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Personalized Learning

Liberal Arts, Bachelor of Arts

A student majoring in Liberal Arts through Personalized Learning will study broadly from history, philosophy, literature and the arts. The student will learn how to analyze, interpret and evaluate important cultural artifacts of diverse cultures.  This is a fresh, contemporary take on Liberal Arts in that each exercise in understanding important works of art and letters is immediately connected to relevant skills.


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts?

Core competencies for this degree are based on the qualities that employers value most and look for in leaders, including critical thinking and collaborative communication skills.  Students in this program study broadly from history, philosophy, literature and the arts.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Public Relations
  • Editing/Writing
  • Arts Critic
  • Sales and Management

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Attorney
  • Secondary Teacher
  • Counselor
  • Librarian

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 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.


Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your faculty mentor for details.

  • 34 competencies of liberal studies equaling 35 units of coursework. These competencies can also be satisfied with the transfer of an AGEC. Major coursework may not be multply used in the liberal studies requirements.
  • 16 competencies equaling 54 units of NAU major courses

  • 6 competencies of a minor in Computer Information Technology equaling 18 units, or, 6 competencies of a minor in Small Business Administration equaling 18 units. A student transferring in a completed associate's degree is not required to do a minor.

  • 16 competencies in modern language courses equaling 16 units of NAU language courses. SPAN 102, SPAN 103, SPAN 202, SPAN 203, are available through Personalized Learning; other modern languages may be accepted through test or transfer credit.

  • Electives as needed to reach 120 units

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Highest Mathematics Required MATH 115
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate Optional
Foreign Language Required
Progression Plan Link Not Available


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
  • Admission requirements to Personalized Learning include NAU's undergraduate admission standards as well as the completion of a Readiness Assessment.  Prior to admission to the University, a Personalized Learning admission specialist guides prospective students through a series of steps to determine admissibility, applicable prior credit, preparedness via the Readiness Assessment, and degree selection. After these steps are complete, admissible students are directed to complete an account information form. This form replaces the traditional NAU application.

    Students may demonstrate competency through performance on pre-tests. Some courses may have departmental prerequisites required by students in other majors. Any prerequisites not fulfilled with transfer credit may be met by successfully completing a pretest; however, credit will not be granted for the completion.

    This degree is offered only through the Personalized Learning program. Work with a faculty mentor for any questions regarding the applicability of coursework completed through Personalized Learning to any other plan of study at NAU.

Major Requirements
  • Personalized Learning Competencies for the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

    Completion of these competencies will result in the awarding of credit for NAU classes.

    C.1  Work in team structure
    C.2  Communicate with diverse populations
    C.3  Solve complex problems
    C.4  Analyze complicated materials
    C.5  Write about culture effectively
    C.6  Compose academic essays in various rhetorical styles
    C.7  Demonstrate knowledge of potential and limitations of technology's advances
    C.8  Practice an examined or self-reflective life
    C.9  Describe ethical theories
    C.10  Apply ethical theories to education
    C.11  Formulate and substantiate theses
    C.12  Formulate and test hypotheses in humanities and social science
    C.13  Demonstrate knowledge of leadership in the working of organizations
    C.14  Demonstrate knowledge of the significance of the humanities
    C.15  Demonstrate knowledge of the significance of the social sciences
    C.16 Demonstrate effective transfer of competencies to workplace
  • Course Credit Earned (54 units)

    • ARHI 143 Western Art History (3 units)
    • CCSU 251 Interdisciplinary Cultural Aesthetics (3 units)
    • CCSU 351W Interdisciplinary Research Writing (3 units)
    • CCSU 491C Capstone in 1960's American Cinema (3 units)
    • CSTU 272 Group Dynamics and Social Conflict (3 units)
    • CSTU 324 Cross Cultural Communication (3 units)
    • ENGL 254 Introduction to World Literature (3 units)
    • ENGL 306W Writing Across the Disciplines (3 units) 
    • HISY 205 World History (3 units)
    • HUMA 381 Reflections of Society in Postwar Cinema (3 units)
    • HUMA 383 Humanities in Global Contexts (3 units)
    • HUMA 476 Human Nature and Humanistic Values (3 units)
    • PHIL 106 Ethical Obligation (3 units)
    • RELI 151 World Religions (3 units)
    • SOCI 202 Sociological Thought (3 units)
    • SOCI 314 The Sociological Aspects of Education (3 units)
    • SOCI 321 Interaction of Sociology and Psychology (3 units)
    • SOCI 340 Social Criminology (3 units)
Minor Requirements
  • If you have completed an Associate of Arts (AA) degree or an Associate of Science (AS) degree you will have fulfilled all minor requirements for a Personalized Learning degree. An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) will fulfill minor requirements for your degree except where precluded by degree program policy. The requirement is waived for students who transfer in 64 units from a regionally accredited institution.
Foreign Language Requirement
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 faculty mentor 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
  • Some courses have departmental prerequisites required of students in other majors. Any prerequisites not fulfilled with transfer credit may be met by successfully completing a pretest; however, credit will not be granted for that completion.

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