General Education is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UW-L. It is uniquely concerned with the broad education of the whole person, and plays a vital role in preparing students for life beyond the university.
The primary purpose of General Education is to cultivate knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential for independent learning and thinking. As a result of General Education, students will be more knowledgeable in a wide variety of subject matter areas, and also better able and more willing to ask significant questions, seek appropriate solutions to complex problems, make sound judgments and formulate rational beliefs.
To these ends, the goals of General Education at UW-L are to develop:
-Communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening
-Skills in analytical, logical and critical thinking in various branches of knowledge accomplished in part by each student completing at least one mathematics course
-Oral and written communications skills in a second language for students who elect to do so
-Knowledge of the development and interaction of human cultures
-Understanding of concepts, ideas and systems of thought that underlie human activities
-Understanding of and sensitivity to cultural diversity in the United States
-Understanding of the social, political, and economic frameworks of societies within the global context
-Understanding and appreciation of the arts
-Understanding of nature, including the role of science and technology in environmental and social change
-Knowledge and skills essential to physical well-being and a healthy lifestyle
The General Education program places special emphasis on helping students to become more intellectually skilled through inquiry-based teaching and learning. Inquiry-based General Education engages students actively in learning and thinking about essential knowledge, issues and questions. Each General Education course enhances students' intellectual growth in some way. As students gain knowledge they also learn to use knowledge more effectively, to ask and answer questions, solve problems, develop ideas and make sound judgments.
The UW-La Crosse General Education program consists of two major components: skills and liberal studies. Skills courses improve students' abilities to learn, think, and communicate effectively. Liberal studies courses engage students in the study of important areas of knowledge and experience and focus on central questions, issues, and problems we share as people and as members of the same society.
The General Education committee is responsible for coordination, review, and assessment of the General Education curriculum. Membership of the committee consists of nine faculty, with proportional representation from the colleges and one student. The provost, registrar, and deans of each college serve as administrative consultants.
1. Students must earn a minimum of 48 credits of General Education courses.
2. Students must earn the minimum credits within each category (totaling 39 credits.)
3. Students earn the remaining credits from any combination of categories.
4. All students must complete the Literacy Requirements (ENG 110 or ENG 112, and CST 110) and a General Education Math course prior to earning 60 university credits.
Fundamental skills are those central to learning, analyzing, evaluating, integrating and communicating information and knowledge. These skills are essential in all fields of study and their development should be enhanced and refined throughout the college years.
(Proficiency tests are available in skills courses. Contact appropriate department for information.)
A. LITERACY: TOOLS FOR SKILLED COMMUNICATION (GE 01) (Must be completed prior to earning 60 credits)
Reading, writing, speaking and listening are the tools by which a person becomes educated. General Education skills courses improve students' abilities to read, write, speak and listen with clarity, precision and depth of understanding. Courses in this area include composition and oral communication. In addition, the program includes writing emphasis courses which enhance students' abilities to communicate and learn through writing.
CST 110 Communicating Effectively
ENG 110 College Writing I
ENG 112 College Writing AP
Note: Students receiving less than a grade of 'C' in CST 110, ENG 110 or ENG 112 must repeat the course.
WRITING EMPHASIS COURSES (2 COURSES REQUIRED)
All students must either complete two writing emphasis courses or complete a major that has a writing-in-the-major program. If completing two courses, they must be at the 200 level or above, one of which must be at the 300 level or above. One course must be in the major (not core). See the Timetable for information on offerings each semester.
The following departments/majors have writing-in-the-major programs: art, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, clinical lab science, communication studies, computer science, educational studies, English major: Rhetoric and Writing emphasis, English major: Literature emphasis, exercise and sport science, health education/health promotion, mathematics, microbiology, modern languages, occupational therapy, psychology, radiation therapy, recreation management/therapeutic recreation, sociology/archaeology, STEP EA-A majors (biology education, chemistry education, physics education, general science education, computer science education, mathematics education, English education, geography education, history education, political science education, sociology education, and general social studies education) and theatre arts. They incorporate writing requirements across their curriculum rather than identifying specific classes as writing emphasis classes. Students with majors in these departments will fulfill their writing emphasis requirement by completing that major. Transfer students who transfer courses from another institution that are applicable to the major should consult the department about fulfillment of the writing emphasis requirement.
Note: Writing emphasis courses do not count toward the 48-credit General Education requirement unless identified in one of the General Education categories.
