News Alert! General Studies is now Interdisciplinary Studies. 

IDS at Nogales

Transfer Up to 75 Community College Credits 

The Interdisciplinary Studies Program is pleased to announce that as of Fall 2022, students transferring to any University of Arizona location to pursue a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree can apply up to 75 units from a community college to their degree plan. This signals a shift from the previous limit of 64 community college credits that could be applied to this bachelor’s degree. There will be no alteration regarding the regulations and practices in evaluating the transferability of credits to the University. This credit limit amendment allows more transferrable credits to be applied directly in pursuit of the bachelor’s degree. The College of Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies Program sought this increase to help fulfill the land-grant mission of the University of Arizona by providing an opportunity for a diverse segment of our student population, including many who transfer from Arizona community colleges, to complete their college degree in a timely manner. 

If you have questions about the application of transfer credits to your BIS degree plan, please reach out to your academic advisor. 

Graduate with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Arizona without ever leaving Ambos Nogales.

The University of Arizona Near You Network and College of Humanities are proud to offer the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies at our Nogales location as an exciting option and industry-relevant path in higher learning.


Degree Overview and Theme Options

Your associate degree plus 60 additional units of Interdisciplinary Studies coursework earns you a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree from the University of Arizona. The Interdisciplinary Studies degree was created in 2010 by a committee of faculty members from across the University of Arizona. They designed the degree as a broad, interdisciplinary course of study rather than a traditional major. The degree provides students with a flexible yet structured program covering a broad range of interests and disciplines. 

The IDS Program at Nogales offers courses in three different degree plans:

  1. Science, Technology, Health, and Society
  2. Economy and Industry
  3. Social Behavior and Human Understanding

You will support your studies in the degree path of your choice by taking courses in 3 different concentrations, with 9 units required in each. The majority of your courses are in the degree plan that you choose, with 36 units required. These three themed options deliver courses from disciplines across the social sciences, natural science, and humanities. While focusing on one of the themes, you will develop skills in oral and written communication, critical analysis and research, and learn to think about and solve 3 problems using multiple theories and methods—obtaining a truly multidisciplinary education. You can also choose Studies of the U.S. and the American Experience, Global and Intercultural Understanding, or Arts, Media and Entertainment as a theme for one of your concentrations.

The Nogales Interdisciplinary degree completion program also encourages you to get real world experience in your chosen area and participate in an internship. Studies have demonstrated the importance of internships in post-graduation employment success. The National Association of Colleges and Employers found that “65% of paid interns in the class of 2012 had at least one job offer when they graduated. Of those who did no internship only about 40% had an offer.” And the 2012 Maguire Associates survey concluded that “More important than where they went to college, the major they pursued, and even their grade point average, an internship is the single more important credential for college graduates.” The 2014 Maguire Survey reaffirmed the importance of internships, but also found that employers emphasize communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills – the key assets of a liberal arts education.

Our IDS program graduates have found employment in diverse fields such as: 

  • Advertising
  • Sales
  • Government
  • Media
  • Entertainment
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing
  • Law enforcement
  • Health Care

Other IDS graduates have gone onto to pursue graduate degrees in areas such as:

  • media arts
  • nursing
  • museum studies
  • social sciences, such as anthropology or political science
  • humanities, such as philosophy
  • law school
  • social work
  • medical school

Once you have been admitted as a Wildcat, you will work with advisors at Nogales and in the College of Humanities at UA to chart your path to success.


Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fee Rates for Fall 2022

Units Tuition Mandatory Fees TOTAL
1 unit $300 $38.50 $338.50
2 units $600 $50.50 $650.50
3 units $900 $62.50 $962.50
4 units $1,200 $74.50 $1,274.50
5 units $1,500 $86.50 $1,586.50
6 units $1,800 $98.50 $1,898.50
7 units $2,100 $137.00 $2,237.00
8 units $2,400 $137.00 $2,537.00
9 units $2,700 $137.00 $2,837.00

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NOTE: These rates are for students enrolled in a distance campus program Fall 2022. IDS tuition at Nogales is residency-blind.

NOTE: Unless otherwise indicated, there is no tuition cap for per unit programs. To calculate the cost for additional units beyond this rate table, add the cost per unit (1 unit of TUITION) to the TOTAL for each additional unit.

