University of Wisconsin-Whitewater2000-2001 Undergraduate Catalog

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To earn a baccalaureate degree from UW-Whitewater, students must successfully complete the following minimum requirements: It should be noted that several degree/major/minor programs require a GPA higher than 2.00 for admission, retention and graduation. A combined UW-W and transfer GPA may be used to determine the minimum standard for some programs.

Students may earn an Associate of Arts degree by successfully completing a minimum of 60 credits, including proficiency requirements, general education and breadth, specific course, and diversity requirements with a 2.00 UW-W cumulative GPA.



General Education is the foundation for all university degrees. It gives breadth and balance to a university degree and defines an educated person. General Education: 1) provides students with the skills and proficiencies needed to succeed academically; 2) exposes students to core knowledge and concepts of the Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, and Natural and Social Sciences; 3) provides a diversity of viewpoints, ensuring that students gain familiarity with the art, literature, philosophy, and institutions of our own and other cultures; 4) hones the students' thinking and communication skills as they confront the complex issues of historical and contemporary times and attempt to understand trends and problems; and 5) encourages students to cultivate new interests so as to engage in lifelong learning.

 Education for the professions needs to be built upon this base. University graduates need to see the social and historical context of their chosen profession, so they will understand the reciprocal interaction of profession, society, and daily lives. Career opportunities now and in the future will require individuals who can actively respond to changing work environments, continue to learn and grow, and work cooperatively with people of diverse backgrounds. The broad exposure provided by the general education program facilitates informed career decisions in college and better equips individuals to respond to evolving personal aspirations and changing career opportunities.


The goals of general education are to enable students to:
  1. Think critically and analytically, integrate and synthesize knowledge, and draw conclusions from complex information.
  2. Make sound ethical and value judgments based on the development of a personal value system, on an understanding of the cultural heritage students share, and a knowledge of past successes, failures, and consequences of individual roles and societal choices.
  3. Understand and appreciate the cultures of the U.S.A. and other countries, both contemporary and historical, appreciate cultural diversity, and live responsibly in an interdependent world.
  4. Acquire a base of knowledge common to educated persons, the capacity to expand that base over their lifetime by understanding the way that knowledge is generated, organized, tested, and modified, while recognizing the past and current limits to understanding.
  5. Communicate effectively in written, oral, and symbolic form with an appreciation of aesthetic and logical considerations in conveying ideas.
  6. Understand the natural and physical world, the process by which scientific concepts are developed, tested, and modified, and the reliability and limitations of scientific knowledge.
  7. Appreciate the importance of the fine and performing arts.
  8. Develop the mathematical and quantitative skills necessary for calculation, analysis, and problem solving and the ability to use a computer when appropriate.
  9. Understand the factors and habits that are essential for continual mental and physical health and well being, and evaluate the information and advice offered on these topics.
Students are required to complete the General Education and Diversity Requirements as part of the requirements for graduation. The letter "G" appearing after the course title identifies the course as one that can be used in satisfying the University General Education requirement. The second letter following the "G" identifies the category within General Education in which the course applies. Diversity courses are identified with the appropriate term after the course title.

General Education courses used to satisfy major, minor or curricular requirements are subject to any specific college restrictions on their use for these requirements as detailed in this Catalog.

Students with a strong high school preparation in a given subject area are urged to elect either an advanced course in that area (with departmental approval) or an introductory course in some other area when selecting General Education courses.

The General Education program that went into effect for the Fall 1994 Semester is required for all new freshmen entering UW-Whitewater for the first time in Fall 1994 or later. Transfer students for Fall 1996 or later will be held to these requirements.

GENERAL EDUCATION DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS: 50 credits. No more than two courses from any one discipline may be counted in Electives (area 6). If Developmental Studies courses English 090 and/or Math 040, 041 are required, they must be completed before enrolling in the related General Education course. This restriction does not apply to foreign language. Retroactive foreign language credits do not count in General Education.