B. MATHEMATICAL/LOGICAL SYSTEMS AND MODERN LANGUAGES: TOOLS FOR STRUCTURED ANALYSIS AND COMMUNICATION
(GE 02) (At least 1 math course must be completed prior to earning 60 credits)
General Education enhances students' abilities to think, reason and solve problems with precision and clarity. Study in this area helps students to understand that words and symbols can have exact definitions and usage, analyses of some problems require strict use of structured rules, and that discoveries, results and ideas must be communicated clearly to others who may be unfamiliar with such rules or language. This area of study includes courses in mathematics, computer science, logic and foreign languages. Although these fields differ in many respects, each emphasizes the skilled use of symbols or language to analyze, evaluate or communicate more effectively.
(Minimum of seven credits required, which must include at least one math course. Non-native speakers of English may use one math course and an acceptable score on a test of English proficiency/placement exam to meet the Mathematical/Logical Systems and Modern Languages requirement*)
Mathematics (At least one course required - minimum 3 credits; not both MTH 150 and 151; not both MTH 175 and 207)
MTH 135 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
MTH 136 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II
MTH 145 - Elementary Statistics
MTH 150 - College Algebra OR
MTH 151 - Precalculus
MTH 175 - Applied Calculus OR
MTH 207 - Calculus I
MTH 208 - Calculus II
MTH 265 - Mathematical Models in Biology
Languages and other Logical Systems
CS 101 - Introduction to Computing
CS 120 - Software Design I
CT 100 - Introduction to Computational Thinking
CHI 102 - Elementary Chinese II
CHI 201 - Intermediate Chinese I
CHI 202 - Intermediate Chinese II
ESL 250 - ESL Speaking
ESL 251 - U.S. Culture and Film
ESL 252 - ESL Writing/Grammar
ESL 253 - ESL Research Paper
FRE 102 - Elementary French II
FRE 201 - Intermediate French I
FRE 202 - Intermediate French II
GER 102 - Elementary German II
GER 201 - Intermediate German I
GER 202 - Intermediate German II
MLG 102 - Elementary (World Language) II
MLG 201 - Intermediate (World Language) I
MLG 202 - Intermediate (World Language) II
MLG 204 - Heritage Language: Intermediate
PHL 101 - Introduction to Logic
RUS 102 - Elementary Russian II
RUS 201 - Intermediate Russian I
RUS 202 - Intermediate Russian II
SPA 102 - Elementary Spanish II
SPA 103 - Elementary Spanish I and II
SPA 201 - Intermediate Spanish I
SPA 202 - Intermediate Spanish II
* Non-native speakers of English may satisfy modern language option by exhibiting proficiency (a score of 70 or above) on the La Crosse Battery of exams for non-native speakers of English or by earning a score on the TOEFL or IELTS that results in admission to UW-L as a degree seeking student (contact the English as a Second Language Institute for eligibility and regulations). None of these exams provide college credit but will suffice to satisfy B.2 above. Students utilizing the exam option will still need to complete a minimum of 48 credits applicable to the General Education program. Students in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program may satisfy modern language option (B. 2) by completing ESL 252 or 253 and one additional course from ESL 250, 251, 252, 253 (maximum of 4 credits from these courses applicable to General Education). Non-native speakers should NOT enroll in a 101, 102, 201 or 202 level course taught in their native language. Native English speakers are not eligible to enroll in ESL 250, 251, 252, or 253.
II. LIBERAL STUDIES
The liberal studies component of General Education engages students in the study of major areas of knowledge and experience. Liberal studies courses afford opportunities for students to evaluate critically their heritage and see beyond the boundaries of their culture, to think scientifically in both the natural and social spheres, to explore texts thoroughly and imaginatively, to respond sensitively to the expressive arts, and to plan a life which makes the best possible use of work and leisure time. The thematic categories and inquiry-based teaching and learning in liberal studies courses help students to see connections among fields of knowledge, and to understand different perspectives and ways of thinking about important questions.
A. MINORITY CULTURES OR MULTIRACIAL WOMEN'S STUDIES (GE 03)
An essential goal of General Education is to improve students' understanding of and sensitivity to cultural diversity in the United States. All students take at least one course that focuses on minority cultures in the United States or women in the United States from a multiracial perspective. All courses in this category fulfill the UW System ethnic studies requirement.
(Minimum of three credits required)
ECO 336 - Women in the U.S. Economy
EFN 205 - Understanding Human Differences
ENG/ERS 207 - Multicultural Literature of the U.S.
