Bachelor of Arts (BA)
With the General Studies major, you'll get to experience a variety of courses from different departments, allowing you to create the experience and curriculum you need to achieve your own professional and/or personal goals. 
The General Studies major may be a great fit if you:
  • have a well-defined career goal and wish to design your curriculum utilizing coursework from three of UNI's colleges
  • need flexibility and want courses that are offered in a variety of delivery modes 
  • have a variety of interests and desire a well-rounded degree

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  • completion of 120 units of credit, including the university's 45-unit Liberal Arts Core requirement
  • minimum of 15 units of credit from upper-level (3000- or 4000- level) coursework from three of the four colleges of instruction:
    • College of Education
    • College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences
    • College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
    • College of Business

A Well-rounded Education with Flexibility and Diversity

Courses are offered through a variety of delivery methods. Students can choose hybrid or on-campus courses to complete their degree. Each general studies curriculum consists of courses selected from the departmental offerings of three of the four colleges in the university. 

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Bring Focus to Your Major 

General Studies majors are encouraged to select at least one minor in order to bring focus to this liberal arts major. Minors frequently selected include:

  • Marketing
  • General Business Concepts
  • Coaching
  • Psychology
  • Health Promotion
  • Leadership Studies
  • Family Studies

Please note: General Studies majors may not declare a second major.

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Individualized Support Services

Throughout every step of your program, you'll have a dedicated team of support staff ready to assist you. You'll also have access to UNI services such as:

  • Personalized academic advising
  • Support from Financial Aid, Career Services and Rod Library staff
  • Academic support and tutoring opportunities from the Learning Center
  • Access to student accessibility services and staff
  • Technical support assistance
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Here to Help

As a General Studies major, you'll work closely with your academic advisor to plan your courses and make progress toward your degree. If you have any questions about the program or next steps, contact Linda, our individual studies coordinator. 


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Linda Emery
Individual Studies Coordinator

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If you are a registered nurse wishing to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree, the General Studies major is one of the most expedient and flexible options for registered nurses.

The flexibility of the major enables you to experience a variety of courses from many different departments, such as communication studies, psychology and management. You will receive a well-rounded education in a number of areas targeted toward your professional and/or personal interests. Graduates of the General Studies for Registered Nurses major have entered such fields as management, counseling and health.

  • You must currently be a registered nurse to participate in this program. This degree program is not recommended for students intending to work in nursing education at the collegiate level in such areas as public health or psychiatric nursing, nor those whose primary intention is graduate work in nursing.
  • If you have completed the work required for certification or licensure, including the successful completion of required agency examinations, UNI will typically accept 34 to 45 units of credit for transfer to apply to your bachelor's degree. Such work may have been earned in a two-year associate degree program or in an approved hospital diploma program. To verify that you have met such requirements, you must submit a copy of your licensure card from the Iowa Board of Nursing and your official college and/or school of nursing transcripts to the Admissions Office.
Liberal Arts Core Requirements
  • Complete 120 units of credit, including the university's 45-unit Liberal Arts Core requirement. Eleven of the total number of credit units accepted as advanced standing for RN certification are applied to Liberal Arts Core requirements in the areas of biology, chemistry and social science. Specifically, the 11 units would be dispersed as follows:
    • Category IV (Natural Science and Technology)
      • (a) Life Sciences, 3-4 units
      • (b) Physical Sciences, 3-4 units
    • Category V (Social Science) 
      • (a) Group A, 1 course required,  3 units
      • (b) Group B, 1 course required, 3 units
      • (c) Group C, 1 course required, 3 units 
  • Complete a minimum of 15 units of credit from upper-level (3000- or 4000-level) coursework from two of the four colleges of instruction. For your convenience, we've developed a list of colleges and their respective departments or subject areas. You may find it necessary to take courses which are prerequisites to the 3000- or 4000-level courses. Credit earned for these prerequisites may possibly apply toward the Liberal Arts Core, minor or elective requirements. 

Distribution of credit for an RN completing a General Studies major:

Transfer credit for RN Licensure34-45 units
Liberal Arts Core36 units
Upper-level Courses, 1st College15 units
Upper-level Courses, 1st College15 units
Electives9-20 units
Total required: 120 units

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