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

Please note that not all emphases are available online. Check with your adviser for additional information.

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:
  • Education
  • 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
  • Curator

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.



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
Foreign Language Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional
Study Abroad Recommended
University Honors Program Optional
Some online/blended coursework Required
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Major Requirements
  • 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)
    CCS courses that maybe used to fulfill upper division, diversity coursework, and major/emphasis requirements are as follows:

    Ethnic Diversity:
    Global Diversity:

    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

    Please note that the Humanities emphasis is the only emphasis available online. Check with your adviser for additional information.

      • Select additional upper-division ARH classes (up to 3 units of ARH 408 or ARH 497 can be applied to this requirement) (9 units)
      • Select additional units from 100- and 200-level courses from two different prefixes (ACM, CINE, HUM and REL) (6 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)
      • Select additional units from (9 units):
    • Emphasis in Asian Studies; Global Sciences and Engineering (24 units)

Minor Requirements
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.

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.
  • Study Abroad

    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:

    • China
    • 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)
    • Thailand
    • United Kingdom (Nottingham Trent University, University of Hull, and University of Essex)
    For more information, see the department chair or your advisor. NAU's Center for International Education's website also contains useful information about these and other programs, financial aid, and scholarships.


    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.

    Teaching Assistantships

    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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