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General Studies: Social, Behavioral & Human Understanding Emphasis

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General Studies: Social, Behavioral & Human Understanding Emphasis

Bachelor of General Studies

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Focus is on differences and similarities between and among individuals in different economic, political, religious, cultural, ethnic, and social groups.

Major Details

College: Colleges of Letters, Arts and Science
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus
  • UA North Valley
  • UA Online

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL 101 First Year Composition 3
Math 105 Math in Modern Society or PHIL 110 3
Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 First Year Composition 3
Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Elective 3
4th Semester
Tier II General Education 3
Concentration 1 class 1 3
Concentration 2 class 1 3
Concentration 3 class 1 3
Focus concentration class 1 3
5th Semester
Concentration 1 class 2 3
Concentration 2 class 2 3
Concentration 3 class 2 3
Focus concentration class 2 3
Focus concentration class 3 3
6th Semester
Concentration 1 class 3 3
Concentration 2 class 3 3
Concentration 3 class 3 3
Focus concentration class 4 3
Focus concentration class 5 3
7th Semester
Focus concentration class 6 3
Focus concentration class 7 3
Focus concentration class 8 3
Focus concentration class 9 3
Focus concentration class 10 3
8th Semester
Focus concentration class 11 3
Focus concentration class 12 3
Elective 3
Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of human behavior, history, culture, ethics, and communication gained with a Bachelor of General Studies with a concentration in Social Behavior and Human Understanding forms a solid foundation for a variety of careers. A graduate in the Social Behavior and Human Understanding concentration could work in human services, program coordination, public relations, or marketing. This concentration is also good preparation for work and further studies in health care, legal services, public policy, and public health.General Studies, like many majors, teaches content and skills that can be applied to a wide variety of career fields. This major does not restrict you to a specific field. Following are career fields that may most closely relate to this major. Some of the career areas and job titles below require an advanced degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Market research
  • Education
  • Outreach
  • Human resources
  • Social work
  • Counseling
  • Substance abuse intervention
  • Grief therapy
  • Program management/design
  • Museum preservation

Sample Employers

  • Social service organizations
  • Business offices
  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Museums and bookstores
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Rehabilitation and treatment centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Research institutions
  • Market research firms

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Mental Health Counselor $25,430 - $40,080
Children's Advocate/Case Worker $25,000 - $60,000
Volunteer Coordinator $25,000 - $85,000
Substance Abuse Counselor $24,000 - $53,000
Market Research Analyst $15,080 - $60,800
Employment Counselor $27,000 - $73,000
Mediator $34,100 - $61,280
Personnel Specialist $28,030 - $45,470
Human Resources Specialist $32,770 - $55,800
Museum Education Director $25,000 - $65,000
Health Educator $24,000 - $69,000
Human Services Worker $19,620 - $29,230