  1. Communication Skills (9 credits including waivers)
    1. English 680-101 (or waiver) (Proficiency)
    2. English 680-102 (Proficiency)
    3. Speech 166-110 (or waiver) (Proficiency)
  2. Quantitative and Technical Reasoning (11 credits)
    1. Math 760-140 or 760-141 (or waiver) (Proficiency)
    2. INTR 900-150 Science & Technology (Core)
    c. 5 credits in lab science courses designated GL (Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physical Geography, or Physics)
  3. Cultural Heritages (9 credits)
    1. INTR 900-110 World of Arts (Core)
    2. INTR 900-120 U.S. World Context (Core)
    3. INTR 900-390 World of Ideas (Core) (Jr Level Course)
  4. Communities (6 credits)
    1. INTR 900-130 Individual and Society (Core)
    2. INTR 900-140 Global Perspectives (Core)
  5. Personal Health and Fitness (1 credit) P Ed 440-192 Personal Health and Fitness
  6. Electives (14 credits to bring Gen. Ed. Total to 50 credits); no more than 2 courses from any one discipline may be counted in this area.
    1. 3-9 credits in Social Science courses designated GS (Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology or designated Speech courses)
    2. 0-6 credits in Arts courses designated GA (Elected from Art, Dance, Music, Theatre or designated Speech courses)
    3. 0-9 credits in Humanities courses designated GH (Elected from the following: English Literature, Foreign Languages, History, Philosophy, Religious Studies or designated Speech courses)
    4. 0-7 credits in Natural Sciences/Mathematical and Computer Sciences courses designated GL/GM (Elected from Astronomy, Geology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, Physical Geography or Physics)
    5. 0-9 credits in Ethnic/Women's Studies courses designated GE (Elected from Race and Ethnic Cultures or Women's Studies)
    6. 0-6 credits in Interdisciplinary courses designated GI (Elected from Liberal Arts or Liberal Arts/Professional Interdisciplinary courses)
    7. 0-1 credit from Physical Education courses designated GP
DIVERSITY: One 3-credit diversity course is required for graduation. Approved courses are identified in the Diversity section following the General Education courses. These courses may also be used to satisfy requirements in other areas, including General Education. If approved for General Education, a diversity course may be used for the general education distribution requirements.

WRITING PROFICIENCY: Students must demonstrate writing proficiency in their major. The department of the major determines the requirement which may be a course within the degree or major requirements, a specified course outside the major, or a writing sample evaluated by the faculty. Check with the chairperson of the major for details. Students pursuing a double major must complete the writing proficiency for only one of the two majors.

COMPLETION OF REMEDIAL REQUIREMENTS: Students who are required to take remedial English or Mathematics courses must complete them in their first 30 credits.

COMPLETION OF PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS: Students should complete the University Proficiency requirements prior to the completion of 60 credits toward graduation.

Students who transfer to UW-Whitewater with 60 or more credits toward graduation should complete the course(s) within their first semester here.

WAIVER OF SPEECH: 166-110 is granted upon successfully fulfilling the following two requirements which can be attempted only once by each student:

1. Written Examination

Contact the Testing Center (472-5613) and arrange to take the speech waiver exam during the first two weeks of classes. Results of said exam will be posted at Heide 465 during the following week. A score of 80% correct is required to pass the written examination.

2. Speaking Requirement

 After selecting a topic supplied by the speech department, the student will have a minimum of three days to prepare a 5-7 minute persuasive speech. Three members of the speech department will evaluate this speech. If it is decided that the speech is 'B' or better, the student will be waived from Speech 110. Results will be posted the following day at Heide 465.


All students are required to take an ACT or SAT I test. At UW-Whitewater, English and/or Math course placement is based on ACT/SAT I sub scores:

24+/570+ waived from Intermediate Algebra 760-140 or 141
21-23/530-569 Math 140 or 141
18-20/460-529 Math 041
01-17/460-529 Math 040 followed by 041

30+/700+ English 101 waived, placement in English 102
18-29/470-699 English 101
01-17/200-469 Placement in English 090

Students who took ACT tests prior to September 1989 should contact the Testing Center for an interpretation of their scores.

Students who are waived from Mathematics 141, English 101 and/or Speech 110 have satisfied that General Education proficiency requirement.

