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 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.

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.

PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS: 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.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS: 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.

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.

PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS: 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 or Mathematical Ideas 3 credits or waiver
- 760-141 - Intermediate Algebra

(Math 760-140 is intended only for students who will not have to take additional math for their major, minor, or degree requirements.)

GENERAL EDUCATION DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS: 38 credits required. No more than two courses may be elected from a discipline. This restriction does not apply to foreign language. Retroactive foreign language credits do not count in General Education.

CORE 18 credits

Core requirement - six 3-credit courses (cannot be taken for satisfactory/no credit grade basis)

a. INTR 900-110 World of the Arts
b. INTR 900-120 U.S. World Context
c. INTR 900-130 Individual and Society
d. INTR 900-140 Global Perspectives
e. INTR 900-150 Science & Technology in Society
f. INTR 900-390 World of Ideas


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


Elected from the following: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology or designated Speech courses.


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, Theatre or designated Speech courses.

HUMANITIES 0-9 credits

Elected from the following: English Literature, Foreign Languages, History, Philosophy, Religious Studies or designated Speech courses.


Elected from Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, Physical Geography, or Physics.


Elected from Race and Ethnic Cultures or Women's Studies.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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).


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)


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 Novel680-264 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


681-141 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


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
740-302 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
782-251 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


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)
630-360 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 (5) Business and the Social Sciences
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

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