General Studies

About the BGS Degree at UA North Valley

2 + 2 Degree Program

A Maricopa Community Colleges associate degree + 60 units of General Studies coursework from the University of Arizona earns you a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of Arizona with an emphasis in one of the following themes:

  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment
  • Global and Intercultural Understanding
  • Social Behavior and Human Understanding
  • Study of the American Experience

The partnership between MCCCD and UA

The partnership between Maricopa Community Colleges and the University of Arizona is an exciting opportunity for you to earn a Bachelor’s degree right in your hometown. You will take all of your courses for the General Studies major with University of Arizona faculty at the Paradise Valley Community College campus. You will receive a world-class education and student-focused experience from your team of University of Arizona faculty in Maricopa at a fraction of the traditional costs.

After completing your associate degree, you will take upper-division courses to complete your major coursework through the University of Arizona.  When you’re in the final semester of your associates degree or ready to return to your studies, you should apply for admission to the University of Arizona. Once you have been admitted as a Wildcat you will work with the advisors in the Colleges of Letters, Arts, and Science Academic Advising Center at UA.

The General Studies degree prepares students to think critically and analytically across a wide range of disciplines or fields of study. Students take the majority of their courses in their chosen  Focus, which requires 36 units. The remaining courses are taken in 3 different Concentrations they choose, with 9 units required in each.

More information about BGS degree at UA North Valley can be found at

General Studies at UA North Valley