Undergraduate Bulletin


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 studentsí 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 Proficiency, 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. Proficiency and 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 Bulletin.

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.

Proficiency courses do not count as part of the 38-credit General Education requirement.


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 (see transfer information section).


12 credits or appropriate waivers. If remedial work in English 090, Math 040 or 041 is required, it must be completed before enrolling in the related proficiency course. Both remedial and proficiency courses may be taken on an S/NC grade basis.


38 credits. No more than two courses may be elected from a discipline.

There are two components to the distribution requirements:

  1. 18 Credit Core: The core is composed of six required courses which will introduce students to essential knowledge and to connections across disciplines. The first five courses should be completed in the first two years:

    The sixth course, "The World of Ideas," is intended as a junior level course.

  2. 20 Credits of Breadth Electives: Breadth electives provide students with an educational base, while allowing them to tailor general education to their own interests and goals. Courses selected for these electives must be designated as General Education Courses in the course description.


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.


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.


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


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 at UW-W.


12 credits or appropriate waivers required.
English 680-101     Freshman English         3 credits or credits by exam  
English 680-102     Freshman English         3 credits																																							                                                                   
Speech 166-110      Fundamentals of Speech   3 credits or waiver                                                                        
Math 760-140        Mathematical Ideas       3 credits 
or 760-141          Intermediate Algebra     waiver
(Math 760-140 is intended only for students who will not have to take additional math for their major, minor, or degree requirements.)


38 credits required. No more than two courses may be elected from a discipline. This restriction does not apply to foreign language. Courses of the same discipline cannot be used to fulfill more than one area of General Education. Retroactive foreign language credits do not count in General Education.

CORE - 18 credits

1. Core requirement - six 3-credit courses (cannot be taken for satisfactory/no credit grade basis)
     a. ARTS     100-105     World of the Arts
     b. HIST     740-105     U.S. World Context
     c. GNAC     600-105     Science & Technology in Society
     d. PSYC     840-105     Individual and Society                  
        SOC      880-105     (only one of these courses may be taken)
        WMST     890-105     (only one of these courses may be taken)   
        ANTH     892-105
     e. ECON     230-105     Global Perspectives                     
        GEOG     722-105     (only one of these courses may be taken)
        PSCI     820-105     (only one of these courses may be taken)  
     f. GNAC     600-390     World of Ideas

2. BREADTH ELECTIVES - 20 credits

Laboratory Science - 5 credits
Select a five-credit laboratory science course from Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physical Geography or Physics.

Social Sciences - 3-9 credits
Elected from the following: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.

Personal Health and Fitness - 1-2 credits
HPRC 440-192, Personal Health and Fitness for Life, and 0-1 credit from courses designated as Physical Education.

Arts - 0-6 credits
Elected from Art, Dance, Music or Theatre.

Humanities - 0-9 credits
Elected from the following: English Literature, Foreign Languages, History, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Speech.

Natural Sciences/Mathematics - 0-7 credits
Elected from Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, Physical Geography, or Physics.

Ethnic or Women's Studies - 0-9 credits
Elected from Race and Ethnic Cultures or Women's Studies.

Interdisciplinary - 0-6 credits
Elected from Liberal Arts or Liberal Arts/Professional Interdisciplinary Courses.


English Placement Test: All entering students except those who have been granted credit at UW-Whitewater for English 101 or who have scored a 22 or above on the enhanced ACT English sub-test (SAT verbal 470 or above) are required to take an English Placement Test prior to registration for their first semester to determine their skills in reading and writing.

The test results will help the English Department determine the proper placement of students in English courses. Some students may be required to take English 090 before being admitted to English 101. Superior students may be eligible to apply for credit by examination for English 101.


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.
WAIVER OF MATHEMATICS 760-141 is granted if any one of the following four conditions is met:
  1. ACT Math subscore of 24 or above.

  2. SAT Math subscore of 535 or above.

  3. Combined score of 612 or more on sections A and B of the University of Wisconsin Mathematics Placement Test.

  4. Combined score of 590 or more on sections B and C of the University of Wisconsin Mathematics Placement Test.
Mathematics Placement Test. All entering students except those who have been granted credit at UW-Whitewater for the math 141 or who have taken the ACT test and scored an ACT Math subscore of 24 or above (SAT Math - 535 or more) are required to take the University of Wisconsin Mathematics Placement Test prior to registration for their first semester. If the test scores are low, students will be required to take the Arithmetic Skills Test to determine if they must take remedial mathematics 760-040 and/or 760-041. Waiver of any course does not reduce the total number of credits required for graduation.

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 have satisfied that proficiency requirement.

GENERAL STUDIES REQUIREMENTS: 31 credits for students not required to meet the new General Education requirements as defined earlier.

2-4 credits -Arts. Elected from art, music, theatre and dance***.

6-9 credits -Humanities**. Elected from at least two of the following areas: foreign languages, history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, selected speech communication courses.

