Expanding Educational Options: UI Adds Four New Majors

The University of Iowa is constantly growing, adapting, and changing to fit the needs of our students and of today’s world. This year, four new undergraduate majors have been added to our already over 200 areas of study.

Criminology, Law, and Justice

The University of Iowa Sociology Department is offering students the opportunity to major in Criminology, Law, and Justice with either a Bachelors of Arts or Bachelors of Science degree.

The new major will include a diverse array of courses focused on the criminal justice system and the causes of criminal behavior. A degree in this major will prepare students for careers in police organizations, public and private investigative work, corrections and private treatment facilities, crime and justice research, as well as other types of human services. It will also provide a good foundation for students interested in advanced study in criminology, justice, sociology, law, and similar areas. Earning a degree in this major will be especially valuable to students interested in becoming certified police officers.

English and Creative Writing

The University of Iowa has long been recognized internationally as a leading writing university. The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the Nonfiction Writing Program, and International Writing Program attract world-renowned writers to campus.

Iowa is continuing its rich writing tradition with the new Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Creative Writing. Students who pursue this major will receive a core of English courses to help them develop critical reading and analysis skills, in addition to a creative writing core that will provide them with in-depth and specialized classes focused on writing for a variety of literary genres. Each student will take at least five literature courses and eight writing courses. During their time at Iowa, they’ll also have access to literary events and benefit from opportunities available only to students who study in a UNESCO “City of Literature”.

Computer Science and Engineering

The University of Iowa College of Engineering and the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are collaborating to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering.

The degree is the first of its kind in the state and made the UI one of just 12 universities nationwide to offer an accredited degree in Computer Science and Engineering. The major is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to thrive in today’s technology-dependent economy. Students will take courses in computer science, electrical and computer engineering, mathematics, and statistics, as well as the core courses from the College of Engineering.

Global Health Studies

A new major in Global Health Studies will allow students to further their understanding of health around the world, expanding upon previous options for a certificate or minor in that area of study.

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is offering a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in Global Health Studies. The program examines what influences health and disease around the world and attracts students from a wide-range of disciplines, including international studies, public health, health sciences, nursing, law, business, journalism, and education.

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