Degree Requirements and Graduation


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater offers the following undergraduate degrees: Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts-Letters & Sciences, Bachelor of Arts-Arts & Communication, Bachelor of Arts in Education, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science-Letters & Sciences, Bachelor of Science-Arts & Communication, and Bachelor of Science in Education. The University has the right to rescind a previously granted degree if the University becomes aware of information that the degree should not have been granted.


Students are responsible for meeting all degree requirements in effect at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater at the time that they declare their current major, unless they interrupt their attendance at Whitewater by an absence of four or more consecutive academic terms (including Summer), in which case upon re-entry they will be subject to the requirements in effect at that time.

As students enter the University, a requirement term is assigned to their record. They will be held to that set of degree requirements for graduation unless they change majors. Although the University Catalog is published every two years, requirements will be monitored on a term-by-term basis. New students registering for Fall term will be held to the curricular changes approved during the preceding term. If a department or college curricular change is made retroactive (due to unusual circumstances), the responsibility is then assumed by the unit making the change to notify all students affected by that change in a timely manner.

Students have the option of requesting a more current set of academic requirements at any time by reporting to their advising location; however, it is not possible to satisfy an earlier set of requirements without permission from the dean of the college of the major. The requirement term on students’ records will be updated automatically as part of the change of major/minor process. All subsequent ARs will reflect the later set of requirements, if the requirements have changed since initial entry into the University.


A minimum of 30 units of UW-Whitewater course work is required to qualify for an undergraduate degree. At least 15 of these 30 units must be taken at UW-Whitewater immediately prior to graduation. A minimum of 25% of the major course units and 25% of the minor course units must be completed at UW-Whitewater. Students pursuing any major in the BBA curriculum must complete course work in at least six courses (18 unit minimum) in their major field. A maximum of two transfer courses may count in the BBA major.


Students must take required courses in their major and their minor on a conventional grade basis. The same course units may not be counted in both the major(s) and the minor(s). In those cases in which the same courses are required in more than one major and/or minor, departments will determine appropriate additional courses to meet the minimum unit requirements for each. The minimum unit requirements must be met for each major and each minor.

If students have not completed their degree requirements within eight years, they may be required by the dean of the college in which they are enrolled to satisfy newer requirements as deemed appropriate. Under special conditions, substitutions are allowed that are in their best interest and considered educationally sound by the dean.


Students who have received their first degree at UW-Whitewater may earn a second degree provided that it is not the same as the first degree (e.g., a student whose first degree is a Letters & Sciences BA could not receive a second Letters & Sciences BA degree but would be eligible for a Letters & Sciences BS or Arts & Communication BA). The first degree will be considered to have satisfied all Communication and Calculation Skills, University (General Education), Diversity, and minor (if any) requirements. Students must complete all other degree and major requirements; credits used to satisfy major requirements in the first degree may not be used to satisfy major requirements in the second degree (credits used in a minor or minors may be applied to the new major). Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits at UW-Whitewater after the date of conferral of the first degree, and a minimum of 25% of the major course credits must be completed at UW-Whitewater.

Students who have received their first degree at another institution may earn a second degree at UW-Whitewater following these same regulations, except that the second degree may be the same as their first degree (e.g., a student who has received a Letters & Sciences BS degree at another institution may earn a second Letters & Sciences BS degree at UW-Whitewater).


Students may fulfill the requirements for an additional major or minor after receiving their degree from UW-Whitewater if the following conditions are satisfied:

  1. The major/minor course and GPA requirements in effect at the time of declaration of intent must be completed.
  2. Course credits used to satisfy the requirements of previous major(s) or minor(s) may not be used, with the exception that credits used in a minor may be used when expanding the minor into a major.
  3. The major/minor transfer course limitation may not be exceeded.
  4. The course selection must be approved by the department chairperson. A major or minor will not be awarded to a student who has not earned a degree at UW-Whitewater.


