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.