Learning Outcomes

After completing any of the three tracks—applied human services, business studies, or health science—in the interdepartmental studies major, students will:

  • possess the mathematical skills to present and understand data and to create probability models, or to design, analyze, and interpret research using a correlational design;
  • understand how social and/or political issues shape economic behavior, or how key anthropological concepts assist in comprehending global or societal problems; and
  • synthesize key concepts or techniques related to the track they are pursuing.

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in interdepartmental studies requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including at least 36-41 s.h. of work for the major (total semester hours required depends on the track). Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the major and in all UI courses for the major. They also must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core.

Students choose one of four tracks for the major: applied human services, business studies, health science, or an individualized plan of study. The individualized plan of study track is selective; students must apply and be admitted to the track before they may declare it. The other three tracks are open; students may declare them without an application.

Students who choose the individualized plan of study track design their own major. Those who choose the applied human services track, business studies track, or health science track follow a preapproved study plan, which includes foundation courses and a selection of emphasis areas. The applied human services track offers three emphasis areas: aging services, community-based services, and corrections services. The business studies track offers three emphasis areas: organizational practice and perspectives, values and ethics, and arts management. The health science track offers six emphasis areas: multidisciplinary science, entrepreneurial, aging, global health, cultures of healing, and writing for the sciences.

Interdepartmental studies students who earn a second major may count a maximum of two courses from the second major toward the interdepartmental studies major. Students who earn the major in interdepartmental studies may earn the major in global health studies as long as they select an emphasis in interdepartmental studies other than the global health emphasis in the health science track.

Students majoring in interdepartmental studies may earn certificates in other programs, departments, or colleges. No more than 6 s.h. of course work may be applied toward both the major and the certificate.

Interdepartmental studies students who earn minors in other departments or programs may not count courses from the minors toward the interdepartmental studies major.

The B.A. with a major in interdepartmental studies requires the following course work.

Applied Human Services Track

Students in the applied human services track may not earn a minor in human relations. Students in this track may count courses that reside in another college outside the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) toward their residence requirement. For example, Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education courses (prefix RCE) offered through the College of Education will be accepted toward the CLAS residence requirement for students in the applied human services track.

The applied human services track requires 36-37 s.h. of work for the major. It provides a preapproved plan of study that combines a generalized psychology background with a choice of three emphasis areas: aging services, community-based services, and corrections services. Students who choose this track also have the option of proposing their own human services-related emphasis area to the faculty advisory committee.

Applied human services track students must complete foundation course work (24-25 s.h.) and one emphasis area (12 s.h.). They must complete a minimum of 15 s.h. of work for the major at the University of Iowa. The Academic Advising Center advises applied human services track students; contact the center for more information about requirements.

Foundation Courses24-25
Emphasis Area12
Total Hours36-37

Foundation Courses

Psychology core—both of these:
PSY:1001Elementary Psychology3
PSY:2811Research Methods and Data Analysis in Psychology I3
Human relations core—all of these:
CCCC:2220Foundations of Critical Cultural Competence3
or RCE:4197 Citizenship in a Multicultural Society
RCE:4195Ethics in Human Relations and Counseling3
RCE:4199Counseling for Related Professions3
Psychology electives—three of these:
PSY:2301Introduction to Clinical Psychology3
PSY:2401Introduction to Developmental Science3
PSY:2501Introduction to Social Psychology3
PSY:2601Introduction to Cognitive Psychology3
PSY:2701Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience4

Aging Services Emphasis

Students who choose the aging services emphasis area may not earn the Certificate in Aging and Longevity Studies.

Students must earn 12 s.h. in their chosen emphasis area. Students who choose the aging services emphasis must complete the foundation component (3 s.h.), the elective component (9 s.h.), and the internship (0 s.h.).

Foundation Component

This course:
ASP:1800/CSD:1800/NURS:1800/SSW:1800/TR:1800Aging Matters: Introduction to Gerontology3

Elective Component

Select 9 s.h. of electives from these:
ASP:2000/ARTS:2000/EDTL:2000/RHET:2000Big Ideas: Creativity for a Lifetime3
ASP:2181/ANTH:2181/GHS:2181The Anthropology of Aging3
ASP:3135/GHS:3050/SSW:3135Global Aging3
ASP:3150Psychology of Aging3
ASP:3151/ANTH:3151/GHS:3151The Anthropology of the Beginnings and Ends of Life3
ASP:3152/ANTH:3152/GHS:3152Anthropology of Caregiving and Health3
ASP:3160Biology of Aging3
ASP:3300Mapping the Creative Legacy3
ASP:3519/POLI:3519Politics of Aging3
ASP:3610/GWSS:3610/RHET:3610Writing in the Presence of Death: Rhetoric, Narrative, and Hospice3
ASP:3740/MED:3740/NURS:3740/PHAR:3740End-of-Life Care for Adults and Families3
ASP:3786/SSW:3786Death/Dying: Issues Across the Life Span3-4
ASP:4165/CSD:4165Communication Disorders and Aging2
CW:3107/INTD:3107Creative Writing for the Health Professions3
HHP:4470Physiology of Aging3
PSY:2930Abnormal Psychology: Health Professions3

Internship

One of these:
CCP:1005Internship in Liberal Arts and Sciences0
INTD:4099Interdepartmental Studies Practicumarr.

Community-Based Services Emphasis

Students must earn 12 s.h. in their chosen emphasis area. Students who choose the community-based services emphasis complete the elective component (12 s.h.) and the internship (0 s.h.).

Elective Component

Select 12 s.h. of electives from these:
PSQF:1027Mindfulness Foundations in the Helping Professions3
PSY:2930Abnormal Psychology: Health Professions3
RCE:4130Human Sexuality3
RCE:4132Introduction to Addictions and Impulse Control Disorders3
RCE:4140Foundations of Leadership for Community Agencies3
RCE:4145/PSQF:4145Marriage and Family Interaction3
RCE:4162/PSQF:4162Introduction to Couple and Family Therapy3
RCE:4173Trauma Across the Lifespan3
RCE:4174Positive Psychology3
RCE:4175Motivational Interviewing3
RCE:4177Life After Service: Veterans in College3
RCE:4178Microcounseling1-3
RCE:4179Sexuality Within the Helping Professions3
RCE:4180Topical Seminar for Helping Professionalsarr.
RCE:4185Introduction to Substance Abuse3
RCE:4187/EDTL:4987Introduction to Assistive Technology3
RCE:4190Group Processes for Related Professions3
RCE:4191Advocacy: Awareness, Assertiveness, and Activismarr.
RCE:4192Group Leadership in Human Sexuality0-3
RCE:4193Individual Instruction - Undergraduatearr.
RCE:4194Interpersonal Effectiveness3
SSW:3712/NURS:3712Human Sexuality, Diversity, and Society1-3
SSW:3729Substance Use and Abuse3

Internship

One of these:
CCP:1005Internship in Liberal Arts and Sciences0
INTD:4099Interdepartmental Studies Practicumarr.

Corrections Services Emphasis

Students in the correction services emphasis area may not earn a major or a minor in sociology or criminology, law and justice.

Students must earn 12 s.h. from their chosen emphasis area. Students who choose the corrections services emphasis must complete the foundation component (3-4 s.h.), the elective component (9 s.h.), and the internship (0 s.h.). The elective component must include 6 s.h. earned in courses numbered 3000 or above.

Foundation Component

One of these:
SOC:1010Introduction to Sociology3-4
SOC:1020Social Problems3-4

Elective Component

Select 9 s.h. of electives from the following lists of lower level and advanced courses, with a minimum of 6 s.h. from the advanced courses list.

Lower-level courses—maximum of 3 s.h. from these:
ANTH:1101/IS:1101Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH:2100Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems3
CRIM:1410Introduction to Criminology3
CRIM:1447Introduction to the Criminal Justice System3
CRIM:2430Comparative Criminal Justice Systems3
CRIM:2460Policing in Modern Society3
MGMT:2000Introduction to Law3
PSY:2930Abnormal Psychology: Health Professions3
SOC:1022/SSW:1022Social Justice and Social Welfare in the United States3
SOC:1420Law and Society3
SOC:2810Social Inequality3
Advanced courses—at least 6 s.h. from these:
ANTH:3101/GWSS:3101Anthropology of Sexuality3
CRIM:3250Drugs, Deviance, and Social Control3
CRIM:3350Criminals in the Making: A Life Course Approach3
CRIM:3415Global Criminology3
CRIM:3416Race, Crime, and Justice3
CRIM:3417Community Corrections3
CRIM:3420Juvenile Delinquency3
CRIM:3425/GWSS:3425Women, Crime, and Justice3
CRIM:3437American Crime3
CRIM:3450Criminal Legal System3
CRIM:4400Internship in Criminal Justice and Corrections3
CRIM:4420Criminal Punishment3
CRIM:4430Interpersonal Violence in Society3
CRIM:4440Sociology of White-Collar Crime3
CRIM:4450Juvenile Justice: A Sociolegal Perspective3
CRIM:4460Sociology of Law3
CRIM:4470Communities and Crime3
CRIM:4901Advanced Topics in Criminology, Law, and Justice3
GWSS:3005Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies Practicum3-4
RCE:4176Child Abuse: Assessment, Intervention, and Advocacy3
SOC:3171Drugs and Society3
SOC:3220Sociology of Mental Illness3
SSW:3796Family Violence2-3

Internship

One of these:
CCP:1005Internship in Liberal Arts and Sciences0
INTD:4099Interdepartmental Studies Practicumarr.

Business Studies Track

Students in the business studies track may not earn a business administration minor.

The business studies track requires a minimum of 36 s.h. of work for the major. It provides a preapproved plan of study that combines a generalized business background with a choice of three emphasis areas: organizational practice and perspectives, values and ethics, and arts management. Students who choose this track also have the option of proposing their own business-related emphasis area to the faculty advisory committee.

Business studies track students must complete foundation course work (at least 11 s.h.), business electives (at least 10 s.h.), and one emphasis area (15 s.h.). They must complete a minimum of 15 s.h. of work for the major at the University of Iowa. The Academic Advising Center advises business studies track students; contact the center for more information about requirements.

Foundation Courses11-12
Business Electives10-12
Emphasis Area15
Total Hours36-39

Foundation Courses

Foundational math—one of these:
MATH:1020Elementary Functions4
MATH:1340Mathematics for Business4
MATH:1380Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business4
MATH:1440Mathematics for the Biological Sciences4
MATH:1460Calculus for the Biological Sciences4
MATH:1550Engineering Mathematics I: Single Variable Calculus4
MATH:1850Calculus I4
Foundational statistics—one of these:
STAT:1020/PSQF:1020Elementary Statistics and Inference3
STAT:1030Statistics for Business4
STAT:2020Probability and Statistics for the Engineering and Physical Sciences3
STAT:3510/IGPI:3510Biostatistics3
STAT:4143/PSQF:4143Introduction to Statistical Methods3
Foundational economics—one of these:
ECON:1100Principles of Microeconomics4
ECON:1200Principles of Macroeconomics4

Business Electives

Students complete four electives (at least 10 s.h.) from the following list.