All amounts shown in the Tuition Rates or in other University publications or web pages represent tuition and fees as currently approved. However, The University of Arizona reserves the right to increase or modify tuition and fees without prior notice, upon approval by the Arizona Board of Regents or as otherwise consistent with Board policy and to make such modifications applicable to students enrolled at UA at that time as well as to incoming students. In addition, all tuition amounts and fees are subject to change at any time for correction of errors. Finally, please note that fee amounts billed for any period may be adjusted at a future date. 


UA Bridge

We strongly encourage students to join UA Bridge at least one semester before they apply to the University of Arizona.

The UA Bridge program is a partnership between several community colleges and the University of Arizona that provides a path to pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the University of Arizona, including UArizona Nogales. It provides a $2,000 renewable scholarship to eligible students for two consecutive years. Students must have 2.5 GPA cumulative GPA and have at least 36 transfer credits and no more than 80 at the time of application to be eligible. There is no cost for joining UA Bridge, so if you are even considering applying to the University of Arizona and one of its campuses, consider signing up for the Bridge program.


Scholarship Universe

Once admitted, students will also have access to Scholarship Universe. This is an extensive database of scholarships of the university and third-party scholarship opportunities for students. This system helps you search for and apply to open scholarships for which you are eligible. 


Phi Theta Kappa Award

Additionally, UA students attending Nogales at are eligible for the Phi Theta Kappa Award.  This competitive, consideration-based scholarship for top community college transfer students with a minimum 3.5 recalculated cumulative college GPA, have completed at least 36 units, and are members in good standing with Phi Theta Kappa for at least one year at the time of your UA application. The award is $5,000 per academic year for AZ residents.

Transfer Student Scholarships

The University of Arizona offers annual scholarships in variable amounts to transfer students from community colleges who demonstrate exceptional academic performance. The Transfer Tuition Award is $2,500-3,000 per academic year for AZ residents.  Students must have a minimum of 3.0 recalculated cumulative college GPA for Arizona residents or 3.5 for non-residents and no more than 80 credit hours to qualify for consideration. You do not need to file a separate scholarship application. All students who submit a complete application for admission to the University of Arizona Nogales will be included in the scholarship pool. The selected students will receive a letter of award. It is recommended that students apply by March 1st.


Fall 2022 Enrollment Options  

To read descriptions of the courses, look in the general catalog

  • Regular session: 8/22/22--12/07/2022
    • Final Examinations: 12/9-12/15/2022
  • 7 week 1 session:  8/22/22--10/12/2022
  • 7 week 2 session: 10/13/22--12/07/2022 

Distance IDS synchronous courses: Students' class schedules must include courses from this category. The proportion depends on the total number of credits taken during the semester.


IDS 396A Introduction to Interdisciplinary Methods (SBHU/STHS)

Instructor: Victoria Meyer

Hybrid Wednesday 4-5:30 pm                                                     

Nogales ITV, Rm TBD


HUMS 374 Pop Music and the Counter-Culture (AMENT/SAE)

Instructor: Scott Zimmer

Tuesday/Thursday: 12:30-1:45 pm                        

Nogales ITV, Rm TBD


HIST 495K Histories from Madness to Mental Illness (SBHU/GIU)

Instructor: Victoria Meyer

Tuesday/Thursday 2:30-3:45 pm                                              

Nogales ITV, Rm TBD


HUMS 496 Technology and Social Progress (ECI/STHS)

Instructor: Seth Rachlin

Tuesday/Thursday 4:15-5:45 pm                                                      

Nogales ITV, Rm TBD


EAS 333 Buddhist Meditation Traditions (SBHU/GIU)

Instructor: James Baskind

Live Online Monday 3:30-6 pm


CHN 460 US-China Relations and the Modern World (ECI/GIU)

Instructor: Andres Onate

Live Online Monday 3:30-6 pm


Fully Online (asynchronous iCourses)    


ANTH 450 Social Inequality (SBHU/ECI)               

Instructor: Jennifer Lee

Regular Semester


CHS 303 Health and Society (STHS/SBHU)

Instructor: Jennifer Brailsford

7 week 2    


COMM 301 Survey of Mass Communication (SBHU)

Instructor: Matthew Lapierre, Michael Farzinpour

7 week 1


GAME 308 Diversity and Bias in Games (ECI/SBHU)

Instructor: Michael Jenkins

7 week 2


LAS 312 US-Latin America Relations: Trade, Security, and Power (GIU/ECI)

Instructor: Susan Brewer-Osorio

7 week 1


PAH 220 Collaboration: A Humanities Perspective (ECI/SBHU)

