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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.

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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.

Interested in Pursuing a CGS Minor?

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


  • 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

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