

Check with your academic advisor prior to declaring your minor to address any possible limitations in class selection related to your program.