Departments & programs
Explore the diversity of the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences at NAU
Study subjects that have an impact on the world we live and pursue a degree with SBS.
If culture and history matter to you, help us research humanity’s past and find out how you can make a difference in the field of Anthropology and its sub-disciplines.
Applied Indigenous Studies
Make a difference in the lives of global, indigenous/tribal communities by contributing to nation building and learning about their culture through the Applied Indigenous Studies program.
Explore the many ways communication builds relationships and culture in The School of Communication‘s six program areas that integrate classroom work with real-world opportunities: Communication Studies, Creative Media and Film, Journalism, Photography, Strategic Communication and Visual Communication. Check out the Advanced Media Lab, Media Innovation Center, the VisualDESIGN lab, plus labs for photography, public speaking and strategic communication–and more.
Criminology & Criminal Justice
Through our Criminology and Criminal Justice program, you can learn how to make a real difference in the world of criminal justice.
Apply your interest in various cultures and learn about local, regional, and national contexts by joining the Ethnic Studies program.
Geography, Planning, & Recreation
The Geography, Planning, and Recreation program provides you the tools you need to apply research in the emerging fields of geodesign, community planning, and geospatial technologies.
Politics & International Affairs
Our goal is to provide students with knowledge of the theory, principles, and practice of government and politics at the local, national, and international levels. For students who understand the importance of global politics, our Politics and International Affairs program has something for you.
Psychology is the second most common Northern Arizona University program for a reason; our exceptional staff, cutting edge teaching methods, and emphasis on research ensures our program provides maximum benefit for our students.
If you are concerned with advancing social justice and human rights and want to make a difference in the world, our programs in social work might be exactly what you’re looking for.
Interested in gaining a better understanding of our society and applying skills developed through research, community engagement, and experiential learning? Check out our programs in sociology.
Sustainability is a serious issue facing today’s environment and society. Our Sustainable Communities program addresses these concerns and offers students the chance to think critically about solutions to this growing problem and work toward making a better tomorrow.
The Bachelor of University Studies (B.U.S.) degree program is designed for students interested in earning a degree that can integrate varied interests and specific career goals.
Women’s & Gender Studies
Our Women’s and Gender Studies program explores issues regarding gender, class, race, and sexuality, providing a foundation for students passionate about improving human rights and social justice.