Humanities, Minor

Department of Comparative Cultural Studies

College of Arts and Letters

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.

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 - 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.

Students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

No more than fifty percent of the units used to satisfy minor requirements may be used to satisfy major requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 18
Major GPA C

Purpose Statement
The purpose of the Humanities minor is to provide students with multiple opportunities to engage with the values and concepts found in matters such as fine art vs popular art, nature and the city, politics and the arts, music and commerce, and identity and history. Through this ongoing engagement, students are prepared to analyze, synthesize, and interpret perennial and contemporary societal issues from a variety of cultures and epochs. Students gain critical reading and thoughtful writing ability that translates into practical skills for careers as diverse as teaching, law, diplomatic service, the arts and cultural sector, and international studies.

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 successfully complete. For prerequisite information, click on the course or see your advisor.