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Bachelor of Arts Degree and Minor Programs

The university offers a variety of interdisciplinary curricula to meet the growing need and interest in work beyond collegiate division. The following undergraduate majors and minors are under the supervision and jurisdiction of several committees, departments, or colleges as indicated. The programs include:

Undergraduate Majors (B.A.)/Minors

 

General Studies Major

The General Studies major requires a minimum of 120 total hours to graduate. This total includes Liberal Arts Core requirements and the following specified major requirements, plus electives to complete the minimum of 120 hours.

This is a diversified liberal arts major supervised by the Coordinator of the Individual Studies Program.

Required
a minimum of 15 semester hours of 100-level courses from each of three of the four colleges for a minimum total hours ^45
Total Hours45

 

A General Studies major enables students to take a wide variety of courses from many different departments. This can lead to a well-rounded liberal arts education. The major is not directed toward any particular vocation or certification. The emphasis of this major is on distribution rather than concentration. Each General Studies major is encouraged to develop a program of study according to her/his own needs, interests, and career goals. The selection of courses is largely left to the student. Students may not declare a second major and be registered for the General Studies major.

*The four colleges are:

  1. College of Business Administration;
  2. College of Education;
  3. College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences; and
  4. College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

See General Information section for a list of the departments under each college.

(See General Studies program for registered nurses.)

Gerontology Major

The Gerontology major requires a minimum of 120 total hours to graduate. This total includes Liberal Arts Core requirements and the following specified major requirements, plus electives to complete the minimum of 120 hours. Liberal Arts Core courses included in major program requirements are distinguished by italics.

It is suggested students take PSYCH 1001 (400:001) , SW 1041 (450:041) , and SOC 1000 (980:001) as their Social Sciences area Liberal Arts Core, as these are prerequisites for several of the required courses in this major.

This interdisciplinary program is offered jointly by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education, and the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences. It is administered through the School of Applied Human Sciences and under the supervision of the Gerontology Advisory Committee.

Social Sciences Track

Required
Gerontology core:15
School of Applied Human Sciences
Families and Aging
Psychology: *
Introduction to Psychology
Psychology of Aging
Sociology: *
Introduction to Sociology
Social Gerontology
Research Methods3-4
Choose one of the following research methods courses:
School of Applied Human Sciences:
Research Methods in Family Science
Leisure, Youth and Human Services:
Research and Evaluation in Leisure, Youth and Human Services
Psychology:
Research Methods
Sociology:
Research Methods
Families and Aging:3
Choose one of the following Families and Aging courses:
School of Applied Human Sciences:
Management of Family Resources
Families, Alzheimer's and Related Dementias
Issues in Family Policy ^
Families, Alzheimer's and Related Dementias
Families, Alzheimer's and Related Dementias
Development courses:3
Choose one of the following Development courses:
School of Applied Human Sciences:
Human Growth and Development
Psychology:
Developmental Psychology
Ethics courses:3
Choose one of the following Ethics courses:
Families and End of Life Issues
Families and End of Life Issues
World Religions/Philosophy:
Bio-Medical Ethics
Perspectives on Death and Dying
Communication Studies
Ethics in Communication
Gerontology elective courses:9
Choose three of the following Gerontology courses:
Social Work:
Social Services for Older Adults ^
Anthropology:
Culture, Disease, and Healing ^
Human Biological Variation ^
World Religions/Philosophy:
Perspectives on Death and Dying
Health Promotion and Education:
Public Health Theory
Communication Sciences and Disorders:
Understanding Communication Disorders
School of Applied Human Sciences:
Interior Design Standards
Communication Studies:
Health Communication
Gerontology:
Long Term Care Administration ^
Topics in Gerontology
Independent Study in Gerontology
Internship 4
Senior Seminar, Gerontology:
Internship Seminar (1 hr.)
Internship in Gerontology (Social Sciences track section - 3 hrs.)
Total Hours40-41