ACCT:2100Introduction to Financial Accounting3
ACCT:2200Managerial Accounting3
ECON:2800Statistics for Strategy Problems3
ENTR:1350Foundations in Entrepreneurship2
FIN:3000Introductory Financial Management3
MGMT:2000Introduction to Law3
MGMT:2100Introduction to Management3
MSCI:3000Operations Management3
MKTG:3000Introduction to Marketing Strategy3
May include one of these:
CS:1020Principles of Computing3
MSCI:1500Business Computing Essentials2

Organizational Practice and Perspectives Emphasis

Students must earn 15 s.h. in their chosen emphasis area. Students who choose the organizational practice and perspectives emphasis must complete at least one course from each of four components (speaking and writing, communication and media, cultural diversity, and entrepreneurship). The required 15 s.h. must include 9 s.h. earned in advanced courses. Advanced courses for each component are listed below.

Speaking and Writing Component

At least one course from these or from the advanced courses:
CNW:1620Introduction to Creative Nonfiction3
CNW:2680The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction3
COMM:1112Interpersonal Communication3
COMM:1117Theory and Practice of Argument4
COMM:1130The Art of Persuading Others3
COMM:1814Elements of Debate3
COMM:1816Business and Professional Communication3
COMM:2821/EDTL:2821Oral Interpretation3
CW:1800Creative Writing Studio Workshop3
CW:2100Creative Writing3
CW:2870Fiction Writing3
LING:1030/WRIT:1030English Words3
RHET:2055/GWSS:2055Persuasion and Advocacy3
RHET:2065Persuading Different Audiences: Launching a Successful Career3
RHET:2085Speaking Skills3
RHET:2095Fundamental Strategies of Persuasion3
RHET:2620Body Language: Study of Movement and Gesture in Speaking3
THTR:1140Basic Acting3
THTR:2610/RHET:2610Acting for Success3
Advanced Courses
BUS:3800Business Writing3
CLSA:3742/WRIT:3742Word Power: Building English Vocabulary3
CNW:3600Issues in Creative Nonfiction3
CNW:3630Advanced Nonfiction Writing3
CNW:3632/WRIT:3632Prose Style3
CNW:3633Personal Writing3
CNW:3640Writing for Business and Industry3
CNW:4642Team Writing for Business3
CW:3210/INTD:3210Creative Writing and the Natural World3
CW:3215/INTD:3300Creative Writing and Popular Culture3
CW:3218/INTD:3200Creative Writing for New Media3
CW:4745/WRIT:4745The Sentence: Strategies for Writing3
CW:4760/WRIT:4760The Art of Revision: Rewriting Prose for Clarity and Impact3
GWSS:3138/RHET:3138/SJUS:3138Writing to Change the World3
INTD:3005/CW:3005Professional and Creative Business Communication3
LING:3001Introduction to Linguistics3
RHET:3085Advanced Speaking Skills3

Communication and Media Component

At least one course from these or from the advanced courses:
ANTH:1040/LING:1040Language Rights3
ANTH:1401Language, Culture, and Communication3
COMM:1301Core Concepts in Communication Studies3
COMM:1818Communication Skills for Leadership3
COMM:1819Organizational Leadership2-3
JMC:1100Media Uses and Effects3
JMC:1200Media History and Culture3
JMC:1500Social Media Today3
JMC:2200Principles of Strategic Communication3
JMC:2500Community Media3
LS:1020Introduction to Leadership3
Advanced Courses
COMM:1170Communication Theory in Everyday Life3
COMM:1174Media and Society3
ENGL:3182Digital Cultures and Literacies3
JMC:3100/FPC:3185Nonprofit and Fundraising Communication3
JMC:3101/FPC:3100Fundraising Fundamentals3
JMC:3125Media and Consumers3
JMC:3126Social Media Marketing3
JMC:3154/EVNT:3154Foundations of Event Management3
JMC:3181/SPST:3181The Business of Sport Communication3
JMC:3260/EVNT:3260Event Planning Workshop3
RCE:4111Building Leadership and Success at Work3
SOC:4225The Social Psychology of Leadership3

Cultural Diversity Component

At least one course from these or from the advanced courses:
AFAM:1020/AMST:1030Introduction to African American Culture3
AFAM:1030Introduction to African American Society3
AFAM:1250/RELS:1350Introduction to African American Religions3
AFAM:2070/COMM:2069Black Television Culture3
AFAM:2500Black Culture and Experience: Contemporary Issues3
AMST:1010Understanding American Cultures3
ANTH:2165/AMST:2165/NAIS:2165Native Peoples of North America3
CCCC:2220Foundations of Critical Cultural Competence3
DST:1101Introduction to Disability Studies3
ENGL:1350Literature and Sexualities3
ENGL:2460/AFAM:2781/POLI:2107Black Literature and Politics: Controversies of National Allegiance3
GWSS:1001Introduction to Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies3
GWSS:1002Diversity and Power in the U.S.3
HIST:1040Diversity in History3
HIST:2267/AFAM:2267African American History to 1877: From Slave Cabin to Senate Floor3
HIST:2280/LATS:2280/SPAN:2280Introduction to Latina/o Studies3
JMC:2600Freedom of Expression3
LING:2900Language, Gender, and Sexuality3
MUS:1009Jazz Cultures in America and Abroad3
MUS:1720History of Jazz3
MUS:2014/AFAM:2014Giants of Jazz: Miles, Trane, and Duke3
NAIS:1049/AMST:1049/HIST:1049Introduction to American Indian and Native Studies3
POLI:1601Introduction to Social Media and Politics3
POLI:1800Introduction to the Politics of Class and Inequality3
RELS:1350/AFAM:1250Introduction to African American Religions3
RELS:1810Happiness in a Difficult World3
RELS:2700/NAIS:2700Sacred World of Native Americans3
SOC:1310/GWSS:1310Gender and Society3-4
SOC:2810Social Inequality3
SPAN:2700/COMM:2800/IS:2700/LAS:2700/PORT:2700Introduction to Latin American Studies3
Advanced Courses
ENGL:3455Jewish American Literature3
HIST:4201/ASL:4201History of the American Deaf Community3
HIST:4203Disability in American History3
HIST:4216/LAS:4216Mexican American History3
JMC:3165/AFAM:3925African Americans and the Media3
RELS:3745/AFAM:3245Twentieth-Century African American Religion: Civil Rights to Hip-Hop3
SOC:3830Race and Ethnicity3
SSW:3712/NURS:3712Human Sexuality, Diversity, and Society1-3

Entrepreneurship Component

At least one of these (all are advanced courses):
ECON:3650Policy Analysis3
ENTR:2000Entrepreneurship and Innovation3
ENTR:3100Entrepreneurial Finance3
ENTR:3200Entrepreneurial Marketing3
ENTR:3300Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship3
ENTR:3400Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation3
ENTR:3500Social Entrepreneurship3
ENTR:3600E-Commerce Strategies for Entrepreneurs3
ENTR:4000Topics in Entrepreneurship2-3
ENTR:4200Entrepreneurship: Business Consulting3
ENTR:4300Entrepreneurship: Advanced Business Planning3
ENTR:4400Managing the Growth Business3
ENTR:4450Professional Sports Management3
ENTR:4460Entrepreneurship and Global Trade3
MGMT:3500/ENTR:3595/MUSM:3500/NURS:3595/RELS:3700/SSW:3500Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I3
MGMT:3600/NURS:3600/RELS:3701/SSW:3600Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II3

Values and Ethics Emphasis

Students must earn 15 s.h. in their chosen emphasis area. Students who choose the values and ethics emphasis must complete at least two courses from each of the two components (values and theories, institutions and policies).

Values and Theories Component

At least two of these:
JMC:2600Freedom of Expression3
PHIL:1033The Meaning of Life3
PHIL:1034Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness3
PHIL:2402Introduction to Ethics3
PHIL:2435Philosophy of Law3
POLI:1200Introduction to Political Behavior3
POLI:1300Introduction to Political Thought and Action3
POLI:3400Political Economy3
POLI:3700Strategy in Politics3
SOC:1420Law and Society3

Institutions and Policies Component

At least two of these:
CRIM:1410Introduction to Criminology3
CRIM:3450Criminal Legal System3
PHIL:1401Matters of Life and Death3
PHIL:2432Introduction to Political Philosophy3
POLI:3101American Constitutional Law and Politics3
POLI:3102The U.S. Congress3
POLI:3108American Political Development3
POLI:3111American Public Policy3
POLI:3116The Presidency3
POLI:3117Bureaucratic Politics and Public Administration3
POLI:3120The Criminal Justice System3
POLI:3121The Judicial Process3
POLI:3202Political Psychology3
SOC:2810Social Inequality3

Arts Management Emphasis

Students must earn 15 s.h. in their chosen emphasis area. Students who choose the arts management emphasis must complete two courses from the administration component, one course from the history component, 3 s.h. from the production component, and 3 s.h. from the elective component.

Administrative Component

Two of these:
INTD:4510/DPA:4510/ENTR:4510/THTR:4510Arts Leadership Seminar3
THTR:3510/DPA:3510/INTD:3510Introduction to Arts Management3
May include one of these:
ENTR:2000Entrepreneurship and Innovation3
THTR:3520/DPA:3520/ENTR:3520/INTD:3520New Ventures in the Arts3

History Component

One of these:
AMST:1075American Popular Music: Rock and Roll to 19803
ARTH:1010Art and Visual Culture3
ARTH:1020Masterpieces: Art in Historical and Cultural Perspectives3
ARTH:1030Themes in Global Art3
ARTH:1040Arts of Africa3
ARTH:1050From Cave Paintings to Cathedrals: Survey of Western Art I3
ARTH:1060From Mona Lisa to Modernism: Survey of Western Art II3
ARTH:1070/CHIN:1070Asian Art and Culture3
ARTH:1090Earthly Paradises: A Global History of Gardens3
ARTH:1095American Indian Art3
COMM:1168Media, Music, and Culture3
DANC:2060/DPA:2060Dance and Society in Global Contexts3
DANC:3060Dance History3
DPA:1412/DANC:1412/THTR:1412The Arts in Performance3
ENGL:2160Introduction to Drama3
MUS:1009Jazz Cultures in America and Abroad3
MUS:1066Introduction to Film Music3
MUS:1302Great Musicians3
MUS:1303Roots, Rock, and Rap: A History of Popular Music3
MUS:1310World Music3
MUS:1720History of Jazz3
MUS:1800/DPA:1800World of the Beatles3
MUS:2014/AFAM:2014Giants of Jazz: Miles, Trane, and Duke3
MUS:2311/LAS:2311Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3
MUSM:3001/ANTH:3001/EDTL:3001/SIED:3001Introduction to Museum Studies3
MUSM:3120Museum Origins3
THTR:1400Theatre and Society: Ancients and Moderns3
THTR:1401Theatre and Society: Romantics and Rebels3
THTR:1411Comedy and Society3
THTR:2410History of Theatre and Drama I3
THTR:2411History of Theatre and Drama II3
THTR:3440/ENGL:3440American Drama Since 19003

