Departments, Offices & Centers
CSBS embraces the idea of a teacher-scholar model, where faculty who are actively engaged in research place value on undergraduates doing research and take a “deeper” approach to their teaching.
The college also prides itself in having faculty and students work closely together to ensure student success. Students receive one-on-one advising from their designated professor-advisor, who helps ensure appropriate classes are selected for a timely graduation and enhanced resume for success in career placement or continued education.
Our departments offer nearly 50 courses of study for majors, minors and certificate programs. Several undergraduate and graduate programs provide unique opportunities for students to study across the state, country or abroad.
Explore CSBS’ departments in more detail by clicking on each below.
Department & Program Offices
Department of Geography
Geography is the science of place and space. We use high-tech tools to discover and explain spatial patterns in the natural and human worlds. Geographers are active in the study of global warming, natural hazards, globalization, homeland security, rural and economic development, disease outbreaks, and much more.
UNI's global studies major helps prepare students for life and employment in our highly interconnected world. It is a versatile major that can lead to a wide range of careers and advanced study, drawing from all four of the university’s undergraduate colleges to provide a well-rounded, interdisciplinary curriculum.
Department of History
The Department of History offers a student-centered learning experience that connects the past to the present. Students are trained to think critically with the historical contextualization necessary for 21st-century cultural competence, citizenship and career success in a variety of fields.
Department of Military Science
The Department of Military Science offers coursework in leadership development to all students and administers the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program for students who want to serve as Army officers. Courses in leadership prepare students to lead at multiple echelons in both military and civilian sectors.
Department of Political Science
Political science teaches how to take on and talk about important and complex issues related to government, power and change. Students develop the tools to be responsible citizens, successful professionals and leaders in their communities.
Department of Psychology
The human psychological process is a complicated, remarkable system. A degree in psychology dives into this system by teaching students how memory and language influence our thoughts, how our emotions guide our actions, how other people influence us, and ultimately, how we can use psychology to improve human functioning.
Social Science & History Teaching
UNI houses the largest program for both social science and history teaching majors in the state of Iowa. As a history or social science teaching major, you'll have the opportunity to explore, define and sharpen your skills as a future classroom teacher. Our program continues to be very strong as we meet the challenges of the new century in education.
Department of Social Work
Do you enjoy working with people and understanding them? Do you want to make a difference in others' lives? Then you may want to consider a social work major at the University of Northern Iowa. Students in social work take classes in human growth and development, human behavior, social work practice and social policy.
Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology
The faculty of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology are committed to the principles of a liberal arts education. Through our teaching, research and service, we seek to enhance the intellectual awareness of various aspects of the human condition around the world and throughout history.
Women's & Gender Studies
The UNI Women’s & Gender Studies program offers three interdisciplinary academic programs: an undergraduate minor, a graduate master of arts and a graduate certificate for students enrolled in other degree-granting graduate programs at UNI. The program also provides a full schedule of special events such as workshops, presentations, social activities and lectures.
The ARCTICenter is a research center that focuses on developing synergies and collaboration among faculty, staff and students in geography and across campus, who are engaged in research and educational activities pertaining to the Arctic, as well as other remote and cold regions. The lab is partially funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA.
Center for Social and Behavioral Research
As a freestanding unit within the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, staff members conduct original research and provide applied research services to faculty, academic institutions, nonprofit organizations and public agencies throughout the state. Research services include quantitative (survey) and qualitative study designs, sampling, survey and evaluation instrument development, data collection, data analysis and reporting.
Center for Violence Prevention
The mission of the Center for Violence Prevention (CVP) is to build the capacity of institutions of higher education, K-12 schools, victim service agencies, law enforcement and the criminal justice system to systematically implement best practice violence prevention and evaluation strategies in collaboration with state, family and community partners.
The GeoInformatics Training Research Education and Extension (GeoTREE) Center is located within the Geography Department at the University of Northern Iowa and the purpose of the Center is to support the effective use of geospatial (Geographic Information Systems, Global Positioning Systems, Remote Sensing, Web mapping) technologies at the University of Northern Iowa and in the state of Iowa.