Long Term Care Track

Required
Business courses12
Select at least one of the following from business group 1:
Accounting:
Principles of Financial Accounting
Principles of Managerial Accounting
Select at least one of the following from business group 2
Management:
Legal and Social Environment of Business
Business Law
Employment and Labor Law ^
Organizational Management
Staffing and Employee Development ^
Gerontology core9
Select three of the following from Gerontology core
School of Applied Human Sciences:
Families and Aging ^
Families, Alzheimer's and Related Dementias
Families, Alzheimer's and Related Dementias
Psychology:
Psychology of Aging ^
Sociology:
Social Gerontology ^
Required Health Care Administration5
School of Applied Human Sciences:
Long Term Care Administration ^
Health Promotion and Education:
Medical Terminology
Health Care Administration electives (minimum 7 hours):7
Families and End of Life Issues
Families and End of Life Issues
Social Work:
Social Services for Older Adults ^
Health Promotion and Education:
Introduction to Public Health
Health Care and the Consumer
Public Health Theory
Communication Studies:
Health Communication
Internship ^^10-12
Students complete the seminar and internship:
Senior Seminar School of Applied Human Sciences:
Internship Seminar
Internship School of Applied Human Sciences:
Internship in Gerontology (Long Term Care track section)
Total hours 43-45

Note: NHA Iowa requirements - 12 hours health care administration, 6 hours gerontology, 10 hours business plus internship.

Gerontology Minor

Required:
PSYCH 1001 (400:001)Introduction to Psychology3
Gerontology core: select two of the following:6
School of Applied Human Sciences:
Families and Aging *
Psychology:
Psychology of Aging *
Health Promotion and Education:
Sociology:
Social Gerontology *
Families and Aging core: (select one of the following)3
Management of Family Resources
Issues in Family Policy *
Families, Alzheimer's and Related Dementias
Families, Alzheimer's and Related Dementias
Development core: (select one of the following)3
School of Applied Human Sciences:
Human Growth and Development *
Psychology:
Developmental Psychology *
Electives in Gerontology: select two of the following: 6
Communication Sciences and Disorders:
Understanding Communication Disorders
Communication Studies:
Health Communication
Health Promotion and Education:
Public Health Theory
School of Applied Human Sciences:
Families and End of Life Issues
Families and End of Life Issues
Long Term Care Administration *
Independent Study in Gerontology
Interior Design Standards
Social Work:
Social Services for Older Adults *
Anthropology:
Culture, Disease, and Healing *
Human Biological Variation *
World Religions/Philosophy:
Bio-Medical Ethics
Perspectives on Death and Dying
Total Hours21

Global Studies Major

The Global Studies major requires a minimum of 120 total hours to graduate. This total includes Liberal Arts Core requirements, the following specified major requirements, plus electives outside the major. 

The major requirements themselves total a minimum of 33 hours (core courses 6 hours, thematic area 12 hours, geographic area 15 hours). Any prerequisites for courses in the thematic and geographic areas of study, as well as any additional required language study will raise the number of major credit hours past 33. Students with no foreign language preparation at the high school or college level may expect to complete up to an additional 20 hours in foreign language study. For many students the foreign language hours will be considerably less. Because of the diversity of study possibilities in the Global Studies major, as well as the diversity of academic preparation students will bring to the major, a maximum range of credit hours to complete the major cannot be provided. See the course listings for the thematic and geographic areas of study (program components II-III), as well as the specific requirements for language proficiency (program component IV) below. Finally, note the two highly recommended components (V-VI) of the Global Studies major--study abroad and the Certificate in Non-Profit Management--as important additional preparation for professional employment.

This is an interdisciplinary program that draws upon courses from all four UNI undergraduate colleges, and is housed in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Course selection and prerequisites: The Global Studies major does not limit the double-counting of credit hours from the Liberal Arts Core or any other academic program. However, no double counting of credit hours is allowed between the different thematic and geographic areas, and between the required and elective components within any thematic and geographic area of the Global Studies major. Students may petition to have relevant experimental or readings courses or seminars count toward their major requirements. Per university regulations for all majors, at least 10 hours of course work must be in courses numbered 100-199/3xxx/4xxx (see course descriptions for 4-digit numbers associated with 100-level/3xxx/4xxx courses). Courses which have prerequisites will be indicated within each thematic/geographic area. See the University Catalog for course descriptions and prerequisites.