Production Component

Select 3 s.h. from these:
ARTS:1010Elements of Art3
ARTS:1020Elements of 3-D Design3
ARTS:1030Elements of Jewelry and Metal Arts3
ARTS:1050Elements of Printmaking3
ARTS:1060Elements of Digital Photography3
ARTS:1080Elements of Sculpture3
ARTS:1510Basic Drawing3
ARTS:1520Design Fundamentals3
DANC:1010Beginning Tap2
DANC:1020Beginning Jazz2
DANC:1030Beginning Ballet2
DANC:1040Beginning Modern Dance2
DANC:1050Beginning/Contact Improvisation2
DANC:1085/DPA:1085Introduction to Afro-Caribbean Dance Techniques2
DANC:1090Dance Production3
DANC:1120Continuing Jazz2
DANC:1130Continuing Ballet2
DANC:1140Continuing Modern Dance2
DANC:2020Intermediate Jazz2
DANC:2030Intermediate Ballet2
DANC:2040Intermediate Modern2
DANC:3030Major Ballet I3
DANC:3040Major Modern Dance I3
DANC:3080Music Essentials for Dance2
DANC:3530Major Ballet II1-2
DANC:3540Major Modern Dance II1-2
MUS:1001Group Piano I: Non-Music Majors1
MUS:1020Performance Instruction for Nonmajors1
MUS:1160University Band1
MUS:1165Hawkeye Marching Band1
MUS:1166Large Pep Band1
MUS:1176Women's Chorale1
MUS:1180All-University String Orchestra1
MUS:2020Lower Level Voicearr.
MUS:2021Lower Level Pianoarr.
MUS:2022Lower Level Organarr.
MUS:2023Lower Level Violinarr.
MUS:2024Lower Level Violaarr.
MUS:2025Lower Level Celloarr.
MUS:2026Lower Level String Bassarr.
MUS:2027Lower Level Flutearr.
MUS:2028Lower Level Oboearr.
MUS:2029Lower Level Clarinetarr.
MUS:2030Lower Level Bassoonarr.
MUS:2031Lower Level Saxophonearr.
MUS:2032Lower Level Hornarr.
MUS:2033Lower Level Trumpetarr.
MUS:2034Lower Level Trombonearr.
MUS:2035Lower Level Euphoniumarr.
MUS:2036Lower Level Tubaarr.
MUS:2037Lower Level Percussionarr.
MUS:2038Lower Level Jazz Guitar2
MUS:3154/DPA:3154Introduction to Afro-Cuban Drumming1
MUS:3160Symphony Band/Concert Band1
MUS:3163Intermediate Steel Band1
MUS:3170Kantorei1
MUS:3172Camerata Singers1
MUS:3174University Choir1
MUS:3180Orchestra1
MUS:3182Chamber Orchestra1
MUS:3730Jazz Band1
MUSM:3004Exhibition Planning3
THTR:1120Basic Acting for Language Learners3
THTR:1140Basic Acting3
THTR:2140Acting I3
THTR:2200Elements of Design3
THTR:2215Theatre Technology3
THTR:2301Playwriting I3
THTR:3221/DPA:3221Technology for the Entertainment Industry3

Elective Component

One of these:
ARTH:4081/MUSM:4081The Art Museum: Theory and Practice3
ARTS:3400Grant Writing in the Arts3
ENTR:3100Entrepreneurial Finance3
ENTR:3200Entrepreneurial Marketing3
INTD:3005/CW:3005Professional and Creative Business Communication3
JMC:2600Freedom of Expression3
MGMT:2100Introduction to Management (if not already used to fulfill foundation course work requirement)3
MGMT:3600/NURS:3600/RELS:3701/SSW:3600Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II3
MUSM:3001/ANTH:3001/EDTL:3001/SIED:3001Introduction to Museum Studies3
MUSM:3200/EES:3200Collection Care and Management3
MUSM:3500/ENTR:3595/MGMT:3500/NURS:3595/RELS:3700/SSW:3500Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I3
THTR:2610/RHET:2610Acting for Success3

Health Science Track

The health science track requires 37 s.h. of work for the major. It provides a preapproved plan of study that combines a generalized health background with a varied choice of emphasis areas: multidisciplinary science, entrepreneurial, aging, global health, cultures of healing, and writing for the sciences. Students who choose this track also have the option of proposing their own health science-related emphasis area to the faculty advisory committee.

Health science track students must complete foundation course work (at least 22 s.h.) and one emphasis area (15 s.h.). They must complete a minimum of 15 s.h. for the major at the University of Iowa. The Academic Advising Center advises health science track students; contact the center for more information about requirements.

Foundation Courses22-25
Emphasis Area15
Total Hours37-40

Foundation Courses

Students must complete at least 22 s.h. of foundation courses from the following.

Foundational chemistry:
CHEM:1070General Chemistry I3
or CHEM:1110 Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM:1080General Chemistry II3-4
or CHEM:1120 Principles of Chemistry II
Foundational biology—one of these:
BIOL:1140Human Biology4
BIOL:1141Introductory Animal Biology4
BIOL:1411Foundations of Biology4
Foundational math and statistics—one of these:
MATH:1020Elementary Functions4
MATH:1380Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business4
MATH:1440Mathematics for the Biological Sciences4
MATH:1460Calculus for the Biological Sciences4
MATH:1850Calculus I4
STAT:1020/PSQF:1020Elementary Statistics and Inference3
STAT:1030Statistics for Business4
STAT:3510/IGPI:3510Biostatistics3
STAT:4143/PSQF:4143Introduction to Statistical Methods3
Foundational social science—one of these:
ANTH:1101/IS:1101Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH:2100Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems3
PSY:1001Elementary Psychology3
SOC:1010Introduction to Sociology3-4
SOC:1020Social Problems3-4
Foundational science elective—one of these:
ACB:3110Principles of Human Anatomy3
BIOL:1412Diversity of Form and Function4
HHP:1100Human Anatomy3
HHP:1150Human Anatomy Lecture with Lab4
HHP:3105Anatomy for Human Physiology3
Foundational elective—one of these:
HHP:1300Fundamentals of Human Physiology3
HHP:1350Fundamentals of Human Physiology with Laboratory4
HHP:2200Physical Activity and Health3
HHP:2310Nutrition and Health3
HHP:3400Applied Exercise Physiology3
HHP:3500Human Physiology3
HHP:3550Human Physiology with Laboratory5
HHP:4440Physiology of Nutrition3
NURS:1030Human Development and Behavior3
PSY:2401Introduction to Developmental Science3
PSY:2701Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience4
SRM:1045Diversity and Inclusion in Healthy Living3

Multidisciplinary Science Emphasis

Students must earn 15 s.h. in their chosen emphasis area. Students who choose the multidisciplinary science emphasis must complete 15 s.h. from the following list.

ANTH:2164/GHS:2164Culture and Healing for Future Health Professionals3
ANTH:2320/GHS:2320Origins of Human Infectious Disease3
BIOC:3110Biochemistry3
BIOC:3120Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I3
BIOC:3130Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II3
BIOL:2211Genes, Genomes, and the Human Condition3
BIOL:2254Endocrinology3
BIOL:2512Fundamental Genetics4
BIOL:2723Cell Biology3
BIOL:2753Introduction to Neurobiology3
CLSA:3742/WRIT:3742Word Power: Building English Vocabulary3
CPH:1400Fundamentals of Public Health3
CW:3107/INTD:3107Creative Writing for the Health Professions3
MED:1100Introduction to Health Care Professions3
MICR:2157General Microbiology3
SOC:3510Medical Sociology3
SRM:3020/INTD:3027Nutrition in Health and Performance3
May include one of these:
CHEM:2210Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM:2230Organic Chemistry I for Majors3
May include one of these:
CHEM:2220Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM:2240Organic Chemistry II for Majors3
May include one of these:
CHEM:2410Organic Chemistry Laboratory3
CHEM:2420Organic Chemistry Laboratory for Majors3
May include one of these:
MICR:3112Pharmacy Microbiology4
MICR:3164Microbiology and Human Health4
May include one of these:
HHP:2310Nutrition and Health (if not used to fulfill foundation requirement)3
HHP:4440Physiology of Nutrition (if not used to fulfill foundation requirement)3
May include one of these:
PHYS:1511College Physics I4
PHYS:1611Introductory Physics I4
May include one of these:
PHYS:1512College Physics II4
PHYS:1612Introductory Physics II3-4

Entrepreneurial Emphasis

Students who chose the entrepreneurial emphasis area may not earn the Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management.

Students must earn 15 s.h. in their chosen emphasis area. Students who choose the entrepreneurial emphasis must complete 15 s.h. from the following list.

ACCT:2100Introduction to Financial Accounting3
BUS:3800Business Writing3
CNW:3640Writing for Business and Industry3
ECON:3650Policy Analysis3
ECON:3760Health Economics3
ENTR:1350Foundations in Entrepreneurship2
ENTR:2000Entrepreneurship and Innovation3
ENTR:3100Entrepreneurial Finance3
ENTR:3200Entrepreneurial Marketing3
ENTR:3300Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship3
ENTR:3400Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation3
ENTR:3500Social Entrepreneurship3
ENTR:3520/DPA:3520/INTD:3520/THTR:3520New Ventures in the Arts3
ENTR:3600E-Commerce Strategies for Entrepreneurs3
ENTR:3700Sustainable Product Innovation and Management3
ENTR:4000Topics in Entrepreneurship2-3
ENTR:4100International Entrepreneurship and Culture1-3
ENTR:4200Entrepreneurship: Business Consulting3
ENTR:4300Entrepreneurship: Advanced Business Planning3
ENTR:4400Managing the Growth Business3
ENTR:4450Professional Sports Management3
ENTR:4460Entrepreneurship and Global Trade3
ENTR:4510/DPA:4510/INTD:4510/THTR:4510Arts Leadership Seminar3
MGMT:2100Introduction to Management3
MGMT:3500/ENTR:3595/MUSM:3500/NURS:3595/RELS:3700/SSW:3500Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I3
MGMT:3600/NURS:3600/RELS:3701/SSW:3600Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II3
MKTG:3000Introduction to Marketing Strategy3

Aging Emphasis

Students who choose the aging emphasis area may not earn the Certificate in Aging and Longevity Studies or the minor in aging and longevity studies.

Students must earn 15 s.h. in their chosen emphasis area. Students who choose the aging emphasis must complete 15 s.h. from the following list.

ASP:1800/CSD:1800/NURS:1800/SSW:1800/TR:1800Aging Matters: Introduction to Gerontology3
ASP:2181/ANTH:2181/GHS:2181The Anthropology of Aging3
ASP:3135/GHS:3050/SSW:3135Global Aging3
ASP:3150Psychology of Aging3
ASP:3151/ANTH:3151/GHS:3151The Anthropology of the Beginnings and Ends of Life3
ASP:3152/ANTH:3152/GHS:3152Anthropology of Caregiving and Health3
ASP:3160Biology of Aging3
ASP:3300Mapping the Creative Legacy3
ASP:3519/POLI:3519Politics of Aging3
ASP:3610/GWSS:3610/RHET:3610Writing in the Presence of Death: Rhetoric, Narrative, and Hospice3
ASP:3740/MED:3740/NURS:3740/PHAR:3740End-of-Life Care for Adults and Families3
ASP:3786/SSW:3786Death/Dying: Issues Across the Life Span3
ASP:5750/HMP:5750Medicare and Medicaid Policy3
BIOL:2603Mechanisms of Aging3
CW:3107/INTD:3107Creative Writing for the Health Professions3

Global Health Emphasis

Students who choose the global health emphasis area may not earn the Certificate in Global Health Studies or the minor in global health studies.

Students must earn 15 s.h. in their chosen emphasis area. Students who choose the global health emphasis must complete 15 s.h. from the following list.