To be a candidate for the Bachelor’s Degree, students must satisfactorily complete the following:

  1. A minimum of 120 undergraduate units in courses numbered 100 through 400.
  2. University requirements, degree requirements, and departmental requirements.
  3. A minimum GPA of 2.0 or better on a 4.0 system, both overall and in the major and minor fields. [Certain programs require grade point averages higher than 2.0 – see the college and major requirement sections.]
  4. Completion of a minor if required in the major/degree program. The minor must be a valid combination with the major, and a second major may be used in place of a minor.
  5. The major department’s writing competency requirement. Students should refer to their AR and/or contact their departmental advisor to determine which course, course sequence, or equivalent will fulfill this requirement. Completion of the writing requirement for one major will satisfy this requirement in the other major.
  6. A 3-unit diversity course, the primary focus of which is racial and ethnic minority issues. This course may also satisfy other university requirements.
  7. A minimum of 48 units at an accredited 4-year institution after the last unit was earned at a 2-year institution.
  8. Participation in a University institutional testing program examination, if requested.


In short, 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 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, 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. 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 Requirements as part of the requirements for graduation. In the Course Listings section later in this Catalog, the letter “G” appearing after a 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 (see Course Listings for details). General Education courses are also listed later in this section.

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 if they are transferring fewer than 21 credits.

Students who transfer in 21 or more credits should consult Credit in Transfer, in the Admission Information section of this Catalog, to determine what General Education Requirements they must fulfill.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: 44-45 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 (12-13 units or waivers)*
    1. ENGLISH 101 Freshmen English (or waiver)
    2. ENGLISH 102 Freshmen English
      ENGLISH 105 Freshman English Honors (replaces both English 101 and 102)
    3. COMM 110 Fundamentals of Speech (or waiver)
    4. MATH 140 Mathematical Ideas or 141 Intermediate Algebra (or waiver)
  2. University Requirements (32 units)
    1. 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 one subject area other than the laboratory science course used in Area 2.a.1(Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, GEOGRPY 120, GEOGRPY 210, Math, Physics)
    2. Cultural Heritages (6 units)
      1. GENED 110 World of the Arts
      2. GENED 390 World of Ideas
    3. Communities (6 units)
      1. GENED 130 Individual and Society
      2. GENED 120 Historical Perspectives OR GENED 140 Global Perspectives
    4. Physical Health & Well-being (1-2 units)
      1. PEGNRL 192 Personal Health and Fitness for Life
    5. Electives (8-12 units);
      Additional electives designated GA, GE, GH, GI, GP or GS; no more that 1 course from any one subject area may be counted. Exception: two GP courses may be used for a maximum of 1 unit of GP electives.

    COMPLETION OF COMMUNICATION AND CALCULATION SKILLS REQUIREMENTS: Students should complete these 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.

    COMPLETION OF DEVELOPMENTAL REQUIREMENTS: Students who are required to take developmental English or Mathematics courses must complete them in their first 30 units.


    One 3-unit Diversity course dealing with the African-American, Native American, Asian-American or Hispanic experience is required for graduation. In the course listings section later in this Catalog, Diversity courses are identified with that term after the course title. Approved courses are also listed later in this section. 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 electives 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.


    Some majors require a certain GPA. Students should check with the department and/or college of their majors for these requirements.


    The chairperson of the major or minor department may waive a required course within the major/minor if mastery of the course content can be demonstrated; however, other coursework must be completed to meet the minimum unit requirement for the major/minor.

    A required course from a department other than the major or minor can be waived or substituted by (1) the dean of the college of the degree, if the course is in the college or degree requirements; (2) the Assistant Dean for Letters and Sciences, if the requirement is in General Education or Diversity; or (3) the department chair of the course, if the requirement is in the Communication and Calculation Skills area. In selected cases, departments may waive a course in their own department based upon high school background or departmental exam.

    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.


    COMM 110 is waived 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 Communication 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 COMM 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 Math course placement is based on ACT/SAT I sub-scores as follows:


    24+/560+ waived from math proficiency
    19-23/460-550 Math 140 or 141
    15-18/350-450 Math 041
    01-14/200-340 Arithmetic Skills Test


    30+/680+ English 101 waived, placement in English 102
    17-29/430-670 English 101
    01-16/200-420 Placement in English 090

    Students who are eligible to participate in the Honors Program and have at least a 24 English ACT subscore may enroll in English 105H, which replaces both English 101 and 102 and satisfies the Communication and Calculation Skills writing requirement.

