Interdisciplinary Programs


Leadership ClassMajors:

General Studies
Gerontology  (also listed in School of Applied Human Sciences)
Global Studies
Individual Studies
Liberal Studies, Bachelor of


Educational Studies
Gerontology  (also listed in School of Applied Human Sciences)
International Business
International Business  (Non-Business Majors)
Russian and East European Studies
Women's and Gender Studies

Certificate Program:

International Business, Culture, and Language
Leadership Foundations
Conflict Resolution Certificate
Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies

(Click major/minor/certificate title to see typical courses for the program)

Graduate Majors (M.A.)

Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development
Women’s and Gender Studies

The University of Northern Iowa offers several majors that are considered “interdisciplinary,” meaning the programs are not offered under a specific department, but rather by several committees, departments or colleges at the university.

Interdisciplinary majors are designed to meet the growing needs and interests of students who wish to obtain broad knowledge in several fields.

Humanities, B.A.

UNI’s humanities major encourages students to create a course of study to bridge the gaps between the traditional departments with their more narrowly defined programs of study. Students are encouraged to pursue a coherent cross-disciplinary program involving history, literature, arts and ideas.

Students, working with their advisor, create their own programs of study. The major is designed to allow broad flexibility in fashioning a program of humanistic studies, but courses selected must have a distinctly cultural and art-related emphasis. Generally, the students choose the analytical rather than the production or performance aspects of the various arts studied. Thus, the program includes some chronological study, some critical discipline, as well as some experience in the doing of one of the arts.


Educational Studies Minor

The Educational Studies minor is intended for students who are interested in the intersection of learning, education and society. Coursework provides opportunities for students to study the learning process, the organization of schooling, its links to broader political and historical contexts, and the potential of educational systems to bring about social change. This interdisciplinary program is designed specifically for undergraduates not majoring in teacher education and is offered jointly by the College of Education, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the College of Business, and the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences.

Humanities, B.A.
Many humanities majors decide to continue their education in graduate studies, and a variety of programs in various departments have been open to them. Others enter the business world. In a recent survey, graduates praised the program for the preparation it provided for their work and for the enrichment it provided their later life experiences.
Russian and East European Studies Minor
  • Business: Career opportunities include positions in international trade, international banking, travel agencies, translation agencies, telephone companies, computer firms, journalism, radio-television news reporting, bookstores and publishing houses, international law and research institutions.

  • Education: Job possibilities include library science; elementary, secondary and college-level teaching; and teaching in schools in Russia.

  • Government: The U.S. government employs translators, editors, writers, analysts, researchers, librarians, foreign service and escort officers, as well as law enforcement personnel.

Unique Features: 
Humanities, B.A.
  • Courses taught by quality faculty in many departments

  • A focus on culture and the arts in a broad interdisciplinary, interdepartmental major

  • Several UNI scholarships with priority for Humanities majors

  • Varied opportunities for study abroad

  • Opportunities for course work at Iowa’s other Regents’ institutions

  • Constant new course options

  • Flexibility in creating a personalized program of study

  • Variety in seminar instruction

Scholarships & Awards: 

More information on department scholarships can found at Financial Aid.