Online Information Session


If you are ready to declare BGS as your major, here is a closer look at the degree requirements and structure of the degree.  You must complete the advisement form at the end of the session before meeting with an advisor to declare BGS as your major.
Before completing the form, be sure to visit the BGS Degree Overview and the Themes pages to learn the basics of BGS and consider which themes best fit your interests and/or courses you have already completed.

BGS Degree Structure

General Education

General Education requirements are met by earning a certified Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or general education equivalent from an institution outside of Arizona.


General Studies (BGS) Major

A 2.00 GPA in the BGS major is required.

Concentration Requirements:  27 units
Students must select at least three courses, for a total of nine units per Concentration, from three of the four Themes.
(Theme descriptions are on the next page.)

Focus Requirements:  36 units
Students must select one Theme for the Focus.
(This Theme can be the same as one of the selected Concentration Themes.)

Total Units in the General Studies Major:  63 units
At least 36 units out of the 63 units in the major must be upper-division (300-499) courses.

Total Number of Units Required for a UA Degree:  120 units
At least 42 units out of the 120 units must be upper-division (300-499) courses.


BGS majors must select one of the following Themes for their Focus and three of the following Themes for their Concentrations.

Arts, Media and Entertainment: Develop skills in criticism and evaluation of art forms, an understanding of the processes by which art and creativity are communicated, and an academic knowledge of promotion and marketing in the performing arts.

Global and Intercultural Understanding: Understand the customs, cultures, mores, practices, contributions, and struggles of peoples around the globe.

Social Behavior and Human Understanding: Learn about differences and similarities between and among individuals in different economic, political, religious, cultural, ethnic, and social groups.

Study of the U.S. and the American Experience: Explore the diversity of experiences and perspectives in the United States, developing skills in effective writing, critical analysis, research, and the ability to think about problems in multiple ways using multiple theories and methods.

Economy and Industry: Study business perspectives from a variety of disciplinary fields, and understand the role of economy and industry in society.

Information for Your Advisor

You must complete this information session by filling in all of the fields below in advance of your advising appointment. If you haven't competed this form, you will be asked to reschedule your appointment.


Career Planning for BGS Students

The online offerings of the Career Services Office at the University of Arizona Tucson Campus (Student Union 411) is an excellent resource for finding career-related experiences and opportunities. Here are some links to help you think about how to market the skills and knowledge you attain through a General Studies degree:

Potential career areas, sample employers, and salary ranges, and more
(Start with the "Degrees Offered" tab and explore by BGS theme)

Videos: Bachelor of General Studies and Your Future Career (by Theme)


Below, list three ways in which you plan to support your Bachelor of General Studies degree with Career Planning.