What to Expect
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The academic experienceRead more
STAR students will take six credit hours. Classes are one
hour and 45 minutes and take place from 9 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
and 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.,
Monday through Friday. Additionally, students will participate in a mandatory
one hour supplemental lab in the afternoon, Monday through
Thursday. The lab provides students
extra time to understand the material covered in class.
The classes that are offered in the STAR program are:
110: Rhetoric in the Media - This course examines the use of rhetoric
to analyze and write about popular cultural texts such as print media,
advertising and commercials, television shows, films, cyberspace, and
- Communication Studies: Fundamentals of Public Speaking - This course
focuses on the development of basic skills for the creation and delivery
of oral messages in public and in small groups while emphasizing organization
Studies 100: Introduction to Ethnic Studies - This course offers an
explanation of the social, political, historical, and cultural experiences
of African Americans, Asian Americans, Latino(as)/Chicano(as), and Native
Americans in the United States.
101: Introduction to Sociology - This course explores the basic
concepts and interpretations of human action and the significance of a
sociological perspective on the human experience. There will only be one
section of SOC 101, and it is limited to students participating in the SBS
STARS academic cohort. Students in the
SBS STARS cohort will take Sociology 101 instead of Communication Studies.
- Political Science 120: World Politics -This
course provides an introduction to the study of international relations and
world politics. We will examine key
issues in world politics, including power, war, hegemony, international
institutions, trade, and environmental issues.
This course will focus both upon theories that help us understand world
politics, and actual events taking place in the international system
today. The goal of the course is to
familiarize the student with the workings of the international system and the
means by which political scientists try to understand and study international
relations. This course fulfills the
Cultural Understanding requirement.
- Applied Indigenous studies 101: In
this course we will examine the current conditions of policy, government,
natural resources, expressive culture, language, and the education of
indigenous peoples at a local, national, and global level. To do this, we will
utilize a lens of multiple indigenous epistemologies and historical experiences
that include pre-contact and post-contact timelines to learn how broader topics
of colonialism, sovereignty, and self-determination inform contemporary issues
of indigenous communities; and the contributions by indigenous peoples to world
- Orientation Date June 1st and 2nd
All courses fulfill liberal studies requirements for all
academic majors on campus. They will provide you with a solid background of
written, communication, presentation, and public speaking skills.
Your academic cohort
The STAR program has partnered with 4 colleges and various departments on campus to provide you with the opportunity to participate in supplemental activities related to your major and meet fellow students studying the same subject. You will attend weekly meetings to learn more about the academic expectations and opportunities of your chosen major.
The five academic cohorts are:
- STAR FORCE: Students majoring in Engineering and Professional Programs (i.e. engineering, computer science, and construction management) will meet twice a week to engage in hands-on activities with faculty, explore Engineering and Professional Program offerings and industry jobs, and identify the resources and skills that support their success.
- SBS STARS: Students majoring in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (i.e. political science, criminal justice, sociology, social work, psychology and international relations) will meet 2 times out of the 4 weeks with a representative from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences to talk about career opportunities, meet staff and faculty, and explore the various majors.
- STAR2Work: (Career Development) The STAR to Work is a unique program that is designed to prepare students for success in future employment opportunities here at NAU. STAR to Work will not only provide students with the means of finding employment but it will also build the required skills and confidence to be successful in their new found roles.
- STAR LC: (Learning Community) for more info please visit Residence Life Star Learning Community. You live with others who share your interests, ethnicity, identity, or worldview. This community will challenge and motivate you if your interests, experiences, and aspirations have a strong multicultural component.
These activities are designed to enhance your experience, but also require you to manage time effectively and prioritize responsibilities.
If you are interested in a cohort, you must be willing to fully commit to attending the weekly activities.
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As a STAR student, a program assistant will work with you during
the program at Northern Arizona
Program Assistant are upper-level undergraduate students who
have mastered the academic and social rigors of college life. They are familiar
with the resources on campus and are experts in navigating the campus climate.
Program Assistant provide support in the areas of:
- academic advisement
- the financial aid process
- career and academic opportunities
The residential experience
If you join the STAR program, you will live on campus with other STAR students in Tinsley residence hall.
By living on campus, you get to learn the ins and outs of campus living. Residential living provides an opportunity for you to:
- create strong friendships
- an academic support system
- a fun and engaging living environment
All STAR students are required to live on-campus during the program. You are required to stay on campus for the entire program.
The STAR staff will be planning weekend activities to keep you busy and introduce you to various local activities.
You cannot request a specific roommate for the program. This way, you can meet new people.
Do I have to go to Freshman Orientation?
All students selected for the STAR program will need to sign up for Northern Arizona University's Freshman Orientation that will take place June 1st and 2nd. If you have already
signed up for an orientation session please make sure to change it as it is mandatory to attend the Orientation session that the rest of the STAR students will be attending.To register yourself and guests for orientation click here and for more information about orientation, please visit their website nau.edu/welcome.
Do I need a car, bike, or computer?
If you have a car, you can use it during your stay in the
program. However, you will need to
purchase a parking permit for your vehicle. Please visit Parking Services
to purchase your permit.
Bikes are also allowed. If you don’t have one, don’t worry. Your classes, the residence hall, the dining hall, and the First-Generation Programs and Initiatives office are all centrally located. You will not need a
bike to get around campus during the program, but there are a lot of great
biking trails in the Flagstaff
Having a computer is also convenient, as you will have
access to the internet in your residence hall.
But if you don’t have one, there are computer labs available on
Where can I find more general information about the university?
As a future student, see what Northern Arizona
University has to offer you.