    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 Communication 110 have satisfied that General Education proficiency requirement.


    Students may earn an Associate of Arts degree by successfully completing a minimum of 60 units, including the 45 units of the General Education requirements (Communication & Calculation Skills and University Requirements) and the Diversity requirement with a UW-W 2.00 cumulative GPA. The General Education requirements are the same as those for baccalaureate degrees. Students do not need to complete GENED 390 World of Ideas but must complete a GH (humanities) course to complete University Requirements.

    15 of the 60 units must be taken in coursework at UW-Whitewater. Students must be enrolled at UW-Whitewater during the term in which the requirements are completed.

    Application for an Associate of Arts degree must be made no later than two years after the last term of attendance. An Associate of Arts degree cannot be received at the same time as a baccalaureate degree or subsequent to the awarding of a baccalaureate degree. Associate of Arts degree candidates do not participate in the commencement ceremony. There is a graduation fee for the Associate of Arts degree. Students can apply for the Associate Degree in the Registrar’s Office.


    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 parentheses indicate unit levels other than three units. Some of these courses also satisfy the Diversity requirement (reference the Diversity courses which follow).

    ARTS (GA)

    General Education Core

    GENED 110World of the Arts
    ARTSTDIO 1022-Dimensional Design
    ARTSTDIO 1033-Dimensional Design
    ARTSTDIO 121Basic Art
    ARTSTDIO 201Drawing I
    ARTSTDIO 213Introduction to Digital Photography
    ARTSTDIO 251Ceramics I
    ARTSTDIO 271Metal and Jewelry I
    ARTHIST 111Art Appreciation (2)
    All art history courses (ARTHIST) at the 200 and 300 level.
    DANCE 110Dance Appreciation (2)
    DANCE 141Contemporary Dance Technique I (2)
    DANCE 145Ballet I (2)
    DANCE 243Improvisation/Sound (2)
    MUSC 140Introduction to Classical Music (2)
    MUSC 143Survey of American Jazz (2)
    MUSC 144Cultural Music of the Americas
    MUSC 150Introduction to Music Theory
    MUSC 161University Bands
    MUSC 162Universit Orchestra
    MUSC 164Jazz Bands
    MUSC 171Concert Choirs
    MUSC 240Survey of African American Music
    MUSC 241Survey of Latin American Music
    MUSC 244Native American Music
    MUSC 245Music History I
    MUSC 246Music History II
    MUSC 247Music History III
    MUSC 269Instrumental Ensemble
    MUSC 279Vocal Ensemble
    MUSC 346Sound & Image: An Exploration of Sound for/with Visual Media
    MUSED 111Fundamentals of Music
    COMM 236Introduction to Cinema
    COMM 346Sound and Image: An Exploration of Sound for/with Visual Media
    THEATRE 100Theatre Appreciation (2)
    THEATRE 110Introduction to the Theatre
    THEATRE 200Theatre Activities (1-2)


