General Studies

General Studies

The general studies major enables students to take a wide variety of courses from many departments, which can lead to a well-rounded liberal arts education. The major is not directed toward any particular vocation or certification. Instead, the emphasis of this major is on distribution rather than concentration. Each general studies major is encouraged to develop a program of study according to his/her own needs, interests and career goals. The student decides the selection of courses.

For a general studies BA, students select three of four colleges in which to concentrate their coursework. These include College of Business Administration; College of Education; College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences; and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Students completing a general studies for registered nurses BA select two of four colleges in which to concentrate their coursework. Students will provide evidence of having earned a RN license to serve as the third “college” for the GS requirements.

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The General Studies major allows students to tailor their own coursework from departments all across the UNI campus.


Your program of study will be designed in cooperation with your advisor, who will help you in selecting appropriate courses while monitoring your progress toward graduation.


General Studies

Students majoring in bachelor of liberal studies, general studies or individual studies may apply for the Raymond and Genevieve Schlicher Scholarship. This scholarship ranges from $500-$1000 for the academic year.

General Studies

Students will be provided with personalized advising that supports their educational interests and goals. Flexible advising options are tailored to students' schedules, whether on-campus or at a distance. An advisor will be available every step of the way, answering questions and monitoring students' progress.

General Studies

Through the Individual Studies department, students have the opportunity to arrange internships in interdisciplinary fields by working with the UNI Career Services office and enhance their undergraduate studies with real-world experiences.


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