ANTH:1046/GEOG:1046/GWSS:1046Big Ideas: People and the Environment - Technology, Culture, and Social Justice3
GHS:1100/CLSA:1100/GRMN:1100/GWSS:1100/WLLC:1100Contraception Across Time and Cultures3
GHS:1181/CLSA:1181Ancient Medicine3
GHS:1290/AMST:1290/HIST:1290/NAIS:1290Native American Foods and Foodways3
GHS:2000/ANTH:2103Introduction to Global Health Studies3
GHS:2080/GWSS:2080The Cultural Politics of HIV-AIDS3
GHS:2110/GEOG:2110Seven Billion and Counting: Introduction to Population Dynamics3
GHS:2164/ANTH:2164Culture and Healing for Future Health Professionals3
GHS:2181/ANTH:2181/ASP:2181The Anthropology of Aging3
GHS:2260/RELS:2260Hard Cases in Healthcare at the Beginning of Life3
GHS:2320/ANTH:2320Origins of Human Infectious Disease3
GHS:3010/IGPI:3011Identifying and Developing a Global Health Project (only one enrollment may count toward major)2-3
GHS:3015/GWSS:3010Transnational Sexualities3
GHS:3020Proseminar in Global Health1
GHS:3030/CPH:3240Global Health Conference (only one enrollment may count toward major)1
GHS:3035Engaging in Global Health1
GHS:3040/ANTH:3111/LAS:3111Health in Mexico3
GHS:3050/ASP:3135/SSW:3135Global Aging3
GHS:3060Studies in Complementary and Alternative Medicine3
GHS:3070/GEOG:3070Hungry Planet: Global Geographies of Food3
GHS:3102/ANTH:3102/CBH:3102Medical Anthropology3
GHS:3110/ANTH:3110/NAIS:3110Health of Indigenous Peoples3
GHS:3111/GEOG:3110Geography of Health3
GHS:3113/ANTH:3113/ASIA:3561/RELS:3580Religion and Healing3
GHS:3131/RUSS:3131Health Care and Health Reforms in Russia3
GHS:3150/CBH:3150/JMC:3150Media and Health3
GHS:3151/ANTH:3151/ASP:3151The Anthropology of the Beginnings and Ends of Life3
GHS:3152/ANTH:3152/ASP:3152Anthropology of Caregiving and Health3
GHS:3170Visualizing Global Health Through Popular Fiction and Film3
GHS:3191Sustainable Development: India and the Global Context3
GHS:3192Environment and Health in Modern India3
GHS:3327/GWSS:3326The Politics of Progress: NGOs, Development, and Sexuality3
GHS:3500/CPH:3500Global Public Health3
GHS:3508/HIST:3508/LAS:3508Health in Latin America3
GHS:3555/HIST:3755/IS:3555Understanding Health and Disease in Africa3
GHS:3600Development in a Global Context I: Preparing for an Internship in Health, Gender, and Environment1
GHS:3700Development in a Global Context II: Reflections on Real World Interventions2
GHS:3720Contemporary Issues in Global Health (only one enrollment may count toward major)3
GHS:3760/GEOG:3760Hazards and Society3
GHS:3780/GEOG:3780/HIST:3240U.S. Energy Policy in Global Context3
GHS:3850/HHP:3850Promoting Health Globally3
GHS:4000Global Health Studies Service Learning: Local Health is Global Health4
GHS:4100Topics in Global Health1-3
GHS:4126/CEE:4788/PHAR:8788/THTR:4265International Perspectives: Xicotepec2-3
GHS:4140/ANTH:4140/CBH:4140/GWSS:4140Feminist Activism and Global Health3
GHS:4150/GEOG:4150/IGPI:4150Health and Environment: GIS Applications3
GHS:4160/HIST:4160History of Public Health3
GHS:4162/HIST:4162History of Global Health3
GHS:4180Climate Change and Health3
GHS:4230Health Experience of Immigrants, Migrants, and Refugees3
GHS:4340/HHP:4340Global Health and Global Food3
GHS:4530/CPH:4220/OEH:4530Global Road Safety3
GHS:4600Global Health and Human Rights2-3
GHS:4605/HIST:4605Disease, Politics, and Health in South Asia2-4
GHS:4900Approaches to Global Health Studies3
GHS:4990Independent Project in Global Health (only one enrollment may count toward major)arr.
SRM:3020/INTD:3027Nutrition in Health and Performance3

Cultures of Healing Emphasis

Students must earn 15 s.h. in their chosen emphasis area. Students who choose the cultures of healing emphasis must complete the foundation component (3 s.h.) and the elective component (12 s.h.). The elective component must include 6 s.h. earned in advanced courses.

Foundation Component

One of these:
CLSA:1181/GHS:1181Ancient Medicine3
CLSA:4181History of Western Medicine3

Elective Component

Students complete 12 s.h. of electives from the following lists of lower level and advanced courses, with a minimum of 6 s.h. from the advanced courses list.

Lower-level courses—maximum of 6 s.h. from these:
RELS:2700/NAIS:2700Sacred World of Native Americans3
RELS:2771/GWSS:2771Sexual Ethics3
RELS:3976/NAIS:3276American Indian Environmentalism3
Lower-level courses may include one of these:
ANTH:1101/IS:1101Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH:2100Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems3
Advanced courses—at least 6 s.h. from these:6
ANTH:2261Human Impacts on the Environment3
ANTH:3101/GWSS:3101Anthropology of Sexuality3
ANTH:3102/CBH:3102/GHS:3102Medical Anthropology3
ANTH:3103Environment and Culture3
ANTH:3110/GHS:3110/NAIS:3110Health of Indigenous Peoples3
ANTH:3111/GHS:3040/LAS:3111Health in Mexico3
ANTH:3300/GWSS:3300Mothers and Motherhood3
ANTH:4140/CBH:4140/GHS:4140/GWSS:4140Feminist Activism and Global Health3
CLSA:3440/RELS:3340Recovering Eden: The Afterlife in Early Judaism and Christianity3
CLSA:3750Medical and Technical Terminology2
CLSA:4181History of Western Medicine (if not used to fulfill foundation requirement)3
HIST:4201/ASL:4201History of the American Deaf Community3
HIST:4203Disability in American History3
HIST:4605/GHS:4605Disease, Politics, and Health in South Asia3
INTD:3020/HHP:3000Equity Issues in the Health Sciences3
INTD:3107/CW:3107Creative Writing for the Health Professions3
RELS:3580/ANTH:3113/ASIA:3561/GHS:3113Religion and Healing3
RELS:3666The History of a Religious and Spiritual Practice: Yoga in Asia and Beyond3

Writing for the Science Emphasis

Students must complete 15 s.h. in their emphasis area. Students who choose the writing for the sciences emphasis must complete the foundation component (6 s.h.) and the elective component (9 s.h.).

Foundation Component

One of these:
CLSA:1740/WRIT:1740Writing Strategies: Word Origins and Word Choice3
CLSA:3742/WRIT:3742Word Power: Building English Vocabulary3
One of these:
CNW:3632/WRIT:3632Prose Style3
CW:4745/WRIT:4745The Sentence: Strategies for Writing3
RHET:2095Fundamental Strategies of Persuasion3

Elective Component

Select 9 s.h. from these:
CNW:2730The Art and Craft of Science Writing3
CNW:3664Writing About Science3
CW:3107/INTD:3107Creative Writing for the Health Professions3
EALL:4130/MUSM:4150Introduction to Grant Writing3
HHP:3900Writing for Health and Human Physiology3
POLI:3107Writing in Political Science: Writing for "Science" and for "Politics"arr.
RHET:3140Nature and Society: Controversies and Images3
RHET:3610/ASP:3610/GWSS:3610Writing in the Presence of Death: Rhetoric, Narrative, and Hospice3
RHET:3700Advocacy and Sustainability: Crafting Stories of People, Place, and Resilience3

Individualized Plan of Study Track

The individualized plan of study track requires a minimum of 36 s.h. of work for the major, all taken at the University of Iowa. Students who choose this track build their own study plan, creating a unique major that speaks to interests across departments and that integrates varied approaches to a particular topic (e.g., aging studies, international business, children's studies, environmental issues, health issues).

Students must submit their study plan for approval. The plan must include an essay that provides a clear statement of the area of intellectual focus; the reasons for preferring the Interdepartmental Studies Program (ISP) to any departmental program; a concrete discussion of how the advanced courses relate to each other, to personal interests, and to the central focus of the study plan; a description of academic goals for the bachelor's degree; a list of advanced-level course work already completed; and a list of advanced-level course work planned for all remaining semesters.

Each study plan is approved by a faculty advisory committee. Reviews are held once a semester. Deadlines are posted on the Interdepartmental Studies Program website.

If the advisory committee does not grant approval, the study plan may be returned to a student for revisions and resubmission at the next committee meeting. In some cases, a student may be referred to an appropriate departmental major.

Once the study plan is approved, a student is required to follow the plan, taking the courses approved for it. A limited number of substitutions may be allowed, but only if they are clearly consistent with the area of intellectual focus in the approved study plan, and only if they are approved in advance by the ISP advisor. Unauthorized substitutions may be designated as elective course work.

Significant changes in the focus of a student's study plan require the submission and approval of a revised study plan. A student's academic advisor determines whether changes warrant a revised plan.

See the Interdepartmental Studies Program website for up-to-date information on the individualized plan of study track and rules for submission of study plans.

Students who choose the individualized plan of study track are advised by the ISP coordinator; they work closely with the Interdepartmental Studies Program office while designing the study plan. Students who intend to submit a study plan should contact the ISP coordinator as early as possible.

Honors in the Major

Students have the opportunity to graduate with honors in the major; they usually complete the honors requirements of a particular department or program appropriate to their area of study. Students should initiate inquiries about graduating with honors in the interdepartmental studies major by contacting the Interdepartmental Studies Program (ISP) coordinator; they should inquire early in their junior year to allow time for foundation course work. Students must submit an honors project approval form to the ISP coordinator.

University of Iowa Honors Program

In addition to honors in the major, students have opportunities for honors study and activities through membership in the University of Iowa Honors Program. Visit Honors at Iowa to learn about the University's honors program.

Membership in the UI Honors Program is not required to earn honors in the interdepartmental studies major.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core requirements provide students with a broad foundation of knowledge and a focused practice of transferable skills necessary for a lifetime of learning.

GE CLAS Core courses are particularly valuable for students making the transition into the University of Iowa. They help students understand the academic expectations of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences while providing the knowledge and skills needed for more advanced work in the major.

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who wish to earn an undergraduate degree—Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), or Bachelor of Music (B.M.)—must complete the requirements of the GE CLAS Core.

GE CLAS Core Areas and Requirements

The GE CLAS Core has 11 required areas, grouped into three categories. Students must fulfill the requirements in each GE CLAS Core area. The requirements below are for students who entered the University of Iowa during Summer 2017 or after. Students who entered during a previous semester are held to different requirements as indicated on a student's degree audit.

Communication and Literacy:

Natural, Quantitative, and Social Sciences:

Culture, Society, and the Arts:

Students may count transfer credit and/or credit by exam toward some GE CLAS Core requirements. See CLAS Core Policies for details regarding use of transfer credit, credit by exam, and other policies for how GE CLAS Core requirements may be fulfilled.