Grades, transcripts, and transfer credit: A minimum grade of C is required for all courses applied toward the major. Course HPE 4161/5161 (410:161g) is a credit/no credit course, and the minimum grade of C- to receive credit will be allowed for this course. Transcripts will contain the student's geographic and thematic areas of concentration.

PROGRAM COMPONENTS (I-VI)

I. CORE COURSES (6 hours)

Courses chosen here may not be used to satisfy thematic or geographic area requirements.

Required3
Select one of the following:
Anthropology:
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Geography:
Human Geography
World Geography
Required3
Select one of the following:
Political Science:
International Relations
Comparative Politics
Total Hours6

II. THEMATIC AREA (12 hours)

Choose in consultation with a Global Studies faculty advisor.

See below for course list and specific requirements for each area.

Students must focus on one area; however, they may choose to add an additional area(s) to their program, which will be reflected on their transcripts. Within each area, no more than 6 hours may be taken in any one department (the Department of Sociology/Anthropology/Criminology counts as three departments).

THEMATIC AREAS:

  • Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights
  • International Economics and Development
  • Global Resources and Environment
  • International Communication and Media
  • Global Studies in Gender
  • Global Health
Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights
Required3
Select one of the following:
Political Science:
International Security
Human Rights
Electives9
Select three from the following:
Social Work:
Conflict Resolution
Political Science:
International Security
Human Rights
International Law
International Organizations
North-South Relations
Terrorism and Insurgency
Nationalism
Politics of Nonviolence
History:
Great Power Diplomacy from the Congress of Vienna to the Present
Total Hours12
 International Economics and Development
Required3
Select one of the following:
Economics:
International Economics *
Political Science:
Politics of the Global Economy *
North-South Relations
Electives9
Select three from the following:
Social Science:
Social Welfare: A World View
Economics:
International Economics
Economic Development
International Financial Economics *
Political Science:
Politics of the Global Economy
North-South Relations
Geography:
Economic Geography
Cultural Geography
Demography and Population Geography
Sociology:
Social Inequality *
Immigration and Transnationalism *
Anthropology:
Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Total Hours12
Global Resources and Environment
Required6
Select two from the following:
Philosophy:
Environmental Ethics
Biology:
Conservation Biology *
Geography:
Environmental Geography: Variable Topic
Electives6
Select two from the following:
Philosophy:
Environmental Ethics
Environmental Science:
Environmental Health Science
Biology:
General Biology: Organismal Diversity
Conservation Biology *
Ecology *
Earth Science:
Introduction to Geology
Earth History *
Economics:
Environmental Economics *
Geography:
Physical Geography
Modern Climate Change: Evidence and Predictions
Economic Geography
Environmental Geography: Variable Topic
Demography and Population Geography
Rivers
Total Hours12
International Communication and Media
Required6
Select two from the following:
Communication Studies:
Intercultural Communication
Anthropology:
Language and Culture
Language and Culture
Communication Studies:
Global Mass Communication Systems
Global Public Relations
Electives6
Select two from the following:
Communication Studies:
Intercultural Communication
Gender Issues in Communication
Global Mass Communication Systems
Global Public Relations
Sociology:
Sociology of Culture *
Anthropology:
Language and Culture *
Total Hours12
Global Studies in Gender 
Required3
Select one of the following:
Humanities:
Women's and Gender Studies: Introduction
Anthropology:
Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Electives9
Select three from the following:
Health Promotion:
Global Service Mission **
Introduction to Women's Health
Cultural Competency for the Helping Professions
Minority Health
International Health
Communication Studies:
Intercultural Communication
Gender Issues in Communication
World Religions:
Religions of the World (Family Life Emphasis only)
Humanities:
Women's and Gender Studies: Introduction
Graduate Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies: Comparative Feminist Theories
Political Science:
Human Rights
History:
Modern European Women's History
Sociology:
Immigration and Transnationalism *
Feminist Theories in the Social Sciences *
Anthropology:
Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Total Hours12
Global Health
Required5
Health Promotion:
International Health
Sociology:
Culture, Disease, and Healing *
Electives7
Health Promotion:
Global Service Mission *,**
Cultural Competency for the Helping Professions
Minority Health
Social Work:
Social Welfare: A World View
Environmental Science:
Environmental Health Science
Total Hours12

