Learning for life
Regardless of your major, liberal studies courses are the foundation of
your education. Find your passion, purpose, and potential as you deepen your
understanding of the global community and develop wide-ranging skills that will
help you succeed academically, professionally, and personally.
Our liberal studies program will help you build and refine
essential skills in:
Critical thinkingRead More
Critical thinking includes the skills - particularly as applied to one’s own work - of 1) articulating the meaning of a statement, 2) judging the truth of a statement, keeping in mind possible biases, 3) determining whether a conclusion is warranted by the evidence provided.
Effective writingRead More
Effective writing conveys information or argues a point of view using organizational structures, supporting materials, and language appropriate for the topic, purpose, and audience.
Effective oral communicationRead More
Effective oral communication influences, informs, and/or connects with others by using organizational structures, supporting materials and delivery skills suitable to the topic, occasion and audience.
Scientific inquiryRead More
Scientific inquiry includes the skills of: 1) formulating hypotheses on the basis of observations, 2) obtaining and analyzing data to test (i.e., refute or confirm) hypotheses, and 3) explaining phenomena by means of accepted principles, theories or laws.
Quantitative reasoningRead More
Quantitative reasoning is the application of numerical, visual or symbolic reasoning for the purposes of drawing inferences, understanding phenomena or making predictions.
NAU Learning OutcomesRead more