    GENED 120Historical Perspectives
    GENED 390World of Ideas
    AMERIND 102Introduction to American Indian Studies
    ENGLISH 200Chicano Literature: Historical Context and Contemporary Text
    ENGLISH 201Contemporary Chicano Literature
    ENGLISH 202Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Literature
    ENGLISH 206British Literature Survey I
    ENGLISH 216British Literature Survey II
    ENGLISH 226American Literature Survey I
    ENGLISH 236American Literature Survey II
    ENGLISH 251Classical Myth and Legend as Sources for Literature
    ENGLISH 252The Bible as Literature
    ENGLISH 263The Contemporary Novel
    ENGLISH 264Women in Literature: A Feminist Re-Evaluation
    ENGLISH 265Multicultural Literature of the US
    ENGLISH 274Creative Writing
    ENGLISH 281Introduction to Language Study
    ENGLISH 321Ancient Western Literature
    ENGLISH 322Modern Western Literature
    ENGLISH 323Asian Literatures
    COMM 240Public Speaking
    COMM 359Rhetoric of the Western World
    ARABIC 141Beginning Arabic I (4)
    ARABIC 142Beginning Arabic II (4)
    ARABIC 251Intermediate Arabic I (4)
    ARABIC 252Intermediate Arabic II (4)
    CHINESE 141Beginning Chinese (4)
    CHINESE 142Beginning Chinese (4)
    CHINESE 251Chinese III (4)
    CHINESE 252Chinese IV (4)
    FRENCH 141Beginning French (4)
    FRENCH 142Beginning French (4)
    FRENCH 251Intermediate French (4)
    FRENCH 252Intermediate French (4)
    FRENCH 321Advance French Language Study
    FRENCH 322Advance French Language Study
    GERMAN 141Beginning German (4)
    GERMAN 142Beginning German (4)
    GERMAN 251Intermediate German (4)
    GERMAN 252Intermediate German (4)
    GERMAN 321Advance German Language Study
    GERMAN 322Advance German Language Study
    JAPANESE 101Beginning Japanese I (4)
    JAPANESE 102Beginning Japanese II (4)
    JAPANESE 103Beginning Japanese III (4)
    JAPANESE 201Intermediate Japanese I (4)
    JAPANESE 202Intermediate Japanese II (4)
    JAPANESE 203Intermediate Japanese III (4)
    SPANISH 141Beginning Spanish (4)
    SPANISH 142Beginning Spanish (4)
    SPANISH 251Intermediate Spanish (4)
    SPANISH 252Intermediate Spanish (4)
    SPANISH 321Advanced Spanish Language Study
    SPANISH 322Advanced Spanish Language Stud
    HISTRY 102Introduction to American Indian Studies
    HISTRY 110History Through Film
    HISTRY 124American History
    HISTRY 125History of Modern America
    HISTRY 130The East Asian Tradition
    HISTRY 131East Asia Since 1800
    HISTRY 135Islamic Civilizations
    HISTRY 141Modern Black American History
    HISTRY 150Atlantic History
    HISTRY 154Western Civilization
    HISTRY 155 History of Modern Europe
    HISTRY 165From Newton to the Nuclear Age: History of Western Science since 1600
    HISTRY 190North American Environmental History
    HISTRY 300American Colonial History to 1763
    HISTRY 301Revolution and Confederation 1763-1789
    HISTRY 304The Age of Civil War and Reconstruction 1850-1877
    HISTRY 307Recent America, 1945 to Present
    HISTRY 313Women in American History I: 1600-1875
    HISTRY 314Women in American History II: 1875 - Present
    HISTRY 316U.S. Social History 1865 to Present
    HISTRY 322United States Foreign Policy and Empire, 1790 to the Recent Past
    HISTRY 324American Indian History
    HISTRY 337Modernization in the Middle East
    HISTRY 340Introduction to African History
    HISTRY 342Early Latin America to 1860
    HISTRY 343Modern Latin America
    HISTRY 346History of Mexico
    HISTRY 347Revolutionary Change in Latin America
    HISTRY 351Rebellion and Revolution in England, 1066-1688
    HISTRY 352Society and Culture in Modern Britain 1763-Present
    HISTRY 355Renaissance and the Reformation
    HISTRY 362American Business History
    LSINDP 100Foreign Film Appreciation
    PHILSPHY 121Truth and the Media
    PHILSPHY 241Introduction to Philosophy
    PHILSPHY 245Contemporary Moral Issues
    PHILSPHY 247Bio-Ethics
    PHILSPHY 248Environmental Ethics
    PHILSPHY 251Logic
    PHILSPHY 261Introduction to Ethics
    PHILSPHY 271Introduction to Aesthetics
    PHILSPHY 281Social Philosophy
    PHILSPHY 291Philosophy of the Natural and Social Sciences
    PHILSPHY 341Classical Philosophy
    PHILSPHY 342Modern Philosophy
    PHILSPHY 34619th Century Philosophy
    PHILSPHY 34720th Century Philosophy
    PHILSPHY 365Religious and Philosophical Perspectives on Death & Dying
    RACEETH 150Atlantic History
    RACEETH 202Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Literature
    RELIGST 135Introduction to Islamic Civilizations
    RELIGST 211Introduction to Eastern Religions
    RELIGST 212Introduction to Western Religions
    RELIGST 252The Bible as Literature
    RELIGST 301Critical Issues in Modern Religion
    RELIGST 302Religious Ethics
    RELIGST 303Eastern Religious Thought
    RELIGST 330Women & Religion
    RELIGST 351Religion in American Culture
    RELIGST 365Religious and Philosophical Perspectives on Death and Dying