Communication and Literacy

Rhetoric

Rhetoric courses develop speaking, writing, listening, and critical reading skills and build competence in research, analysis, and argumentation.

All entering first-year students are required to complete RHET:1030 Rhetoric (4-5 s.h.). Because rhetorical skills lay the foundation for further study at the University, most students register for RHET:1030 during their first year at Iowa. Students in some majors, such as English or journalism and mass communication, enroll in RHET:1030 during their first semester.

Students who must enroll in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses as determined by their English proficiency evaluation must complete all ESL courses before they may register for RHET:1030 Rhetoric.

Students who have transfer credit in composition, speech, and argumentation but have not been granted an A.A. degree must complete the equivalent of RHET:1030 Rhetoric and often must take RHET:1040 Writing and Reading or RHET:1060 Speaking and Reading in addition to their transfer courses in composition and/or speech.

Each entering student's degree audit shows the course(s) that must be completed in order to fulfill the Rhetoric requirement.

The following courses are approved for the Rhetoric area.

RHET:1030Rhetoric4-5
RHET:1040Writing and Reading3
RHET:1060Speaking and Reading3

Transfer of Credit for Rhetoric

Transfer students who have been granted an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree from an Iowa community college, Waldorf College in Iowa, or Black Hawk College in Illinois have satisfied the Rhetoric requirement.

Transfer credit for students without an A.A. degree is evaluated as follows:

  • transfer students who have completed composition I, composition II, and speech at another institution have satisfied the GE CLAS Core Rhetoric requirement of RHET:1030 Rhetoric;
  • transfer students who have completed only composition I must complete RHET:1030 Rhetoric at the University of Iowa;
  • transfer students who have completed composition I and speech must complete RHET:1040 Writing and Reading at the University of Iowa;
  • transfer students who have completed only speech must complete RHET:1040 Writing and Reading at the University of Iowa;
  • transfer students who have completed composition I and II or only composition II must complete RHET:1060 Speaking and Reading at the University of Iowa;
  • for transfer students who have completed any other course at another institution that may be equivalent to RHET:1030 Rhetoric, the University of Iowa Office of Admissions examines the content of the course and decides on equivalency based on the content of that course, conferring with the Department of Rhetoric on the correct equivalency, if necessary.

Interpretation of Literature

Courses in the Interpretation of Literature area focus on the major genres of literature (short and long fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama), improving students' abilities to read and analyze a variety of texts. Small group discussions in these courses challenge students to think critically, to share insights, and to listen thoughtfully to the arguments of others.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of course work in the Interpretation of Literature area. The following courses are approved for the area.

CL:1510/ASIA:1510Ghost Stories and Tales of the Weird in Pre-Modern Chinese Literature3
ENGL:1200The Interpretation of Literature3
FREN:1005Texts and Contexts: French-Speaking World3
FREN:1007Nature/Ecology French Philosophy and Fiction3
HONR:1885Reading the Ancient City3

World Languages

GE CLAS Core courses in World Languages provide speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in a second language as well as knowledge of the cultures in which the language is spoken. To fulfill the GE CLAS Core requirement in World Languages, students may choose one of the following options:

complete four years of a single world language in high school; or

achieve the fourth level of proficiency in a world language by completing the appropriate sequence of courses offered at the University of Iowa; or

achieve the fourth level of proficiency by completing courses at another college or university or through study abroad; or

achieve an equivalent score on a related Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or other approved college-level examination accepted by the University of Iowa and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (see Credit By Exam Options on the Office of Admissions website); or

earn an equivalent score on both a UI written placement test and on a UI oral proficiency exam in a language taught at the University of Iowa (see World Languages Placement Test (WLPT) on the New Student Services website); or

earn an equivalent score on a proficiency exam in a language that is not taught at the University of Iowa (see Proficiency Examinations for Languages Not Taught at UI on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences website).

A fourth level of proficiency is equivalent to the successful completion of an intermediate II language course (or of a second-year second semester course, for example) as taught at the University of Iowa. Depending on a student's placement test results and the language taken, a student may need to take four semesters of a language, starting with a beginning course and ending with a second semester intermediate course. Other students may be able to start elsewhere in the language sequence and complete the GE World Language requirement by taking two or three courses. See "World Languages Placement Tests" under Placement Tests on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences website.

Semester hours earned for these courses vary by language. Students should be sure to take the placement test for the language of interest and should be aware of the course sequence required to fulfill the GE requirement in World Languages for that particular language.

Once the World Languages requirement is completed, a student may earn up to an additional 8 s.h. of college credit while studying a world language. See Furthering Language Incentive Program (FLIP) on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences website.

Students may use the following language course sequences to fulfill the World Languages requirement. To avoid duplication or regression, consult the appropriate language department before registering for courses.

American Sign Language

Courses in American Sign Language (ASL) are offered by the American Sign Language Program. The following sequence fulfills the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

ASL:1001American Sign Language I4
ASL:1002American Sign Language II4
ASL:2001American Sign Language III4
ASL:2002American Sign Language IV4

Students with previous knowledge of American Sign Language should consult the ASL program for placement.

Arabic

Courses in Arabic are offered by the Department of French and Italian. The following sequence fulfills the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

ARAB:1001Elementary Modern Standard Arabic I5
ARAB:1002Elementary Modern Standard Arabic II5
ARAB:2001Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I5
ARAB:2002Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic II5

Students with previous knowledge of Arabic should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Chinese

Courses in Chinese are offered by the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures. For students without previous knowledge of Chinese, the department recommends the following sequence to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

CHIN:1111First-Year Chinese: First Semester5
CHIN:1112First-Year Chinese: Second Semester5
CHIN:2101Second-Year Chinese: First Semester5
CHIN:2102Second-Year Chinese: Second Semester5

Students may use varied combinations of Chinese language courses approved to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. Heritage learners and students who have studied Chinese abroad may be able to fulfill the requirement by substituting CHIN:2103 Accelerated Second-Year Chinese: First Semester and CHIN:2104 Accelerated Second-Year Chinese: Second Semester for CHIN:2101 and CHIN:2102. Consult the department for more information.

French

Courses in French are offered by the Department of French and Italian. For students without previous knowledge of French, the department recommends the following sequence to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

FREN:1001Elementary French I4-5
FREN:1002Elementary French II4-5
FREN:2001Intermediate French I5
FREN:2002Intermediate French II5

Students may use varied combinations of French language courses approved to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. Those with previous knowledge of French may be able to fulfill the requirement by substituting FREN:1010 First-Year French Review for FREN:1001 and FREN:1002 in the sequence above. Some students may be evaluated as ready for FREN:2001 or FREN:2002. Consult the department for appropriate placement.

German

Courses in German are offered by the Department of German. For students without previous knowledge of German, the department recommends the following sequence to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

GRMN:1001Elementary German I4
GRMN:1002Elementary German II4
GRMN:2001Intermediate German I4
GRMN:2002Intermediate German II4

Students may use varied combinations of German language courses approved to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. Those with previous knowledge of German may be able to fulfill the requirement by substituting GRMN:1010 First-Year German Review for GRMN:1001 and GRMN:1002 in the sequence above. Some students may be evaluated as ready for GRMN:2001 or GRMN:2002. Consult the department for appropriate placement.

The department also offers accelerated intensive courses, GRMN:1020 Intensive Elementary German and GRMN:2020 Intensive Intermediate German, which may be appropriate for students with strong language learning abilities or experience. The intensive courses may be combined with nonintensive courses to create other sequences that may be used to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. Consult the department to identify an appropriate course sequence.

Greek

Courses in Greek are offered by the Department of Classics. Students without previous knowledge of Greek should fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement with the following sequence.

CLSG:1001Classical and New Testament Greek I3-5
CLSG:1002Classical and New Testament Greek II3-5
CLSG:2001Second-Year Greek I3
CLSG:2002Second-Year Greek II3

Students with previous knowledge of Greek should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Italian

Courses in Italian are offered by the Department of French and Italian. Students without previous knowledge of Italian should fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement with the following sequence.

ITAL:1101Elementary Italian I5
ITAL:1102Elementary Italian II5
ITAL:2203Intermediate Italian I4
ITAL:2204Intermediate Italian II4

Students with strong language learning abilities or a background in another Romance language may be able to complete the requirement by substituting ITAL:3002 Intensive Elementary Italian for ITAL:1101 and ITAL:1102 in the sequence above. Consult the department for appropriate placement.

Japanese

Courses in Japanese are offered by the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures. For students without previous knowledge of Japanese, the department recommends the following sequence to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

JPNS:1001First-Year Japanese: First Semester5
JPNS:1002First-Year Japanese: Second Semester5
JPNS:2001Second-Year Japanese: First Semester5
JPNS:2002Second-Year Japanese: Second Semester5

Students may use varied combinations of Japanese language courses approved to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. Those with previous knowledge of Japanese should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Korean

Courses in Korean are offered by the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures. For students without previous knowledge of Korean, the department recommends the following sequence to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

KORE:1101First-Year Korean: First Semester4
KORE:1102First-Year Korean: Second Semester4
KORE:2101Second-Year Korean: First Semester4
KORE:2102Second-Year Korean: Second Semester4

Students with previous knowledge of Korean should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Latin

Courses in Latin are offered by the Department of Classics. Students without previous knowledge of Latin should fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement with the following sequence. Students must take both CLSL:2001 and CLSL:2002 in order to fulfill the World Languages requirement. These courses require a similar knowledge of Latin, but one focuses on poetry and the other on prose. Other world languages permit a student to complete the last courses in the sequence to meet the GE CLAS Core requirement since the final course is more difficult than the previous ones. This is not true with the Latin sequence, and thus, both courses must be successfully completed.

CLSL:1001Elementary Latin I3-5
CLSL:1002Elementary Latin II3-5
CLSL:2001World of Cicero3
CLSL:2002Golden Age of Roman Poetry3

Students with previous knowledge of Latin should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Portuguese

Courses in Portuguese are offered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Two sequences in Portuguese are approved to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. All courses are open to entering first-year students.

PORT:2000Accelerated Elementary Portuguese5
PORT:2500Accelerated Intermediate Portuguese5

Students may also substitute PORT:2010 Elementary Portuguese I and PORT:2015 Elementary Portuguese II for PORT:2000 in the sequence above.

Students with previous knowledge of Portuguese should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Russian

Courses in Russian are offered by the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures. Students without previous knowledge of Russian should fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement with the following sequence.

RUSS:1111First-Year Russian I5
RUSS:1112First-Year Russian II5
RUSS:2111Second-Year Russian I4
RUSS:2112Second-Year Russian II4

Students with previous knowledge of Russian should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Sanskrit

Courses in Sanskrit are offered by the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures. Students without previous knowledge of Sanskrit should fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement with the following sequence. Each of these courses is open to entering first-year students.

SOAS:2901/CLSA:2901First-Year Sanskrit: First Semester4
SOAS:2902/CLSA:2902First-Year Sanskrit: Second Semester4
SOAS:3901/CLSA:3901Second-Year Sanskrit: First Semester3
SOAS:3902/CLSA:3902Second-Year Sanskrit: Second Semester3

Students with previous knowledge of Sanskrit should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Spanish

Courses in Spanish are offered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. For students without previous knowledge of Spanish, the department recommends the following sequence to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

SPAN:1001Elementary Spanish I5
SPAN:1002Elementary Spanish II5
SPAN:1501Intermediate Spanish I5
SPAN:1502Intermediate Spanish II5

Students may use varied combinations of Spanish language courses to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. Those with previous knowledge of Spanish may be able to fulfill the requirement by substituting SPAN:1003 Elementary Spanish Review for SPAN:1001 and SPAN:1002 in the sequence above.

