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The BA degree program in general studies offers students a flexible, innovative path to degree completion. Graduates of the program are informed and effective members of society who are well-prepared for a changing global marketplace with its diverse cultures.

The theme of this degree is society and the individual. Students explore the tensions between individualism and collectivism, the public and private selves and the interplay of culture and identity.

Program Offered

General Studies, BA

Offered by
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

Downtown, Polytechnic, Lake Havasu City

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Career Outlook

Students who have majored in general studies have the option of working in almost any field that requires effective interaction with others, from sales to social services and organizational management to government administration. Graduates are equipped with transferable skills highly desired by many employers; therefore, a wide array of job choices are available. The bachelor's degree creates great flexibility in career choice because of the versatility within the program.

Graduates may choose to enter one of the occupations for which their cluster prepares them, including:

  • administrative services manager
  • curator
  • medical and health service
  • middle school teacher
  • postsecondary teacher
  • property, real estate and community association managers
  • public relations specialist
  • purchasing manager
  • real estate sales agent
  • sales manager
  • writer and author

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Insurance Policy Processing Clerks 11.1%$38,790
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 12%$66,930
Management Analysts 14.3%$82,450
Business Teachers, Postsecondary 18.1%$80,300
Chief Executives-3.9%$183,270
Health Educators 14.5%$53,940
Education Administrators, Postsecondary 10.1%$92,360
Postsecondary Teachers, All Other9.4%$64,480
Community Health Workers 18.1%$38,370
Compliance Managers 8%$105,610
Construction Managers 11.1%$91,370
Copy Writers7.6%$61,820
Cost Estimators 10.5%$63,110
English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary 9.8%$64,910
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators6.6%$49,520
Fitness and Wellness Coordinators 10.6%$81,630
Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers7.6%$61,820
Cargo and Freight Agents 10.4%$41,820
Freight Forwarders 10.4%$41,820
General and Operations Managers 9.1%$100,410
Insurance Claims Clerks 11.1%$38,790
Investment Fund Managers8%$105,610
Library Science Teachers, Postsecondary9%$70,940
Industrial Production Managers -0.5%$100,580
Administrative Services Managers 10.1%$94,020
Distance Learning Coordinators 10.6%$81,630
Artists and Related Workers, All Other5.5%$63,540
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program 10.8%$46,890
Procurement Clerks-4.3%$41,910
Regulatory Affairs Managers 8%$105,610
Sales Managers7.5%$121,060
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School7.9%$94,390
Security Managers8%$105,610
Social and Community Service Managers 18%$64,100
Loss Prevention Managers8%$105,610
Supply Chain Managers 8%$105,610
Technical Writers 11%$70,930
Transportation Managers 6.7%$92,460
Storage and Distribution Managers 6.7%$92,460
Wind Energy Operations Managers 8%$105,610
Wind Energy Project Managers 8%$105,610

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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