    Laboratory (GL)
    ASTRONMY 112Introduction to Astronomy (5)
    BIOLOGY 120Biological Foundations (4)
    BIOLOGY 141Biology I: Plant Focus (4)
    BIOLOGY 142Biology II: Animal Focus (4)
    CHEM 100Chemistry for the Consumer (5)
    CHEM 102Introductory Chemistry (5)
    CHEM 104Introductory Chemistry (5)
    GEOGRPHY 120Introduction to Weather and Climate (4)
    GEOGRPHY 210Physical Geography (5)
    GEOLGY 100Principles of Geology (5)
    GEOLGY 101Elements of Geology (4)
    PHYSCS 120Light and Color
    PHYSCS 130Physics Foundations (5)
    PHYSCS 140General Physics I (4)
    PHYSCS 141General Physics II (4)
    PHYSCS 180Introductory Physics I (5)
    PHYSCS 181Introductory Physics II (5)
    PHYSCS 212Physics for Elementary Teachers (4)
    Non-Laboratory (GM)
    ASTRONMY 114Descriptive Astronomy
    BIOLOGY 110BOB: Biology of the Brain
    BIOLOGY 214Ecology and Society
    CHEM 150Science & Technology in Society
    COMPSCI 162Computer Applications
    COMPSCI 171Introduction to Programming
    COMPSCI 172Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming in Java
    COMPSCI 174Introduction to C++
    COMPSCI 181Introduction to Database and the Web
    GEOLGY 203Volcanoes
    GEOLGY 204Earth and Life History
    GEOLGY 300Principles of Oceanography
    GEOLGY 301Environmental Geology
    GEOLGY 307Dinosaurs
    MATH 143Finite Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences
    MATH 148Mathematics for Elementary Teacher I
    MATH 152Elementary Functions (5)
    MATH 230Introductory Statistics
    MATH 231Understanding Probability and Statistics
    MATH 243Short Calculus for Business and Social Sciences
    MATH 250Applied Calculus Survey for Business and the Social Sciences (5)
    MATH 253Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (5)
    PHYSCS 100Energy
    PHYSCS 150From Einstein to Star Trek
    PHYSCS 240Physics of Sound and Music


    GENED 130Individual and Society
    GENED 140Global Perspectives
    ANTHROPL 218Cultural Anthropology
    ANTHROPL 220Tombs, Temples and Buried Treasure: Introduction to Archaeology
    ANTHROPL 225Human Evolution: Introduction to Biological Anthropology
    ANTHROPL 334 Women and Men in Cross-Cultural Perspective
    ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics
    ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics
    ECON 213Economic Principles for Teachers
    GEOGRPHY 230Human Geography
    GEOGRPHY 245Gender and Geography
    GEOGRPHY 250Geography of Wisconsin
    GEOGRPHY 252Human Environmental Problems
    GEOGRPHY 261Geography of Canada and the United States of America
    GEOGRPHY 361Geography of South and Southeast Asia
    GEOGRPHY 364Geography of East Asia
    POLISCI 141American Government and Politics
    POLISCI 217Ethnic Politics
    POLISCI 240Law and Society
    POLISCI 247Issues and Crises in American Politics
    POLISCI 250Introduction to Political Theory
    POLISCI 255Introduction to Comparative Politics
    POLISCI 265Politics of Terrorism and Counterterrorism
    POLISCI 280Politics of Urban Inequality in the U.S.
    PSYCH 104Psychology of Human Adjustment
    PSYCH 202Psychology of Women
    PSYCH 211Introductory Psychology
    RACEETH 280Politics of Urban Inequality in the U.S.
    SOCIOLGY 140Introduction to Sociology
    SOCIOLGY 250Social Problems
    SOCIOLGY 252Introduction to Family Studies
    SOCIOLGY 265Race and Ethnic Relations
    SOCIOLGY 270The African American Community: A Sociological Perspective
    SOCIOLGY 276Introduction to Criminology
    SOCIOLGY 290Sociology of Pacific Asia
    COMM 131Introduction to Mass Communication
    COMM 228Interpersonal Communication
    COMM 232Foundations of Electronic Media
    COMM 325Psychology of Speech
    COMM 420Listening Behavior
    COMM 424Cross Cultural Communication
    WOMENST 245Gender and Geography
    WOMENST 380Gender Law and Policy


