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Interdisciplinary Programs: Certificates, Minors, Second Majors


Several interdisciplinary programs complement the study of history and extend our own departmental strengths. Many history majors choose to complete a minor, a certificate or even a second major in one of these programs, so consider all these options when registering for courses.

The African American Studies program combines the study of Africa with the African diaspora in the Americas.  The minor in African American studies requires a minimum of 15 s.h.

Center for the Book: The University of Iowa Center for the Book is an interdisciplinary program for the study and practice of book arts and for study of the book as a cultural and historical artifact. The UICB does not at this time offer an undergraduate degree or certificate, but history majors may add dimension to their coursework through UICB courses. For double majors, an area of concentration within the Bachelor of Arts in Interdepartmental Studies may include an emphasis on the cultural and historical aspects of the book.

Center for Asian and Pacific Studies: CAPS supports ongoing educational programs for undergraduates in areas dealing with East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific.

Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies (GWSS): GWSS is an interdisciplinary field that promotes social justice and full citizenship by asking when and how gender intersects with sexuality, class, race, ethnicity, nationality, globalization, and physical ability in ways that can exclude and oppress but that also can enrich cultures and expand opportunities.  History majors could complete a second major in GWSS, or a minor.

Global Health Studies Program (GHSP): The minor in global health studies requires a minimum of 15 s.h. GHSP provides an integrated approach to the complex processes influencing health and disease around the globe. GHSP focuses not only on the manifestations of significant diseases and public health but also on the underlying forces and institutions such as technology, politics, culture, legal structure, history, and economics.

Latin American Studies:  The minor in Latin American Studies requires a minimum of 15 s.h. The Latin American Studies Program (LASP) fosters cross-disciplinary teaching and research on Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Latina/o Studies: The minor in Latina/Latino Studies requires a minimum of 15 s.h. Latina/o Studies offers an interdisciplinary perspective on the history, culture, politics, and experiences of Latina/os in the United States. 

Medieval Studies Certificate Program: The Certificate in Medieval Studies requires a minimum of 21 s.h. The program enables students to combine study in three or more disciplines into an organized investigation of the Middle Ages (roughly the fourth to the fifteenth centuries).

Museum Studies: The Certificate in Museum Studies requires 18 s.h. Museum studies courses introduce students to the spectrum of museum endeavors, from organization and mission planning to institutional histories and current developments in the field.

South Asian Studies Program: The South Asian Studies Program (SASP) is devoted to the enhancement of instruction and research and the dissemination of knowledge about India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. History majors may complete a second major in International Studies with a focus on South Asia.