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Finish Your Bachelor’s Degree & Explore The Humanities

Complete your college education online when you earn an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree in the Humanities from Northern Arizona University. This degree program provides a traditional liberal arts education and includes courses in history, philosophy, and literature, with a focus on major aspects of the Western humanistic tradition. 

Transfer Up To 90 Credits & Complete Your Degree Online

The NAU bachelor’s in Humanities program is a 90/30 degree option that accepts up to 90 transfer credit hours*, far above the standard 64. You, then, complete 10 core NAU classes online to earn a respected bachelor’s degree from NAU.

NAU’s Humanities degree program helps you develop a well-rounded view of the world and prepares you to continue your education in law school or graduate school.

*All transfer credits must meet NAU program requirements.

Catalog Information

Learn more about the program options by viewing the catalog information below. Catalog information is displayed for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Humanities - Minor

Campus Locations

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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.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 18
Major GPA C

Purpose Statement
 
This minor prepares students to analyze, synthesize, and interpret perennial and contemporary societal issues from a combination of humanistic perspectives. It develops graduates who can effectively communicate their ideas to aid personal and community-based problem-solving.¿Through the analysis of multiple perspectives in literature, film, technology, art, religion, and environment, students in this minor investigate the nature of human imagination and perception that influence their values—and those of others around them.
 
Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Minor in Humanities are able to:

  • Make informed decisions, generate viewpoints, and effectively communicate cultural approaches. They are able to do this by integrating the history, nature, experiences, values, and expressions of diverse cultures and communities on topics as diverse as borders and regions, ideas and values, and environment and technology.

Details

Minor Requirements
  • Take the following 18 units with a Grade of "C" or better in each course:

    • Select six or more HUM or CCS courses in consultation with a humanities advisor (18 units)

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

Interdisciplinary Studies - Humanities 90-30

Campus Locations

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Degree Information
Online
In-Person
Blended
B
120 units
Maximum Transfer Units
90
120

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 liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone 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:

  • 30 units of Humanities specialization Requirements

  • Completion of Computer Literacy, Communication Skills, and Science or Language Requirements

  • Up to 9 units of specialization prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy specialization requirements.

  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA C
Mathematics Required MAT 114
Foreign Language Optional
AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-A Recommended

Purpose Statement

The BIS in Humanities is designed as a bachelor completion program with students transferring up to 90 credits from community colleges or other four-year institutions into NAU.  As such, only the remaining 30 credits provide a basis for NAU assessment of student learning objectives. The program prepares students to analyze, synthesize and interpret perennial and contemporary societal issues from a variety of humanistic perspectives. It develops graduates who can effectively communicate their ideas in innovative ways to aid personal and community-based problem-solving within and between cultures.  More specifically, students investigate the nature of human imagination and where human values come from through the study of literature, film, technology, art, religion and the environment. Graduates are able to make informed decisions on complex issues based on an ability to analyze ideas from multiple perspectives and effectively communicate those ideas in a professional manner.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking – The graduate in the I.S. Humanities program will be able to evaluate a variety of creative compositions, including visual art, film, literature, built environments (architecture, landscaping), and intellectual histories (philosophy, religious texts); identify social, cultural, and historical contexts and values influencing the creation of these compositions; and understand cultures and their values from across the globe in order to better participate and work in an increasingly global marketplace.
  • Critical Reading – The graduate in the I.S. Humanities program will be able to identify themes common to humankind (i.e., birth rights, community expectations, individual rights, love, death and dying, freedom, war, gender, and the environment; and how describe these themes differ according to culture); evaluate modes of art, literature, ideas, and media in order to make judgments on the efficacy of texts and their uses in public forums; and analyze the ways in which texts reveal similarities and differences in the human experience throughout time and space.
  • Effective Writing – The graduate in the I.S. Humanities program will have the ability to write in several rhetorical modes (styles and genres) for a variety of community and professional audiences. These audiences include cultural and business entities that recognize how cultural knowledge/communication skills are essential in building professional relationships with diverse people at home and around the world. These entities are as diverse as medicine, business, technology, and public policy.  The I.S. Humanities program graduates will also have the ability to explain clearly and specifically the plurality of cultural values from which human expression arises for a variety of community and professional audiences.
  • Civil Discourse And Cultural Awareness – Armed with structural knowledge of diverse cultures and their arts and ideas, the graduate in the I.S. Humanities program will bring balanced perspectives to community and professional problem solving that is inclusive of difference and enhanced by an awareness of the growing interconnectedness of cultures globally.  This knowledge of diverse cultures and genres, combined with a balanced perspective, makes the Humanities graduate poised to engage in community, public, and professional life.
  • Interdisciplinarity – I.S. Humanities program graduates will be able to integrate viewpoints representing diverse cultured, historical, gendered, and national values and genres; plan, organize, and coordinate multi-dimensional problem solving approaches using insights from several disciplines, including traditional humanities disciplines and the social and environmental sciences; and develop reasonable options to initiate inclusive, just, and sustainable social change that is well-reasoned and historically aware and culturally sensitive.

