CLAS Student Ambassador: Crista Butler

I chose the Bachelor of General Studies major with an emphasis in Global and Intercultural Understanding because of my high interest in how nations of the world are economically and socially interdependent. I love how flexible the program is and how I’m actually taking classes I’m genuinely interested in.

What advice would you have for a student coming into your major? The best advice I have is not to listen to your peers and their opinions on which major you should select. Many students say you have to get a business degree to be successful, but that is not the case. To be successful one day you must social network and be a hardworker.

Favorite class: I really enjoyed my News in a Digital Age class! It helped me to develop an understanding of the role news media in a democracy, for individuals, groups, and institutions.

Involvement on campus: I am involved in Greek life: Kappa Alpha Theta, and as A New York Times Promoter, and with Bens Bells

Dream job: I dream of doing PR or Marketing for a fashion brand such as Parker or Tibi.

Favorite class and/or teacher: I really contacted with my English 102 teacher last semester. She really helped me to improve on my grammar and overall writing capabilities. Steven Reff is my favorite professor by far. He knows how to captivate an audience and somehow makes learning about economics fun.

Favorite UA memory: Oregon vs. UA football game by far has been my favorite memory. Our zona zoo pride is one of the main reasons I decided to attend the University of Arizona.

Three adjectives to describe your experience at UA: Spontaneous, Playful, and Cultured

Highlights from travels: I’m originally from Canada, but I also lived overseas in Hong Kong and Singapore. My highlight is definitely experiencing such a culture shock. I love stepping outside my comfort zone and trying new things.


  • General Studies


  • Global and Intercultural Understanding