Liberal studies requirements
All students seeking their first baccalaureate degree from Northern Arizona University must take thirty-five (35) units of liberal studies. You will take courses to satisfy both the Foundation and Distribution requirements.
Foundation Requirements (7 units)
Distribution Requirements (28 units)
- English Composition (4 units)
- Mathematics (3 units)
- Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry (AHI), 6 units
- Cultural Understanding (CU), 6 units
- Science (SAS/LAB), 7 units
- Science and Applied Science (SAS), 3-4 units
- Science and Applied Science with embedded Lab Science course (LAB), 3-4 units
- Social and Political Worlds (SPW), 6 units
- 3 additional units from any distribution block or foundation category to meet the 35 unit liberal studies requirement.
Make sure to choose classes from the approved list of Liberal Studies Courses
with the help of an academic advisor. A cross-listed
course may only be counted in one block. Some Liberal Studies courses may also fulfill NAU's Global or U.S. Ethnic Diversity
requirements. Please confer with your advisor.
If your academic catalog is prior to 2014-2015, courses used for liberal studies may share the same prefix as your minor discipline but not your major discipline.
If your academic catalog is 2014-2015 (or a subsequent catalog), up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements. These same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements. Courses used for the liberal studies distribution requirements can have the same prefix as a student's minor.
Junior Writing and Senior Capstone
There are two university
requirements designed to meet the aims and goals of the liberal studies program
that are embedded within the academic major: a junior level writing course and
a senior capstone experience. These courses are designed to build upon learning
and skills developed through Liberal Studies and the major. Completion of the English Foundation requirement is a prerequisite for this junior-level writing course.
Junior Level Writing Course
The Junior Level Writing Course is a course embedded within
the major that is designed to meet both the aims and goals of the liberal
studies program as well as the academic major. The JLW course engages
students in the writing process in the context of a discipline or profession.
These courses are designated with a W at the end of the course number.
The Senior Capstone is a course embedded within the major
that is designed to meet both the aims and goals of the liberal studies program
as well as the academic major. Capstone courses are culminating
experiences in the major that incorporate two essential skills of the Liberal
Studies program. These courses are designated with a C at the end of the course number.