College of General Studies online course offerings emphasize high-quality instruction, student-centered curricula, interactive learning, and collaborative study activities. We offer a wide variety of courses representing many of the University of Pittsburgh's academic departments. All of our online courses meet the same standards for content excellence and expert instruction as our traditional classroom courses, while providing you with additional scheduling flexibility. While we do not offer fully online certificate or degree programs at this time, a wide variety of courses are available online to make your program of study more convenient.
We invite you to explore the links below to learn more about our online services and resources, online course formats, requirements, and tips for success in the online classroom. Once you have reviewed the information, complete our self-assessment online quiz to see if online learning is right for you.
Available Online Formats and Registration Information
College of General Studies online courses are available in a variety of formats. This section is designed to help you decide which format is best for you and identify which courses are available in that format.
Technology and Common Course Requirements
The College of General Studies and your instructors have dedicated much effort into bringing you online courses of the highest quality. Succeeding in a CGS Online course, however, also requires effort and self-discipline from students, just as in a face-to-face course. It also requires access to the technology you need, awareness of available resources for technical questions or problems, textbooks and other course materials, and familiarity with some of the common course requirements.
Online Services and Resources
Students taking online courses are University of Pittsburgh students in every way, and have access to all the same services and resources. However, some of these resources are particularly helpful for web-based classes.
Check out this section for answers to many frequently asked questions about web and hybrid courses.
Quiz: Are you ready for online courses?
Taking an online course is different than taking face-to-face classes. Ask yourself some of the following questions, and if you answer yes to most, online courses may be right for you. This survey is completely anonymous and its purpose is for you to gauge your readiness for successful online learning.