III. GEOGRAPHIC AREA (15 hours)

Choose in consultation with a Global Studies faculty advisor.

See below for course list and specific requirements for each area.

Students must focus on one area; however, they may choose to add an additional area(s) to their program which will be reflected on their transcripts. Unless otherwise noted, within each area no more than 9 hours may be taken in any one department.

GEOGRAPHIC AREAS:

  • Africa/Middle East
  • Asia
  • Latin America
  • Russia/Eastern Europe
  • Western Europe
Africa/Middle East
Required6
Humanities:
Middle East
Africa
Electives9
Select three from the following:
World Religions:
Great Living Religions: Judaism and Islam
Political Science:
Terrorism and Insurgency
African Politics
History:
The Ancient Near East
Modern African History
Geography:
Regional Geography: (Variable Topic)
Total Hours15
 Asia

Students are strongly encouraged to concentrate on one, but no more than two, major countries of the region--China, India, Japan--unless they go beyond the 15 credit hour requirement for the region.

Required3-6
At least 3 hours, but no more than 6, from:
Humanities:
Japan
China
India
Electives (see restrictions) *9-12
Select three to four of the following:
World Religions:
Great Living Religions: Hinduism and Buddhism
Great Living Religions: Confucianism, Daoism, and Zen
Humanities:
Japan
China
India
Political Science:
Politics of East Asia
History:
Pre-Modern South Asia
Modern South Asia
Pre-Modern Chinese History
Modern Chinese History
Pre-Modern Japan
Modern Japan
Total hours 15
Latin America
Required3
Political Science:
Latin American Politics
Required (see restriction) **3
Select one of the following:
Humanities:
Latin America **
Native Central and South America
Languages and Literatures:
Latin American Culture and Civilization **
Electives (see restriction) **9
Select three from the following:
Humanities:
Latin America **
Native Central and South America
Languages and Literatures (Spanish):
Survey of Spanish American Literature *
Latin American Culture and Civilization *,**
Topics in Spanish American Literature and Culture: *
Spanish American Literature: ____________ *
History:
Modern Latin American History
Anthropology:
Archaeology of the New World *
Total Hours15
Russia/Eastern Europe
Required (no electives in this area of study)15
Humanities:
Russia/Soviet Union
History:
Modern Central and Eastern Europe
History of Imperial Russia
History of Soviet Russia
Political Science:
Russian and Eurasian Politics
Total Hours15
Western Europe

Because of the broad offerings in this area, students are strongly encouraged to plan an integrated program of study with their advisor.

Required6
Humanities:
Humanities III: The Age of Revolution to the Present (required)
Political Science:
Politics in Europe
Electives (see restrictions) **9
Select three from the following:
Languages and Literatures (French):
Introduction to French Literature *
The World of French Business *
Special Topics in French Literature *
Languages and Literatures (Spanish):
Survey of Spanish Literature *
Culture and Civilization of Spain *
Topics in Literature and Culture of Spain: *
Peninsular Literature: _______________ *
History:
History of Ancient Greece
History of Ancient Rome
Greek and Roman Life and Culture
Medieval Civilization
The Renaissance and Reformation
Age of Absolutism and the Enlightenment
History of Ireland
English History to 1688
History of Germany to 1648
Europe from the French Revolution to World War I
Europe from World War I to the Present
English History since 1688
History of Germany Since 1648
History of Modern France
Great Power Diplomacy from the Congress of Vienna to the Present
Military History from Napoleon to the Present
Modern European Women's History
Sociology:
Immigration and Transnationalism *
Total Hours15

