Maximizing General Education Requirements
Learn More about the University of Arizona's General Education Requirements
Like many of our peer institutions, the University of Arizona offers all students the opportunity to complete General Education requirements to broaden their educational horizons. Students in all majors must complete these requirements and have the flexibility to choose courses across a variety of disciplines.
Through this University-wide general education program, students will graduate with:
- Foundational knowledge and skills in support of the undergraduate degree programs and as preparation for life in a complex global society;
- Fundamental skills that all college-educated adults must have;
- Critical and inquiring attitudes, an appreciation of interdisciplinary subject areas, acceptance of persons of different backgrounds or values, and a deepened sense of self
Regardless if you are Undeclared or have already declared a major, you can use General Education courses as a great way to explore major and minor options. Most major departments offer general education courses, so work with your advisor to 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 – consider meeting with an advisor in that program to discuss more about the major curriculum. On the other hand, if you don’t feel as if that major is going to be the best fit for you, then no worries: you've still earned General Education credits needed to graduate. It's a no-risk way to explore your options while becoming a prepared, skillful, and knowledgeable student ready to take on the problems of the world.