DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

General Education
Associate Degree
Baccalaureate Degrees

UW-La Crosse General Education Program

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, one student, and the director of General Education. The provost, registrar, and deans of each college serve as administrative consultants.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

  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.

I. SKILLS

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 OR

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, exercise and sport science, health education/health promotion, mathematics, microbiology, modern languages, occupational therapy, psychology, radiation therapy, recreation management/therapeutic recreation, sociology/archaeology, 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 one 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; a minimum of three credits must be taken in mathematics from List 1. In List 1, only one course in each of the “or” pairs may be used to meet General Education.)

 

1. Mathematics

     MTH 126      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

 

2. 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

 

Note: 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. (Contact the English as a Second Language Institute for eligibility and regulations.) Students in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program may satisfy modern language option (B. 2) by completing ESL 252 or 253 and 1 additional course from ESL 250, 251, 252, 253 (maximum of 4 credits from these courses applicable to General Education)

 

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

HON 207        Gender, Race, Power, Privilege

HON 220        Global Roots of U.S. Literature

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 230       Women’s Diversity: Race, Class and Culture

 

B. 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 three 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

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.)

 

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

HON 290   Science: Creative Search for Understanding

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 

 

2. 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

BIO/PSY 107 Brain Basics: Linking Society and Neuroscience

ESC 211    Global Warming and Climate Change

HON 295   Decisions in a World of Science and Technology

 

D. 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

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           Myth and Reality: An Introduction to Ethnic and Racial Stereotyping

FIN 207            Personal Finance

GEO 102           Maps and Society

HIS 206            Life in Twentieth Century America

HON 204           Human Nature, Culture and Reality

HON 206           Human Nature and Political Life

POL 101            American National Government

POL 102            State and Local Government

POL 206            Human Nature and Political Life

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

 

E. 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.)

 

1.      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

HON 203   Literary Studies: The Battle of the Books

HON 205   Classical Myths and Modern Literature

MLG 299   Foreign Literature in Translation

RUS 305   Golden Age Russian Literature and Culture

 

2.     Other Humanities

HIS 205     History of Ethical Values in World Religions

HON 100    Search for Values: The Enduring Quest

PHL 100     Introduction to Philosophy

POL 251     The Individual and the State: Values and Power

 

F.  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 two 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  

 

G. 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

HON 202   Body, Mind and Well-Being

HPR 105   Creating a Healthy, Active Lifestyle

SAH 105   Analysis of Health, Wellness and Disease for the Healthcare Consumer

 

ASSOCIATE DEGREE

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

Skills

(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 150 or 151, 175 or 207, 126, 145, 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

— CT 100

— PHL 101

 

LIBERAL STUDIES

 

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; HON 290; 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; BIO/PSY 107; ESC 211; HON 295

 

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 230; 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; CST 271; ECO 110; ENG 220; ERS 110; FIN 207; GEO 102; HIS 206; HON 204, 206; POL 101, 102; PSY 100; SOC 110, 120; THA/ECO 376, THA 130

 

List 4 Freshman Seminar

— UWL 100

 

Humanistic Studies and the Arts (Minimum of nine credits required. One course must be from List 1. Two courses must be from List 3, although no more than six credits may be from List 3)

 

List 1 Literature

— ENG 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206; GER 399; MLG 299; HON 203, 205; RUS 305

 

List 2 Humanities

— HON 100; HIS 205; PHL 100; 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 (Minimum of three credits required) Minority Cultures/ Multiracial Women’s Studies

— ECO 336; EFN 205; ENG/ERS 207, 210, 215; ERS 100; HON 207, 220; HIS 306, 336; MUS 209; PHL 229; POL 205; PSY 285, 318; SAH 307; SOC 225; WGS 100, 210, 230

 

Health and Well-Being (one course required)

— HED 207; HON 202; 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

— HON 204 and HON 207

— 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

 

BACCALAUREATE DEGREES

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine 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 can not earn a second baccalaureate degree in the same major (different emphasis) as their first baccalaureate degree.

 

Second Major

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.

 

Graduation Fee

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

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

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.

 

Mailing Diplomas

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.

 

Special Degrees

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.