Academic Catalog August 2008 - August 2009 Undergraduate and Graduate
You may earn either a BA or BS in Interdisciplinary Studies: Degree completion with an emphasis in Humanities or Public Management.
NAUís flexible, B.A. and B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies offers you an opportunity to design a plan of studies, in consultation with an advisor, to meet your individual educational needs. You may choose either of these degrees if you plan to enter an occupation that requires a broad general education, if you are seeking career advancement or personal intellectual enrichment, if you are considering a preprofessional plan.
We also offer this degree as part of NAUís distance education program; however, not all emphasis areas are available through distance education.
We designed this degree to broaden your background, but not to substitute for a degree that meets specific professional or occupational needs. If you are preparing for an occupation where entry is governed by licensure and/or professional certification, you should seek admission to the appropriate degree plan.
To earn the Interdisciplinary Studies degree, you must complete at least 120 units of coursework, which we describe in the sections that follow:
to avoid any deficiencies or risk having to take more than 120 hours of credit to complete this degree a completed community college degree AND an AGEC from a regionally accredited community college in Arizona are highly recommended
students with a completed associate's degree and an AGEC will not have to complete the 35 units of liberal studies requirements; however, students without an AGEC certification will need to meet the NAU liberal studies requirements.
students may transfer up to a maximum of 90 hours of community college and/or university credit from regionally accredited institutions of higher education
students must complete at least 30 upper-division units in a specifically designed program of study at NAU
students must complete an overall total of at least 120 units
To be eligible for Honors at Graduation, you must complete 45 units at Northern Arizona University. If you complete less than 45 units at Northern Arizona University to fulfill the requirements for this degree, you will not qualify for Honors at Graduation regardless of your cumulative Grade Point Average.
Be aware that some courses required for your degree may have prerequisites that you must also take. Check the courses in the appropriate subject. (You may be able to count these prerequisites toward your liberal studies or general elective credit.)
Please note that you must complete NAUís diversity requirements by taking two 3-unit courses, one in U.S. ethnic diversity and one in global diversity. These courses may be used to meet other requirements within your academic plan if you choose them carefully. Click here for a list of the available diversity courses.
The Interdisciplinary Studies requires that you must take at least 30 units of upper-division courses (those numbered 300 and above).
Additionally, please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement; however, you must still meet the total of at least 120 units to graduate. Contact your advisor for details.
If you have earned an AGEC Certification from a regionally accredited community college in Arizona, then you have satisfied the NAU Liberal Studies requirement for this degree. Students having not earned an AGEC must complete all Liberal Studies requirements before graduation.
Click here to go to the section titled NAUís Undergraduate Academic Plans for information about the 35 units of liberal studies credit that we require. Contact the department of your emphasis for information about liberal studies courses that are specific to your major.
Be aware that you may not use courses with prefixes in your emphasis area to fulfill liberal studies, but you may not use the same course(s) to satisfy your emphasis requirements and your liberal studies requirements; in addition, you may not use the specific courses in your focus to satisfy liberal studies requirements. (For the interdisciplinary emphases in arts and letters, public agency service, and women and gender studies, you may use the emphasis course prefixes to satisfy requirements in both emphasis and liberal studies; however, you may not use the same course(s) to satisfy both an emphasis and liberal studies requirement.)
You must complete at least 30 upper-division units at NAU for this major.
Please note that you must have a grade of C or better in all courses used in the Emphasis Area. Further note that all course work in the Emphasis Areas must be upper-division and from NAU. Substitutions and use of credit from another institution are not allowed in the Emphasis.
You must select one of the two following Emphases to complete this degree.
You must take 30 units from NAU as described below:
You must take 6 units from:
HUM 345W and HUM 475C
Select 15 units from the following:
HUM 370, 371, 373, 375, 376, 395; HUM 381 or 362
If the Global and/or U.S. Ethnic Diversity requirements have not already been met, you must select HUM 362 or HUM 381 from the above, both which meet the Global Diversity requirement and/or HUM 375, which meets the U.S. Ethnic Diversity requirement.
Finally, select 9 additional units from:
BIO 301 or 302
SC 361 or SC 424
You must take 30 units from NAU as described below:
You must take 6 units from:
ENG 302W or ENG 305W
You must also select following 15 units from the following:
PAS 326, 355, 411, 450; PAS 415 or SC 477
Finally, you must select 9 units from the following:
ANT 350 (G), 306 (E); PAS 310, 356, 401; POS 355; SOC 333
If the Global and/or U.S. Ethnic Diversity requirements have not already been met you must select ANT 350 from the above, which meets the Global Diversity requirement and/or ANT 306, which meets the Ethnic Diversity requirement.
Students graduating from a regionally accredited community college in Arizona will be credited with having completed a focus area; however, the focus area will not be noted on the studentís transcripts.
Minors and/or Certificates are not allowed in the program.
Included in the credit transferred as part of the completed community college degree you must have:
3 units in computer literacy for the B.A.; 6 units for the B.S. This coursework must help you to understand in general the technical components of computers and information systems, the role of computers in modern society, how to solve problems using information systems technology, word processing, spreadsheet use, data base management, and how to use the World Wide Web and common software productivity tools. This course must have been taken within 10 years of admittance to NAU.
6 units of oral communication courses with 3 units of performance-based courses and 3 units being theory-based
For the B.A., take a Language Requirement: four courses in a modern language other than English, selected from the same language
For the B.S., take a Science Requirement: 12 units of science courses drawn from the following ANT 101 102, or 104; POS 303; PSY 230 or equivalent; MAT 114, STA 270 or equivalent; or courses with Biology, physics, astronomy, mathematics, geology, chemistry prefixes. You may use any combination of units earned, including labs attached to courses as long as the minimum of 12 units is achieved.
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 werenít used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)