ENG/ERS 210 - Literature of Black America
ENG/ERS 215 - African American Authors
ERS 100 - Introduction to Ethnic and Racial Studies
HIS 306 - History of Ethnic America
HIS 336 - Hispanics in the United States
MUS 209 - History of Jazz Culture
PHL 335 - Multicultural Philosophy in the United States
POL 205 - Women and Politics
PSY 285 - Culture and Mental Health: An Applied Perspective
PSY 318 - Psychology of Women
SAH 307 - Changing the Culture: Women in Science
SOC 225 - Racial and Ethnic Minorities
WGS 100 - Gender, Race and Class in American Institutions
WGS 210 - Women's Voices/Women's Culture
WGS 230 - Women's Diversity: Race, Class and Culture
INTERNATIONAL AND MULTICULTURAL STUDIES: BECOMING WORLD CITIZENS (GE 04)
Knowledge about the variety of human experience is an integral part of liberal education. Moreover, the international dimensions of politics, commerce, economics, and culture touch our lives every day. We live in an interdependent world in which understanding of other cultures and societies is essential. These General Education courses include world history and global studies courses that focus on the peoples, cultures and societies of the world. Some courses in this category fulfill the UW System ethnic studies requirement.
(Minimum of six credits required)
1. World History (One course required)
HIS 101 - Global Origins of the Modern World or
HIS 102 - Global Transition and Change
2. Global and Multicultural Studies (One course required)
ANT, ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, or SOC 202 - Contemporary Global Issues
ART 301 - World Art
ECO 120 - Global Macroeconomics
ENG 208 - International Studies in Literature
ENV 201 - Introduction to Environmental Studies
FRE 220 - France and the Francophone World
GEO 110 - World Cultural Regions
GEO 200 - Conservation of Global Environments
HIS 101 or HIS 102: whichever was not taken from list above
HIS 220 - The United States in the Global Community
INS 250 - Orientation to Study Abroad and
INS 251 - Study Abroad Practicum: Journaling and
INS 252 - Cross-Cultural Re-entry from Study Abroad (must complete all 3 INS courses to count)
MIC 130 - Global Impact of Infectious Disease
MLG 304 - Heritage Language: Advanced
MUS 201 - Musical Cultures
MUS 204 - Latin American Music: Its Context and Impact
PHL 336 - International Multicultural Philosophy
PHY 142 - Navigating Global Nuclear Issues
POL 234 - Comparative Political Systems
PSY 282 - Cross-Cultural Psychology
THA 351 - World Theatre
C. SCIENCE: UNDERSTANDING THE NATURAL WORLD (GE 05)
As the health and prosperity of our society becomes more dependent on science and technology, our future becomes increasingly dependent upon a scientifically literate population. Individuals in our society must be sufficiently knowledgeable about scientific facts and applications to make skilled decisions concerning their use in addressing society's problems. Courses in this area include the study of basic scientific knowledge, the role of applied science and technology as agents of change in society, and a laboratory component to develop an understanding of scientific inquiry.
(Minimum of four credits required; one course must be a Natural Laboratory Science from List 1.)
Natural Laboratory Science
ANT 102 - Introduction to Physical Anthropology
BIO 103 - Introductory Biology OR
BIO 105 - General Biology
CHM 100 - Contemporary Chemistry
CHM 103 - General Chemistry I
ESC 101 - Earth Environments
MIC 100 - Microbes and Society
PHY 103 - Fundamental Physics I
PHY 106 - Physical Science for Educators
PHY 125 - Physics for the Life Sciences
AST/PHY 155 - Solar System Astronomy
AST/PHY 160 - Stars, Galaxies and the Universe
PHY 203 - General Physics I
Science, Technology and Society: Emphasizing the Role of Applied Science and Technology as Agents of Change in Society
BIO 102 - Contemporary Issues in Biological Sciences
ESC 211 - Global Warming and Climate Change
SELF AND SOCIETY: UNDERSTANDING ONESELF AND THE SOCIAL WORLD (GE 06)
Each person, although unique, lives in a social world that exerts profound influence upon his or her attitudes, values and behavior. It is important to gain a sound understanding of oneself in relation to others and an understanding of the social institutions that people create and which serve to influence our lives. Courses in this area focus on the study of human behavior and social institutions.