Students may not take for credit any course for which they have received a waiver, nor may they take for credit any course in the same department that is a prerequisite for a course that has been waived (e.g., if a student has been waived from Math 143, he may not take Math 141 for credit).

Waiver of any course does not reduce the total number of credits required for graduation.


The following courses have been approved by the University Curriculum Committee for inclusion in General Education. Changes to this list can occur at any time. A course must be identified as General Education for the term in which it is successfully completed for it to satisfy the requirement. The numbers in () indicate credit levels other than three credits. Some of these courses also satisfy the diversity requirement (reference the diversity courses which follow).


680-101 Freshman English
680-102 Freshman English
166-110 Fundamentals of Speech
760-140 Mathematical Ideas
760-141 Intermediate Algebra


General Education Core
900-110 World of the Arts

110-102 2-Dimensional Design
110-103 3-Dimensional Design
110-121 Basic Art
110-201 Drawing I
110-251 Ceramics I
110-271 Metal and Jewelry I
115-111 Art Appreciation (2)
All art history courses (115 department number) at the 200 and 300 level.

131-110 Dance Appreciation (2)
131-141 Contemporary Dance Technique I (2)
131-144 Jazz Dance (2)
131-145 Ballet I (2)
131-243 Improvisation/Sound (2)

150-140 Introduction to Classical Music (2)
150-141 History of Popular Music in America (2)
150-143 Survey of American Jazz (2)
150-144 Cultural Music of the Americas
150-244 Native American Music
150-245 Music History I
150-246 Music History II
150-247 Music History III

166-236 Introduction to Cinema

133-100 Theatre Appreciation (2)
133-110 Introduction to the Theatre
133-200 Theatre Activities (1-2)


General Education Core
900-120 U.S. in World Context
900-390 World of Ideas

680-200 Chicano Literature: Historical Context and Contemporary Text
680-201 Contemporary Chicano Literature
> 680-206 British Literature Survey I
680-216 British Literature Survey II
680-226 American Literature Survey
680-251 Classical Myth and Legend as Sources for Literature
680-252 The Bible as Literature
680-256 World Literature I: Ancient Times Through Renaissance
680-257 World Literature II: Neoclassical Through Modern
> 680-258 World Literature III: China, India, Japan
680-263 The Contemporary Novel
680-264 Women in Literature: A Feminist Re-Evaluation
680-265 Multicultural Literature of the US
680-281 Introduction to Language Study

166-240 Public Speaking
166-359 Rhetoric of the Western World


681-101 Beginning Japanese I (2)
681-102 Beginning Japanese II (2)
681-141 Beginning Chinese (4)
681-142 Beginning Chinese (4)

682-141 Beginning French (4)
682-142 Beginning French (4)
682-251 Intermediate French (4)
682-252 Intermediate French (4)
682-321 Advance French Language Study
682-322 Advance French Language Study

684-141 Beginning German (4)
684-142 Beginning German (4)
684-251 Intermediate German (4)
684-252 Intermediate German (4)
684-321 Advance German Language Study
684-322 Advance German Language Study

686-141 Beginning Spanish (4)
686-142 Beginning Spanish (4)
686-251 Intermediate Spanish (4)
686-252 Intermediate Spanish (4)
686-321 Advanced Spanish Language Study
686-322 Advanced Spanish Language Study

740-124 American History
740-130 The East Asian Tradition
740-131 East Asia Since 1800
740-140 Intro. Latin American History
740-141 Modern Black American History
740-154 Western Civilization
740-155 History of Modern Europe
740-300 American Colonial History to 1763
740-302 From New Nation to Manifest Destiny: American History 1789-1850
740-304 The Age of Civil War and Reconstruction 1850-1877
740-307 Recent America, 1945 to Present
740-315 Women in American History
740-316 U.S. Social History to 1865
740-317 U.S. Social History 1865 to Present
740-333 From Newton to the Nuclear Age: History of Western Science since 1600
740-340 Introduction to African History
740-342 Early Latin America to 1860
740-343 Modern Latin America
740-346 History of Mexico
740-351 England and the British Empire
740-352 England and the British Empire
740-355 Renaissance and the Reformation
740-362 American Business History

