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Academics

Are you into biology or theatre arts? Math or English literature? Are you associate degree-focused or bachelor's degree bound?

However you like it, UW-Whitewater at Rock County has classes and degree paths to help you discover your passions and meet your career goals. Here, you'll find professors dedicated to teaching, and course options that fit your life. 

To view courses visit the WINS Guest Course Search.

To view more information about class schedules, including important add/drop dates, for each semester visit the Registrar's Schedule of Classes webpage. 

To view more information about the UWW Academic Calendar, including semester start and end dates, visit the UWW Academic Calendar webpage.

Academic Offerings


The Department of Integrated Studies at UW-Whitewater at Rock County offers classes in the following subject areas:

  • Anthropology & Sociology
  • Art
  • Biological Science
  • Business & Economics
  • Chemistry
  • Communication & Theatre Arts
  • Computer Science, Engineering, Physics & Astronomy
  • English
  • Geography & Geology
  • Health, Exercise Science & Athletics
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology & Education
  • Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program
  • World Languages

Click here for a list of all courses offered in the College of Integrated Studies.

Associate of Arts and Sciences (AAS) degree

The Associate of Arts and Sciences (AAS) degree is the foundation for many college majors and for the bachelor's degree. The AAS degree provides a two-year, general education liberal arts-based academic program with training in the fine arts and humanities, mathematical and natural sciences, and social sciences.

The AAS degree is a foundation for many majors in the University of Wisconsin System and is generally accepted by other University of Wisconsin System institutions as fulfilling the university-wide general education breadth requirements. Students may earn the Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree with Emphasis.

About the Degree
The degree requires that core requirements in writing and mathematics be completed as well as a distribution of credits in breadth of knowledge categories.The breadth categories in the degree are defined as follows:

Fine Arts and Humanities
Students must acquire knowledge of ideas, beliefs, and abiding concerns pertaining to the human condition as represented in literature, philosophy and cultural history. They must acquire a level of aesthetic appreciation of the human imagination as expressed in the fine arts, and appreciation of the impact of the arts upon the quality and character of human life.

Mathematical and Natural Sciences
Students must know of the nature and workings of the physical universe. They must understand the scientific method, the functions of numerical data and the solving of problems through mathematical and statistical computations, as well as the application of the scientific method in laboratory and experimental work. For this, an appropriate level of computer literacy is required. Students must also be aware of environmental conditions and challenges, the interrelationships of life forms and ecosystems, and the impact of human activities upon natural environments.

Social Sciences
Students must understand the nature and dynamics of human social systems and how and why people organize their lives and resources. In doing so, students will learn about both their own and diverse cultures to acquire a historical perspective on long-term characteristics and consequences of social change and an informed understanding of the variety of human conditions and the interrelationships of nations, regions, peoples and individuals.

Application and Performance
Students must demonstrate an understanding of concepts, theory and knowledge through the application of their skills and understanding to specific problems and activities.

Ethnic Studies
Students must become aware of and sensitive to diversity issues and problems. Courses fulfilling this requirement will have a substantial emphasis on cultural diversity within the United States and examine these issues from at least one of the following perspectives: African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American, and American Indian topics.

Interdisciplinary Studies
Students must acquire an appreciation for the multiple dimensions of any given subject by applying the content, methods and assumptions of two or more disciplines. Students will learn to integrate knowledge from across the curriculum. A course is an interdisciplinary studies course if instructors from two or more disciplines teach the course.

Collaborative Degree Programs

Students enrolled at UWW Rock County may complete a bachelor's degree through one of the following Collaborative Degree Programs:

  • UW-Milwaukee College ConnectionMajors Include: Organization Administration, Communication, Information Resources
  • UW-Oshkosh - Majors Include: Human Services Leadership
  • UW System eCampus - Earn a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, Business Administration, Nursing, Sustainable Management and many more majors with online bachelor's degree programs offered by our UW four-year partners.
  • UW Platteville Collaborative Engineering
  • Madison Connections -  A dual admission program to the University of Wisconsin- Madison and to the University of Wisconsin-Washington County. UW-Madison offers this program to a select group of UW-Madison freshman applicants. The program allows Wisconsin residents to start at UW-Washington County and complete their bachelor's degree at UW-Madison. 

