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  • A Competency-Based Liberal Arts Degree Program

    Complete your degree in Liberal Arts entirely online through Northern Arizona University’s competency-based Personalized Learning program. Sharpen your problem-solving and communication skills while exploring a range of disciplines and current events. Advance your critical thinking and collaboration skills by studying a variety of subjects including history, philosophy, literature and the arts. This Liberal Arts degree is self-paced and designed around subjects and competencies both intellectually engaging and professionally relevant.  


    A Respected Liberal Arts Degree You Can Earn Online

    Prepare to work and succeed in a number of career fields. A well-rounded liberal arts education means refining your skills that many employers across all industries seek. By earning your Liberal Arts degree through Personalized Learning, you’ll learn these crucial skills by demonstrating what you know through competency-based lessons as you advance through the program.  

    You can pursue a variety of career fields, including: 

    • Business Management & Administration  
    • Marketing & Sales 
    • Communication & Publishing 


    Liberal Arts Competencies

    The Liberal Arts degree program curriculum focuses on developing competencies through lessons rather than courses. The following competencies make up the major: 

    • C.1 Work in a team structure
    • C.2 Communicate with diverse populations
    • C.3 Solve complex problems
    • C.4 Analyze complicated materials
    • C.5 Write about culture effectively
    • C.6 Compose academic essays in various rhetorical styles
    • C.7 Demonstrate knowledge of potential and limitations of technology's advances
    • C.8 Practice an examined or self-reflective life
    • C.9 Describe ethical theories
    • C.10 Apply ethical theories to education
    • C.11 Formulate and substantiate theses
    • C.12 Formulate and test hypotheses in humanities and social science
    • C.13 Demonstrate knowledge of leadership in the working of organizations
    • C.14 Demonstrate knowledge of the significance of the humanities
    • C.15 Demonstrate knowledge of the significance of the social sciences
    • C.16 Demonstrate effective transfer of competencies to workplace

    Completing the above competencies results in the awarding of NAU credit for these NAU classes:

    • ARHI 143 Western Art History (3 units)
    • CCSU 251 Interdisciplinary Cultural Aesthetics (3 units)
    • CCSU 351W Interdisciplinary Research Writing (3 units)
    • CCSU 491C Capstone in 1960's American Cinema (3 units)
    • CSTU 272 Group Dynamics and Social Conflict (3 units)
    • CSTU 324 Cross Cultural Communication (3 units)
    • ENGL 254 Introduction to World Literature (3 units)
    • ENGL 306W Writing Across the Disciplines (3 units)
    • HISY 205 World History (3 units)
    • HUMA 381 Reflections of Society in Postwar Cinema (3 units)
    • HUMA 383 Humanities in Global Contexts (3 units)
    • HUMA 476 Human Nature and Humanistic Values (3 units)
    • PHIL 106 Ethical Obligation (3 units)
    • RELI 151 World Religions (3 units)
    • SOCI 202 Sociological Thought (3 units)
    • SOCI 314 The Sociological Aspects of Education (3 units)
    • SOCI 321 Interaction of Sociology and Psychology (3 units)
    • SOCI 340 Social Criminology (3 units)
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