Upper Iowa University is committed to providing excellent educational opportunities across a broad, seamless array of learning modalities and continually enhancing the quality of its academic programs. This commitment is addressed in our mission, vision, strategic plan, and Academic Quality Improvement Program. We are committed to preparing our students for success in their careers and for helping them develop into responsible global citizens, lifelong learners, and leaders in their communities.
Focusing on the quality of Upper Iowa academics is the responsibility of the Chief Academic Officer, the Dean of Faculty, and the chairs of the four educational divisions. Our academic divisions include:
Andres School of Education
Offers programs in early childhood, elementary, secondary and middle school education, instructional strategist I: mild/moderate, instructional strategist II: LD/BD, English as a second language (ESL), physical education, health, athletic training, coaching, and exercise and sport studies with emphases in sports administration, fitness and wellness, recreation, and sports studies. Graduate programs are available: a Master’s in Education (MEd) and a Master’s of Higher Education Administration (MHEA), with emphases in community and technical college administration or leadership. Teaching licensure is available in American government, American history, art, economics, English/language arts, journalism, psychology, reading, social studies, sociology, Spanish, speech communications, business, marketing/management, earth science, economics, biology, chemistry, general science, mathematics and physical science. Graduates can be certified to teach at pre-K-K; special education, elementary, middle and secondary levels. Through a unique partnership with Northeast Iowa Community College, Upper Iowa offers a program which can lead to a teaching career in secondary industrial technology. The School of Education is also the contact for coaching certification. For details, see information about each major online and in the current catalog.
Andres School of Education Faculty Profiles
School of Business
Offers undergraduate degree programs in accounting, agricultural business, business administration, emergency and disaster management, financial management, health care administration, health services administration,human resources management, international business, management, marketing, and management information systems. Minors are offered in some of these programs as well as in human resources management. There is also a special teaching major in general business. This major is designed for those who are pursuing teacher licensure in business and/ or management through the Andres School of Education; it is not intended for those planning careers in business or public administration. Not all programs are offered at all UIU locations. For details, see information about each major online and in the current catalog.
School of Business Faculty Profiles
School of Liberal Arts
Offers you majors in art, communication studies, criminal justice, English, English with a creative writing emphasis, graphic design, human services, psychology, social science, sociology, and sport communication. Minors are offered in art, art history, graphic design, communication studies, criminal justice, history, journalism, political science, psychology, sociology and Spanish. An associate of arts degree is offered in liberal arts as well. For students interested in pursuing teacher licensure, the School of Liberal Arts works closely with the Andres School of Education in areas such as: American government, American history, art, English/language arts, journalism, psychology, social studies, sociology, Spanish, and speech communications.
A broad range of course options and curricula is available within the School of Liberal Arts. The opportunity for substantial cross-disciplinary study assures a complete educational experience and preparation in a wide range of skill sets. Liberal Arts offers advising in pre-professional programs such as: law, art therapy, counseling (masters in Counseling), and social work (masters in social work). See information about each major online and in the current catalog.
School of Liberal Arts Faculty Profiles
School of Science and Mathematics
Offers undergraduate programs in the biological sciences, chemistry, environmental science, forensic science, information technology, mathematics and an RN-BSN nursing program. Studying mathematics, technology or the sciences sharpens your ability to ask the right questions and solve important problems using observation,investigation,and logical reasoning. These fields lead to rewarding careers that improve our lives and make a difference in the world. For a full list of majors, minors, course descriptions and degree requirements, see the current catalog.
Grow Your Future with a STEM Degree
(STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
School of Science and Mathematics Faculty Profiles
Through our Academic Extension programs, Upper Iowa gives students the flexibility to study beyond the traditional campus setting at one of our education centers, or through online or self-paced degree program courses. Students may earn undergraduate degrees in accounting, business administration, criminal justice, emergency and disaster management, financial management, health services administration, human resources management, human services, interdisciplinary studies, management, marketing, management information systems, psychology, public administration (with fire science or law enforcement emphasis) and social science. In addition to baccalaureate degrees, the AE program offers certificate programs in emergency and disaster management, human resources management, marketing, organizational communication and organizational leadership. Associate of Arts degrees are available in liberal arts and general business. The RN-BSN major is available at the Cedar Rapids center, Des Moines center, the Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa, the Mesa center in Arizona, and through the Online Program. The Elementary and Secondary Education can be pursued at the Des Moines and Waterloo, Iowa, centers. Three master’s degrees are available including the Master of Business Administration (with emphasis in accounting, corporate financial management, global business, human resources management, organizational development or quality management); the Master of Higher Education Administration and the Master of Public Administration (with emphasis in Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Justice Administration, and Public Personnel Management).
All students are encouraged to work closely with their academic advisor to set up an individual plan of study that includes substantial cross-disciplinary study. Some students may want to consider an interdisciplinary major that allows them to design an academic program that best meets their educational and professional goals.