2018-19 Academic Catalog
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Program Certificates

The University of Northern Iowa makes available, in addition to traditional programs, the opportunity for students to earn program certificates. Program certificates provide an alternative to programs leading to a degree, a major, or a minor; they certify that an individual has completed a program approved by the university. For information on any specific program certificates, contact the college or department indicated or the Office of the Registrar, which serves as the centralized registry.

Sustainability Certificate

Certificate Overview:

The current generation of  students faces an overwhelming number of interrelated environmental, social, and economic issues that previous generations have been unable or unwilling to address. If a sustainable society is to be achieved that is both harmonious with the natural environment and protective of human technological and economic potential, new interdisciplinary knowledge must be both imparted to future leaders and then implemented and refined by them in their professional practice. With that goal in mind, integrative, creative course offerings are essential components of this interdisciplinary certification offering, designed to prepare leaders capable of the creative action needed to build a sustainable and just society. This certification provides undergraduate and graduate students with interdisciplinary course offerings encompassing the major content areas of sustainability science which allows each student to tailor their program to unique interests and needs.

The certificate framework consists of a progression of classes (15 total hours) with one required course (3 hours), remaining courses are chosen by the student as electives. The required course provides a conceptual and theoretical framework for understanding how society addresses sustainability issues. After taking the foundational course, the certificate offers a number of specialized content streams from which students may choose courses (12 total hours) pertinent to their personal goals and/or professional interests. Students select electives from one or more of the following content streams: natural and biological environments, mathematical and economic dimensions of sustainability, urban environments and technology, sustainable tourism and outdoor recreation, social, philosophical and political dimensions of sustainability, and teacher education in sustainability and environmental literacy. Both undergraduate and graduate students pursuing the Certificate in Sustainability must choose electives in consultation with a sustainability faculty advisor, with plan of study to be approved by the Certificate's faculty oversight committee. Students may seek approval from the committee to include alternative courses among their proposed electives.

Required Course3
TECH 1015Introduction to Sustainability3
Content Area Electives12
Natural and Biological Environments
BIOL 4167/5167 (840:167g)Conservation Biology3
EARTHSCI 1300 (870:031)Introduction to Geology4
GEOG 2210 (970:028)Recent Climate Change3
GEOG 3310 (970:164)Geographic Information Systems I3
GEOG 4310/5310 (970:170g)GIS Applications: (Variable Topic)3
HPE 3689 (410:189)Seminar in Health Promotion3
HPE 4665/5665 (410:165g)Environmental Health Science3
Mathematical and Economic Dimensions of Sustainability
STAT 3771/5771 (800:121g)Applied Statistical Methods for Research3
Urban Environments and Technology
CAP 3140 (CAP:140)Environment, Technology, and Society2
GEOG 4190/5190 (970:117g)Transportation Planning and Policy3
GEOG 4250/5250 (970:185g)Laboratory Methods in Environmental Geography3
INTDSGN 1001 (31I:065)Introduction to Interior Design2
PHYSICS 4300/5300 (880:152g)Introduction to Electronics4
TECH 3102 (330:102)Living in Our Techno-Social World3
or CAP 3102 (CAP:102) Living in Our Techno-Social World
TECH 3180 (330:180)Lean and Sustainable Operations3
Sustainable Tourism and Outdoor Recreation
LYHS 4554/5554 (430:146g)Managing Recreation Impacts on the Natural Environment3
Teacher Education in Sustainability and Environmental Literacy
ELEMECML 4142/5142 (210:142g)Sustainability Applications in Elementary STEM3
LYHS 4552/5552 (430:130g)Theory and Practice of Experiential Education3
Social, Philosophical, and Political Dimensions of Sustainability
CAP 3194 (CAP:194)Perspectives on Death and Dying3
HISUS 4170/5170U.S. Environmental History3
HPE 4666/5666 (410:166g)Environmental and Occupational Health Regulations3
PHIL/RELS 2550Environmental Ethics3
PHIL/RELS 3510/CAP 3173 (CAP:173)Bio-Medical Ethics3
Total Certificate Hours15
Note: electives must be selected in consultation with an advisor.

Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies is offered by the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) provides students the opportunity to be exposed to the rapidly expanding interdisciplinary scholarship on women’s and gender studies. This program is designed for students currently enrolled in a graduate program at UNI who are seeking a graduate degree in any discipline. The WGS graduate certificate requires 12 credit hours, which must be successfully completed during a five year period to earn the certificate. At least nine hours have to be completed at UNI and at least six of the 12 hours have to be at the 200/6000-level. Courses fulfilling the certificate program may be used to meet the requirements in a degree program in accordance with the policies of the Graduate College.

Curriculum requirements consist of one core course and a minimum of nine credit hours of electives. Students must take at least six credit hours of elective course work outside the degree-granting program. Students may petition the Director of WGS to add a relevant course. For more information, contact the Women’s and Gender Studies office, Sabin 225, 319-273-7102, or www.uni.edu/womenstudies.

Select one of the following:3
Languages and Literatures:
Feminist Literary Theories and Practice
Graduate Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies: Comparative Feminist Theories
Feminist Theories in the Social Sciences
Must choose one course from the Social Sciences Category A, one course from the Humanities Category B, and one course from either A, B, or the Experimental Category C.
Category A: Social Sciences
Educational Psychology:
Current Approaches to Multicultural Education
Design, Textiles, Gerontology, & Family Studies:
Violence in Intimate Relationships
Dress and Human Behavior
Health Promotion:
Selected Topics in Women's Health
Introduction to Women's Health
Political Science:
Problems in Juvenile and Family Law
United States Women's History
Modern European Women's History
Social Inequality
Feminist Theories in the Social Sciences
Women, Crime and Society
Category B: Humanities
Communication Studies:
Performance and Social Change
Social Protest: Performance and Rhetoric
Gender Issues in Communication
Languages and Literatures:
Images of Women in Literature
Feminist Literary Theories and Practice
World Religions:
Women and Christianity
Black Women in America: Challenge, Spirit, Survival
Graduate Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies: Comparative Feminist Theories
Category C: Experimental
Social Science:
Internship in Women's and Gender Studies
Practicum that has a gender focus and is advised by a WGS faculty member.
Total Hours12