The accelerated course SPAN:1503 Accelerated Intermediate Spanish, which combines SPAN:1501 and SPAN:1502, may be appropriate for some students.

Iowa Center for Higher Education students may use the following sequence to fulfill the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement.

CLAS:1002Elementary Spanish I4
CLAS:1003Elementary Spanish II4
CLAS:1501Intermediate Spanish I3
CLAS:1502Intermediate Spanish II3

Students with previous knowledge of Spanish should take the language placement test in Spanish to help determine proper placement.

Swahili

Courses in Swahili are offered by the Department of French and Italian. The following sequence fulfills the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement. Each of these courses is open to entering first-year students.

SWAH:1001Elementary Swahili I4
SWAH:1002Elementary Swahili II4
SWAH:2001Intermediate Swahili I4
SWAH:2002Intermediate Swahili II4

Students with previous knowledge of Swahili should consult the department for appropriate placement.

Other Course Sequences

A student who successfully completes a four-semester world language sequence that has not been approved for the GE CLAS Core may have the sequence substituted for a proficiency test to fulfill the GE CLAS Core requirement.

Students who complete a world language sequence this way should notify the department that offers the sequence; the department will contact Graduation Analysis in the Office of the Registrar, which will update a student's degree audit to show fulfillment of the World Languages requirement.

Natural, Quantitative, and Social Sciences

Natural Sciences

Courses in the Natural Sciences area explore the scope and major concepts of a scientific discipline. Students learn the attitudes and practices of scientific investigators: logic, precision, experimentation, tentativeness, and objectivity. In courses with a laboratory component, students gain experience in the methods of scientific inquiry.

All students must complete at least 7 s.h. of course work in the Natural Sciences area, including at least one natural science lab component. The following courses are approved for the area; courses with a lab component are noted "(lab)."

ANTH:1301Human Origins3
ASTR:1060/BIOL:1060/EES:1060Big Ideas: Origins of the Universe, Earth, and Life3
ASTR:1070Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
ASTR:1079Introductory Astronomy Laboratory (lab)1
ASTR:1080Exploration of the Solar System (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
ASTR:1091Life in the Universe3
ASTR:1771General Astronomy I (lab)4
ASTR:1772General Astronomy II (lab)4
BIOL:1061/ANTH:1061/ASTR:1061/EES:1061Big Ideas: Evolution of Life on Earth and the Search for Life in the Universe (lab)4
BIOL:1140Human Biology (lab)4
BIOL:1141Introductory Animal Biology (lab)4
BIOL:1251How the Brain Works (and Why it Doesn't)3
BIOL:1260Plants and Human Affairs2-3
BIOL:1261Introduction to Botany (lab)4
BIOL:1311/ANTH:1310Human Genetics in the Twenty-First Century3
BIOL:1370Understanding Evolution (formerly Ecology and Evolution)3
BIOL:1411Foundations of Biology (lab)4
BIOL:1412Diversity of Form and Function (lab)4
CHEM:1050Technology and Society3
CHEM:1060Technology and Society Laboratory (lab)1
CHEM:1070General Chemistry I3
CHEM:1080General Chemistry II3
CHEM:1100Chemistry in Industry and the Economy3
CHEM:1110Principles of Chemistry I (lab)4
CHEM:1120Principles of Chemistry II (lab)4
CHEM:1160Principles of Chemistry Lab (lab)2
CHEM:1180Chemical Science I3
CHEM:1190Chemical Science II3
CHEM:1200Chemical Science Laboratory (lab)2
EES:1030/CEE:1030Introduction to Earth Science (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
EES:1031/CEE:1031Introduction to Earth Science Laboratory (lab; students must have previously completed EES:1030/CEE:1030 without the lab)1
EES:1040Evolution and the History of Life (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
EES:1050Introduction to Geology (lab)4
EES:1070Age of Dinosaurs (lab)4
EES:1080/ENVS:1080Introduction to Environmental Science (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.; not for students who have taken EES:1085 or ENVS:1085)3-4
EES:1085/ENVS:1085Fundamentals of Environmental Science (lab; not for students who have taken EES:1080 or ENVS:1080)4
EES:1081/ENVS:1081Introduction to Environmental Sciences Laboratory (lab)1
EES:1290Energy and the Environment3
EES:1400Natural Disasters3
GEOG:1020The Global Environment3
GEOG:1021The Global Environment Lab (lab)1
HHP:1100Human Anatomy3
HHP:1300Fundamentals of Human Physiology3
HHP:2310Nutrition and Health3
HONR:1640Honors Seminar in Natural Sciences3
MICR:1006Small Wonders: Microbes in Our Lives (GE status effective spring 2019)3
PHYS:1100From Quarks to Quasars (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
PHYS:1200Physics of Everyday Experience3
PHYS:1300Nanoscience3
PHYS:1400Basic Physics (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
PHYS:1409Basic Physics Lab (lab)1
PHYS:1410Physics of Sound (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
PHYS:1511College Physics I (lab)4
PHYS:1512College Physics II (lab)4
PHYS:1611Introductory Physics I (lab)4
PHYS:1612Introductory Physics II (with lab 4 s.h.; without lab 3 s.h.)3-4
PHYS:1619Introductory Physics II Lab (lab)1
PHYS:1701Physics I (lab)4
PHYS:1702Physics II (lab)4

Quantitative or Formal Reasoning

Courses in the Quantitative or Formal Reasoning area help develop analytical skills through the practice of quantitative or formal symbolic reasoning. Courses focus on presentation and evaluation of evidence and argument; understanding the use and misuse of data; and organization of information in quantitative or other formal symbolic systems, including those used in computer science, linguistics, mathematics, philosophy, and statistics.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of course work in the Quantitative or Formal Reasoning area. Students also may fulfill this GE CLAS Core requirement by completing a course that lists an approved GE CLAS Core course as a prerequisite. The following courses are approved for the area.

COMM:1117Theory and Practice of Argument4
CS:1020Principles of Computing3
CS:1110Introduction to Computer Science3
CS:1210Computer Science I: Fundamentals4
HHP:1030Introduction to Critical Thinking3
LING:1050Language and Formal Reasoning3
MATH:1020Elementary Functions4
MATH:1120Logic of Arithmetic4
MATH:1130Theory of Arithmetic3
MATH:1340Mathematics for Business4
MATH:1380Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business4
MATH:1440Mathematics for the Biological Sciences4
MATH:1460Calculus for the Biological Sciences4
MATH:1550Engineering Mathematics I: Single Variable Calculus4
MATH:1850Calculus I4
PHIL:1636Principles of Reasoning: Argument and Debate3
POLI:1050/RELS:1050Big Ideas: Introduction to Information, Society, and Culture3
POLI:1700Introduction to Political Analysis3
PSY:2811Research Methods and Data Analysis in Psychology I (GE status effective fall 2018)3
STAT:1010Statistics and Society3
STAT:1020/PSQF:1020Elementary Statistics and Inference3
STAT:1030Statistics for Business4
STAT:2010Statistical Methods and Computing3

Social Sciences

Courses in the Social Sciences area focus on human behavior and the institutions and social systems that shape and are shaped by that behavior. Courses provide an overview of one or more social science disciplines, their theories, and their methods.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of course work in the Social Sciences area. The following courses are approved for the area.

AFAM:1030Introduction to African American Society3
ANTH:1101/IS:1101Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH:1401Language, Culture, and Communication3
ANTH:2100Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems3
ANTH:2136Urban Anthropology3
ANTH:2261Human Impacts on the Environment3
ASP:1800/CSD:1800/NURS:1800/SSW:1800/TR:1800Aging Matters: Introduction to Gerontology3
COMM:1170Communication Theory in Everyday Life3
COMM:1174Media and Society3
CPH:1400Fundamentals of Public Health3
CRIM:1410Introduction to Criminology3
CSD:3117/LING:3117Psychology of Language3
CSD:3118/LING:3118Language Acquisition1-3
ECON:1100Principles of Microeconomics4
ECON:1200Principles of Macroeconomics4
GEOG:1070Contemporary Environmental Issues3
GEOG:1090Globalization and Geographic Diversity3
GEOG:2110/GHS:2110Seven Billion and Counting: Introduction to Population Dynamics3
GEOG:2910The Global Economy3
HIST:1219/SOC:1219Big Ideas: Equality, Opportunity, and Public Policy in America3
HONR:1660Honors Seminar in Social Sciences3
JMC:1100Media Uses and Effects3
LING:1010Language and Society3
LING:1060Languages of the World3
MUSM:3001/ANTH:3001/EDTL:3001/SIED:3001Introduction to Museum Studies3
POLI:1100Introduction to American Politics3
POLI:1200Introduction to Political Behavior3
POLI:1300Introduction to Political Thought and Action3
POLI:1400Introduction to Comparative Politics3
POLI:1401Introduction to the Politics of Russia and Eurasia3
POLI:1403Introduction to Politics in the Muslim World3
POLI:1445Introduction to Asian Politics: China3
POLI:1449Introduction to European Politics3
POLI:1500Introduction to International Relations3
POLI:1501Introduction to American Foreign Policy3
POLI:1600Introduction to Political Communication3
POLI:2415/LAS:2415Latin American Politics3
PSQF:2115Introduction to Counseling Psychology (GE status effective spring 2019)3
PSY:1001Elementary Psychology3
PSY:2301Introduction to Clinical Psychology3
PSY:2401Introduction to Developmental Science3
PSY:2601Introduction to Cognitive Psychology3
SOC:1010Introduction to Sociology3-4
SOC:1020Social Problems3-4
SOC:1220Principles of Social Psychology3-4
TR:1070Perspectives on Leisure and Play3

Culture, Society, and the Arts

Diversity and Inclusion

Courses in the Diversity and Inclusion area help to develop students’ recognition of their positions in an increasingly pluralistic world while fostering an understanding of social and cultural differences. Students reflect critically on their own social and cultural perspectives while increasing their ability to engage with people who have backgrounds or ideas different from their own. Students also explore the historical and structural bases of inequality and the benefits and challenges of diversity.

Transfer credit is not accepted for the Diversity and Inclusion requirement; students must complete this requirement with course work taken at the University of Iowa.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of course work in the Diversity and Inclusion area. The following courses are approved for the area.

