Major Exploration Guide

The Role of a Major in Your Academic Life

What role does a major play in your academic life?

Understanding the role of a major and the major-to-career relationship helps you make the most of your major exploration.

Q: What role does a major play in your academic life?

Students need at least 120 units to graduate from the University of Arizona.

Typical breakdown (varies by major):

  • 30-45+ units of courses towards a major
  • 45 units of courses towards General Education requirements (you may need less depending on major, placement, and test credits)
  • 18-20 units of courses towards a minor (not required for all majors)
  • Remaining courses to reach 120 total credits are electives

Why is this important to know?  Because your major coursework can comprise as little as a third—or even a fourth—of the units needed to graduate. The UA aims to graduate students who are not only well prepared for a career, but are also well-rounded and culturally competent citizens.

[Helpful Tip!] General Education courses can be great for major exploration! Find a General Education course offered through a major you're considering. If you love the subject matter, you've made a huge step in finding the right major for you. If the disciplinary perspective is not one you want to pursue, no worries: you've still earned General Education credit needed to graduate. It's a no-risk way to explore your options.


NEXT: Identifying Your Options

Major Exploration