2020-21 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.

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:

Program Certificates

Certificate in International Business, Culture, and Language

The Certificate in International Business, Culture, and Language is available to College of Business Administration students majoring in Accounting, Economics-Business Economics Emphasis, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Real Estate and to students completing the General Business Concepts minor. The purpose of this certificate is to encourage students to seek language and cultural knowledge in order to build a foundation for understanding the global environment in which business operates. For more information students should contact UNIBusiness Advising, CBB 5. To enroll in this program students must declare their intent on a Declaration of Curriculum form. The form may be obtained in CBB 5.

International Business
MGMT 3189 (150:189)International Management3
Cultural and Political Perspectives
Select one of the following:3
Political Science:
International Relations *
World Geography *
Introduction to Sociology *
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology *
Philosophy and World Religions:
Religions of the World *
Ethics in Business
Foreign Language and History +
Select one of the language options below:9-15

Chinese (14-15 hours)

CHIN 1001 (710:001)Elementary Chinese I **4
CHIN 1002 (710:002)Elementary Chinese II **4
Select two of the following:
CHIN 1011 (710:011)Intermediate Chinese I4-5
RELS 2100Great Living Religions: Hinduism and Buddhism3
RELS 2110Great Living Religions: Confucianism, Daoism, and Zen3
HUM 3124 (680:124)China *3
POL COMP 3162 (944:162)Politics of East Asia3
HIST 4850/5850Pre-Modern Chinese History3
HIST 4860/5860Modern Chinese History3

French (12 hours)

FREN 1001 (720:001)Introduction to French Language and Culture I **3
FREN 1002 (720:002)Introduction to French Language and Culture II **3
Select two of the following:
FREN 2001 (720:011)Intermediate French Language and Culture3
FREN 2002 (720:051)Composition3
FREN 2012 (720:061)Advanced Topics in French Conversation: ____3
HIST 4620/5620History of Modern France3

German (12 hours)

GER 1001 (740:001)German Language and Culture I **3
GER 1002 (740:002)German Language and Culture II **3
Select two of the following:
ENGLISH/CAP 3148The Holocaust in Literature and Film3
HIST 4460/5460History of Germany to 16483
HIST 4630/5630History of Germany Since 16483

Spanish (12 hours)

SPAN 1001 (780:001)Elementary Spanish I **3
SPAN 1002 (780:002)Elementary Spanish II **3
Select two of the following:
HUM 3123 (680:123)Latin America *3
SPAN 2001 (780:011)Intermediate Spanish3
SPAN 2002 (780:055)Oral and Written Spanish3
SPAN 2053 (780:053)Spanish for Special Purposes: ___________3
SPAN 3001 (780:101)Advanced Writing ***3
SPAN 3006Spanish for Heritage Speakers ***3
SPAN 3020 (780:120)Latin American Culture and Civilization ^3
SPAN 3050/5050 (780:150g)Written Communication ***3
SPAN 3052/5052 (780:152g)Contemporary Hispanic Culture3-5
HIST 4720/5720Modern Latin American History3
POL COMP 3167 (944:167)Latin American Politics3

English (9 hours)****

Select one of the following:3
History of the United States
Introduction to American Politics *
Select two of the following:
ENGLISH 2520 (620:040)Multicultural Literature3
ENGLISH 2340 (620:043)Survey of English Literature II: Romantics to Post-Colonialism ^3
ENGLISH 2420 (620:053)Survey of American Literature ^3
ENGLISH 4410/RELS 4230/5230 (640:117g)Early American Literature ^3
ENGLISH 4420/5420 (620:121g)The American Renaissance ^3
ENGLISH 4445/5445 (620:124g)American Novel Since 1900 ^3
HIST 4235/5235Popular Culture in the United States3
HIST 4275/5275United States Constitutional History3
HIST 4240/5240History of American Thought3
HIST 4250/5250Religion in America3
HIST 4265/5265Society and Culture in the United States3
RELS 3180Religion and Politics: (Topics)3


1. International Business3
2. Cultural and Political Perspectives3
3. Foreign Language and History *9-15
Chinese: 14-15 hours
French: 12 hours
German: 12 hours
Spanish: 12 hours
English: 9 hours
Total Hours15-21

Museum Studies Certificate

The Museum Studies Certificate exposes students to the array of occupations in the museum industry and provides them opportunity to add an experiential component to their academic education. The certificate is available to upper division undergraduate and graduate students who have completed the introductory course, seminar, internship, and methods and elective courses in their field of study.