AFAM:2500Black Culture and Experience: Contemporary Issues3
AMST:2025Diversity in American Culture3
ANTH:2151/GWSS:2151/IS:2151Global Migration in the Contemporary World (GE status effective fall 2018)3
ANTH:2165/AMST:2165/NAIS:2165Native Peoples of North America3
ARTS:2100Printmaking and Politics of Protest3
CCCC:2220Foundations of Critical Cultural Competence3
CSD:1200Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities3
CINE:1195Video Games and Identity3
CINE:1625Race, Gender, and Sexuality on Screen3
CL:2222/ASIA:2222/GWSS:2222Women in Premodern East Asian Literature3
CL:2700/RUSS:2232Romani (Gypsy) Cultures of Eastern Europe3
COMM:1898/LAS:1898/LATS:1898Introduction to Latina/o/x Communication and Culture3
DANC:2065Performing Crisis: Dances of Identity, Witness, and Resistance3
DST:1101Introduction to Disability Studies3
GRMN:2620Anne Frank and Her Story3-4
GRMN:2675The Politics of Memory: Holocaust, Genocide, and 9/113-4
GWSS:1002Diversity and Power in the U.S. (GE status effective fall 2018)3
HIST:1040Diversity in History3
HIST:2267/AFAM:2267African American History to 1877: From Slave Cabin to Senate Floor3
IS:2020World Events Today!3
ITAL:2660The Italian American Experience (GE status effective fall 2018)3
JMC:2500Community Media (GE status effective fall 2018)3
JMC:2600Freedom of Expression3
LATS:2280/HIST:2280/SPAN:2280Introduction to Latina/o Studies3
NAIS:1290/AMST:1290/GHS:1290/HIST:1290Native American Foods and Foodways (GE status effective fall 2018)3
POLI:1601Introduction to Social Media and Politics3
POLI:1800Introduction to the Politics of Class and Inequality3
POLI:1900Introduction to the Politics of Race3
POLI:1950Introduction to the Politics of Religion (GE status effective spring 2019)3
RELS:2620Politics, Sex, and the Bible (GE status effective spring 2019)3
SPAN:2050/LATS:2050Spanish in the U.S. (GE status effective spring 2019)3
SRM:1045Diversity and Inclusion in Healthy Living (GE status effective fall 2018)3
SPST:1074/AMST:1074/GWSS:1074Inequality in American Sport3
THTR:2320Playwriting in a Global World3
THTR:2405Staging Americans: U.S. Cultures Through Theatre and Performance3
WLLC:1200/DST:1200/GHS:1200/GRMN:1200Disability and Inclusion in Film and Writing Around the World3
WRIT:2100Writing and Community Outreach3

Historical Perspectives

Courses in the Historical Perspectives area help students comprehend the historical processes of change and continuity; develop the ability to generalize, explain, and interpret historical change; and understand the past in its own terms.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of course work in the Historical Perspectives area. The following courses are approved for the area.

ANTH:1201World Archaeology3
ARTH:1010Art and Visual Culture3
ARTH:1050From Cave Paintings to Cathedrals: Survey of Western Art I3
ARTH:1060From Mona Lisa to Modernism: Survey of Western Art II3
ARTH:1070/CHIN:1070Asian Art and Culture3
ARTH:1090Earthly Paradises: A Global History of Gardens3
ARTH:2920Introduction to American Art3
CLSA:1181/GHS:1181Ancient Medicine3
CLSA:1830Greek Civilization3
CLSA:1840Roman Civilization3
CLSA:2127/JPNS:2127Global Manuscript Cultures (GE status effective spring 2019)3
EES:1115/ENVS:1115/GEOG:1115/HIST:1115The History and Science of Oil3
FREN:3120French Civilization3
HIST:1002Issues in Medieval Society3
HIST:1004Issues in Human History: Communities and Society in History3
HIST:1008Issues in European Politics and Society3
HIST:1010History Matters3
HIST:1014Issues: Twentieth-Century Crisis3
HIST:1016The History That Made Our World3
HIST:1261American History to 18773
HIST:1262American History 1877-Present3
HIST:1401The West and the World: Ancient3-4
HIST:1402The West and the World: Medieval3-4
HIST:1403The West and the World: Modern3-4
HIST:1602/ASIA:1602Civilizations of Asia: China3
HIST:1604/ASIA:1604Civilizations of Asia: Japan3-4
HIST:1606/ASIA:1606Civilizations of Asia: South Asia3-4
HIST:1607Civilizations of Asia: Korea3-4
HIST:2461/CLSA:2461/RELS:2361Middle East and Mediterranean: Alexander to Suleiman3
HONR:1610Honors Seminar in Historical Perspectives3
ITAL:2550Images of Modern Italy3
JMC:1200Media History and Culture3
MUS:1303Roots, Rock, and Rap: A History of Popular Music3
MUS:2301History of Music I3
MUS:2302History of Music II3
PHIL:1033The Meaning of Life3
PHIL:1034Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness3
RELS:1001Judaism, Christianity, and Islam3
RELS:1225/HIST:1025Medieval Religion and Culture3
RELS:1250/HIST:1050Modern Religion and Culture3
RUSS:1531Slavic Folklore3
RUSS:1532Religion and Culture of Slavs3
THTR:1400Theatre and Society: Ancients and Moderns3
THTR:1401Theatre and Society: Romantics and Rebels3
THTR:2410History of Theatre and Drama I3
THTR:2411History of Theatre and Drama II3

International and Global Issues

Courses in the International and Global Issues area focus predominantly on countries or issues outside the United States, encouraging students to understand contemporary issues from an international perspective. Students develop knowledge of one or more contemporary global or international issues, gain a greater awareness of varied international perspectives, and improve their skills of analysis and critical inquiry.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of course work in the International and Global Issues area. The following courses are approved for the area.

ANTH:1046/GEOG:1046/GWSS:1046Big Ideas: People and the Environment - Technology, Culture, and Social Justice3
ANTH:2100Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems3
ANTH:2136Urban Anthropology3
ANTH:2261Human Impacts on the Environment3
ARTH:1040Arts of Africa3
FREN:1006Global Sports and National Cultures3
FREN:1510Cultural Misunderstandings: France and U.S.A.3
GEOG:1060Geography of Asia: From Japan to Pakistan3
GEOG:1070Contemporary Environmental Issues3
GEOG:1090Globalization and Geographic Diversity3
GEOG:2910The Global Economy3
GHS:2000/ANTH:2103Introduction to Global Health Studies (GE status effective spring 2019)3
GRMN:2720/HIST:2420Germany in the World3
GRMN:4315Contemporary German Civilization3
HIST:1016The History That Made Our World3
HIST:1403The West and the World: Modern3-4
HIST:1602/ASIA:1602Civilizations of Asia: China3
HIST:1604/ASIA:1604Civilizations of Asia: Japan3-4
HIST:1606/ASIA:1606Civilizations of Asia: South Asia3-4
HIST:1607Civilizations of Asia: Korea3-4
HONR:1620Honors Seminar in International and Global Issues3
IS:2000Introduction to International Studies3
ITAL:2770The Mafia and the Movies (GE status effective spring 2019)3
LING:1040/ANTH:1040Language Rights3
POLI:1400Introduction to Comparative Politics3
POLI:1401Introduction to the Politics of Russia and Eurasia3
POLI:1403Introduction to Politics in the Muslim World3
POLI:1445Introduction to Asian Politics: China3
POLI:1449Introduction to European Politics3
POLI:1500Introduction to International Relations3
POLI:1501Introduction to American Foreign Policy3
POLI:2415/LAS:2415Latin American Politics3
RELS:1130/HIST:1030Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
RELS:2852/GWSS:2052Women in Islam and the Middle East3
RELS:3855/IS:3855Human Rights and Islam3
RUSS:1132Russia Today3
SPST:2170Sport and Globalization3

Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts

Courses in the Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts area provide students with opportunities to appreciate the arts and to analyze them within their historical and theoretical contexts. They also help students develop the analytic, expressive, and imaginative abilities necessary for understanding, appreciating, and creating art.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of course work in the Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts area. The following courses are approved for the area.

ARTH:1010Art and Visual Culture3
ARTH:1020Masterpieces: Art in Historical and Cultural Perspectives3
ARTH:1040Arts of Africa3
ARTH:1050From Cave Paintings to Cathedrals: Survey of Western Art I3
ARTH:1060From Mona Lisa to Modernism: Survey of Western Art II3
ARTH:1070/CHIN:1070Asian Art and Culture3
ARTH:1095American Indian Art3
ARTH:2920Introduction to American Art3
ARTS:1010Elements of Art3
ARTS:1030Elements of Jewelry and Metal Arts3
ARTS:1050Elements of Printmaking3
ARTS:1080Elements of Sculpture3
CERM:2010Exploring Forms in Clay I3
CHIN:1702Chinese Popular Culture3
CINE:1100The Art of Smartphone Filmmaking3
CINE:1602Introduction to Film Studies3
CINE:1610Contemporary Cinema3
CL:1240/CLSA:1040Major Texts of World Literature, Antiquity to 17003
CL:1241Major Texts of World Literature, 1700 to the Present3
CLSA:1010Hero, God, Mortal: Literature of Greece3
CLSA:1020Love and Glory: The Literature of Rome3
CLSA:1740/WRIT:1740Writing Strategies: Word Origins and Word Choice3
CLSA:2016Classical Mythology3
CNW:1620Introduction to Creative Nonfiction3
CW:1800Creative Writing Studio Workshop3
DANC:1010Beginning Tap2
DANC:1020Beginning Jazz2
DANC:1030Beginning Ballet2
DANC:1040Beginning Modern Dance2
DANC:1110Continuing Tap1-2
DANC:1120Continuing Jazz2
DANC:1130Continuing Ballet2
DANC:1140Continuing Modern Dance2
DANC:2020Intermediate Jazz2
DANC:2030Intermediate Ballet1-2
DANC:2040Intermediate Modern2
DANC:2060/DPA:2060Dance and Society in Global Contexts3
EDTL:2122Creativity, Imagination, Play, and Human Development through the Arts3
ENGL:1320Heroes and Villains3
ENGL:1330The Art of Storytelling3
ENGL:1345American Lives3
ENGL:1350Literature and Sexualities3
FREN:4100French Cinema3-4
GRMN:2630German Cinema: Greatest Hits3-4
GRMN:2666/CL:2666Pact with the Devil3
GRMN:2775Scandinavian Crime Fiction3
GRMN:2785Cyborgs, Monsters, and the Uncanny3
HONR:1630Honors Seminar in Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts3
MUS:1001Group Piano I: Non-Music Majors1
MUS:1009Jazz Cultures in America and Abroad3
MUS:1012Creativity in Music3
MUS:1020Performance Instruction for Nonmajors1
MUS:1066Introduction to Film Music3
MUS:1301Concepts and Contexts of Western Music3
MUS:1302Great Musicians3
MUS:1310World Music3
MUS:1720History of Jazz3
MUS:1800/DPA:1800World of the Beatles3
MUS:2005Issues in Popular Music: Women Who Rock3
MUS:2301History of Music I3
MUS:2302History of Music II3
MUS:2311/LAS:2311Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3
PORT:2850/SPAN:2850Brazilian Narrative in Translation3
SCLP:2810Undergraduate Sculpture I3
SPAN:1700/LATS:1700Latino/a Literature in the U.S.3
SPAN:1800Contemporary Spanish American Narrative3
THTR:1140Basic Acting3
THTR:1400Theatre and Society: Ancients and Moderns3
THTR:1401Theatre and Society: Romantics and Rebels3
THTR:1412/DANC:1412/DPA:1412The Arts in Performance3
THTR:2301Playwriting I3
THTR:2410History of Theatre and Drama I3
THTR:2411History of Theatre and Drama II3

Values and Culture

Courses in the Values and Culture area focus on how culture shapes the human experience and the role of values in society, with students asking fundamental questions regarding the human experience while exploring their own values and beliefs.

All students must complete at least 3 s.h. of course work in the Values and Culture area. The following courses are approved for the area.