5-10 credits -Natural Sciences and Mathematics***. To include a 5 credit laboratory science course elected from astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, physical geography, physics and 0-5 credits elected from astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics and physics.

9-12 credits -The Social Sciences***. Elected from at least three of the following: anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology.

1-2 credits -Physical Education/Dance/Leadership and Military Science***.

0-6 credits -Race and Ethnic Cultures or Womenís Studies.

0-6 credits -Liberal Arts or Liberal Arts/Professional Interdisciplinary Courses.

Minimum totals must be met in each of the above areas; no more than the maximums will count toward the required 31 credit total.

** Only foreign language credits earned in a college course may count toward General Studies.

*** Courses of the same discipline can satisfy only one area of General Studies. Therefore dance courses cannot be used in both the arts and the physical education areas and geography cannot be used in both the natural and the social science areas.


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).


100-105 World of the Arts


110-102 2-Dimensional Design
110-103 3-Dimensional Design
110-121 Basic Art
110-201 Drawing 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
150-242 Introduction to Music Literature (2)
150-244 Native American Music

166-236 Introduction to Cinema

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


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
680-274 Creative Writing
680-281 Introduction to Language Study

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


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 Advance Spanish Language Study
686-322 Advance Spanish Language Study

600-390 World of Ideas

740-105 U.S. in World Context
740-120 Modern Black American History
740-124 American History
740-130 The East Asian Tradition
740-131 East Asia Since 1800
740-140 Intro. Latin American History
740-154 Western Civilization
740-155 History of Modern Europe
740-300 American Colonial History to 1763
740-304 The Age of Civil War and
Reconstruction 1850-1877
740-307 Recent America, 1945 to Present
740-315 Women in American History
740-340 Introduction to African History
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
782-251 Logic
782-261 Introduction to Ethics
782-271 Introduction to Aesthetics
782-281 Social Philosophy
782-291 Philosophy of the Natural and Social Sciences
782-300 Epistemology and Metaphysics
782-341 Classical Philosophy
782-342 Modern Philosophy
782-343 American Philosophy
782-345 Contemporary Philosophy

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)

805-114 Descriptive Astronomy

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

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

600-105 Science & Technology in Society

616-204 Historical Geology
616-300 Principles of Oceanography

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

760-111 Mathematics for ElementaryTeacher 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)


892-105 Individual and Society
892-110 Introductory Anthropology
892-218 Cultural Anthropology
892-228 Anthropology of Religion
892-230 Traditional Societies in Change
892-334 Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective

230-105 Global Perspectives - Economics
230-211 Economic Principles, Problems and Policies
230-212 Economic Principles, Problems and Policies

722-105 Global Perspectives - Geography
722-250 Geography of Wisconsin
722-252 Human Environmental Problems
722-261 Geography of Canada and the United States of America

820-105 Global Perspectives - Political Science
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
840-105 Individual and Society
840-202 Psychology of Women
840-211 Introductory Psychology

880-105 Individual and Society
880-250 Social Problems
880-252 Marriage and the Family
880-265 Race Relations
880-270 African American Community
880-276 Introduction to Criminology

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


890-105 Individual and Society


440-192 Personal Health and Fitness for Life (1)
440-103 Beginning Archery (1/2)
440-104 Beginning Badminton (1/2)
440-106 Beginning AerobicExercise 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 FitnessDevelopment (1/2)
440-113 Intermediate Aerobics Exerciseand 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)
440-145 Beginning Square Dance (1/2)
440-147 Beginning Social Dance (Latin & Midwestern) (1/2)
440-150 Swimming I (Beginning) (1/2)
440-151 Swimming II (Intermediate) (1/2)
440-152 Swimming III (Advanced Intermediate) (1/2)
440-155 Beginning Aqua Aerobics (1/2)
440-157 Swimming IV (Life Saving) (1)
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 (1/2)
440-176 Intermediate Tae Kwon Do Karate (1/2)
440-180 Open Water Scuba ìCheck-Out Divesî (1)
440-183 Exercisewalking (1/2)
440-185 Beginning Mountaineering/Rappelling (1/2)
440-186 Beginning Orienteering (1/2)
440-187 Military Conditioning I (1/2)
440-190 Swim For Fitness (1/2)
442-251 Water Safety Instructor Training
442-291 Lifeguard Training (2)

450-122 Beginning Orienteering (1/2)
450-123 Beginning Mountaineering/Rappelling (1/2)


610-217 Ethnic Politics

614-100 Introduction to Black Culture
614-120 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

100-215 The Fine Arts in Western Culture
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
614-120 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 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
615-480 Mexican Literature in Translation

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 United States
680-345 Afro-American Literature, 1800 to Present
680-368 American Minority Women Writers
680-369* Multicultural Drama of the United States

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

740-120 Modern Black American History
740-420* The History of Black America
740-424* 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

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

133-369* Multicultural Drama of the United States

890-370* Women: Race and Ethnicity

* Not General Education Courses

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