Advising Frequently Asked Questions

UW-Whitewater Advising General Education Requirements

General Education: The Goals

The main goal of our general education program is to provide all students the tools they need to improve their thinking, reasoning, and problem solving skills so they can continue to succeed in the world after graduation. Through the many facets of this program, students will gain a broader understanding and appreciation of the scientific and cultural world around them.

General Education enhances students' abilities to:

  • Think critically and analytically integrate and synthesize knowledge, and draw conclusions from complex material.
  • Make sound ethical and value judgements based on the development of a personal value system, on an understanding of shared culture heritage, and knowledge of past success,failures, and consequences of individual roles and societal choices.
  • Understand and appreciate the culture diversity of the U.S. and other countries, and live responsibly in an interdependent world.
  • Acquire a base of knowledge common to educated persons and the capacity to expand that base over their lifetime.
  • Communicate effectively in written, oral, and symbolic form.
  • Understand the nature and physical world, the process by which scientific concepts are developed and modified.
  • Appreciate the fine and performing arts.
  • Develop the mathematical and quantitative skills necessary of calculation, analysis and problem solving.
  • Understand the principles essential for continual mental and physical well-being.

General Education Requirements

Communication and Calculation Skills (12 credits or waivers):

  • English 101: Freshman Composition I
  • English 102: Freshman Composition II
  • Speech 110: Fundamentals of Speech
  • Math 141 (or 140): Intermediate Algebra

Quantitative and Technical Reasoning (7-11 credits)

Selected from science, math and computer science courses from at least two different disciplines. At least one course must be a 4-5 credit laboratory science.

Core Curriculum (12 credits)

Students with 40 or more transfer credits (no associate degree) will follow the core curriculum outlined below. World of Ideas is required. Students with 21-39.9 transfer credits are responsible for the World of Ideas and one additional core. This additional Core course will be determined by the Asst. Dean of L&S and will be indicated on the students' Advising Reports.

  • Cultural Heritages (6 credits)
  • One course designated as General Studies Arts (GA)
  • Core 900-390: The World of Ideas

Communities (6 credits)

  • One course designated as General Studies Social Sciences (GS)
  • One course designated as General Studies Humanities (GH)

Personal Health and Fitness (1-2 credits)

  • 1-2 units of Physical Education Designated as GP

Breadth Electives (7-12 credits)

Select from courses in the arts, humanities, social sciences, ethnic studies, women studies and interdisciplinary courses. (No more than one course from a discipline may be counted in electives)