Welcome to the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies
The department of Comparative Cultural Studies is committed to excellence in undergraduate education that serves our majors, the Liberal Studies curriculum, and the community at large. We embody this excellence by sustaining an environment in which faculty and students engage in rigorous critical inquiry into the ways people create and express cultural values. The department also cultivates rich learning contexts and meaningful faculty-student relationships that enhance the intellectual development of each. We provide students with a comparative and integrative approach to the study of human culture in its diversity and interconnections.
Discover the complexity of the human experience
What does it mean when museums are asked to return works of art to their cultures of origin? When Native Americans protest a ski center’s proposal to make artificial snow on a mountain they hold sacred? When schools battle over the teaching of evolution? If asking “what does it all mean?” is your passion, you will encounter and engage with cultures from around the world in the past and present through a B.A. degree in Comparative Cultural Studies with emphases in Art History, Public Humanities, Asian Studies, and the Comparative Study of Religions. We also offer an emphasis in Asian Studies as part of the Integrated Global Program partnership with the Global Science and Engineering Program and the Global Business Program at NAU. Students may choose from eight minors to complement their major in Arts & Cultural Management, Art History, Asian Studies, Cinema Studies, Classics, Comparative Study of Religions, Museum Studies, and Public Humanities.
Spark new passions and fuel your interests
We offer a wide range of courses in art history, literature, philosophical and religious traditions, public humanities, arts & cultural management, museum studies, digital and environmental humanities, and many more fields. Our faculty will challenge and support you in your academic journey and beyond through career development. We encourage students to engage with the world through our study abroad programs and with our vibrant local community in Flagstaff through networking and internship opportunities at local museums, libraries, art galleries, and more.
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