Details

Liberal Studies Requirement
    • Students with a completed AGEC from Arizona Community Colleges will have met the 35 units of liberal studies requirements.
    • Students with a completed IGETC from a California Community College will have met the 35 units of liberal studies requirements.
    • Up to 9 units of specialization prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy specialization requirements.
Major Requirements
  • All coursework in the Specialization Areas must be upper-division and from Northern Arizona University. Substitutions and use of credit from other institutions are not allowed in the Specialization.

    Multi-use of coursework is not permitted within the Major Requirements. Major Requirements include Specialization, Communication, Computer Literacy, Language and Science.

    • If you have not already met NAU's Global and/or U.S. Ethnic Diversity requirements, you must select:

      • HUM 362 or LAS 381, either of which meets the Global Diversity requirement; and/or
      • HUM 375, which meets the U.S. Diversity requirement.

Interdisciplinary Studies Requirements
  • Communication Requirements (6 units)

    Choose 6 units in the following two categories. 

    • Performance-based courses, select one from the following (3 units)
      • CST 111, CST 311, CST 312, CST 314, CST 315CST 318 (Performance-based courses are defined as having at least 51 percent of the evaluation of the student being based upon oral performance.)
      • Or advisor approved
    • Theory-based courses, select one from the following (3 units)
  • Please note that you cannot use CLEP or locally prepared exams to satisfy this requirement. Transfer credit used to satisfy this requirement must be approved by the program director.

  • Language or Science Requirement Option (18-19 units)

    Language Requirement Option (19 units)

    Language Requirement (16 units)
    You must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English that is equivalent to four terms of university coursework in the same language. You may satisfy this requirement by taking language courses or by testing out of all or part of it by taking CLEP, or other exams.
     
    AND

    Computer Literacy (3 units)
    This coursework must help you to understand, in general, the technical components of computers and information systems, how to solve problems using information systems technology, word processing, spreadsheet use, database management, graphic information software, website development, graphic design and use of statistical analysis software. Subject to advisor approval.

  • OR

    Science Requirement Option (18 units)
  • Science Requirement, select from the following (12 units):

    • ANT 101, ANT 250
    • GSP 130, GSP 150
    • Courses with Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Geology, Mathematics, Nutrition, Physical Science, Physics, Statistics prefixes. Please note that other courses must be approved by the program director.
  • AND

    Computer Literacy (6 units)

    This coursework must help you to understand, in general, the technical components of computers and information systems, how to solve problems using information systems technology, word processing, spreadsheet use, database management, graphic information software, website development, graphic design and use of statistical analysis software. Subject to advisor approval.

    • Select ISM 120 or BBA 293 (3 units)
    • BBA 340 or Advisor Approved coursework including the CIS or CS prefix (3 units)
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. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. 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
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.