(Minimum of three credits required)
ANT 101 - Human Nature/Human Culture
ARC 100 - Archaeology: Discovering our Past
ART 302 - Visual Language in the Global Classroom
CHE 200 - Public Health for the Educated Citizen
CST 271 - Contemporary Media in Everyday Life
ECO 110 - Microeconomics and Public Policy
ECO/THA 376 - Economics of Art and Entertainment
ENG 220 - Women and Popular Culture
ERS 220 - Ethnic and Racial Stereotyping in the Media
FIN 207 - Personal Finance
GEO 102 - Maps and Society
POL 101 - American National Government
POL 102 - State and Local Government
PSY 100 - General Psychology
SOC 110 - The Social World
SOC 120 - Social Problems
THA 130 - Multicultural U.S. Plays: Acting the Text
UWL 100 - First Year Student Seminar
HUMANISTIC STUDIES: THE SEARCH FOR VALUES AND MEANING (GE 07)
Academic study of the humanities involves the study of language as a medium for recording human experience and of the major forms of such records: philosophical, historical, and literary. Students have the opportunity to test specialized knowledge and personal experience of humanity. These courses focus on what it means to be human, and what was, is, and should be valued by human beings.
(Minimum of three credits required; one course must be a literature course from List 1.)
CHI 305 - Introduction to Modern Chinese Literature
ENG 200 - Literature and Human Experience
ENG 201 - American Literature I
ENG 202 - American Literature II
ENG 203 - English Literature I
ENG 204 - English Literature II
ENG 205 - Western Literature I
ENG 206 - Western Literature II
GER 399 - German Literature in Translation
MLG 299 - Foreign Literature in Translation
RUS 305 - Golden Age Russian Literature and Culture
HIS 205 - History of Ethical Values in World Religions
PHL 100 - Introduction to Philosophy
PHL 200 - Introduction to the Literature of Philosophy
POL 251 - The Individual and the State: Values and Power
Arts: The Aesthetic Experience (GE 08)
The arts represent a fusion of the emotional, spiritual and intellectual realities of the human condition. Study of the arts leads to heightened aesthetic experiences and deepens cultural understanding. This includes courses that focus on understanding, appreciating and experiencing the fine and performing arts.
(Minimum of two courses required from different departments)
ART 102 - Art Appreciation
ART 160 - General Art Foundations
ART 172 - Photography Survey
ESS 104 - Dance Appreciations
MUS 105 - Music Appreciation OR
MUS 110 - The Listening Experience in Music
MUS 317 - Musical Classroom
PHL 332 - Philosophy of Arts
THA 110 - Theatre Appreciation
THA 120 - Acting for Non-Majors
THA 201 - Dramatic Literature and Theater Arts
Health and Physical Well-Being: Learning to Create Healthy Lives (GE 09)
The miracles of modern medicine exist side by side with many kinds of limiting physical conditions such as heart disease and obesity. Many health problems could be prevented or ameliorated by alterations in the ways that people live. The courses in this area focus on knowledge and skills necessary for the appreciation and enhancement of a healthful lifestyle. They emphasize health and physical well-being throughout the life span and explore major health issues, physical fitness and effective use of leisure.
(Minimum of three credits required)
HED 207 - Youth Health Issues
HPR 105 - Creating a Healthy, Active Lifestyle
SAH 105 - Analysis of Health, Wellness and Disease for the Healthcare Consumer
Candidates for the associate degree must complete the following:
1. Earn a total of 60 or more semester credits applicable to a bachelor's degree at UW-L. (At least 15 credits must be earned at UW-L.)
2. Achieve a 2.00 cumulative grade point average.
3. Complete a minimum of 13 credits in General Education Skills courses (see SKILLS below)
4. Complete a minimum of 36 credits of General Education Liberal Studies courses. (see LIBERAL STUDIES below)
5. Complete one two-semester sequence of courses.
6. File an application for the associate degree with the Records and Registration Office.
7. Remove all indebtedness to the university
(Proficiency tests are available in skills courses. Contact appropriate department for information)
Note: Students receiving a grade lower than a C in ENG 110 or 112 and CST 110 must repeat the course.
Literacy: Tools for Skilled Communication (six credits required)
ENG 110 or ENG 112, 3 cr.; CST 110, 3 cr.
Note: Students receiving a grade lower than a C in ENG 110 or 112 and CST 110 must repeat the course.
