General Studies


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For the AGS/AA Advising and Information: The ROAR
Phone: 479-788-7400
The ROAR Location: Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center rm 232
For the BGS Advising and Information: Amber Bergthold
Phone: 479-788-7574

Undergraduate Catalog

Degree Plans:


The Associate of General Studies blends the general education core courses with a variety of other elective courses to allow a student to complete an associate’s degree. This degree can lead to the completion of the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership as well as many of our other bachelor degrees. 
The Associate of Arts blends the general education core courses with specified general education elective courses to complete the degree. This degree also could lead to the completion of the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership.
The Bachelor of General Studies is an interdisciplinary program that allows students the flexibility to tailor the degree to their individual needs and interests. Before declaring the BGS, a student must have attempted another major for at least two semesters and must have completed a minimum of 45 credit hours.

Why should you choose to major in General Studies?

Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of General Studies (AGS): Many college students indicate they are uncertain about their major. Making a decision about your field of study and career is an important part of your experience at UAFS. A professional advisor in the Advising Center can assist you in the decision making process. Through a comprehensive self assessment process, major exploration, career research and goal setting, students make informed decisions about their academic and career path. Students wishing to remain undeclared until they have worked through this process may choose to declare the Associate of General Studies or the Associate of Arts degree. The following other students may also choose to declare one of these degrees:

Students interested in completing the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership (BSOL) would choose one of these degrees. Students declaring the BSOL degree are required to have an associate’s degree prior to entrance.

Students interested in a major that UAFS does not offer but are choosing to start their courses at UAFS, with the intention to transfer to another institution, would declare one of these degrees.

Bachelor of General Studies (BGS): Students pursuing the BGS take ownership of their own degree plan, choosing the classes and areas of emphases most interesting to them and applicable to their goals. Even though the degree is highly individualized, it includes at its core the same general education and University requirements as any other bachelor’s degree, ensuring the BGS maintains UAFS’s educational standards. With this degree, employers are hiring an educated individual well practiced in effective communication, analysis, and problem-solving skills. Individuals who are currently in a career may also find that completing any bachelor’s degree increases the likelihood of advancing in that career.

The BGS also makes coming back to college easier for the nontraditional student since the broader potential range of courses allows for more online and evening options. Returning students find that the degree’s flexibility allows them to incorporate classes from previous majors or minors into a degree that gives them credit for the work they have already completed. Finally, the BGS is ideal for life-long learners, giving these students the freedom to pursue a variety of disciplines.

Websites for Career Research

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

BGS Graduates are employed with:

  • Mid-South Steam Boiler
  • Walmart
  • WIS International
  • Fort Smith Police Dept
  • First National Bank
  • Hope4Autism
  • Fort Smith Public Library
  • Girls Inc
  • ESS (SubTeach)


AGS Graduates are employed with:

  • O'Reillys Automotive
  • First National Bank Fort Smith
  • Sykes
  • NPC Franchises
  • Votaw Law Assoc
  • Walmart
  • Heinz
  • ArcBest
  • Mercy