College of Arts and Letters2014-2015
Department of Comparative Cultural Studies
Comparative Cultural Studies, Bachelor of Arts
- Available Emphasis Areas:
- Art History - Emphasis
- Asian Studies Global Science and Engineering - Emphasis
- Asian Studies - Emphasis
- Humanities - Emphasis
- Comparative Study of Religions - Emphasis
Do you consider yourself an out-of-the-box thinker, a cultural critic, a citizen of the world? The different emphasis areas in CCS allow you to explore the world in an interdisciplinary way as you develop the skills of analysis, interpretation, and communication crucial to their professional and academic development. In the Art History emphasis, you will uncover the "what" behind a work of art, "how" that work imparts meaning visually, and the cultural context—the “why”—from which it derives. The Asian Studies emphasis will give you a global edge as you learn about how traditional cultures across the Asian continent and North Africa inform present-day decision-making. In the Humanities emphasis, you will investigate the nature of human imagination and where your values and those of others around the world come from through the study of art, religion, technology, film, literature and the environment. The Comparative Study of Religions emphasis will provide you with the framework for understanding the religious motives and differing beliefs, practices, and values of people that shape their decisions and actions, their history, social structure, and psychology.
What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Cultural Studies?
This degree provides valuable preparation for graduate work or professional study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
Career opportunities that might be pursued:
- Museum, gallery, cultural institution work
- Writing/editing (grant-writing, journalism, traditional and electronic publishing)
- Program administration (non-profits, corporate, governmental and NGO)
- Planning and policy research
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- Teaching (secondary and post-secondary)
- Art consultant
- Preservation and conservation
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.
In addition to University Requirements:
- At least 49 units of major requirements which includes 24-33 units of emphasis requirements
- At least 16 units of language requirements
- Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements
- For this major the liberal studies prefixes include CCS, ARH, HUM, CINE, and REL.
- 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|
|Mathematics Required||MAT 114|
|Emphasis, Minor, Certificate||Required|
|University Honors Program||Optional|
|Some online/blended coursework||Required|
|Progression Plan Link||View Progression Plan|
Take the following 49 - 58 units including 24-33 units of emphasis, and 16 units of language requirements.
At least 24 units must be taken at NAU including CCS 250, CCS 350W, CCS 490C, and at least two 300-level, and one 400-level course.
In order to complete one of our emphases, you must be a declared CCS major. It is also possible to declare two or more emphases as a CCS major (for example Art History and Comparative Study of Religions, or Humanities, Art History and Comparative Study of Religions).
You may only complete a Global Science and Engineering (GSEP) Emphasis if you are concurrently enrolled in an eligible degree offered through the College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences. For a listing of eligible degrees, please contact an advisor in the College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences.
Complete the following with a grade of "C" or better (9 units):
- CCS 250 (3 units)
- CCS 350W which meets NAU's junior writing requirement (3 units)
- CCS 490C which meets NAU's senior capstone requirement (3 units)
- ARH 143, ARH 145, ARH 269, ARH 270, ARH 365, ARH 370, ARH 380
- ASN 108
- CINE 232, CINE 268
- HUM 261, HUM 281, HUM 362, HUM 381, HUM 394
- REL 150, REL 201, REL 203, REL 206, REL 331, REL 332, REL 341, REL 351, REL 352, REL 355
In addition, CCS provides students with several opportunities to acquire knowledge about the natural world and/or environmental sustainability. Courses that address these issues include:
Emphasis Requirements (Select one):
Select one emphasis with a grade of "C" or better in each course
- Ancient Baroque: ARH 340, ARH 341, ARH 342, ARH 343, ARH 344, ARH 345, ARH 346
- Modern Contemporary: ARH 220, ARH 257, ARH 347, ARH 351, ARH 352, ARH 353, ARH 355, ARH 356
- Non-Western (Asian, Native American, Pre-Columbian): ARH 269, ARH 270, ARH 361, ARH 365, ARH 370, ARH 380
- Museum Studies: MST 250, MST 350, MST 360
Emphasis in Humanities (33 units)
- HUM 101, HUM 120 (6 units)
- Select one course from: CINE 232, CINE 267, CINE 268, HUM 250, HUM 251, HUM 261, HUM 272, HUM 281, HUM 291 (3 units)
- Select six courses from: CINE 380, CINE 383, HUM 344, HUM 351, HUM 352, HUM 353, HUM 362, HUM 370, HUM 371, HUM 373, HUM 375, HUM 376, HUM 381, HUM 382, HUM 394, HUM 395, HUM 475, (18 units)
- Select additional 100- and 200-level courses from two different prefixes (ACM, ARH, CINE, MST and REL) (6 units)
- Emphasis in Humanities (33 units)
Emphasis in Comparative Study of Religions (33 units)
- REL 150 (3 units)
- Select one from: REL 421, REL 441, REL 451, REL 491 (3 units)
- Select additional REL electives from: 100-, 200-, or 300-level courses (9 units)
- Select additional REL electives from: 300- or 400-level courses (12 units)
- Select additional 100- and 200-level courses from two different prefixes (ACM, ARH, CINE, and HUM) (6 units)
- Emphasis in Comparative Study of Religions (33 units)
Emphasis in Asian Studies (33 units)
- Emphasis in Asian Studies (33 units)
- Select additional units from (9 units):
- Any course with an ARB prefix*
- ASN 199, ASN 299, ASN 399
- Any course with a CHI prefix*
- ES 378
- GSP 241, GSP 348
- HIS 230, HIS 231, HIS 249, HIS 250, HIS 251, HIS 312, HIS 314, HIS 325, HIS 326, HIS 331, HIS 332, HIS 378, HIS 379, HIS 421
- Any course with a JPN prefix*
- Any course with a LAN prefix*
- MUS 260
- PHI 150
- POS 361, POS 370, POS 372
- WLLC 150, WLLC 331
A minor is not required for the CCS B.A. degree. However, we strongly encourage you to consult with an advisor about a minor and/or elective coursework that is appropriate for your career aspirations and educational needs. We recommend minors in Anthropology, Art History, Asian Studies, English, Ethnic Studies, French, History, Humanities, German, Latin American Studies, Museum Studies, Philosophy, Comparative Study of Religions, Theatre, Studio Art, or Women's and Gender Studies.
Foreign Language Requirement
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.
Because these courses are available at Northern Arizona University, we suggest that you fulfill this requirement with either Navajo or Spanish, depending on your career aspirations.
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.)
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
We strongly encourage you to participate in a Study Abroad program. Requirements include a 2.5 GPA and sophomore standing or higher. Programs with English-language instruction in CCS's emphases and minors (ARHMN, ASNMN, HUMMN, MUSMN, and RELMN) are available in:
- The Czech Republic (Masaryk University)
- Finland (University of Eastern Finland)
- Greece (American University of Greece)
- India (Northern Arizona University's Himalayan India program)
- Italy (Siena School for the Liberal Arts)
- Japan (Kansai Gaidai University)
- Malta (University of Malta)
- Northern Ireland (University of Ulster)
- South Korea (Sogang University)
- United Kingdom (Nottingham Trent University, University of Hull, and University of Essex)
We strongly encourage you to pursue a local, national or international internship (Fieldwork Experience) in your junior or senior year. A departmental contract is required for all internships - please speak with the department chair or your advisor for more information.
Junior and senior REL students may apply to be teaching assistants in REL 150: Religions of the World. For more information, please contact the REL Program Coordinator (see CCS website for contact information).
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