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I attended Northern Arizona University from 1998-2002. While I began with a major in journalism, I changed my major to Elementary Education after my first semester. Like many people, I did not always appreciate the required general education courses I had to take before I began my studies that focused on my major. Although, I will say that I now appreciate the general knowledge I received taking the courses. The Education college was amazing and had such dynamic, world class professors teaching the courses. I remember one professor who had a couple hundred students in one section of her class. The first day, she had video cameras at each exit and asked us to say our name into the camera as we walked past. By the very next class period, she had all of our faces and names memorized! She had many, many cooperative activities to help us learn the concepts she was teaching. She was very memorable and made a huge impact on many of us. By my junior year I was part of a cohort focusing on multi-age classrooms. Our lead professor often traveled to schools in other countries wanting to set up multi-age classrooms in their schools. Our cohort spent many hours in local schools practicing methods and concepts taught at the university. By graduation, we had a good idea of what teaching in a classroom would be like. NAU had a great campus life. I especially enjoyed meeting up with a group of students in the Student Union at lunch time. And when I bashed my chin open on the ice of the local skating rink, the campus health center stitched me up! I took advantage of the campus swimming pool, and a life guard there helped me with my stroke. I even signed up for a private music room one time, just to tinker around on the piano. Fall and summer in Flagstaff are gorgeous. But the winter snow is a force to be reckoned with! I'm happy to live at a lower elevation now where the snow is not such an ordeal. NAU has a great, small town feel to it. If you're looking for a cheaper option and don't mind a small community, NAU is a great choice!
NAU is a wonderful institution and the upper-level Anthropology courses were both challenging and intellectually stimulating. Not all colleges offer five sub-disciplines to choose from including Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology, and Applied Anthropology. The opportunity to specialize can be a great tool for post-graduation career opportunities. As an undergraduate student, I grasped the concepts of human social, cultural, biological, prehistoric, and language systems. This program features a holistic cross-cultural approach. I also conducted independent research studies and archeological fieldwork. Students are required to take four semesters of language, which was challenging for me but extremely useful post-college. I learned about non-ethnocentrism, cultural relativism, cross-cultural emphasis, diachronic approach, and holism. Courses that I recommend include ANT 301 - Peoples of the World, ANT 306-Peoples of the Southwest, ANT309W- Cultural Anthropology, and ANT465- Indigenous Perspectives in Anthropology. I strongly recommend doing fieldwork or an independent study, as this will enrich your hands-on experience. My favorite class was ANT 305 - Peoples of Southwest, there is truly no better place to learn about Native American culture than Northern Arizona. Flagstaff is in close proximity to the Navajo and Hopi reservations, which provides for fertile learning. Another great feature of the B.A Anthropology is having the opportunity to self-select your minor. You must complete a minor of at least 18 units. I enjoyed my general electives and took various courses in health and women studies. My main critique of NAU is the lack of career services and this field generally doesn't have a high earning potential unless you pursue an advanced degree. Perhaps there are more services now than when I attended in 2009. Overall NAU is a good institution with well-trained professors.
I love NAU and I find the campus the perfect place for someone who wants a smaller college with a more personable atmosphere. That being said, the graduate program, though challenging at times, was not as demanding as I would have expected. My biggest concern is that we did not write a thesis, we did not have to present our thesis, or get our thesis published. Instead, we had to write 10-page papers and present at conferences, at least one to graduate--and it was easy enough to just present at the NAU Conference. I would have prefered to have a thesis and be on a publishing track of some kind. On the other hand, I do not regret my experience presenting at conferences out of state.
I loved the small feel of NAU's campus. Not just the cooler weather, but the old-town feel of the architecture and the environment on and off campus. It's a great place to find yourself. The campus is easy to navigate and the public bus system is great. I spent most of my time on North or Central campus, so I do not know much about South campus. I do know that the classes and course work are appropriate for what is expected of you and it is a very supportive campus.
Northern Arizona University is a bargain for the wonderful and rich education you will receive if you choose to attend this University. The class sizes are small (though they were growing towards the end of my time at NAU due to an initiative at the state level) and the professors are knowledgeable, approachable, and helpful. The campus community is strong and inclusive, and the surrounding town of Flagstaff is beautiful, friendly, and something from a time bygone. The academics are rigorous, but you will receive the help and support you need, especially if you take the opportunity to seek it out. Living on campus was an experience that I will never forget, and my time in the dorms are some of the happiest and most memorable to date. I would highly recommend this University if you want an affordable, intimate, challenging education, and a fun and memorable college experience! Go Lumberjacks!
The psychology program is one of the most personal programs I have ever encountered. The teachers genuinely care about their students and desire to see them grow. They have many opportunities such as internships and research opportunities that will prepare each person for the future. The psychology program is geared toward helping each person know where their places are in the field. I personally had the opportunity to take part in these research and internship opportunities and realized the depth and breadth that a career in psychology has. It truly inspired me to make a difference in the world and to understand the value of every human. This program was one of the best choices I have ever made.
There are a lot of wonderful things about Northern Arizona University and the Criminal Justice program. One of the best things was the tight-knit community where you got to grow with those majoring in the same degree as you. However, one thing to take into account is the housing situation and how hard it can be for upper class-men to find a place to live.
Northern Arizona University is nestled in the beautiful mountain town of Flagstaff. Not only do you get education from amazing, passionate teachers but you also get the scenic beauty and commandery of the Flagstaff community. You get the excitement, spirit, and experiences of a bigger college but the small class sizes and one on one experiences with teachers that are valued in education. There are many resources, programs, and organizations to fit any needs or wants you may have. Overall, NAU is more than a college; it will be your second home. Go Jacks!
I attended NAU Personalized Learning program where I was able to complete my Bachelor of Science within 2 years. My experience in business assisted me in the platform that I was faced with while attending NAU online and I was able to complete coursework very quickly with ease. The instructors are very willing to offer feedback and guidance and the program overall is very well planned.
First of all, the campus is beautiful! There is green everywhere, especially being in northern Arizona! You can easily tell the campus has been very much taken care of! Our student union is a great hang out. It's definitely the place to be campus when you don't have any class. Here, there is always great food and the atmosphere makes it that much better. I also truly love our library! It's a place I know I will be able to get any of my work done. There are plenty of good study areas throughout this library! Some traditional campus events that I enjoy are the concerts that are put on for the student life! It truly makes this a great and fun place to be! You always have something to do here, while still being able to get your studies in!