Learning for life
The mission of the Liberal Studies Program at NAU is to cultivate
informed, responsible, productive, and self-reflective citizens of the world.
Traditionally, a Liberal Studies education has been regarded both
as the education that is fitting for citizens of a free society and the
education that best fits citizens to be free. In fact, the term
"liberal" comes from the Latin word for freedom, so liberal studies
can be understood as the acquisition of knowledge that can enrich human freedom
or guide the wise use of it.
The Liberal Studies Program provides opportunities for you to
develop a rich interdisciplinary perspective on life that complements the
focused disciplinary capabilities you develop in your major.
Students develop the ability to engage with bodies of knowledge in the areas of Distribution Blocks
- Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry
- Cultural Understanding
- Science and Applied Science
- Social and Political
In addition, students hone their essential skills
- critical thinking,
- effective writing,
- effective oral communication,
- scientific inquiry,
- quantitative reasoning, and
- creative or aesthetic thinking