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 General Studies Home and the General Studies Themes pages to learn the basics of BGS and consider which themes best fit your interests and/or courses you have already completed.
The following information session is for transfer and prospective UA students. If you are a current UA student, please log onto eSMS and complete the information session there.
*Up to 6 units of Tier Two courses may also apply toward the major requirements.
**This requirement may be filled by a designated Tier One or Tier Two course, or by a designated course taken in the student’s major or minor.
***The number of units will vary depending on the language studied.
Total Units in General Education: 47-49 units
A 2.00 GPA in the BGS major is required.
BGS majors must select one of the following themes for their Emphasis and three of the following themes for their Concentrations.
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.
Below each Theme, please list any courses you have already completed that you think fit into your Concentration.
Please list any courses you have already completed that you think fit into your Focus Cluster.
The Career Services Office (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)
Once you have submitted your information session, please log onto eSMS to set up an appointment with an academic advisor to formally declare the major or discuss it in more detail.