The Museum Studies Certificate complements the existing frameworks of department majors. Students will take two or three (depending on variable major requirements) classes (including HIST 4020/5020 (960:125g)/ANTH 3440/5440 (990:125g) Introduction to Museum Studies  and ARTHIST 4003/5003/HIST 4003/5003 Collections Care and Management hosted by UNI Gallery of Art and UNI Museum), as well as an internship with a community partner. These internships and electives for the Museum Studies Certificate may be counted towards their major electives and/or university electives. For example, Textile and Apparel requires internships as part of the major; the internship requirements of the MSC will complement that major requirement. HIST 4020/5020 (960:125g)/ANTH 3440/5440 (990:125g) Introduction to Museum Studies  and ARTHIST 4003/5003/HIST 4003/5003 Collections Care and Management with UNI Gallery of Art and UNI Museum will be available every year.

The introductory course is taught by faculty in the History department, the seminar in collections care and management is conducted through the Art department by UNI Gallery of Art in conjunction with UNI Museum. Department faculty liaisons in students’ major departments define the methods and elective curricula and oversee their students’ museum internship.

HIST 4020/5020 (960:125g)Introduction to Museum Studies3
or ANTH 3440/5440 (990:125g) Introduction to Museum Studies
HIST 4003/5003Collections Care and Management3
or ARTHIST 4003/5003 Collections Care and Management
Major Department - External Museums Internship (see internship options below)3-4
Major Department - Methods (see methods options below)3-4
Major Department - Electives (see elective options below)3-4
Total Hours15-18
Internship Options:
(Internships are specific to each department and are conducted at an institution that identifies as a museum.)
ANTH 4485Anthropology Internship3
ART 3179 Cooperative Internship3
ART 4186/5186 Studies in:3
BIOL 3179 (840:179)Cooperative Education3
EARTHSCI 3179 Cooperative Internship3
HIST 3179 Cooperative Internship3
HIST 4030/5030 (960:132g)Internship in Historical Studies3
HIST 4186/5186 Studies in:3
TEXDSGN 4195 (31T:195)Internship in Textile and Apparel4
RTNL 4510Internship in Recreation, Tourism and Nonprofit Leadership3-4
Methods Options:
ANTH 3431/5431 (990:171g)Interpreting the Archaeological Record3
ANTH 3450 (990:172)Archaeological Fieldwork3
ARTHIST 4000/5000 (600:138g)Research Methods and Writing in Art History3
ART 4300/5300 (600:192g)Seminar: Critical Issues in Contemporary Art3
BIOL 3106 (840:106)Vertebrate Anatomy4
BIOL 3112 (840:112)Invertebrate Zoology4
BIOL 3170 (840:170)Entomology3
BIOL 4164/5164 (840:164g)Mammalogy4
BIOL 4166/5166 (840:166g)Plant Systematics4
EARTHSCI 1100 (870:010)Astronomy3
EARTHSCI 3210/5210 (870:121g)Meteorology4
EARTHSCI 3328 (870:125)Fossils and Evolution4
EARTHSCI 3325/5325 (870:136g)Sedimentary Geology4
HIST 4010/5010 (960:106g)Introduction to Public History3
RTNL 4552/5552Theory and Practice of Outdoor Education3
TEXDSGN 2004 (31T:116)History of Costume3
Elective Options:
ANTH 3501 (990:145)Research Experience in Anthropology3
ARTHIST: Any Art History 4000-level course3
BIOL 2051 (840:051)General Biology: Organismal Diversity4
BIOL 3100 (840:100)Evolution, Ecology and the Nature of Science3
BIOL 3106 (840:106)Vertebrate Anatomy4
BIOL 3112 (840:112)Invertebrate Zoology4
BIOL 3118Marine Biology3
BIOL 3120 (840:120)Plant Diversity and Evolution4
BIOL 3160 (840:160)Field Zoology of Vertebrates4
BIOL 3170 (840:170)Entomology3
BIOL 4164/5164 (840:164g)Mammalogy4
BIOL 4166/5166 (840:166g)Plant Systematics4
BIOL 4167/5167 (840:167g)Conservation Biology3
EARTHSCI 3110/5110 (870:154g)Observational Astronomy2
EARTHSCI 3220/5220 (870:122g)Weather Analysis and Forecasting3
EARTHSCI 3330/5330 (870:141g)Geomorphology4
EARTHSCI 3340/5340 (870:165g)Oceanography3
HIST: Any History 4000-level course3
TEXDSGN 1002 (31T:013)Textile Science3
RTNL 2130Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector3
RTNL 3121Philosophical Foundations of Recreation, Tourism and Nonprofit Leadership3
RTNL 4320Financial Resource Management in Recreation, Tourism and Nonprofit Leadership3
TEXDSGN 2007 (31T:014)Apparel Assembly and Technical Design3

