Core Curriculum Requirements

A minimum of 60 undergraduate credits including a minimum of 24 credits taken at UW-Platteville.

ENTRY- Entry Year Experience (1 credit)

(Required of all students who enter UW-Platteville with fewer than 30 credits)

Competency Requirements (13-21 credits)

ENGLISH 1130College Writing I3
ENGLISH 1230College Writing II3
Select one of the following:2-3
Public Speaking
Speech Communication for Teachers
Communication & Leadership in Small Groups
Interpersonal Communication
Select one of the following:
Finite Mathematics with Applications (or above)
Select one of the following:1
Wellness (HHP 1000)
Wellness (WOMSTD 2430)
Select one of the following:1
Marching Pioneers
Foreign Language0-8
Total Credits10-19

Liberal Studies Areas 

(Minimum 29 credits; at least 6 credits at the 2000 level or above)

Humanities (HUMAN), Fine Arts (FINE A), and History (HIST P) (12 credits)

Courses must be from areas of humanities, fine arts and history.

Social Sciences (SOC SC) (9 credits)

Courses must be from areas of agriculture, media, criminal justice, economics, energy, ethnic studies, geography, political science, psychology, sociology, speech, and women’s and gender studies.

Natural Sciences (NAT SC) (8 credits)

Courses must be from areas of Agsci, geography, geology, biology, chemistry, physics and physical science. All courses must involve a laboratory experience.

International Education (INT ED) (3 credits)

The following general rules apply:

  1. Only approved courses may be used to fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Except in the case of courses taken to fulfill international education, ethnic studies and gender studies requirements, a course may not fulfill more than one Liberal Studies Area.S Students must take one three credit course counting for both ethnic and gender studies (EGS) or take six credits; one three credit course counting for ethnic studies (E) and one three credit course counting for gender studies (G).Courses that are listed in the humanities, fine arts, historical perspective and social science areas which can be used to meet the international education requirement are listed under the area of international education. Courses which can be used to meet the ethnic/gender studies requirement are designated with an (EGS) for ethnic and gender, (E) for ethnic only or (G) for gender only.
  3. All students must earn 32 credits in residence at UW-Platteville and also 23 of their last 32 credits in residence.

Ethnic Studies (3 credits)

Gender Studies (3 credits)

Core Curriculum Course Listings

Entry Year Experience (1 credit)

Required of all students who enter UW-P with fewer than 30 credits

Select one of the following:1
Agribusiness Professional Development I
BioQuest: Foundations for College Success
Introduction to College Life for Chemistry Majors
Engineering Success Skills
Introduction to Engineering Projects
Introduction to College Life
Total Credits1

Competency Requirements (13-21 credits)

The competency requirements are met by taking approved courses in the areas of communication (English composition and speech), mathematics, wellness, physical activity and foreign language.

English Composition (6 credits)

Students’ UW System English Placement Test scores determine whether or not they will be invited to take the test-out for ENGLISH 1130. Except for qualified students who test out of ENGLISH 1130, students must take each of the courses in the freshman composition sequence:

ENGLISH 1130College Writing I3
ENGLISH 1230College Writing II3
Total Credits6

Foreign Language (0-8 credits)

Students who have not maintained a “C” or higher average in a second year (2 semesters) high school foreign language course must complete one of the following groups. Students with one year of high school language may wish to test into the second course of the sequence. Students already fluent in a second language other than French, German or Spanish should consult with the UW-Platteville Humanities Department.

Select 0-8 credits of the following:0-8
Elementary Chinese
Elementary Chinese
Elementary French
Elementary French
Elementary German
Elementary German
Elementary Portuguese
Elementary Portuguese
Elementary Spanish
Elementary Spanish
Total Credits0-8

Speech (2-3 credits)

Students must take or test out of one of the following:2-3
Public Speaking
Speech Communication for Teachers
Communication & Leadership in Small Groups
Interpersonal Communication (Counts as speech OR SOC SC, not both)
Total Credits2-3

Mathematics (3 credits)

The number of mathematics credits required of students will vary with the degree they are completing. UW System Mathematics Placement Test results will establish a student’s level of mathematics proficiency, and suggest which course the student preparatory/remedial mathematics courses to meet the pre requisite MATH 1630 or higher mandate. Also, the mathematics requirement will be waived for students who receive credit for MATH 2640. Students must meet the mathematics competency requirements before their junior year. Students may consult the UW-Platteville Mathematics Department for details concerning test-out credit.

Select from the following:3-5
Finite Mathematics with Applications
Mathematics of Finance
Elementary Statistics
Mathematical Explorations
Mathematics for Educators II
Precalculus
Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry
Calculus with Applications
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Total Credits3-5

Wellness (1 credit)

Select one of the following:1
Fitness Assessment and Management
Marching Pioneers
Women and Health (G)
Total Credits1

Physical Activity (1 credit)

Select one of the following:1
Criminal Justice Fitness
Canoeing, Kayaking, and/or Rafting in Wisconsin
Seasonal Activities
Weight Training
Aerobic Weight Training
Badminton
Basketball
Self Defense
Golf
Jogging/Walking
Relaxation
Personal Conditioning
Personal Fitness
Scuba Diving
Soccer
Dance Tech/Practice (Ballroom, Latin, Country)
Racquet Sports
Fitness Assessment and Awareness/Activity
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball
Wallyball/Volleyball
Yoga / Pilates
Bowling
Downhill Skiing
Total Credits1

Liberal Studies Areas

Humanities (HUMAN), Fine Arts (FINE A) and History (HIST P) (12 credits)

This requirement is met by taking at least three credits in approved courses in each of these three areas: Fine Arts, History, and Humanities. The remaining three credits must be a second, advanced course (2000 level or above) in the same discipline chosen from the Fine Arts, History, or Humanities.