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences(BAAS) degree is for students who hold an applied associate degree and want to take the next step in furthering their education. With an associate degree, students transfer in at least 60 "applied" credits, entering the program with "junior" status. Students then complete the following coursework to earn the BAAS degree with a minimum of 120 credits.

Why choose a BAAS at UW-Whitewater at Rock County?

  • The degree can be completed fully online, through face-to-face options are available.
  • High demand emphasis areas in leadership, professional selling, digital marketing, and criminology!
  • Best tuition value in the UW-System for a bachelor's degree.

Admissions Requirement - 60 credits

Applied Associate Degree (may need to complete additional general education requirements)

BAAS Degree Requirements

Integrative Learning (High Impact Practice) - 10 credits

  • INS 300: Introduction to BAAS (3 credis)
  • INS 473: BAAS Capstone (3)
  • INS 365: BAAS E-portfolio (1)
  • Internship, credit for prior learning, service learning, undergraduate research-related (e.g., 498R), travel study (6)

Cognitive Skills - 9 credits

  • Students take a cognitive skills course from each of the disciplines listed below:

Writing

  • ENG 308: Writing for Non-Profits
  • ENGLISH 370: Advanced Composition
  • ENGLISH 371: Writing in the Sciences
  • ENGLISH 372: Technical and Scientific Writing

Communication

  • COMM 326: Communication and Gender OR CTA 325: Gender and Communication
  • COMM 328: Communication Conflict Resolution
  • COMM 345: Persuasion OR CTA 368: Theory and Practice of Persuasion
  • COMM 373: Communicating Leadership
  • COMM 424: Cross-Cultural Communication OR CTA 410: Intercultural Communication

Ethics

  • PHI 344: Environmental Ethics
  • PHI 310 Thinking Critically: Contemporary Issues and Applications
  • LIBST 350: Technology & Social Responsibility
  • MANGEMNT: 366 Business & Social Responsibility
  • RELIGST 302: Religious Ethics
  • PHILSPHY 390: Feminist Philosophy

Knowlege of Hman Cultures and the Natural World - 12 credits

  • GENED 390: World of Ideas (WTR) (3 credits)
  • Global Studies (3 credits)
    • ECO 370: International Economies (CoIS)
    • POL 331: International Political Economy (CoIS)
    • POL 385: Politics of Development (CoIS)
    • POL 430: Global Environmental Politics (CoIS)
    • POLISCI 351: International Relations (WTR)
    • POLISCI 460: Government and Politics of Asia (WTR)
    • POLISCI 480: Government and Politics of Japan (WTR)
    • POLISCI 472: Government and Politics of China (WTR)
  • Human Cultures (3 credits)
    • HIS 391: History of the Americas Midwest Since 1600 (CoIS)
    • HIS 318: The U.S. and Vietnam Wars (CoIS)
    • ENG 379: Women Writers (CoIS)
    • ENG 305: Literature in Communities (CoIS)
    • ENG 381: Intermediate Topics in Literature (CoIS)
    • ENG 391: Midwestern Literature (CoIS)
    • ANT/REL 343: Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft (CoIS)
  • Knowlege of Natural World (3 credits)
    • CHE 390: Resources and Sustainability (CoIS)
    • BIO 398: Ecology of Food Production (CoIS)
    • GEO 450: Environmental Conservation (CoIS)
    • GEO 385: Culture, Health, and Globalization (CoIS)

Emphases - 12-18 credits

  • Leadership
  • Digital Marketing
  • Professional Selling 
  • Law Enforcement
  • Individual

Electives- As needed to fulfill degree requirement

Through participation in the Partner's in Engineering Program at UW-Platteville, students can complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical or Electircal Engineering without leaving the Rock County area.

  • First two years through a combination of face-to-face and online courses at UW-Whitewater at Rock County
  • Complete your Engineering degree through UW-Platteville through online and alternative delivery
  • Flexible program where you work at your own pace
  • Keep working while you earn your degree!
  • ABET-accredited

For more information click here.

