Real World Learning

Pitt-Johnstown Geography

Real World learning at Pitt-Johnstown is a unique blend of academics and experiential learning, leading to rewarding career opportunities.


Our distinctive people, place, and programs create a learning environment that gives students an opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences in and outside the classroom. Real World opportunities, including internships, service-learning, undergraduate research, study abroad, and other creative and professional work experiences, result in exceptional performance. 

The Real World Action Program is a University-wide initiative designed to guide students through a series of programs, activities and experiences that complement their academic studies. 


"I have enjoyed the benefit of receiving a world-class education in my own backyard. My experiences as a geography student led to a number of possibilities that I never imagined before." 

Joseph Matthew Sernell
President and Consulting Technologist
Eagles Ridge Industries

"The geography program at Pitt-Johnstown provided me with a solid background in land use and economic development. With the right mix of environmental and social coursework I was well prepared for a position at the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission (SAP&DC). Today, I continue to utilize the valuable skills I learned during my time at Pitt-Johnstown." 

Brandon Carson
Director of Planning and Community Development


Opportunities On and Beyond Campus