IV. FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Students must be able to demonstrate competence in a foreign language at the intermediate (second year) level; however, foreign language study past the two year requirement is strongly recommended. Language proficiency may be achieved through high school and college study (two years of high school study equals one year of college-level study), transfer credit, study abroad, native or heritage knowledge, or a combination of the above. Students seeking to use four years of high school foreign language study to satisfy the language requirement will be required to complete a proficiency exam. Heritage speakers seeking to use their home/family language to satisfy the language requirement may be required to complete a proficiency exam.

The language chosen to satisfy the foreign language requirement should be used extensively in the student's geographic area of focus. However, a foreign language not typically associated with the geographic area of focus may be used to satisfy the foreign language requirement as well. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue area-specific language study through available foreign language courses on the UNI campus (French, Spanish, and Chinese, though Chinese currently is offered only at the third semester level), and through on-line courses, summer study, or study abroad. See a Global Studies advisor for guidance on completing the foreign language requirement.

V. STRONGLY RECOMMENDED: Study Abroad

Study abroad may be used to satisfy program requirements for language, or thematic or geographic area study. If possible, students should complete the core requirements for the Global Studies major prior to participating in a study abroad experience.

VI. STRONGLY RECOMMENDED: Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Some students completing the Global Studies major will eventually seek employment in the non-profit sector. This certificate provides knowledge, skill-building and professional experience for students interested in working for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international non-governmental organizations (INGOs). Earning this certificate at UNI also enables students to earn a national Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. See the University Catalog (Department of Health, Recreation and Community Services) for certificate requirements.

Humanities Major

The Humanities major requires a minimum of 120 total hours to graduate. This total includes Liberal Arts Core requirements and the following specified major requirements, plus electives to complete the minimum of 120 hours.

This is an interdisciplinary major offered by the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, and is under the jurisdiction of the dean of that college.

Required
Humanities:
HUM 1021 (680:021)Humanities I: The Ancient, Classical, and Medieval Worlds (required)3
HUM 1022 (680:022)Humanities II: The Renaissance, Reformation, and Enlightenment (required)3
HUM 1023 (680:023)Humanities III: The Age of Revolution to the Present (required)3
HUM prefix 4000-level Junior-Senior Seminar3
Interdisciplinary courses in, or including, the humanities *9
Courses in history, from any department6
Critical and analytical course3
Participatory course in creative or performing arts3
Electives in any of the above or other humanities areas9
Total Hours42

The student, with the consent of the Humanities Advisor, will outline a cohesive program of cross-disciplinary study around a chronological period, theme, culture, or other focus of the student's choice.

All reasonable variations on this program should be approved.

Individual Studies Major

The Individual Studies major requires a minimum of 120 total hours to graduate. This total includes Liberal Arts Core requirements and the following specified major requirements (under the discretion of the Individual Studies Program Coordinator), plus electives to complete the minimum of 120 hours.

Required
A coherent, interdisciplinary area of study (minimum of 40 hours)40
Undergraduate thesis6
Total Hours46

(Plus 29 hours of university electives or other major or minor credit.)

If it is found the university does not offer the major desired, it may be possible, through the Individual Studies Program, for a student to create her/his own program of study. The purpose of the Individual Studies major is twofold:

  1. to enable a student to design an individualized major by selecting courses from several academic departments, and
  2. to explore interdisciplinary areas of study before those areas are formally adopted as departmental or interdepartmental majors.

Students interested in this major should have at least one semester's experience in university study before applying. A student shall consult first with the Individual Studies Coordinator concerning the feasibility of designing an Individual Studies major in a particular area. If the university does not have faculty or curricular resources for the area requested, the student will be so advised. Also, if the student does not appear to be academically prepared, or if her/his plans are not sufficiently clear, specific steps to correct these problems will be recommended.

