Interdisciplinary Studies: Humanities 90–30

Alison Leigh Brown

Professor of Humanities

Department of Comparative Cultural Studies

Co-director of BIS/BAS programs

Phone: 602-776-4671



You may earn either a B.A. or B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Humanities 90–30.


Northern Arizona University’s flexible, B.A. and B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies offers you an opportunity to design a plan of studies, in consultation with an advisor, to meet your individual educational needs. You may choose either of these degrees if you plan to enter an occupation that requires a broad general education, if you are seeking career advancement or personal intellectual enrichment, or if you are considering a pre-professional plan.


We also offer this degree as part of Northern Arizona University’s Extended Campuses program; however, not all Specialization areas are available through Extended Campuses.


We designed this degree to broaden your background, but not to substitute for a degree that meets specific professional or occupational needs. If you are preparing for an occupation where entry is governed by licensure and/or professional certification, you should seek admission to the appropriate degree plan.


To earn the Interdisciplinary Studies degree, you must complete at least 120 units of course work, which we describe in the sections that follow:  



Be aware that some courses required for your degree may have pre-requisites that you must also take. Check the courses in the appropriate subject. (You may be able to count these pre-requisites toward your liberal studies or general elective credit.)


Please note that you must complete Northern Arizona University’s diversity requirements by taking two 3-unit courses, one in U.S. ethnic diversity and one in global diversity 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.


Additionally, 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.

Liberal Studies (General Education) Requirements  

If you have earned an AGEC Certification from a regionally accredited community college in Arizona, then you have satisfied the Northern Arizona University Liberal Studies and diversity requirements for this degree. Students who have not earned an AGEC must complete all Liberal Studies and diversity requirements before graduation.


Click here to go to the section titled Northern Arizona University’s Undergraduate Academic Plans for information about the 35 units of liberal studies credit that we require. Contact the department of your Specialization for information about liberal studies courses that are specific to your major.


 Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement.



You must complete at least 30 upper-division units at Northern Arizona University for this major.


Please note that you must have a grade of "C" or better in all courses used in the major, which includes the Specialization and Interdisciplinary Studies Requirements areas. Further note that all course work in the Specialization Areas must be upper-division and from Northern Arizona University. Substitutions and use of credit from other institutions are not allowed in the Specialization.

Specialization Requirements—Humanities 90–30

You must take 30 units from Northern Arizona University as described below:


Take the following three courses (9 units):



Select four courses from the following (12 units):



If you have not already met NAU's Global and/or U.S. Ethnic Diversity requirements, you must select:


Finally, select 9 additional units from:


Minor, Focus, or Certificate Requirements

A minor, focus, or certificate is not required in this program.

B.A. / B.S.  Interdisciplinary Studies Requirements

Included in the credit transferred as part of the completed community-college degree you must have:


This course work must help you to understand, in general, the technical components of computers and information systems, how to solve problems using information systems technology, word processing, spreadsheet use, data base management, graphic information software, website development, graphic design  and use of statistical analysis software. This course(s) must have been taken within 10 years of admittance to Northern Arizona University.




ANT 101, 102, 104

BBA 340

BIO 301, 302

PSY 230 or equivalent

MAT 114, STA 270, or equivalent

ESE 380

ECI 497C

SOC 355W or 365

(CCJ 355 or PAS 355) or PAS 356

POS 303

OR courses with Biology, Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics, Statistics, Geology, Environmental Sciences, Chemistry prefixes (12 units).

All other courses must be pre-approved by the program director.


General Electives  

Additional course work 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 pre-requisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren’t used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)