College of Arts and Letters2012-2013

Department of Comparative Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies - Humanities 90-30, Bachelor of Arts

This flexible bachelor's degree offers you an opportunity to design a plan of studies, in consultation with an advisor, to meet your individual educational needs. You may choose this degree if you plan to enter an occupation that requires a broad general education, if you are seeking career advancement or personal intellectual enrichment, or if you are considering a preprofessional plan.


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies - Humanities 90-30?

Are you interested in a broad variety of liberal arts and want to explore your interests in a degree tailored to you? Do you want to create a great foundation for your future graduate studies or maximize your transfer credit in a very flexible degree? This interdisciplinary degree provides you with a traditional liberal arts degree. The critical and analytic skills needed to understand and discuss cultural movements are those necessary to the clear thinking and responsible decision-making required in many professional careers and graduate degrees.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Education
  • Museum work
  • Writing/editing (grant-writing, journalism, publishing)
  • Program administration (non-profits, corporate, NGO)

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Librarian
  • Attorney
  • Counselor
  • University professor

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:

  • To avoid any deficiencies or risk having to take more than 120 units of credit to complete this degree, a completed associate's degree from a community college AND an Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) from a regionally accredited community college in Arizona are highly recommended.
  • Students with a completed associate's degree and an AGEC will have met the 35 units of liberal studies requirements; however, students without an AGEC certification will need to meet the Northern Arizona University liberal studies requirements.
  • Students may transfer up to a maximum of 90 units of community college and/or university credit from regionally accredited institutions of higher education.
  • Students must complete at least 30 upper-division units of coursework. All coursework in the specialization Area must be upper-division and from Northern Arizona University. Substitutions and use of credit from other institutions are not allowed in the specialization.
  • Students must have a grade of "C" or better in all courses used in the major, which includes the specialization and the interdisciplinary studies requirements areas.

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
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Foreign Language Required
Progression Plan Link Not Available


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Liberal Studies Requirement
    • If you have earned an AGEC Certification from a regionally accredited community college in Arizona, then you have satisfied the Northern Arizona University liberal studies requirement and the Northern Arizona University diversity requirement for this degree. Students who have not earned an AGEC must complete all liberal studies requirements and diversity requirements before graduation.
    • Contact the department of your specialization for information about liberal studies courses that are specific to your major.
    • You may use courses with prefixes in your specialization area to fulfill liberal studies, but you may not use the same course(s) to satisfy your specialization requirements and your liberal studies requirements.
    • If you do use some courses to meet more than one requirement, you must still meet the total of at least 120 units to graduate. Contact your Interdisciplinary Studies advisor for details.
Associate Degree Transfer Block
    • Northern Arizona University accepts a maximum block transfer of 90 units from your associate's degree program, and you then take the remaining 30 upper-division units at Northern Arizona University to complete 120 units.
    • Verification of proper credentials is required for the Specialization Milestone, which is necessary to access the specialization courses. Please work with an advisor for more information.
    • For information about the associate's degree transfer block and the appropriateness of your associate's degree, check with an Interdisciplinary Studies advisor.
Major Requirements
    • If you have not already met NAU's Global and/or U.S. Ethnic Diversity requirements, you must select:
      • HUM 362 or HUM 381, either of which meets the Global Diversity requirement; and/or
      • HUM 375, which meets the U.S. Ethnic Diversity requirement.
Interdisciplinary Studies Requirements
  • 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, data base management, graphic information software, website development, graphic design and use of statistical analysis software. Course(s) must have been taken within 10 years of admittance to Northern Arizona University.
  • Communication Courses (6 units)
    • Performance-based courses, defined as having at least 51 percent of the evaluation of the student being based upon oral performance. (3 units)
    • Theory-based courses (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 Interdisciplinary Studies/BAS Advisory Council.
  • 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.
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.

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