Once an advisor is appointed, the student and the advisor will develop a list of courses to comprise the proposed major, and an interdisciplinary faculty committee will be selected to take action on the specific program. In some cases, with the approval of the faculty advisor and the program coordinator, an extraordinary amount of independent study may be counted toward the major. In most cases, an undergraduate thesis will be required of this major.

Liberal Studies Degree, Bachelor of

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies (B.L.S.) program is offered by the three Iowa Regents’ Universities: University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Iowa. The purpose of the B.L.S. is to offer educational opportunities to those students who are unable to attend college as full-time, on-campus students. Students often use guided independent study and other distance learning opportunities to earn credit. This major may not be declared with any other major.

See Undergraduate Degree Requirements section for further details regarding this degree.

International Business Minor

The interdepartmental minor in International Business is available to College of Business Administration students majoring in Accounting, Business Teaching, Economics - Business Economics emphasis, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Real Estate, and Supply Chain Management. The International Business minor enhances the common body of knowledge gained through the business core by focusing on international trade and commerce issues/perspectives.

Required
World Affairs:3
Select one of the following:
Geography:
World Geography
Political Science:
International Relations
International Business core:12
Marketing:
Distribution and Logistics
Global Marketing
Management:
International Management
Financial:
International Financial Management
International Financial Economics
Economics:
International Economics
Economic Development
International Experience:0
International Experience **
International Electives
Select one of the following:2-3
Business, Interdepartmental:
Socio-Economic Reality of Central America *
Management:
Supply Chain and Purchasing
Political Science:
Politics of the Global Economy
International Law
International Organizations
Sociology:
Language and Culture
Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
International Internship
Or any additional course listed within the international business core above.
Total Hours17-18

International Business Minor (Non-Business Majors)

The interdepartmental minor in International Business (Non-Business Majors) is available to any non-business major. The purpose of this minor is to allow non-business majors to build a basic body of knowledge concerning business and business operations and expand this knowledge with respect to international business, trade, and commerce. 

Required
World Affairs3
Select one of the following:
Geography:
World Geography
Political Science:
International Relations
Business Core15
Accounting:
Principles of Financial Accounting
Marketing:
Principles of Marketing
Management:
Legal and Social Environment of Business
Organizational Management
Economics:
Introduction to Economics
International Business core8-9
Management:
International Management
International electives:
Select two from the following:
Business, Interdepartmental:
Socio-Economic Reality of Central America *
Marketing:
Distribution and Logistics
Global Marketing
International Internship
International Experience0
International Experience **
Total Hours26-27

NOT available to majors in: Accounting, Business Teaching, Economics-Business Economics Emphasis, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Real Estate, and Supply Chain Management.

NOT available to General Business Concepts minors. 

Russian and East European Studies Minor

This minor is offered by the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Required
Language *12-20
History:3
Select one of the following:
Modern Central and Eastern Europe
History of Imperial Russia
History of Soviet Russia
Select two of the following:6
Humanities/Languages (required):
Russia/Soviet Union
Political Science:
Nationalism
Russian and Eurasian Politics
An additional literature or language class, with the approval of a REES advisor. A Russian/East European topics course or seminar, with the approval of a REES advisor **,***
Total hours ***18-29

Study Abroad: Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad for at least one summer, preferably one semester. Study abroad may be used to satisfy program requirements for language or non-language course work, with the approval of a REES (Russian and East European Studies) advisor.

