Extended Campuses2012-2013

Public Agency Management

Interdisciplinary Studies - Justice Administration, Bachelor of Science

This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2013

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 Science in Interdisciplinary Studies - Justice Administration?

This degree is designed to provide students with a foundation in both Criminal Justice and Administration. Students will gain knowledge of the intricacies of the criminal justice system to prepare them for a career in law enforcement, homeland security and other justice-related fields. The additional administration courses teach the communication and management skills to prepare students for positions of leadership within these fields.

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 69 units of major requirements including a science requirement
  • Be aware you may not use the specific courses in your concentration to also satisfy liberal studies 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
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
Progression Plan Link Not Available


Major Requirements
Interdisciplinary Studies Requirements
  • 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, 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)
    You must choose 6 units in the following two categories. At least 3 units of the 6 units must be upper-division.
    • Performance-based courses, select one from the following (3 units):
    • 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 Interdisciplinary Studies/BAS Advisory Council.
  • Science Requirement, select from the following (12 units):
    Please note: at least 6 units must be upper-division; other courses must be pre-approved by the program director; courses taken in the Science Requirement may not be used to satisfy any other requirements in the degree plan.
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
  • A completed A.A.S., A.S., or A.A. degree, with an Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC), provides the most efficient means of attaining the B.A. or B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies.

    Contact the department of your Specialization for information about liberal studies courses that are specific to your major.

  • Students transferring into this program from California may meet NAU's liberal studies requirements by completing an IGETC at a California community college. Please contact an advisor for more 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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