College of Arts and Letters2012-2013

Department of Comparative Cultural Studies

Humanities, Minor

The umbrella of the Humanities encompasses the study of the human condition, which can be best understood synergistically. Students will learn to integrate and/or tease out perspectives from history, philosophy, religion, the arts, language, and the social sciences to find new ways to understand cultures and human expression.


What Can I Do with a Minor in Humanities?

What does it mean when Google goes to China? When Christo drapes Central Park in saffron gates? When immigrants and their supporters rally in dozens of American cities? When schools battle over the teaching of evolution? You can supplement your major by examining the complexities of human experience and understand the products of human imagination with the Humanities minor. Your education will be influenced by perspectives from history, philosophy, literature, and cultural criticism.

You'll explore the concept of "learning to live together" to the study of the natural world, technology, and art. You will be provided with the tools and the knowledge to continue the habit of self and social examination. We'll help you engage with the values and ideas at the borders between issues like the fine and popular arts, nature and the city, politics and the arts, music and commerce, and identity and history.

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.


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


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.

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