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A Self-Paced, Competency-Based Degree Completion Program

Through Northern Arizona University’s competency-based Personalized Learning program, you can complete your degree in Liberal Arts entirely online and at your own pace. All online classes are self-paced and designed to give you the critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills today’s employers want most. A great option for degree completion, Personalized Learning gives you six months of unlimited, self-paced online classes for a flat tuition rate. Learn more about NAU’s competency-based programs.

Earn A Respected Liberal Arts Degree Entirely Online

A well-rounded liberal arts education prepares you to work and succeed in a number of fields because it gives you the skills most lacking in today’s work environment. And Personalized Learning’s competency-based approach ensures you learn these necessary skills by requiring you to demonstrate what you know as you advance through the program.

Prepare to work in a variety of career fields, including:

  • Business Administration
  • Management
  • Sales & Marketing

Catalog Information

Learn more about the program options by viewing the catalog information below. Catalog information is displayed for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Liberal Arts

Campus Locations

globe This program is available Online
Degree Information
Online
In-Person
Blended
BA
120 units
Maximum Transfer Units
64
120
Additional Admission Requirements - Additional Application

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.
    • All of Northern Arizona University's requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Highest Mathematics Required MATH 115
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Foreign Language Required
Some online/blended coursework Required
AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-A Recommended
Progression Plan Link Not Available

Purpose Statement

The mission of Personalized Learning’s Liberal Arts Bachelor degree program is to provide adult and self-motivated learners an opportunity to study broadly from history, philosophy, literature, and the arts by providing students exposure to a vast array of texts integrated into interdisciplinary units in order to give students a broader understanding of the interrelationship of concepts and ideas from varying disciplinary subjects. As well, our degree program seeks to offer students an affordable, self-paced learning environment that honors previous knowledge and real world experiences.


Student Learning Outcomes

Liberal Arts Personalized Learning Graduates will be able to
:
  • Work in a team structure: Engage in effective group communication building on Group Dynamics and theories in intercultural communication
  • Communicate with diverse populations: Demonstrate the difference between analysis, interpretation, and evaluation
  • Solve complex problems: Demonstrate knowledge of relationships between knowledge, power, morality, ethics, and law
  • Analyze complicated materials: Analyze, interpret, and evaluate objects and theories across broad contexts
  • Write about culture effectively and Compose academic essays in various rhetorical styles: Write clear summaries, position papers, reports, research papers, and annotated bibliographies
  • Demonstrate knowledge of potential and limitations of technology’s advances: Differentiate, evaluate, and apply theories concerning technological advances and their impact on society
  • Practice an examined or self-reflective life: Examine and explain the importance of literature, film, media, and art on understanding human nature.
  • Describe ethical theories: Differentiate between ethics and morality, and analyze ethics and morality from both religious and political perspectives
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the significance of the humanities: Examine and compare theories of subjectivity, personal identify, and human nature in the humanities
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the significance of the social sciences: Examine and compare the history and impacts of the penal and legal systems in the U.S. and Asia, paying particular attention upon their impacts on political and religious life
  • Demonstrate an effective transfer of competencies to the workplace: Develop research approaches for case studies, and develop approaches to effective workplace communication.

Details

Major Requirements
  • Personalized Learning Competencies for the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

    Completion of these competencies will result in the awarding of credit for NAU classes.

    C.1  Work in a team structure
    C.2  Communicate with diverse populations
    C.3  Solve complex problems
    C.4  Analyze complicated materials
    C.5  Write about culture effectively
    C.6  Compose academic essays in various rhetorical styles
    C.7  Demonstrate knowledge of potential and limitations of technology's advances
    C.8  Practice an examined or self-reflective life
    C.9  Describe ethical theories
    C.10 Apply ethical theories to education
    C.11 Formulate and substantiate theses
    C.12 Formulate and test hypotheses in humanities and social science
    C.13 Demonstrate knowledge of leadership in the working of organizations
    C.14 Demonstrate knowledge of the significance of the humanities
    C.15 Demonstrate knowledge of the significance of the social sciences
    C.16 Demonstrate effective transfer of competencies to workplace

