College of Arts and Letters2021-2022

Department of Comparative Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies - Humanities 90-30, Bachelor

Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

The Interdisciplinary Studies, 90-30 Humanities is designed as a bachelor completion program with students transferring up to 90 credits from community colleges or other four-year institutions into NAU.  As such, only the remaining 30 credits provide a basis for NAU assessment of student learning objectives. The program prepares students to analyze, synthesize and interpret perennial and contemporary societal issues from a variety of humanistic perspectives. It develops graduates who can effectively communicate their ideas in innovative ways to aid personal and community-based problem-solving within and between cultures.  More specifically, students investigate the nature of human imagination and where human values come from through the study of literature, film, technology, art, religion and the environment. Graduates are able to make informed decisions on complex issues based on an ability to analyze ideas from multiple perspectives and effectively communicate those ideas in a professional manner.

Student Learning Outcomes
  • Critical Thinking – The graduate in the I.S. Humanities program will be able to evaluate a variety of creative compositions, including visual art, film, literature, built environments (architecture, landscaping), and intellectual histories (philosophy, religious texts); identify social, cultural, and historical contexts and values influencing the creation of these compositions; and understand cultures and their values from across the globe in order to better participate and work in an increasingly global marketplace.
  • Critical Reading – The graduate in the I.S. Humanities program will be able to identify themes common to humankind (i.e., birth rights, community expectations, individual rights, love, death and dying, freedom, war, gender, and the environment; and how describe these themes differ according to culture); evaluate modes of art, literature, ideas, and media in order to make judgments on the efficacy of texts and their uses in public forums; and analyze the ways in which texts reveal similarities and differences in the human experience throughout time and space.
  • Effective Writing – The graduate in the I.S. Humanities program will have the ability to write in several rhetorical modes (styles and genres) for a variety of community and professional audiences. These audiences include cultural and business entities that recognize how cultural knowledge/communication skills are essential in building professional relationships with diverse people at home and around the world. These entities are as diverse as medicine, business, technology, and public policy.  The I.S. Humanities program graduates will also have the ability to explain clearly and specifically the plurality of cultural values from which human expression arises for a variety of community and professional audiences.
  • Civil Discourse And Cultural Awareness – Armed with structural knowledge of diverse cultures and their arts and ideas, the graduate in the I.S. Humanities program will bring balanced perspectives to community and professional problem solving that is inclusive of difference and enhanced by an awareness of the growing interconnectedness of cultures globally.  This knowledge of diverse cultures and genres, combined with a balanced perspective, makes the Humanities graduate poised to engage in community, public, and professional life.
  • Interdisciplinarity – I.S. Humanities program graduates will be able to integrate viewpoints representing diverse cultured, historical, gendered, and national values and genres; plan, organize, and coordinate multi-dimensional problem solving approaches using insights from several disciplines, including traditional humanities disciplines and the social and environmental sciences; and develop reasonable options to initiate inclusive, just, and sustainable social change that is well-reasoned and historically aware and culturally sensitive.

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