Instructor: Renee Reynolds

7 week 1 


PHIL 323 Environmental Ethics (STHS/SBHU)                                                  

Instructor: Hoi Yee Chan

Regular semester


SOC 302 Sports and Society (AMENT/SBHU)

Instructor: Derek Martin

7 week 2


SOC 448 Sociology of the Body (STHS/SBHU)                                            

Instructor: Mariana Manriquez

Regular Semester


Spring 2022 Enrollment Options  

To read descriptions of the courses, look in the general catalog:

  • Regular session: 1/12/22-5/4/22
    • Final Examinations 5/6-5/12/22 
  • 7 week 1 session: 1/12-3/4/22 
  • 7 week 2 session: 3/14-5/5/22 

North Valley/flex in-person courses. You must enroll in a majority in-person classes, which is dependent upon whether you will be part-time or full-time

FA 395 Arts and Social Change (AMENT/SBHU)
Instructor: Elaine Kessler
Wednesday 3-5:45pm

HIST 311 History of Epidemics (STHS/SBHU)
Instructor: Victoria Meyer
Monday/Wednesday 1-2:15pm

HIST 495K Women in Revolt: Women and Gender in Modern Revolutions (SBHU/GIU)
Instructor: Victoria Meyer
Tuesday/Thursday 2-3:15pm

HUMS 396 Global Development and Inequality (ECI/GIU)
Instructor: Eyal Bar
Tuesday/Thursday 3:30-4:45pm

Fully Online/iCourses

ANTH 353 The Anthropology of Food (SBHU/STHS)
Instructor: Megan Carney
Regular Semester icourse

ANTV 364 Natural History of Our Closest Relative (STHS/SBHU)
Instructor: Allison Hays
7 week 2 icourse

ARH 325 History of Modern Architecture (STHS/SBHU)
Instructor: Larry Busbea
Regular semester icourse

IDS 498 Capstone
7 week 1 and 7 week 2 icourse

CHN 305 Global Kung Fu Cinema (AMENT/GIU)
Instructor: Dian Li
7 week 2 icourse

ESOC 301 Qualitative Internet Research (STHS/SBHU)
Instructor: Diana Daly
Regular Semester icourse

ESOC 317 Digital Crime and Social Media (ECI/STHS)
Instructor: Volodymyr Lysenko
7 week 2 icourse

ESOC 330 Digital Dilemmas: Privacy, Property, and Access (STHS/SBHU)
Instructor: Harrison Apple
7 week 1 icourse

ENGL 307 Business Writing (ECI)
Regular Semester icourse

FITS 300 The Business of Beauty (ECI/SBHU)
Instructor: Elif Kavakci
Regular Semester icourse

ITAL 330A Resisting Fascism (GIU/SBHU)
Instructor: Giuseppe Cavatorta
7 week 2 icourse

GAME 310 eSport Industries (ECI/STHS)
Instructor: Kristin Strange
Regular semester icourse

GLO 403 Media and Global Terrorism (AMENT/GIU)
Instructor: Margaret Zanger
7 week 2 icourse

GLO 455 Media and Human Rights (STHS/SBHU)
Instructor: Margaret Zanger
7 week 1 icourse

RSSS 280 Sports and Empire: Sport in Soviet and Post-Soviet Eastern European Society (GIU/SBHU)
Instructor: Benjamin Jens
Regular Semester icourse

Fall 2021 Enrollment Options  

To read descriptions of the courses, look in the general catalog:

  • Regular session: 8/23/21-12/8/21 
  • 7 week 1 session: 8/23-10/13/21 
  • 7 week 2 session: 10/14-12/8/21 

 Nogales/flex in-person courses

HUMS 395 Introduction to Multi-Disciplinary Studies (Formerly SBS 395A)  (SBHU/STHS)  
Instructor: Victoria Meyer 
Monday/Wednesday 2:30-3:45pm 

HUMS 396 The Business of Entertainment (ECI/AMENT)   
Instructor: Elaine Kessler
Tuesday/Thursday 1:00-2:15pm 


MUS 334 Music in World Cultures (AMENT/GIU) 
Instructor: Joshua Bennett 
Monday/Wednesday 1:00-2:15pm 

POL 326 American Political Thought (SBHU/SAE)  
Instructor: Eyal Bar 
Monday/Wednesday 4:30-5:45pm 

