Posts in Social Sciences
Communication Studies, Bachelor of Science

The Bachelors degree in Communication Studies offers coursework that enables students to construct, convey and interpret communication in diverse contexts. The major prepares students to: enter professions requiring proficiency in relational, group, and public communication. Courses combine theory and practice to enhance the student's ability to communicate well in both career and personal life. Students develop their capacities in ethical and critical thinking, improving their ability to articulate and defend their opinions as engaged citizens in a diverse world.

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Psychological Sciences, Bachelor of Science

This plan prepares students to function as well-rounded generalists with a strong foundation in both counseling psychology and school psychology. Students engage in substantive training utilizing a scientist-practitioner model integrating psychological theory, research, and practice. The combined approach promotes the optimal development of individuals, families, groups, and environmental systems using empirically supported, culturally sensitive interventions that include assessment and diagnosis, interdisciplinary teamwork, relatively brief intervention approaches, prevention, consultation, outcome evaluation, career-development, and ethical decision-making,  in a broad array of settings including schools, universities, integrated healthcare, community mental health, correctional facilities, and independent practice. We believe that this core is best realized using a scientist-practitioner training model that includes a systematic analysis of human behavior, careful applications of best practice, and a methodical evaluation of the effectiveness of these applications.

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Social Work, Bachelor of Social Work

The social work profession is dedicated to enhancing human well-being and to help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. The intent of this program is to educate competent generalist social workers for practice with diverse populations and multi-level social systems, while developing skills for facilitating the planned change process.

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Sociology, Bachelor

Through the sociological studies program, you will gain an understanding of human social interaction in groups, organizations, regions, and nations of the world. This program will provide you with knowledge and skills applicable to careers in the private sector as well as government, non-profit, and social service sectors.  A sociological studies degree can prepare you for many different fields, including social justice advocacy, healthcare, criminal and civil justice, business and technology, or for graduate school.

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Parks and Recreation Management, Bachelor of Science

Through this Bachelor of Science degree in Parks and Recreation Management, recreation resource professionals are prepared for diverse careers in the field of parks and recreation. The PRM Program focuses on small class size, high student-teacher interaction, on-site field experiences, and experiential learning opportunities. The faculty are are dedicated to expanding the scholarly knowledge base of people and organizations to enhance the quality of leisure experiences and places.

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Applied Science - Emergency Management (BAS)

This degree attracts students who desire the knowledge and skills needed to serve as professional emergency managers in the public, non-profit and private sectors.  Students are exposed to the latest information in Emergency Planning (including COOP), Incident Management Systems (IMS), Disaster Recovery and Homeland Security that prepare them to be effective and ethical emergency managers and to protect their communities from emergency events. This plan features a transfer block route designed to aid community-college graduates towards the completion of a bachelor's degree in a concise time frame.

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Applied Sociology, MA

With a Master of Arts in Sociology from NAU, you will be prepared for professional practice in human service agencies and applied research settings as well as for further academic study in sociology and related fields. In our program, you will work with engaged faculty and peers in a highly collaborative academic atmosphere. 

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Applied Geospatial Sciences, MS

With an MS in Geospatial Sciences from NAU, you’ll be prepared to pursue a career in managing land, community, and environmental spatial systems, including geographic information systems (GIS), geodesign, community planning and development, and recreation. In addition to engaging coursework this degree requires a research thesis or applied practicum project overseen by a faculty committee.  

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Anthropology - Applied (MA)

The coursework for a Master of Arts in Anthropology at NAU focuses on a practitioner-oriented internship plan designed to preparing you to enter the expanding job market in applied anthropology. The required coursework includes completion of an internship (requiring registration for 3 credits in the summer prior to the first year) that involves research, intervention, management, teaching, and advocacy in service to agencies, groups, and organizations. It culminates in the writing and successful defense of a thesis. This action-oriented plan prepares you for professional employment within your specialty area or continued opportunities at the PhD level.

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Public Administration, MS

Whether you are a working professional or a full-time student, our MPA can prepare you for leadership opportunities in government work, nonprofit organizations, or nongovernmental organizations. You'll apply the theories you learn in the classroom to activities in your community, tackling issues like budget proposals, human resource management, conflict resolution, executive management development, and program evaluation. You’ll graduate with the skills and knowledge to advance your career and broaden your areas of expertise in public service in the nonprofit and public sectors.

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Social Work, MSW

Our MSW includes two social worker foci: generalist and advanced generalist. You’ll gain the skills you need to work with diverse populations in multi-level social systems. Each focus also prepares you for practice with rural and indigenous populations of the Southwest, addressing poverty, structural racism, and oppression.

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