Academic Catalog August 2008 - August 2009 Undergraduate and Graduate
To earn this degree, you must complete at least 120 units of coursework, which we describe in the sections that follow:
at least 35 units of liberal studies requirements. Be aware that you may not use courses with a WGS prefix to satisfy these liberal studies requirements
at least 42 units of major requirements
at least 12 units of language requirements
at least 18 units of minor requirements
elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units
Be aware that some courses required for your degree may have prerequisites that you must also take. Check the courses in the appropriate subject. (You may be able to count these prerequisites toward your liberal studies or general elective credit.)
Please note that you must complete NAUís diversity requirements by taking two 3-unit courses, one in ethnic diversity and one in global awareness. These courses may be used to meet other requirements within your academic plan if you choose them carefully. Click here for a list of the available diversity courses.
Also be aware that NAU requires that at least 30 units of the courses you take for your degree must be upper-division courses (those numbered 300 and above).
Finally, please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement; however, you must still meet the total of at least 120 units to graduate. Contact your advisor for details.
You complete 42 units of core and area requirements, as we describe in the following sections.
Please be aware that we encourage you to consult with the program every term after you declare your major, usually after completing no more than 12 units of requirements.
You take the following 18 units:
WGS 191 and 200 (6 units)
WGS 350W or 375W (3 units) (Please note that either course fulfills NAUís junior writing requirement.)
WGS 300W (3 units)
WGS 491C, which meets NAUís senior capstone requirement (3 units)
one cultural diversity course (3 units). Select one course from the university Diversity Course Listing (either a Global Diversity or an Ethnic Diversity course) or an alternate as approved by your advisor.
To ensure interdisciplinary understanding of womenís studies methodology, theory, and content, you take 24 units among the following groups of courses, using only courses you havenít already used to meet core requirements. (Please note that we may add additional courses to this list; check our web site for current approved courses.)
9 additional units from WGS courses
6 units from ANT 302, 404, 438; COM 301; CCJ 360, 425, 460; POS 355; PSY 277, 491; SC 424; SOC 204, 301, 304
6 units from ENG 245, 253, 261, 351, 361; ES 250, 391; HIS 295, 296, 297, 386, 460, 470; HUM 375; REL 206, 314
one course from any of these groups or an alternate as approved by your advisor (3 units)
Please be aware that a grade of D will not count for major credit. Although a course in which the grade earned is a D does not have to be retaken, you must complete 42 units in the major with a grade of C or better in order to fulfill degree requirements.
You must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English that is equivalent to three terms of university coursework in the same language. You may satisfy this requirement by taking language courses or by testing out of all or part of it by taking CLEP exams arranged by NAUís Counseling and Testing Center. Click here for more information.
You must complete a minor of at least 18 units from those described in this catalog. In consultation with your advisor, you should select a minor thatís appropriate for your career aspirations and educational needs. Your minor advisor will advise you about this part of your academic plan.
Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.
You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they werenít used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)
Click here for more information about Women's and Gender Studies undergraduate courses and faculty.