Mathematical/Logical Systems and Modern Languages: Tools for Structured Analysis and Communication (minimum of seven credits required; minimum of four credits must be taken in mathematics from List 1)
List 1 Mathematics
MTH 135, 136, 145, 150 or 151, 175 or 207, 208, 265
List 2 Logical Systems and Modern Languages
CHI 102, 201, 202
FRE 102, 201, 202
GER 102, 201, 202
RUS 102, 201, 202
SPA 102, 103, 201, 202
MLG 102, 201, 202, 204
CS 101, 120
Science: Understanding the Natural World
(minimum of eight credits required; one course must be from List 1)
List 1 Natural Laboratory Science
ANT 102; BIO 103 or 105; CHM 100, 103; ESC 101; MIC 100; PHY 103, 106, 125, 203;
AST/PHY 155, 156
List 2 Science, Technology and Society: Emphasizing the Role of Applied Science and Technology as Agents of Change in Society
BIO 102; ESC 211
International and Multicultural Studies/Self and Society
(Minimum nine credits required from two disciplines. Must take at least one course from each List 1, 2 and 3; maximum of 15 cr.)
List 1 World History
HIS 101 or 102
List 2 Global and Multicultural Studies
ANT/ECO/GEO/HIS/POL/SOC 202; ART 301; ECO 120; ENG 208; ENV 201; FRE 220; GEO 110, 200; HIS 101 or 102 (whichever not used above), 220; MIC 130; MLG 304, MUS 201, 204; PHL 336; PHY 142; POL 234; PSY 282; THA 351 (INS 250, INS 251 and INS 252 can satisfy this requirement if all three courses are completed successfully).
List 3 Self and Society
ANT 101; ARC 100; ART 302; CHE 200; CST 271; ECO 110; ENG 220; ERS 220; FIN 207; GEO 102; POL 101, 102; PSY 100; SOC 110, 120; THA/ECO 376, THA 130
List 4 Freshman Seminar
Humanistic Studies and the Arts (Minimum of nine credits required. One course must be from List 1. Two courses,
in different departments, must be from List 3, although no more than six credits may be from List 3)
List 1 Literature
CHI 305, ENG 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206; GER 399; MLG 299; RUS 305
List 2 Humanities
HIS 205; PHL 100, 200; POL 251
List 3 Arts: the Aesthetic Experience
ART 102, 160, 172; ESS 104; MUS 105, 110, 317; PHL 332; THA 110, 120, 201
Integrated Studies Minority Cultures/Multiracial Women's Studies
(Minimum of three credits required)
ECO 336; EFN 205; ENG/ERS 207, 210, 215; ERS 100; HIS 306, 336; MUS 209; PHL 335; POL 205; PSY 285, 318; SAH 307; SOC 225; WGS 100, 210, 230
Health and Well-Being
(one course required)
HED 207; HPR 105; SAH 105
Two-Semester Sequence of Courses
(One two-semester sequence required)
ACC 221 and ACC 222
ART 162 and ART 166
BIO 312 and BIO 313
CHM 103 and CHM 104
CS 120 and CS 220
ECO 110 and ECO 120 ENG 201 and ENG 202
ENG 203 and ENG 204
ENG 205 and ENG 206
ESS 205 and ESS 206
HIS 101 and HIS 102
MUS 201 and MUS 202
MUS 235 and MUS 236
PHL 205 and PHL 206
PHY 103 and PHY 104
PHY 203 and PHY 204
PSY 210 and one from PSY 356, PSY 357 or PSY 358
PSY 212 and one from PSY 356, PSY 357 or PSY 358
THA 250 and THA 251
THA 350 and THA 351
Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:
1. Fulfill the General Education requirements.
2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (Note: No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.* At least 40 credits must be earned in 300 and 400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UW-L as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement not do courses from two-year schools.
5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA* in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected.)
6. Fulfill the minimum requirements for study in residence. (See below)
7. File a completed 'Apply for Graduation' form online via the WINGS student center as soon as you have registered for your final semester or summer term in residence. December graduates and winter intersession should file by May 1. May and summer graduates should file by December.
Note: No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within thirty (30) days after the official ending date of each term.
*Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.