    MUSC 169Marching Band
    PEGNRL 103Beginning Archery (1/2)
    PEGNRL 104Beginning Badminton (1/2)
    PEGNRL 106Beginning Aerobic Exercise and Dance (1/2)
    PEGNRL 108Beginning Bowling (1/2)
    PEGNRL 109Intermediate Bowling (1/2)
    PEGNRL 113Intermediate Aerobics Exercise and Dance (1/2)
    PEGNRL 120Beginning Golf (1/2)
    PEGNRL 121Intermediate Golf (1/2)
    PEGNRL 141Beginning Yoga (1/2)
    PEGNRL 142Intermediate Yoga (1/2)
    PEGNRL 143Beginning Folk Dance (1/2)
    PEGNRL 144Beginning Social Dance Classic (1/2)
    PEGNRL 147Beginning Social Dance (1/2) (Latin & Midwestern)
    PEGNRL 149Beginning Country Western Dance (2)
    PEGNRL 150Beginning Swimming (1/2)
    PEGNRL 151Intermediate Swimming (1/2)
    PEGNRL 158Beginning Skin and Scuba Diving (1)
    PEGNRL 159Beginning Canoeing (1)
    PEGNRL 160Beginning Tennis (1/2)
    PEGNRL 167Beginning Weight Training (1/2)
    PEGNRL 170Beginning Self Defense (1/2)
    PEGNRL 175Beginning Tae Kwon Do: Karate (½)
    PEGNRL 176Intermediate Tae Kwon Do Karate (½)
    PEGNRL 180Open Water Scuba “Check-Out Dives” (1)
    PEGNRL 183Exercisewalking (½)
    PEGNRL 187Military Conditioning I (1)
    PEGNRL 190Swim For Fitness (½)
    PEGNRL 192Personal Health and Fitness for Life (1)
    PEGNRL 209American Partner Dance
    PEPROF 251Water Safety Instructor
    PEPROF 291Lifeguarding (2)


    RACEETH 217Ethnic Politics
    AFRIAMR 100Introduction to Black Culture
    AFRIAMR 141Modern Black American History
    AFRIAMR 261African-American Politics
    AFRIAMR 270African American Community: A Sociological Perspective
    AFRIAMR 321A History of Black Migration in the U. S.
    AFRIAMR 396Current Issues in Black Studies: Social & Behavioral Sciences
    AFRIAMR 397Current Issues in Black Studies: Humanities
    CHICANO 150Introduction to Chicano Studies
    CHICANO 200Chicano Literature: Historical Context and Contemporary Text
    CHICANO 201Contemporary Chicano Literature
    CHICANO 310History in the U.S.: 19th Century Roots and 20th Century Development
    CHICANO 320Politics of the Chicano
    CHICANO 330Chicano and Latino American Thought
    POLISCI 261African-American Politics
    POLISCI 266Asian Americans in U.S. Politics
    RACEETH 217Ethnic Politics
    WOMENST 100Introduction to Women’s Studies
    WOMENST 240Women and Work
    WOMENST 250Women in American Culture
    WOMENST 370Women: Race and Ethnicity


