University of Wisconsin-Whitewater2002-2004 Undergraduate Catalog

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To earn a baccalaureate degree from UW-Whitewater, students must successfully complete the following minimum requirements:

General Education, including:
Communication & Calculation Skills
University Requirements
College or degree or licensure (or a combination thereof)
Major with a 2.00 GPA
Writing Proficiency in the major
Minor with a 2.00 GPA (a minor is mandatory for some major/degree programs and optional for others)
One hundred twenty (120) units
A UW-W cumulative GPA of 2.00 on a 4.00 system

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 units, including General Education and diversity requirements, with a 2.00 UW-W cumulative GPA.



The General Education Program encompasses coursework in both Communication and Calculation Skills and the University Requirements in liberal arts and sciences. As 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 Term 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 REQUIREMENTS: 44 units (or appropriate waivers). If Developmental Studies courses English 90 and/or Math 40/41 are required, they must be completed before enrolling in the related General Education course.

1. Communication and Calculation Skills (12 units or waivers)
a. ENGLISH 101 Freshmen English (or waiver)
b. ENGLISH 102 Freshmen English
c. SPEECH 110 Fundamentals of Speech (or waiver)
d. MATH 140 Mathematical Ideas or 141 Intermediate Algebra (or waiver)
2. University Requirements (32 units)
a. Quantitative and Technical Reasoning (7-11 units)
1. A 4-5 unit laboratory science designated GL
2. 3-6 units of science, math or computer science courses designated GL or GM from at least 1 discipline(Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, LSINDP, Physical Geography, Math Physics) other than the Lab science used in area 2.a.1
b. Cultural Heritages (6 units)
1. GENED 110 World of the Arts
2. GENED 390 World of Ideas
c. Communities (6 units)
1. GENED 130 Individual and Society
2. GENED 120 The U.S. Experience in a World Context OR GENED 140 Global Perspectives
d. Wellness and Physical Activity (1-2 units)
1. PEGNRL 192 Personal Health and Fitness for Life
2. 0-1 unit of HPRC courses designated GP
e. Electives (7-12 units); Additional electives designated GA, GE, GH, GI, or GS; no more that 1 course from any one discipline may be counted in electives

DIVERSITY: One 3-unit Diversity course dealing with the African-American, Native American, Asian-American or Hispanic experience 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 DEVELOPMENTAL REQUIREMENTS: Students who are required to take developmental English or Mathematics courses must complete them in their first 30 units.

COMPLETION OF COMMUNICATION & CALCULATION SKILLS REQUIREMENTS: Students should complete the requirements prior to the completion of 60 units toward graduation.

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

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

1. Written Examination

Contact the Office of Testing & Student Affairs Research (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 units 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 unit levels other than three units. Some of these courses also satisfy the diversity requirement (reference the diversity courses which follow).



ENGLISH 101 Freshman English

ENGLISH 102 Freshman English


SPEECH 110 Fundamentals of Speech

MATH 140 Mathematical Ideas
MATH 141 Intermediate Algebra


General Education Core

GENED 110 World of the Arts

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

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

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


SPEECH 236 Introduction to Cinema

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


General Education Core
GENED 120 U.S. Experience in World Context
GENED 390 World of Ideas

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

SPEECH 240 Public Speaking
SPEECH 359 Rhetoric of the Western World


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Laboratory (GL)


ASTRONMY 112 Introduction to Astronomy (5)

BIOLOGY 120 Biological Foundations (5)
BIOLOGY 141 General Botany (5)
BIOLOGY 142 General Zoology (5)

CHEM 100 Chemistry for the Consumer (5)
CHEM 102 Introductory Chemistry (5)
CHEM 104 Introductory Chemistry (5)


GEOGRPHY 210 Physical Geography (5)


GEOLGY 100 Principles of Geology (5)

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

Non-Laboratory (GM)

General Education Core

GENED 150 Science & Technology in Society


ASTRONMY 114 Descriptive Astronomy

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

COMPSCI 161 Introduction to Computers
COMPSCI 162 Computer Applications
COMPSCI 171 Introduction to Programming

GEOLGY 204 Historical Geology
GEOLGY 300 Principles of Oceanography

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

PHYSCS 210 Descriptive Physics
PHYSCS 240 Physics of Sound and Music


General Education Core
GENED 130 Individual and Society
GENED 140 Global Perspectives

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


ECON 211 Economic Principles, Problems and Policies

ECON 212 Economic Principles, Problems and Policies
GEOGRPHY 250 Geography of Wisconsin
GEOGRPHY 252 Human Environmental Problems
GEOGRPHY 261 Geography of Canada and the United States of America

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

PSYCH 104 Psychology of Human Adjustment
PSYCH 202 Psychology of Women
PSYCH 211 Introductory Psychology

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

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



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



RACEETH 217 Ethnic Politics

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

AFRIAMR 397 Current Issues in Black Studies: Humanities

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

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


INTRAUNV 244 Consumers and Culture
INTRAUNV 246 Business Ethics


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

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


AMERIND 102* Introduction to American Indian Studies


ARTHIST 308/508 Survey of African Art


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


EDFOUND 243* Education in a Pluralistic Society

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


GEOGRPY 430* Geography of Race and Ethnicity in the United States

HISTRY 141 Modern Black American History
HISTRY 324 American Indian History

MUSC 144 Cultural Music of the Americas
MUSC 244 Native American Music


POLISCI 217 Ethnic Politics

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


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

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


SPEECH 424 Cross Cultural Communication


WOMENST 370 Women: Race and Ethnicity

* Not General Education Courses

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