College of Arts and Letters2017-2018

Department of Comparative Cultural Studies

Humanities, Minor

Do you consider yourself an out-of-the-box thinker, a cultural critic, a citizen of the world? In this minor, students explore the world in an interdisciplinary way, developing the skills of analysis, interpretation, and communication crucial to their professional and academic development. Come learn about the ideas that matter to you, today, and about people across cultures and eras through art, literature, media, and technology.


What Can I Do with a Minor in Humanities?

This minor provides you with multiple opportunities to 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. You'll gain critical reading and thoughtful writing skills that translate to careers as diverse as teaching, law, diplomatic service, the arts and cultural sector, and international studies.

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

Purpose Statement
This minor prepares students to analyze, synthesize, and interpret perennial and contemporary societal issues from a combination of humanistic perspectives. It develops graduates who can effectively communicate their ideas to aid personal and community-based problem-solving. Through the analysis of multiple perspectives in literature, film, technology, art, religion, and environment, students in this minor investigate the nature of human imagination and perception that influence their values—and those of others around them.
Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Minor in Humanities are able to:

  • Make informed decisions, generate viewpoints, and effectively communicate cultural approaches. They are able to do this by integrating the history, nature, experiences, values, and expressions of diverse cultures and communities on topics as diverse as borders and regions, ideas and values, and environment and technology.


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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