  •  

    Course Credit Earned (54 units)

    • ARHI 143 Western Art History (3 units)
    • CCSU 251 Interdisciplinary Cultural Aesthetics (3 units)
    • CCSU 351W Interdisciplinary Research Writing (3 units)
    • CCSU 490C Capstone in 1960's American Cinema (3 units)
    • CSTU 272 Group Dynamics and Social Conflict (3 units)
    • CSTU 324 Cross Cultural Communication (3 units)
    • ENGL 254 Introduction to World Literature (3 units)
    • ENGL 306W Writing Across the Disciplines (3 units) 
    • HISY 205 World History (3 units)
    • HUMA 381 Reflections of Society in Postwar Cinema (3 units)
    • HUMA 383 Humanities in Global Contexts (3 units)
    • HUMA 476 Human Nature and Humanistic Values (3 units)
    • PHIL 106 Ethical Obligation (3 units)
    • RELI 151 World Religions (3 units)
    • SOCI 202 Sociological Thought (3 units)
    • SOCI 314 The Sociological Aspects of Education (3 units)
    • SOCI 321 Interaction of Sociology and Psychology (3 units)
    • SOCI 340 Social Criminology (3 units)
  • Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your faculty mentor for details.

Foreign Language Requirement
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Some courses may have departmental prerequisites required by students in other majors. Any prerequisites not fulfilled with transfer credit may be met by successfully completing a pretest; however, credit will not be granted for the completion.

    This degree is offered only through the Personalized Learning program. Work with a faculty mentor for any questions regarding the applicability of coursework completed through Personalized Learning to any other plan of study at NAU.

Liberal Arts

Campus Locations

globe This program is available Online
Degree Information
Online
In-Person
Blended
BS
120 units
Maximum Transfer Units
64
120
Additional Admission Requirements - Additional Application

University Requirements

University Requirements
  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.
    • All of Northern Arizona University's requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Highest Mathematics Required MATH 115
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Some online/blended coursework Required
AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-A Recommended
Progression Plan Link Not Available

Purpose Statement

The mission of Personalized Learning’s Liberal Arts Bachelor degree program is to provide adult and self-motivated learners an opportunity to study broadly from history, philosophy, literature, and the arts by providing students exposure to a vast array of texts integrated into interdisciplinary units in order to give students a broader understanding of the interrelationship of concepts and ideas from varying disciplinary subjects. As well, our degree program seeks to offer students an affordable, self-paced learning environment that honors previous knowledge and real world experiences.


Student Learning Outcomes

Liberal Arts Personalized Learning Graduates will be able to
:
  • Work in a team structure: Engage in effective group communication building on Group Dynamics and theories in intercultural communication
  • Communicate with diverse populations: Demonstrate the difference between analysis, interpretation, and evaluation
  • Solve complex problems: Demonstrate knowledge of relationships between knowledge, power, morality, ethics, and law
  • Analyze complicated materials: Analyze, interpret, and evaluate objects and theories across broad contexts
  • Write about culture effectively and Compose academic essays in various rhetorical styles: Write clear summaries, position papers, reports, research papers, and annotated bibliographies
  • Demonstrate knowledge of potential and limitations of technology’s advances: Differentiate, evaluate, and apply theories concerning technological advances and their impact on society
  • Practice an examined or self-reflective life: Examine and explain the importance of literature, film, media, and art on understanding human nature.
  • Describe ethical theories: Differentiate between ethics and morality, and analyze ethics and morality from both religious and political perspectives
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the significance of the humanities: Examine and compare theories of subjectivity, personal identify, and human nature in the humanities
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the significance of the social sciences: Examine and compare the history and impacts of the penal and legal systems in the U.S. and Asia, paying particular attention upon their impacts on political and religious life
  • Demonstrate an effective transfer of competencies to the workplace: Develop research approaches for case studies, and develop approaches to effective workplace communication.