    INTRAUNV 104New Student Seminar
    INTRAUNV 244Consumers and Culture
    INTRAUNV 246Business Ethics
    COMDIS 270Introduction to Communicative Disorders
    EDFOUND 230Introduction to Human Development
    EDFOUND 243Education in a Pluralistic Society
    GEOGRPHY 335Geography of Religion
    ASIANSTD 210Introduction to Asian Studies
    INTRNAR 260Introduction to Latin American Studies
    SAFETY 201Personal and Public Safety
    SAFETY 255Alcohol and Other Drugs
    RELIGST 335Geography of Religion
    SPECED 201Disability in Society


    The courses listed also count in General Education unless identified with an asterisk (*).
    AFRIAMR 100Introduction to Black Culture
    AFRIAMR 141Modern Black American History
    AFRIAMR 270African American Community
    AFRIAMR 321*A History of Black Migration in the U.S,
    AFRIAMR 345African-American Literature, 1800 - Present
    AFRIAMR 365*Black Political and Social Thought
    AFRIAMR 392*African American Families
    AFRIAMR 396Current Issues in Black Studies: Social & Behavioral Science
    AFRIAMR 397Current Issues in Black Studies: Humanities
    AMERIND 102*Introduction to American Indian Studies
    AMERIND 305Native North America Today: People, Culture and Survival
    ANTHROPL 305Native North America Today: People, Culture and Survival
    CHICANO 200Chicano Literature: Historical Context & Contemporary Text
    CHICANO 201Contemporary Chicano Literature
    CHICANO 310History in the US: 19th Century Roots & 20th Century Development
    CHICANO 320Politics of the Chicano
    CHICANO 330Chicano and Latino American Thought
    EDFOUND 243*Education in a Pluralistic Society
    EDFOUND 341*Urban Education Issues and Policies
    ENGLISH 200Chicano Literature: Historical Context & Contemporary Text
    ENGLISH 201Contemporary Chicano Literature
    ENGLISH 202Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Literature
    ENGLISH 265Multicultural Literature of the U.S.
    ENGLISH 345*Afro-American Literature, 1800 to Present
    ENGLISH 368*American Minority Women Writers
    ENGLISH 369Multicultural Drama of the United States
    GEOGRPY 430*Geography of Race and Ethnicity in the United States
    HISTRY 102Introduction to American Indian Studies
    HISTRY 124American History to 1877
    HISTRY 125American History since 1877
    HISTRY 141Modern Black American History
    HISTRY 150Atlantic History
    HISTRY 324American Indian History
    MUSC 240Survey of African American Music
    MUSC 241Survey of Latin American Music
    POLISCI 217Ethnic Politics
    POLISCI 261African-American Politics
    POLISCI 266Asian Americans in U.S. Politics
    POLISCI 280Politics of Urban Inequality in the U.S.
    POLISCI 341*Urban Education Issues and Policies
    POLISCI 365*Black Political and Social Thought
    RACEETH 150Atlantic History
    RACEETH 202Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Literature
    RACEETH 217Ethnic Politics
    RACEETH 280Politics of Urban Inequality in the U.S.
    RACEETH 285Asian Americans
    RACEETH 368*American Minority Women Writers
    RACEETH 380*Race, Ethnicity, and Social Justice: Issues for Helping Professionals
    SOCIOLGY 265Race and Ethnic Relations
    SOCIOLGY 270The African American Community: A Sociological Perspective
    SOCIOLGY 285Asian Americans
    SOCIOLGY 391*Processes and Patterns of Racial/Ethnic Inequality
    SOCIOLGY 392*African American Families
    SOCIOLGY 426*Minorities and the Criminal Justice System
    SOCWORK 380*Race, Ethnicity, and Social Justice: Issues for Helping Professionals
    SPEECH 424Cross Cultural Communication
    THEATRE 369Multicultural Drama of the United States
    WOMENST 370Women: Race and Ethnicity

    * Not General Education Courses



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