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 at least three 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 Course:
TECH 1015Introduction to Sustainability3
Content Area Electives - four electives must be chosen from at least 3 content streams using advisor's guidance 11-12
Natural and Biological Environments
BIOL 4105/5105 (840:105g)Wildlife Ecology and Management4
BIOL 4108/5108Biodiversity Conservation Policy3
BIOL 4167/5167 (840:167g)Conservation Biology3
EARTHSCI 1300 (870:031)Introduction to Geology4
GEOG 2210 (970:028)Modern Climate Change: Evidence and Predictions3
GEOG 3310 (970:164)Geographic Information Systems I3
GEOG 4310/5310 (970:170g)GIS Applications: (Variable Topic)3
PH 3689Seminar in Health Promotion3
PH 4665/5665Environmental Health Science3
PH 4667/5667Human Toxicology for Environmental and Occupational Health: Principles and Applied Case Studies3
Mathematical and Economic Dimensions of Sustainability
ACCT 2130 (120:031)Principles of Managerial Accounting3
ACCT 3130 (120:131)Cost Accounting3
BIOL 4157/5157 (840:157g)Biostatistics3
ECON 3225/5225 (920:123g)Environmental Economics3
MKTG 3163 (130:161)Distribution and Logistics3
MGMT 3167Global Supply Chain Management3
STAT 3771/5771 (800:121g)Applied Statistical Methods for Research3
TEXDSGN 3011 (31T:119)Fashion Trend Analysis3
Urban Environments and Technology
CAP 3140 (CAP:140)Environment, Technology, and Society2
GEOG 3220 (970:100)Environmental Geography: Variable Topic3
GEOG 4190/5190 (970:117g)Transportation Planning and Policy3
GEOG 4170/5170 (970:168g)Regional Analysis and Planning3
GEOG 4250/5250 (970:185g)Laboratory Methods in Environmental Geography3
INTDSGN 1001 (31I:065)Introduction to Interior Design3
PHYSICS 4300/5300 (880:152g)Introduction to Electronics4
PHYSICS 4310/5310 (880:154g)Physical Computing4
TECH 1010 (330:010)Metal Removal Processes3
TECH 3102 (330:102)Living in Our Techno-Social World3
or CAP 3102 (CAP:102) Living in Our Techno-Social World
TECH 3148 (330:148)Machine Design3
TECH 3180 (330:180)Lean and Sustainable Operations3
Sustainable Tourism and Outdoor Recreation
RTNL 3778/5778Community Based Tourism3
RTNL 4554/5554Managing Recreation Impacts on the Natural Environment3
RTNL 4776/5776Eco, Adventure and Sport Tourism3
Teacher Education in Sustainability and Environmental Literacy
ELEMECML 4142/5142 (210:142g)Sustainability Applications in Elementary STEM3
RTNL 4552/5552Theory and Practice of Outdoor Education3
Social, Philosophical, and Political Dimensions of Sustainability
CAP 3194 (CAP:194)Perspectives on Death and Dying3
ENGLISH 4110/5110Environmental Literature3
HIST 4170/5170U.S. Environmental History3
PH 4666/5666Environmental and Occupational Health Regulations3
PHIL/RELS 2550Environmental Ethics3
PHIL/RELS 3510/CAP 3173 (CAP:173)Bio-Medical Ethics3
Total Certificate Hours14-15
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 csbs.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
Public Health and Education:
Introduction to Women's Health
Selected Topics in 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 and Media:
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
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