HIST 349 History of Crime in America, 1607-present (SBHU/SAE)        
Instructor: Victoria Meyer
Tuesday/Thursday 11:00am-12:15pm

Live Online Courses:  

MAS 317 Latin American Immigration and the Re-Making of the U.S. (SBHU/SAE) 
Instructor: Anna Oleary 
Tuesday/Thursday 4:00-5:15pm Live Online 

PAH 200 Intro to Applied Humanities. (SBHU) 
Instructor: Suzanne Panferov Reese 
Tuesday/Thursday 8:00-9:15am Live Online

PHIL 324 Law and Morality (SBHU) 
Instructor: Steven Wall
Monday/Wednesday 3:00-4:15pm Live Online 

Fully Online/iCourses  

AFAS 376 Global Soccer (GIU/SBHU) 
Instructor: Yuxuf Abana 
7 week 1 

AFAS 475 USA and South Africa (SBHU/GIU) 
Instructor: Praise Zenega 
7 week 2 

ANTH 438A Women’s Health in Global Perspective (STHS/GIU) 
Instructor: Staff
Regular semester/iCourse

BGS 498 Capstone
7 week 1 and 7 week 2 iCourse 

DNC 400 Dance and Culture (AMENT/GIU) 
Instructor: Christopher Compton  
7 week 1 

FTV 352 Looking at Movies: Film Styles and Genres (AMENT) 
Instructor:  David Mulcahy 
7 week 1 

GAME 310 Gamification in Society (AMENT/SBHU) 
Instructor: Kristin Strange  
Regular semester/ icourse 

ISTA 230 Intro to Web Design and Development (STHS or AMENT) 
Instructor: Ryan Rucker  
Regular semester 

KOR 352 Class, Gender, and Family in Korea  (SBHU/GIU) 
Instructor: Sunyoung Yang     
7 week 2 

RELI 302 Ellis Island, 9/11, and Border Walls: Religion and Immigration in the U.S. (SBHU/SAE) 
Instructor: Daisy Vargas 
7 week 2 

SOC 342 Criminology  (SBHU) 
Instructor: Staff
Regular semester

Academic Calendar 2021–2022

Fall 2021

Current university plans will include in-person courses but are subject to change dependent on COVID-19 rates in Arizona. No in-person course meetings will be held after Thanksgiving Recess. 

Classes Begin August 23, 2021
Deadline to pay tuition for ALL UNITS registered for as of 8/19/20 without late charges  August 23, 2021
Last day to add or change classes in UAccess August 30, 2021
Last day to drop without a grade of W (withdraw) September 5, 2021
Labor Day, no classes September 6, 2021
Last day to withdraw from a class through UAccess October 31, 2021
Veteran's Day, no classes November 11, 2021
Final deadline to submit Late Change Petitions November 21, 2021
Thanksgiving Recess November 25–November 28, 2021
Last Day of Classes December 8, 2021
Reading Day—no classes or finals December 9, 2021
Final Exam Period December 10–16, 2021

For a full list of all dates and deadlines, visit: Some deadlines for 7-week courses will be different.

Spring 2022

Classes Begin January 12, 2022
Martin Luther King Jr Holiday, no classes January 17, 2022
Presidents', no classes February 21, 2022

Spring recess, no classes

March 5-13, 2022

Last day of classes May 4, 2022
Reading day, no classes or finals May 5, 2022
Final Exam Period May 6–12, 2022
Commencement May 13, 2022

For a full list of all dates and deadlines, visit: Some deadlines for 7-week courses will be different.


Academic Advising

Our academic advisors in the College of Humanities IDS Advising Center, as well as the Nogales Coodinator, will help you plan your course of study.

Make an Appointment

The Academic Advising Center hours of operation are Monday–Friday 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. You can schedule an appointment to meet with Daniel Gonzales in 2 ways:

Call the main number. Call 520-621-7763 and ask to speak with an IDS advisor for Distance.  This is the quickest way to schedule an appointment.

Email an advisor to set up an appointment. Advisors will not be able to answer your email immediately, so you must allow for a delay in scheduling an appointment.


Financial Aid Coordinator

If you have a question specifically about financial aid, please contact Alan Aguirre. Alan will be able to assist you with questions and help you interact with the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid in Tucson.  Please make an appointment with him through the Trellis system: click on his name and you will see instructions.


Alan Aguirre

Student Services and Financial Aid Coordinator
(520) 287-8632

Daniel Gonzales
Director, Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Advising
Academic Advisor




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