Information For Current UWW Students


  • Current UW-Whitewater students who are considering declaring a Liberal Studies Major after being Undeclared

  • Current UW-Whitewater students who are considering changing their major to Liberal Studies from another major


Step 1: Do your research. 

1A) Understand what Liberal Studies is all about. Liberal Studies is an interdisciplinary approach to education. A degree in liberal studies will give you the chance to take courses in a variety of disciplines, including science, math, history, english, philosophy, and religious studies. Liberal Studies can prepare you for a variety of careers.

1B) Choose which of the 4 Liberal Studies Degree options would be best for you.

  • Bachelor's of Arts without a minor (54 units required) - This degree requires that you complete two semesters of a foreign language (this can be waived if you completed two years or more of the same foreign language in high school and graduated from high school before 2012).

  • Bachelor's of Science without a minor (54 units required) - This degree requires that you complete two lab sciences and 5 units of math (above MATH 141) or 3 units of math (above MATH 141) and 3 units of computer science.

  • Bachelor's of Arts with a minor (36 units required) - This degree requires that you complete two semesters of a foreign language (this can be waived if you completed two years or more of the same foreign language in high school and graduated from high school before 2012). This degree also requires a minor that is approved by the College of Letters and Sciences.

  • Bachelor's of Science with a minor (36 units required) - This degree requires that you complete two lab sciences and 5 units of math (above MATH 141) or 3 units of math (above MATH 141) and 3 units of computer science. This degree also requires a minor that is approved by the College of Letters and Sciences.

1C) Understand the Liberal Studies program requirements. You can view the Checksheet for the degree option you have chosen. The checksheet for your chosen degree option will explain the degree requirements by category.

1D) Figure out how the classes you've already taken fit into the Liberal Studies program. You can request a "What-If AAR" from the Liberal Studies Program Coordinator. All you need to do is email the Coordinator explaining which major(s) and/or minor(s) you would like to view. This will give you an idea of where you would stand if you declared this major. Do note, however, that some classes may require personalization, so this "What-If AAR" is not official.

1E) Figure out how many semesters you have remaining before graduation by dividing the total the number of units remaining to be completed (as determined in step 1D) by the number of units you plan to take each semester. This will give you the number of semesters you will need to complete before graduation. Remember that all UW-Whitewater students must earn at least 120 units and fulfill all degree requirements in order to graduate.

If you still have questions about the liberal studies program, please email the Liberal Studies Program Coordinator.


Step 2: Decide if Liberal Studies is right for you.

Is Liberal Studies best for you between now & graduation? Will a degree in liberal studies help you graduate faster?Is Liberal Studies best for you after graduation? Will a degree in liberal studies give you the skills and credentials necessary for the career you want?


Step 3: Make it official.

If Liberal Studies is right for you, complete the Change of Major Form (you will have to visit the department of your former major to get a signature) and then submit it to Debby Piper in Laurentide 4205. After this occurs, within a few days, your Academic Advising Report (AAR) will be updated in WINS to reflect your Liberal Studies major. You can also view sample Liberal Studies AARs to get an idea of what yours will look like. [Note: Your AAR may need to be personalized so that all of your courses show up in the right places. This personalization will take place at your first meeting with your advisor.]


Step 4: Schedule an appointment with your advisor.

After you officially matriculate into the Liberal Studies Program, you will receive an email from the Department of Philosophy and Religions Studies. That email will include the name and contact information for your new advisor. You should then contact your advisor to set up an appointment.


Step 5: Prepare for your first advising session.

5A) Be sure that all of your holds in WINS (with the exception of an Academic Advising hold which will remain until your advising session) are removed.

5B) Fill in as much of your degree plan checksheet as you can. Use the Liberal Studies Course Catalog to help. Return to Step 1 above for more information.

5C) Compile a list of courses you are interested in taking next semester. Return to Step 1 above for more information. Use the search feature in WINS to see the schedule of classes being offered.


Step 6: Meet with your advisor.

At this meeting, you will talk to your advisor about personalizing your AAR, go over the list of courses you compiled, and decide which courses are best for you to take next semester. After you leave the meeting, you will be able to register for classes in WINS. Then you are on your way to success in the Liberal Studies program!

Location

College of Letters & Sciences
Laurentide Hall 4100
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
800 W. Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

Resources For

Faculty/Staff Contact

Office of the Dean
Rebecca Reichert
Phone: (262) 472-1621
E-mail: reicherr@uww.edu

Student Contact

Advising Office
Phone: (262) 472-1550
E-mail: lsadvise@uww.edu

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