Studies in Sexuality, Women and Gender Minor

Studies in Sexuality, Women and Gender Minor is an interdisciplinary and multicultural program that engages in research and exploration concerning all areas of women’s and men’s experiences. Its unique perspective strengthens the abilities of students within any major to critically analyze theory and research emphasizing the importance of gender while including other essential categories of analysis such as race, class, sexuality, ethnicity, and nationality. This program is offered under the jurisdiction and general supervision of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. For more information, contact the Women's and Gender Studies office, Sabin 225, 319-273-7102, or www.uni.edu/womenstudies

Required6
Humanities:
Women's and Gender Studies: Introduction
Choose one of the following:
Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
Human Relationships and Sexuality
Electives:12
Anthropology:
Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective *
Communication Studies:
Gender Issues in Communication
Social Protest: Performance and Rhetoric
Criminology:
Women, Crime and Society *
Educational Psychology:
Social Psychology in Educational Contexts
Languages and Literature:
Images of Women in Literature *
The American Renaissance *
American Realism and Naturalism to WWI *
Family Services:
Human Relationships and Sexuality
Violence in Intimate Relationships
Health Promotion and Education:
Introduction to Women's Health
Selected Topics in Women's Health
History:
United States Women's History
Modern European Women's History
Humanities:
Black Women in America: Challenge, Spirit, Survival
Philosophy:
SOC/CAP 3151Money, Sex and Power: Theories of Race, Class and Gender3
Psychology:
Psychology of Gender *
Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective *
World Religions:
Religions of the World (Family Life emphasis only) **
Women and Christianity
Social Sciences:
Women, Men, and Society
Sociology:
Social Movements *
Social Inequality *
Men and Masculinities
Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective *
Sociology of Gender *
Feminist Theories in the Social Sciences *
Textiles and Design:
Dress and Human Behavior
Women's and Gender Studies:
Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
Internship in Women's and Gender Studies *
Total Hours21

Notes:

No more than 9 hours from courses with the same prefix.

No more than 6 hours may be double-counted with the student's major.

A minimum of 9 hours from the 3000-level or above.

No more than one of the following may be counted for WGS credit: COMM 4446/5446 (48C:113g) or SOC 2040 (980:156g)

Bachelor of Liberal Studies, B.L.S.

Four essential student learning outcomes have been identified for the Bachelor of Liberal Studies and General Studies majors. They are:

1) effective written communication;

2) critical thinking;

3) information literacy and

4) integrative learning.

These student outcomes are expressly meant to prepare GS and BLS students for success in a rapidly changing, globally competitive and culturally diverse world and to lead productive and responsible lives. The details of each outcome are defined as follows:

● Learning Outcome #1: Effective written communication – written communication is the development and expression of ideas in writing. For written communication to be effective, one must possess the ability to use written language in a precise and user- friendly way in order to clearly express oneself to the intended audience. Students will achieve this goal by:

- Composing and presenting effective written messages with a variety of audiences using appropriate academic discourse and technologies.

- Scoring a 4, 3, or 2 for all components within the AAC&U Written Communication VALUE Rubric for artifacts submitted to demonstrate written communication.

● Learning Outcome #2: Critical thinking – critical thinking is the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion. To exercise critical thinking, one must possess the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking and understand the logical connection between ideas. Students will achieve this goal by:

- Clearly identifying an issue or problem and carefully analyzing it using relevant sources of information in order to formulate logical conclusions.

- Scoring a 4, 3, or 2 for all components within the AAC&U Critical Thinking VALUE Rubric for artifacts submitted to demonstrate critical thinking.

● Learning Outcome #3: Information literacy – information literacy is the ability to know when information is needed. To be an information literate person, one must be able to identify, locate, evaluate and effectively use sources of information for an issue or problem at hand. Students will achieve this goal by:

- Determining the extent of information needed, accessing information using welldesigned strategies and evaluating it critically through ethical and legal means.

- Scoring a 4, 3, or 2 for all components within the Information Literacy Rubric (adopted from the AAC&U Information Literacy VALUE Rubric, the ACRL Information Literacy Framework and the PALNI consortium information literacy learning objectives) for artifacts submitted to demonstrate information literacy.

● Learning Outcome #4: Integrative Learning – integrative learning is the ability to make connections across disciplines. To effectively use integrative learning, one must be able to make connections among ideas and experiences and transfer learning to new situations. Students will achieve this goal by:

- Connecting relevant experience and academic knowledge across disciplines and applying them to new situations.