To get started apply to UW-Whitewater at Rock County today!

Degree Planner

TRiO Provides academic, personal and career assistance to its participants as they complete their college education. 

At UW-Whitewater's Rock County campus, TRIO has been empowering students since 1980, and hundreds have gone on to earn their four-year degree at schools around the state and nation. Students in the TRIO program not only get their degree, they do it with honors. TRIO students are well-represented on the Dean's List and among campus scholarship winners.

Staff

TRIO staff includes professionals who individually assess each student's performance and provide an appropriate level of tutoring or advising. TRIO seeks to provide a supportive environment while nurturing the academic and personal growth of each student.

Resources

As an eligible student, you can take advantage of the resources TRIO has to offer:

  • Academic advising
  • Tutoring in math and writing
  • Transfer planning
  • Career exploration
  • Assistance with financial aid and scholarships

Record of Success

Every year, TRIO serves 150 students who set their sights on success in and out of the classroom. TRIO students at UW-Whitewater at Rock County have gone on to make contributions to the community as teachers, attorneys, journalists, small business owners and leaders in many other fields.

Eligibility

TRIO aims to provide equal educational opportunities for all eligible students. You are eligible if you meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Neither of your parents has earned a bachelor's degree
  • You have a diagnosed learning disability
  • You have any physical disability
  • You meet federal low-income guidelines

If you are interested in becoming a member of TRIO, stop by our office located in Andrews Hall, Room A02, call 608-758-6535 or email uwwrockinfo@uww.edu.

The Learning Support Center (LSC) provides free tutoring for all UWW Rock County students. Our friendly, caring, qualified staff can assist individuals or groups in writing, mathematics and other subjects. 

Academic advising is a very important part of your college experience at UWW Rock County. Advisors are available to assist you in developing educational plans that are compatible with your life goals. The ultimate responsibility for making decisions about your educational plans rests directly with you, but your academic advisor can help!

Your academic advisor helps you to:

  • Explore your academic and career goals
  • Select classes that promote your progress toward your degree
  • Choose classes that help you to explore your interests, identify your major, or identify courses needed for a major already chosen
  • Build a class schedule that balances your homework and class load

New freshmen meet with an advisor from the Solution Center prior to the start of their first semester as part of our freshmen orientation program. As the first semester begins, new students can meet with an advisor whenever the need arises.

Advising for Transfer/Re-entry Students

Returning adult students most likely will meet an advisor prior to the start of first semester and throughout your attendance at UWW Rock County.In addition to working individually with an advisor, the university provides a number of other resources to assist students in the academic and career exploration process.

Advising Appointments

To make an appointment with an academic advisor, contact the Solution Center by calling 608-758-6541 during regular business hours, sending an e-mail to  uwwrockinfo@uww.edu, or stopping by the Solution Center in Hyatt Smith Hall during regular business hours. 

Online Advising Resources

To further explore majors and careers, check out these helpful Web sites:

  • Major Mania
    Information about majors available throughout the UW System

Visit the UW-Whitewater Registrar webpage for official and archived information about admission, registration, financial aid, academic regulations, course descriptions and more. 

Please see the Policies section for information about academic policies including class attendance, grade appeals, and academic integrity and misconduct.

Copyright policy

The Continuing Education Department at UWW Rock County can provide test proctoring for students taking exams in online courses. Students may set up proctoring appointments by visiting the Continuing Education test proctoring site. If you have any questions or would like further information regarding test proctoring please contact Molly Cook, Program Manager of Continuing Education, at CookMJ24@uww.edu or 608-898-5022.

The UWW Rock County Bookstore is your source for textbooks and a variety of other merchandise from items with the UWW Rock County or Warhawks logos to art supplies, school supplies, convenience items and more. Visit the bookstore website to learn more.

Campus Location

2909 Kellogg Avenue
Janesville, WI 53546
608-758-6565
uwwrockinfo@uww.edu

Admissions Office

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Roseman Building 2060 
800 West Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190-1791
262-472-1440
uwwadmit@uww.edu

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