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University of Northern Iowa Liberal Arts Core

This transfer plan is designed for students that DO NOT plan to complete an Associate of Art (AA) degree at Hawkeye.

Courses selected in this plan will apply to the Liberal Arts Core at UNI. To take classes for an intended major, please see Transferring to the University of Northern Iowa and visit with your Hawkeye Academic Advisor and UNI advising centers.

Liberal Arts Core Course Equivalencies

The following requirements are subject to change without notice. Please check with UNI for course transfer equivalency verification.

1. Communication Essentials

Required: One series from A, one course from B, one course from C, and complete D.

A. Writing and Reading

  • ENG-105 Composition I and ENG106 Composition II

B. Speaking and Listening

  • SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communications
  • SPC-122 Interpersonal Communications
  • SPC-132 Group Communication
  • SPC-140 Oral Interpretation

C. Quantitative Techniques and Understanding

  • BUS-210 Business Statistics
  • BUS-230 Quantitative Methods for Business Decision Making
  • MAT-110 Math for Liberal Arts
  • MAT-151 Math Reasoning for Teachers I- only for those planning on majoring in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
  • MAT-156 Statistics
  • MAT-210 Calculus I

Personal Wellness

  • PEH-111 Personal Wellness

2. Civilizations and Cultures

Required: Two courses from A, one course from B.

A. Humanities

  • HIS-117 Western Civilization I:  Ancient and Medieval
  • HIS-118 Western Civilization II:  Early Modern
  • HIS-119 Western Civilization III:  The Modern Period 

B. Non-western Cultures

  • CLS-130 African Cultures
  • CLS-141 Mid Eastern History and Culture
  • CLS-150 Latin American History and Culture
  • CLS-160 East Asian History and Culture
  • CLS-164 Japanese History and Culture
  • CLS-172 Russian Civilization

3. Fine Arts, Literature, Philosophy, and Religion

Required: One course from A, one course from B.

A. Fine Arts

  • ART-101 Art Appreciation
  • ART-106 Art Appreciation Studio
  • ART-203 Art History I
  • ART-204 Art History II
  • DRA-107 Theatrical Arts and Society                   
  • DRA-110 Intro to Film
  • MUS-100 Music Appreciation

B. Literature, Philosophy, or Religion

  • HUM-140 Shakespeare
  • LIT-101 Intro to Literature
  • LIT-133 Minority Voices in U.S. Literature
  • LIT-142 Major British Writers
  • PHI-101 Intro to Philosophy
  • PHI-105 Intro to Ethics   
  • PHI-121 Classical/Medieval Philosophy     
  • REL-101 Survey of World Religions
  • REL-130 Intro to Religions of the East

4. Natural Science & Technology

Required: One course from A, one course from B, with a total of 7 credit hrs from A and B. One course must include a lab.

A. Life Sciences

  • BIO-105 Introductory Biology
  • BIO-112 General Biology I
  • BIO-113 General Biology II
  • BIO-154 Human Biology
  • BIO-163 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology
  • BIO-168 Human A&P I w/lab
  • BIO-173 Human A&P II w/lab
  • BIO-185 Microbiology w/lab
  • BIO-186 Microbiology w/lab
  • CNS-121 Environmental Conservation
  • CNS-201 Conservation Biology

B. Physical Sciences

  • CHM-122 Intro to General Chemistry
  • CHM-132 Intro to Organic and Biochemistry
  • CHM-165 General Chemistry I
  • CHM-175 General Chemistry II
  • CHM-260 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM-270 Organic Chemistry II
  • ENV-115 Environmental Science
  • ENV-116 Environmental Science Lab
  • GEO-131 Physical Geography
  • GEO-132 Physical Geography Lab
  • PHS-120 Exploring Physical Science
  • PHS-142 Principles of Astronomy
  • PHS-152 Astronomy
  • PHY-100 Physics in Everyday Life
  • PHY-162 College Physics I
  • PHY-172 College Physics II
  • PHY-212 Classical Physics I
  • PHY-212 Classical Physics II

5. Social Science

Required: One course from A, one course from B, and one course from Group C.

A. Group A: Sociocultural and Historical Perspectives

  • GEO-115 Human Geography
  • HIS-151 U.S. History to 1877
  • HIS-152 U.S. History Since 1877
  • HIS-251 U.S. History 1945 to Present
  • SOC-110 Intro to Sociology
  • SOC-195 Urban Studies
  • SOC-208/ANT-105 Cultural Anthropology
  • SOC-220 Sociology of Aging
  • WST-101 Women’s Studies

B. Group B: Individual and Institutional Perspectives

  • ECN-110 Intro to Economics *
  • ECN-120 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECN-130 Principles of Microeconomics
  • POL-111 American National Government
  • PSY-102 Human and Work Relations
  • PSY-111 Intro to Psychology
  • PSY-121 Developmental Psychology
  • PSY-241 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY-251 Social Psychology
  • PSY-262 Psychology of Gender
  • SOC-120 Marriage and Family
  • SOC-251 Introduction to Social Psychology

* ECN110 Intro to Economics will not receive credit if a student has taken or is currently enrolled in ECN120 or ECN130.

C. Group C: Topical Perspectives

  • COM-148 Diversity and the Media
  • GEO-121 World Regional Geography
  • HIS-257 African American History
  • HIS-277 History of Women in U.S.
  • LIT--189 Women & Literature
  • POL-121 International Relations
  • SOC-115 Social Problems
  • SOC-205 Diversity in America
  • SOC-926 Honors Seminar

6. Capstone

Capstone must be taken at UNI as a Junior or Senior.

Completing Your Associate or Arts Degree Before Transfer

Students that complete the Associate of Arts degree, following the specifications of the community college and meeting all conditions of the articulation agreement, will meet the UNI Liberal Arts Core (LAC) requirements with the following exceptions:

  1. CAPSTONE must be completed at UNI after transfer.

  2. A course in NON-WESTERN CULTURES must be completed either at the community college or at UNI.

    • CLS-130 African Cultures
    • CLS-141 Middle Eastern History and Culture
    • CLS-150 Latin American History and Culture
    • CLS-160 East Asian History and Culture
    • CLS-164 Japanese History and Culture
    • CLS-172 Russian Civilization
  3. FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT (for students graduating from high school or earning a GED in 1989 and later). Two years of the same high school foreign language are required with C- or better in the last term, or the student may take two semesters of the same foreign language in college with a C- or better in the second course. This requirement may be met by FLS-151 Spanish I and FLS-152 Spanish II.

University of Northern Iowa Transfer Admissions Counselor

Danielle Weide
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