782-241 Introduction to Philosophy
782-245 Contemporary Moral Issues
782-247 Bio-Ethics
782-251 Logic
782-261 Introduction to Ethics
782-271 Introduction to Aesthetics 782-281 Social Philosophy
782-291 Philosophy of the Natural and Social Sciences
782-341 Classical Philosophy
782-342 Modern Philosophy
782-343 American Philosophy
782-345 Contemporary Philosophy
782-365 Philosophy & Religious Aspects of Death & Dying

786-201 Introduction to Religious Studies
786-211 Introduction to Eastern Religions
786-212 Introduction to Western Religions
786-252 The Bible as Literature
786-303 Eastern Religious Thought
786-330 Women & Religion
786-351 Religion in American Culture
786-355 Renaissance and the Reformation


Laboratory (GL)

805-112 Introduction to Astronomy (5)

630-120 Biological Foundations (5)
630-141 General Botany (5)
630-142 General Zoology (5)

640-100 Chemistry for the Consumer (5)
640-102 Introductory Chemistry (5)
640-104 Introductory Chemistry (5)

722-210 Physical Geography (5)

616-100 Principles of Geology (5)

800-130 Physical Science Foundations (5)
800-160 General Physics I (4)
800-161 General Physics Laboratory I (1)
800-162 General Physics II (4)
800-163 General Physics Laboratory II (1)
800-170 Introductory Physics I
800-172 Introductory Physics II
800-173 Introductory Physics Laboratory I (1)
800-174 Introductory Physics III
800-175 Introductory Physics Laboratory II (1)

Non-Laboratory (GM)

General Education Core
900-150 Science & Technology in Society

805-114 Descriptive Astronomy

630-214 Ecology and Man
630-230 Human Sexuality (1)
630-247 Bio-Ethics
630-360 Human Anatomy and Physiology (1-4)

765-161 Introduction to Computers
765-162 Computer Applications
765-171 Introduction to Programming

616-204 Historical Geology
616-300 Principles of Oceanography

760-111 Mathematics for Elementary Teacher I
760-143 Finite Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences
760-152 Elementary Functions (5)
760-231 Understanding Probability and Statistics
760-243 Short Calculus for Business and Social Sciences
760-250 Applied Calculus Survey for Business and the Social Sciences (5)
760-253 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (5)

800-210 Descriptive Physics
800-240 Physics of Sound and Music


General Education Core
900-130 Individual and Society
900-140 Global Perspectives

892-110 Introductory Anthropology
892-218 Cultural Anthropology
892-228 Anthropology of Religion
892-230 Traditional Societies in Change
892-312 Civilizations and Societies of Latin America
892-324 Peoples & Cultures of the Pacific
892-334 Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective

230-211 Economic Principles, Problems and Policies
230-212 Economic Principles, Problems and Policies

722-250 Geography of Wisconsin
722-252 Human Environmental Problems
722-261 Geography of Canada and the United States of America

820-141 American Government and Politics
820-217 Ethnic Politics
820-247 Issues and Crises in American Politics
820-250 Introduction to Political Theory

840-104 Psychology of Human Adjustment
840-202 Psychology of Women
840-211 Introductory Psychology

880-250 Social Problems
880-252 Marriage and the Family
880-265 Race Relations
880-270 African American Community
880-276 Introduction to Criminology
880-290 Introduction to Modern East Asian Societies

166-131 Introduction to Mass Communication
166-232 Foundations of Electronic Media
166-325 Psychology of Speech
166-420 Listening Behavior
166-424 Cross Cultural Communication