Details

Major Requirements
  • Personalized Learning Competencies for the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts

    Completion of these competencies will result in the awarding of credit for NAU classes.

    C.1  Work in a team structure
    C.2  Communicate with diverse populations
    C.3  Solve complex problems
    C.4  Analyze complicated materials
    C.5  Write about culture effectively
    C.6  Compose academic essays in various rhetorical styles
    C.7  Demonstrate knowledge of potential and limitations of technology's advances
    C.8  Practice an examined or self-reflective life
    C.9  Describe ethical theories
    C.10 Apply ethical theories to education
    C.11 Formulate and substantiate theses
    C.12 Formulate and test hypotheses in humanities and social science
    C.13 Demonstrate knowledge of leadership in the working of organizations
    C.14 Demonstrate knowledge of the significance of the humanities
    C.15 Demonstrate knowledge of the significance of the social sciences
    C.16 Demonstrate effective transfer of competencies to workplace

  • Course Credit Earned (54 units)

    • ARHI 143 Western Art History (3 units)
    • CCSU 251 Interdisciplinary Cultural Aesthetics (3 units)
    • CCSU 351W Interdisciplinary Research Writing (3 units)
    • CCSU 490C Capstone in 1960's American Cinema (3 units)
    • CSTU 272 Group Dynamics and Social Conflict (3 units)
    • CSTU 324 Cross Cultural Communication (3 units)
    • ENGL 254 Introduction to World Literature (3 units)
    • ENGL 306W Writing Across the Disciplines (3 units) 
    • HISY 205 World History (3 units)
    • HUMA 381 Reflections of Society in Postwar Cinema (3 units)
    • HUMA 383 Humanities in Global Contexts (3 units)
    • HUMA 476 Human Nature and Humanistic Values (3 units)
    • PHIL 106 Ethical Obligation (3 units)
    • RELI 151 World Religions (3 units)
    • SOCI 202 Sociological Thought (3 units)
    • SOCI 314 The Sociological Aspects of Education (3 units)
    • SOCI 321 Interaction of Sociology and Psychology (3 units)
    • SOCI 340 Social Criminology (3 units)
  • Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your faculty mentor for details.

Science Requirement
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Some courses may have departmental prerequisites required by students in other majors. Any prerequisites not fulfilled with transfer credit may be met by successfully completing a pretest; however, credit will not be granted for the completion.

    This degree is offered only through the Personalized Learning program. Work with a faculty mentor for any questions regarding the applicability of coursework completed through Personalized Learning to any other plan of study at NAU.

Liberal Arts - Minor

Campus Locations

globe This program is available Online
Degree Information
Online
In-Person
Blended
MINR
18 units
Maximum Transfer Units
18
18

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

No more than 50% of the units used to satisfy minor requirements may be used to satisfy major requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 18
Some online/blended coursework Required

Details

Minor Requirements
  • Personalized Learning Competencies for the Minor in Liberal Arts

    Completion of the competencies will result in the awarding of credit for NAU classes.

    C.1  Work in team structure
    C.2  Communicate with diverse populations
    C.3  Solve complex problems
    C.4  Compose academic essays in various rhetorical styles
    C.5  Apply ethical theories to education
    C.6  Formulate and substantiate theses
    C.7  Demonstrate effective transfer of competencies to workplace

  • Course Credit Earned (18 units)
    • CSTU 272  Group Dynamics and Social Conflict (3 units)
    • CSTU 324  Cross-Cultural Communication (3 units)
    • ENGL 306W  Writing Across Disciplines (3 units)
    • HUMA 381 Reflections of Society in Postwar Cinema
    • PHIL 106  Ethical Obligation (3 units)
    • SOCI 314  The Sociological Aspects of Education (3 units)
    This minor is not available to students completing the Major in Liberal Arts through Personalized Learning.
  • Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your faculty mentor for details.

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