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Finish Your Degree

Make the most of the credits you’ve already earned. General studies and applied humanities degrees allow you to transfer in previously completed credits and customize your degree to fast-track your path to graduation.


Flexible Degree Pathways

What is a General Studies Degree?

A Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) is a humanities degree that teaches core skills that can be applied to a variety of career fields. The flexible focus of a BGS degree allows you the opportunity to create your own path to graduation while strengthening important skills such as critical thinking, communication and adaptability. With six customizable degree pathways, you can transform your passion for learning into a dynamic, interdisciplinary degree at Arizona Online.

What is an Applied Humanities Degree?

Arizona Online offers four unique Applied Humanities degrees that provide you with an interdisciplinary education and hands-on experience. Applied humanities degrees focus on developing organizational, collaborative, and leadership skills that are often used in administrative contexts. Combining professional skills in a focused area of study with cognitive, creative, interpersonal and intercultural intelligence, these degrees can offer you a vital edge in a variety of career fields.

How Do General Studies and Applied Humanities Degrees Work?



Already have credits from another university? Submit your transcripts and our advising team will review the coursework to find the right pathway for you.



How long does it take to get an applied humanities or general studies degree? It depends. Build an academic plan with your adviser to create the fastest track to degree completion.


Kickstart Your Career

Before you graduate, you’ll work with faculty to complete a capstone project that builds your portfolio and determines career opportunities based on your expertise.

General Studies Degrees

Applied Humanities Degrees

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Careers with a Humanities Degree

Humanities degrees are stepping stones to help you choose the career that’s right for you or strengthen your skills in your existing career field. The versatility of these degrees enables you to concentrate on coursework tailored to your interests, passions and goals. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to enter a wide range of fields, including education, business, government, public health, law, information technology, public relations, marketing and so much more.

Graduates are also strong candidates for further education. Many graduate schools value the diverse background and experience gained through an interdisciplinary humanities degree.

Is a Humanities Degree Right for Me?

Humanities degrees are so versatile that they could be right for just about anyone, but here are three indicators that this degree might be right for you.

Undeclared Major

Your previous major didn’t work out or you’re struggling to find a new one.

Broad Focus

Have you switched majors a few times or enjoyed taking courses on tons of different topics?

Combine those credits to create an interdisciplinary degree in applied humanities or general studies.

Still Undecided

Choosing a single field of study can be challenging. This path lets you choose where to put your efforts.

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Complete Your Education

Ready to finish your degree? Request more information to learn more about customizing your path to completion at Arizona Online.