440-103 Beginning Archery (1/2)
440-104 Beginning Badminton (1/2)
440-106 Beginning Aerobic Exercise and Dance (1/2)
440-108 Beginning Bowling (1/2)
440-109 Intermediate Bowling (1/2)
440-110 Beginning Jogging (1/2)
440-111 Beginning Physical Fitness Development (1/2)
440-113 Intermediate Aerobics Exercise and Dance (1/2)
440-115 Beginning Fencing (1/2)
440-120 Beginning Golf (1/2)
440-121 Intermediate Golf (1/2)
440-125 Beginning Paddleball (1/2)
440-141 Beginning Yoga (1/2)
440-142 Intermediate Yoga (1/2)
440-143 Beginning Folk Dance (1/2)
440-144 Beginning Social Dance Classic (1/2)
440-147 Beginning Social Dance (1/2) (Latin & Midwestern)
440-150 Swimming I (Beginning) (1/2)
440-151 Swimming II (Intermediate) (1/2)
440-152 Swimming III (1/2) (Advanced Intermediate)
440-158 Beginning Skin and Scuba Diving (1)
440-159 Beginning Canoeing (1)
440-160 Beginning Tennis (1/2)
440-161 Intermediate Tennis (1/2)
440-166 Beginning Volleyball (Power) (1/2)
440-167 Beginning Weight Training (1/2)
440-168 Intermediate Volleyball (1/2)
440-170 Beginning Self Defense (1/2)
440-173 Beginning Sport Judo (1/2)
440-175 Beginning Tae Kwon Do: Karate (½)
440-176 Intermediate Tae Kwon Do Karate (½)
440-180 Open Water Scuba "Check-Out Dives" (1)
440-183 Exercisewalking (½)
440-186 Beginning Orienteering (½)
440-187 Military Conditioning I (1)
440-190 Swim For Fitness (½)
440-192 Personal Health and Fitness for Life (1)
442-251 Water Safety Instructor Training
442-291 Lifeguard Training (2)

450-122 Beginning Orienteering (½)
450-123 Beginning Mountaineering/Rappelling (½)


610-217 Ethnic Politics

614-100 Introduction to Black Culture
614-141 Modern Black American History
614-270 African American Community
614-320 A History of Black Migration in the United States
614-396 Current Issues in Black Studies: Social & Behavioral Sciences
614-397 Current Issues in Black Studies: Humanities

615-150 Introduction to Chicano Studies
615-200 Chicano Literature: Historical Context and Contemporary Text
615-201 Contemporary Chicano Literature
> 615-310 History of Chicanos in the U.S.: 19th Century Roots and 20th Century Development
615-320 Politics of the Chicano
615-330 Chicano and Latino American Thought

890-100 Introduction to Women's Studies
890-240 Women and Work
890-250 Women in American Culture
890-370 Women: Race and Ethnicity


940-244 Consumers and Culture
940-246 Business Ethics


The courses listed also count in General Education unless identified with an asterisk (*).

614-100 Introduction to Black Culture
614-141 Modern Black American History
614-270 African American Community
614-320 A History of Black Migration in the United States
614-360* Black Political and Social Thought
614-396 Current Issues in Black Studies: Social & Behavioral Science
614-397 Current Issues in Black Studies: Humanities
614-470* African American Family

611-102* Introduction to American Indian Studies

115-308/508 Survey of African Art

615-200 Chicano Literature: Historical Context & Contemporary Text
615-201 Contemporary Chicano Literature
> 615-310 History in the US: 19th Century Roots & 20th Century Development
615-320 Politics of the Chicano
615-330 Chicano and Latino American Thought

420-243* Education in a Pluralistic Society

680-200 Chicano Literature: Historical Context & Contemporary Text
680-201 Contemporary Chicano Literature
> 680-265 Multicultural Literature of the U.S.
680-345* Afro-American Literature, 1800 to Present
680-368* American Minority Women Writers

722-430* Geography of Race and Ethnicity in the United States

740-141 Modern Black American History
740-324 American Indian History

150-144 Cultural Music of the Americas
150-244 Native American Music

820-217 Ethnic Politics

610-217 Ethnic Politics
610-380* Race, Ethnicity, and Social Justice: Issues for Helping Professionals
610-368* American Minority Women Writers

860-380* Race, Ethnicity, and Social Justice: Issues for Helping Professionals

880-265 Race Relations
880-270 African American Community
880-459* Sociology of Minorities
880-470* African American Family

166-424 Cross Cultural Communication

890-370 Women: Race and Ethnicity
* Not General Education Courses

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