SECOND BACCALAUREATE DEGREE
A graduate who has earned one baccalaureate degree at UW-L and who subsequently becomes a candidate for a second baccalaureate degree must meet all core, professional and major requirements for the second degree and must earn at least 30 resident credits** beyond the first degree. Students with a previously earned baccalaureate degree from another regionally accredited institution must meet all core, professional and major requirements for the second degree and must earn at least 30 resident credits beyond the first degree. Students wishing to use credits from their first degree to fulfill requirements of a second degree must obtain approval from the dean of the college in which they are enrolled. All General Education requirements are satisfied by students who have completed the first baccalaureate degree. UW System policy requires that every student complete an ethnic studies course. If this was not done as part of the first degree, it must be fulfilled for the second degree. NOTE: Students cannot earn a second baccalaureate degree in the same major (different emphasis) as their first baccalaureate degree.
A graduate who has earned one baccalaureate degree at UW-L, who wishes to complete the requirements for another major, must meet all professional and major requirements. A notation will be made on the student's transcript that an additional major has been completed. Students with demonstrated evidence of a previously earned baccalaureate degree from another regionally accredited institution, who wish to complete the requirements for another major at UW-L, must enroll as a special non-degree student and fulfill all professional and major requirements. If all required courses are earned in residence, a notation will be made on the student's transcript indicating an additional major has been completed.
UNDERGRADUATE RESIDENCE REQUIREMENT
A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UW-L is required for graduation. The last 24 credits to be applied toward a degree must be earned as resident credits.** The Records and Registration Office and the appropriate academic dean may give permission for seniors to earn not more than the last ten credits at another institution. A request to earn more than the last ten credits at another institution must be submitted to and approved by the faculty through an appeal by petition to the Committee on Academic Policies and Standards (CAPS).
FOUR-YEAR GRADUATION AGREEMENT
Entering freshmen are offered the opportunity to participate in an agreement that ensures graduation within four years of your initial enrollment. If you satisfy all of the conditions of the agreement, but degree completion is delayed because the university did not fulfill its requirements of the agreement, then UW-L will relieve you of tuition for the required course(s) remaining after the four-year time period. Not all UW-L academic programs are included as part of this formal agreement. More information about the conditions of the four-year agreement is available from the dean's office in each college. The agreement must be signed within the first seven weeks of your initial enrollment when you meet with a four-year agreement adviser.
Upon completion of 95 semester credits toward the bachelors degree, you will be billed a graduation fee. This is a one-time fee assessed regardless of whether or not you choose to attend the commencement ceremony. Students earning a second degree are also assessed the graduation fee.
Commencement honors determine which students may wear an honor cord (foragers) during commencement exercises. Commencement honors are noted beside students' names in commencement programs. Calculations for commencement honors and highest honors are based on grade point averages earned at the end of the last term in residence prior to the term of graduation. To be eligible, you must have earned no fewer than 45 semester credits in residence at UW-L prior to the beginning date of the term in which you intend to graduate. You must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 to wear the honor cord or at least 3.75 to wear the cord designating highest honors. Only resident credits are used in the GPA calculation. Commencement honors are calculated for baccalaureate degree candidates only. Graduate degree candidates and associate degree candidates are not eligible.
Graduation honors are posted on permanent academic records if students have earned no fewer than 60 semester credits in residence at UW-L. You must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 for graduation with honors or at least 3.75 for graduation with highest honors at the end of your last term in residence. Only resident credits are used in the GPA calculation. Graduation honors are calculated for baccalaureate degree candidates only. Graduate degree candidates and associate degree candidates are not eligible.
Your diploma will be sent approximately six weeks after the ending date of the semester you graduate, to the current legal address on the university computer system unless the Records and Registration Office has been notified differently. All indebtedness to the university must be cleared before a diploma will be released.
The awarding of a baccalaureate degree is the pinnacle of the undergraduate college experience. Occasionally events take place where the need to consider additional degree options arise in order to honor those who have provided exemplary service to the university or to extend sympathy and compassion to the families and friends of deceased students near completion of their degrees. UW-L has policies for awarding honorary, extraordinary and posthumous degrees in recognition of these exceptional situations.
**Resident credit means credit registered for and earned through UW-L.
The university is organized into three academic colleges and two schools: the College of Business Administration, College of Science and Health, College of Liberal Studies, the School of Arts and Communication (housed within the College of Liberal Studies), and the School of Education. Although there is a School of Education, teacher education is a campus wide commitment. Descriptions of the departments and programs within the colleges as well as general information, college curriculum requirements, and any requirements that apply to specific colleges can be found by visiting
www.uwlax.edu/records/UGCat/Index.htm. Descriptions of pre-professional programs are included in the College of Science and Health. Wisconsin teacher licensure information is included in the School of Education section.