BGS Degree Overview

Your associate degree plus 60 additional units of General Studies coursework earns you a Bachelor of General Studies degree from the University of Arizona. THE BACHELOR OF GENERAL STUDIES (BGS) degree was created in 2010 by a committee of faculty members from across the University of Arizona. They designed the degree as a broad, multidisciplinary course of study rather than a traditional major. The degree provides students with a flexible yet structured program covering a broad range of interests and disciplines. This popular degree program is now available in Maricopa County as well!

The BGS degree at UANV offers courses in five themes:

  1. Arts, Media, and Entertainment
  2. Economy and Industry
  3. Global and Intercultural Understanding
  4. Social Behavior and Human Understanding
  5. Study of the U.S. and the American Experience

You will explore these themes by taking courses in 3 different concentrations, with 9 units required in each. The majority of your courses are in a focus theme area that you choose, with 36 units required. These four themes deliver courses from disciplines across the social sciences and humanities. While focusing on one of the themes, you will develop skills in oral and written communication, critical analysis and research, and learn to think about and solve 3 problems using multiple theories and methods—obtaining a truly multidisciplinary education. 

The UANV degree completion program also encourages you to get real world experience in your chosen area and participate in an internship. Studies have demonstrated the importance of internships in post-graduation employment success. The National Association of Colleges and Employers found that “65% of paid interns in the class of 2012 had at least one job offer when they graduated. Of those who did no internship only about 40% had an offer.” And the 2012 Maguire Associates survey concluded that “More important than where they went to college, the major they pursued, and even their grade point average, an internship is the single more important credential for college graduates.” The 2014 Maguire Survey reaffirmed the importance of internships, but also found that employers emphasize communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills – the key assets of a liberal arts education.

Our BGS degree program graduates have found employment in diverse fields such as: 

  • Advertising
  • Sales
  • Government
  • Media
  • Entertainment
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing
  • Law enforcement

Other BGS graduates have gone onto to pursue graduate degrees in areas such as:

  • media arts
  • nursing
  • museum studies
  • social sciences, such as anthropology or political science
  • humanities, such as philosophy

Once you have been admitted as a Wildcat, you will work with advisors in the Colleges of Letters, Arts, and Science Academic Advising Center at UA to chart your path to success.