AFAM:1020/AMST:1030Introduction to African American Culture3
AFAM:1030Introduction to African American Society3
AMST:1010Understanding American Cultures3
AMST:1154Food in America3
AMST:2000Introduction to American Studies3
ANTH:1101/IS:1101Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH:2175/JPNS:2175Japanese Society and Culture3
ARTH:1030Themes in Global Art3
ARTH:1045Race and Art in America3
ARTH:1095American Indian Art3
ARTS:2000/ASP:2000/EDTL:2000/RHET:2000Big Ideas: Creativity for a Lifetime3
ASIA:2450India Beat: The Aesthetics and Politics of India Today3
CHIN:1504Asian Humanities: China3
CLSA:1340Magic in the Ancient World3
CLSA:1875Ancient Sports and Leisure3
CLSA:1883/HONR:1883War3
CLSA:2016Classical Mythology3
CLSA:2482/RELS:2182Ancient Mediterranean Religions3
CLSA:2651/GWSS:2651Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World3
COMM:1174Media and Society3
DANC:1150/LAS:1150Brazilian Culture and Carnival3
ENGL:1420Technologies and Literatures of the Future3
EPLS:4180Human Relations for the Classroom Teacher3
GRMN:2550/WLLC:2550Mardi Gras and More: Cultures of Carnival3-4
GRMN:2618/CL:2618The Third Reich and Literature3
GRMN:2650German Nationalism After WWII3-4
GRMN:2655/IS:2600Muslim Minorities in the West3-4
GWSS:1001Introduction to Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies3
GWSS:1060/AMST:1060/ENGL:1410Sex and Popular Culture in America3
HHP:2200Physical Activity and Health3
HIST:1609India Now! A Survey from Bollywood Films to Global Terror3-4
HIST:1708Civilizations of Africa3
HONR:1670Values and Culture (GE status effective spring 2019)3
ITAL:2550Images of Modern Italy3
JMC:1500Social Media Today3
JPNS:1506Asian Humanities: Japan3
LING:2900Language, Gender, and Sexuality3
MUS:1009Jazz Cultures in America and Abroad3
MUS:1720History of Jazz3
MUS:2311/LAS:2311Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3
NAIS:1049Introduction to American Indian and Native Studies3
PHIL:1401Matters of Life and Death3
PHIL:1861Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL:2402Introduction to Ethics3
POLI:1300Introduction to Political Thought and Action3
RELS:1070Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament3
RELS:1080Introduction to the New Testament3
RELS:1130/HIST:1030Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
RELS:1350/AFAM:1250Introduction to African American Religions3
RELS:1404/ASIA:1040/HIST:1610Living Religions of the East3
RELS:1506/ASIA:1060/HIST:1612Introduction to Buddhism3
RELS:1702Religion in America Today3
RELS:1810Happiness in a Difficult World3
RELS:1903Quest for Human Destiny3
RELS:2700/NAIS:2700Sacred World of Native Americans3
RELS:2852/GWSS:2052Women in Islam and the Middle East3
RELS:2986Religion and Women3
RUSS:1082Youth Subcultures After Socialism3
RUSS:1131Introduction to Russian Culture3
RUSS:1132Russia Today3
RUSS:1531Slavic Folklore3
RUSS:1532Religion and Culture of Slavs3
RUSS:2100Secrets of Russian Mentality3
SOAS:1502/RELS:1502Asian Humanities: India3
SOC:1310/GWSS:1310Gender and Society3-4
SOC:2710The American Family3
SOC:2810Social Inequality3
SPAN:1700/LATS:1700Latino/a Literature in the U.S.3
SPAN:1900Diversity and Cultures in Spain3
SRM:1072Leisure and the Liberal Arts3
SSW:1022/SOC:1022Social Justice and Social Welfare in the United States3
THTR:1411Comedy and Society3
THTR:1412/DANC:1412/DPA:1412The Arts in Performance3

Four-Year Graduation Plan

The Four-Year Graduation Plan is available only to Interdepartmental Studies Program (ISP) students in the individualized plan of study track. Students in the other ISP tracks work with their advisors to develop individual graduation plans.

The following checkpoints list the minimum requirements students must complete by certain semesters in order to stay on the University's Four-Year Graduation Plan. Courses in the major are those required to complete the major.

Before the seventh semester begins: an approved individualized plan of study, at least six courses in the plan of study, and at least 90 s.h. earned toward the degree

Before the eighth semester begins: a total of at least nine courses in the plan of study

During the eighth semester: enrollment in all remaining course work in the major, all remaining GE CLAS Core courses, and a sufficient number of semester hours to graduate

Sample Plans of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

Interdepartmental Studies, B.A.

Applied Human Services Track

Community-Based Services Emphasis
Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Academic Career
Any SemesterHours
Students can declare the major once 60 s.h. have been earned.  
 Hours0
First Year
Fall
PSY:1001 Elementary Psychology a 3
ENGL:1200
The Interpretation of Literature
or Rhetoric
3 - 4
GE CLAS Core: Diversity and Inclusion b 3
GE CLAS Core: World Languages First Level Proficiency or elective course c 4 - 5
CSI:1600 Success at Iowa 2
 Hours15-17
Spring
RHET:1030
Rhetoric
or The Interpretation of Literature
3 - 4
Major: lower-level psychology course 3
GE CLAS Core: International and Global Issues b 3
GE CLAS Core: World Languages Second Level Proficiency or elective course c 4 - 5
Elective course d 3
 Hours16-18
Second Year
Fall
PSY:2811 Research Methods and Data Analysis in Psychology I 3
Major: lower-level psychology course 3
GE CLAS Core: Historical Perspectives b 3
GE CLAS Core: World Languages Second Level Proficiency or elective course c 4 - 5
Elective course d 2 - 3
 Hours15-17
Spring
Major: emphasis area course 3
Major: lower-level psychology course 3
GE CLAS Core: Natural Sciences without Lab b 3
GE CLAS Core: World Languages Fourth Level Proficiency or elective course c 4 - 5
Elective course d 3
 Hours16-17
Third Year
Fall
PSY:2701 Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience 4
Major: emphasis area course 3
RCE:4199 Counseling for Related Professions 3
GE CLAS Core: Values and Culture b 3
Elective course d 3
 Hours16
Spring
Major: emphasis area course 3
CCCC:2220
Foundations of Critical Cultural Competence
or Citizenship in a Multicultural Society
3
GE CLAS Core: Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts b 3
GE CLAS Core: Natural Sciences with Lab b 4
Elective course d 2 - 3
 Hours15-16
Fourth Year
Fall
Major: emphasis area course 3
GE CLAS Core: Quantitative or Formal Reasoning (if not met by cognate course) b 3
Elective course d 3
Elective course d 3
RCE:4195 Ethics in Human Relations and Counseling 3
 Hours15
Spring
Major: internship or practicum 0 - 6
Elective course d 3
Elective course d 3
Elective course (if needed) d 3
 Hours9-15
 Total Hours117-131

Business Studies Track

Organizational Practice and Perspectives Emphasis
Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
First Year
FallHours
ENGL:1200
The Interpretation of Literature
or Rhetoric
3 - 4
Elective course a 3
GE CLAS Core: Diversity and Inclusion b 3
GE CLAS Core: Values and Culture b 3
CSI:1600 Success at Iowa 2
 Hours14-15
Spring
RHET:1030
Rhetoric
or The Interpretation of Literature
3 - 4
ECON:1100
Principles of Microeconomics
or Principles of Macroeconomics
4
Major: mathematics requirement d 4
GE CLAS Core: Natural Sciences with Lab b 4
 Hours15-16
Second Year
Fall
Major: business core course 3
Major: statistics requirement d 3 - 4
GE CLAS Core: Historical Perspectives b 3
GE CLAS Core: World Languages First Level Proficiency or elective course e 4 - 5
 Hours13-15
Spring
Major: business core course 3
Major: business core course 3
GE CLAS Core: International and Global Issues b 3
GE CLAS Core: World Languages Second Level Proficiency or elective course e 4 - 5
Elective course a 2
 Hours15-16
Third Year
Fall
Major: business core course 3
Major: emphasis area course 3
GE CLAS Core: Natural Sciences without Lab b 3
GE CLAS Core: World Languages Second Level Proficiency or elective course e 4 - 5
Elective course a 3
 Hours16-17
Spring
Major: emphasis area course 3
Major: emphasis area course f 3
GE CLAS Core: World Languages Fourth Level Proficiency or elective course e 4 - 5
GE CLAS Core: Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts b 3
Elective course a 3
 Hours16-17
Fourth Year
Fall
Elective course a 3
Major: emphasis area course 3
Major: elective course (recommended) 3
Elective course a 3
 Hours12
Spring
Major: emphasis area course 3
Major: elective course (recommended) 3
Elective course a 3
Elective course a 3
Elective course (if needed) a 3
 Hours15
 Total Hours116-123

Health Science Track

Multidisciplinary Science Emphasis
Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
First Year
FallHours
CHEM:1110
Principles of Chemistry I
or General Chemistry I
3 - 4
RHET:1030
Rhetoric
or The Interpretation of Literature
3 - 4
GE CLAS Core: Diversity and Inclusion c 3
Foundational Social Science d 3
CSI:1600 Success at Iowa 2
 Hours14-16
Spring
CHEM:1120
Principles of Chemistry II
or General Chemistry II
3 - 4
ENGL:1200
The Interpretation of Literature
or Rhetoric
3 - 4
Major: math/statistics requirement d 3 - 4
GE CLAS Core: Values and Culture c 3
 Hours12-15
Second Year
Fall
BIOL:1141
Introductory Animal Biology
or Foundations of Biology
or Human Biology
4
GE CLAS Core: Historical Perspectives c 3
GE CLAS Core: World Languages First Level Proficiency or elective course e 4 - 5
Elective course f 3
 Hours14-15
Spring
Foundational Science Elective 3 - 4
GE CLAS Core: Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts c 3
GE CLAS Core: International and Global Issues c 3
GE CLAS Core: World Languages Second Level Proficiency or elective course e 4 - 5
Elective course f 3
 Hours16-18
Third Year
Fall
Foundational Elective 3 - 4
Emphasis Area Course 3 - 4
Elective course f 3
GE CLAS Core: World Languages Second Level Proficiency or elective course e 4 - 5
Elective course f 3
 Hours16-19
Spring
Emphasis Area Course 3 - 4
Elective course f 3
Elective course f 3
GE CLAS Core: World Languages Fourth Level Proficiency or elective course e 4 - 5
Elective course (if needed) f 3
 Hours16-18
Fourth Year
Fall
Emphasis Area Course 3 - 4
Emphasis Area Course 3 - 4
Elective course f 3
Elective course f 3
Elective course f 3
 Hours15-17
Spring
Emphasis Area Course 3 - 4
Emphasis Area Course 3 - 4
Elective course f 3
Elective course f 3
Elective course f 3
 Hours15-17
 Total Hours118-135

Graduates in the applied human services, business studies, engaged social innovation, health science, and writing for the sciences tracks have career options in a variety of settings, including retirement homes, hospitals, health clubs, government agencies, insurance companies, and performing arts companies.

Students who create individualized plans of study stand out when they apply for jobs because their major emphasizes a unique set of strengths and interests. In addition, employers often are impressed by their enthusiasm and self-directed nature.

Many interdepartmental studies majors go on to graduate school.

The Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.