- Scoring a 4, 3, or 2 for all components within the AAC&U Integrative Learning Rubric for artifacts submitted to demonstrate integrative learning.

General Studies, B.A.

Four essential student learning outcomes have been identified for the Bachelor of Liberal Studies and General Studies majors.

They are:

1) effective written communication;

2) critical thinking;

3) information literacy and

4) integrative learning.

These student outcomes are expressly meant to prepare GS and BLS students for success in a rapidly changing, globally competitive and culturally diverse world and to lead productive and responsible lives. The details of each outcome are defined as follows:

● Learning Outcome #1: Effective written communication – written communication is the development and expression of ideas in writing. For written communication to be effective, one must possess the ability to use written language in a precise and user- friendly way in order to clearly express oneself to the intended audience. Students will achieve this goal by:

- Composing and presenting effective written messages with a variety of audiences using appropriate academic discourse and technologies.

- Scoring a 4, 3, or 2 for all components within the AAC&U Written Communication VALUE Rubric for artifacts submitted to demonstrate written communication.

● Learning Outcome #2: Critical thinking – critical thinking is the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion. To exercise critical thinking, one must possess the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking and understand the logical connection between ideas. Students will achieve this goal by:

- Clearly identifying an issue or problem and carefully analyzing it using relevant sources of information in order to formulate logical conclusions.

- Scoring a 4, 3, or 2 for all components within the AAC&U Critical Thinking VALUE Rubric for artifacts submitted to demonstrate critical thinking.

● Learning Outcome #3: Information literacy – information literacy is the ability to know when information is needed. To be an information literate person, one must be able to identify, locate, evaluate and effectively use sources of information for an issue or problem at hand. Students will achieve this goal by:

- Determining the extent of information needed, accessing information using welldesigned strategies and evaluating it critically through ethical and legal means.

- Scoring a 4, 3, or 2 for all components within the Information Literacy Rubric (adopted from the AAC&U Information Literacy VALUE Rubric, the ACRL Information Literacy Framework and the PALNI consortium information literacy learning objectives) for artifacts submitted to demonstrate information literacy.

● Learning Outcome #4: Integrative Learning – integrative learning is the ability to make connections across disciplines. To effectively use integrative learning, one must be able to make connections among ideas and experiences and transfer learning to new situations. Students will achieve this goal by:

- Connecting relevant experience and academic knowledge across disciplines and applying them to new situations.

- Scoring a 4, 3, or 2 for all components within the AAC&U Integrative Learning Rubric for artifacts submitted to demonstrate integrative learning.

Global Studies, B.A.

I.  Writing Skills (University Goal:  Communication)

  1. Students will be able to write a well-organized research paper
  2. Students will be able to write a research paper utilizing clear prose and correct grammar
  3. Students will be able to write a research paper utilizing credible and relevant historical and/or social scientific sources

II.  Analytical Skills (University Goal:  Critical Thinking)

  1. Students will be able to define clearly in written form an issue or problem for analysis
  2. Students will be able to discuss their topic of analysis in an explanatory framework reflecting a high degree of causal complexity
  3. Students will be able to base their analysis, views, and conclusion(s) or thesis on extensive scholarly and evidentiary writing and material

III.  Global Learning (University Goal: Discipline/Program Knowledge)

  1. Students will be able to place a topic of analysis in their thematic or geographic area of study within its broader historical and/or societal context
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the interrelatedness and interdependence of political, economic, and cultural systems throughout the world, whether in a historical or contemporary framework
  3. Students will be able to demonstrate a high degree of cultural sensitivity, exhibiting that no people, society, or culture is qualitatively “better” than any other
  4. Students will demonstrate competency in a foreign language at least at the second-year college level

Individual Studies, B.A.

This program operates differently with regard to learning outcomes (since it provides a mechanism to create a major), Establishing learning outcomes for the Individual Studies program is in progress.