Fine Arts (FINE A) (3 credits)
Select 3 credits of the following:3
Art and Childrens Literature for Teachers
Art and Social Studies for Teachers
Art and Creativity for Educators
Art History I: Ancient and Medieval
Art History II: Renaissance to 1879
Drawing Concepts
Art Survey
Art History VII: Introduction to World Architecture
Art History III: Modern
Art History V: Far Eastern Art
Theory of Art
Art History IV: Ethnic Art in the United States (ETHNIC)
Native American Art
Native American Music
Jazz Ensemble (FINE A after 3 times)
University/Community Orchestra (Fine A after 3 times)
Music Appreciation
University Bands (Fine A after 3 times)
Choir (Fine A after 3 times)
Music Theater
History and Literature of Western Music I
History and Literature of Western Music II
World Music Survey
American Music
History of Jazz
History of American Musical Theatre
History of Rock and Roll
History and Literature of Western Music III
History and Literature of Western Music IV
Introduction to the Theatre
Dramatic Literature II
Theatre History I
Theatre History II
Women and the Arts (GENDER)
Total Credits3
History (HIST P) (3 credits)
Select 3 credits of the following:3
Economic History of The United States: The First Three Hundred Years
Race, Gender, and United States Labor History (ETHNIC)
Native America and Colonial Borderlands to 1887
Native America and Colonial Borderlands to 1887
Native American History, What you thought you knew
Native American History, What you thought you knew
and Native American History, What you thought you knew
African-American History 1619 to Present
World Civilization I
World Civilization II (INT ED)
History of the United States to 1877
History of the United States since 1877
American Military History
American Colonial History
New Nation
The Civil War and Reconstruction
Gilded Age and Progressive Era
US Legal History of Race and Gender
The West in American History
History of Wisconsin
The Vietnam War
The United States, 1898-1945
History of U S Foreign Relations
The United States since 1945
Imperialism in Africa and Asia
Colonial Latin American History (INT ED)
Modern Latin American History (INT ED)
Ancient Civilizations
Medieval Europe
The Renaissance and Reformation
Early Modern Europe
French Revolution and Napoleon 1789-1815
Twentieth Century Europe
History of Western Science
Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
Modern European Thought and Culture
History of Science and Technology in Europe: Faculty-Led Short-Term Intl Exp (INT ED)
Modern Middle East (INT ED)
Russia to 1856 (INT ED)
Modern Africa (INT ED)
British Isles to 1714
British Isles since 1714
Modern Japan (INT ED)
Modern China (INT ED)
Modern Russia (INT ED)
American Womens History (GENDER)
Women and Gender in Latin American History (INT ED)
Women in European Civilization (GENDER)
Total Credits3
Humanities (HUMAN) (3 credits)
Select 3 credits of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Thematic Studies in Literature
British Literature i: Beginnings through the Age of Swift
Introduction to Linguistics
Introduction to Film
British Literature II: Romanticism through the Present
American Literature Through the Civil War
American Literature Since the Civil War
World Literature I (INT ED)
World Literature II (INT ED)
International Cinema (INT ED)
The English Novel and Short Story
Language and Culture (INT ED)
Old and Middle English Literature
Renaissance Literature
Development of the American Novel
Nineteenth-Century British Literature
Nineteenth-Century British Literature (WE)
Twentieth and Twenty-First Century British Literature
Twentieth and Twenty-First Century British Literature (WE)
Contemporary Global Literature and Empire (INT ED)
Film and Literature
Classical Mythology
Studies in Fiction
Studies in Fiction (WE)
Studies in Drama
Studies in Drama (WE)
Studies in Poetry
Studies in Poetry (WE)
Shakespeare
Major American Writers
Studies In World Literature
African-American Literature (ETHNIC)
Asian American Literature (ETHNIC)
American Literature of Ethnicity and Immigration (ETHNIC)
Wisconsin Indian Literature (ETHNIC)
History and Theory of Rhetoric
Introduction to Gay Studies (GENDER)
Survey of Women Writers (GENDER)
Gay and Lesbian Literature for Young Adults (GENDER)
Gay and Lesbian Literature (GENDER)
Women and Mythology: Goddess, Witch, Sibyl (GENDER)
The Native American Experience (ETHNIC)
Intermediate French
Intermediate French
Foreign Languages Travel Abroad Seminar (INT ED)
Survey of French Literature and Culture I (INT ED)
Survey of French Literature and Culture II (INT ED)
Intermediate German (INT ED)
Intermediate German (INT ED)
Foreign Languages Travel Abroad Seminar (INT ED)
German Literature of the 20th Century (INT ED)
German Literature of the 19th Century (INT ED)
German Civilization (INT ED)
Introduction to Philosophy
Origins of Western Philosophy
Philosophy in the Modern World
Philosophy in the Modern World
Ethics
Science, Technology, and Ethics
Business Ethics
Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures
Introduction to the New Testament
Major Traditions in Eastern Religions (INT ED)
Philosophy of Sport
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of Law
Philosophy of Law (WE)
Existentialism
Philosophy of Gender and Sexuality (GENDER)
Introduction to Social and Environmental Justice
Intermediate Spanish (INT ED)
Intermediate Spanish (INT ED)
Foreign Languages Travel Abroad Seminar (INT ED)
Spanish Civilization (INT ED)
Topics in Hispanic Literature and Culture (INT ED)
Spanish American Literature and Culture I (INT ED)
Spanish American Literature and Culture II (INT ED)
Spanish Literature of the 20th Century (INT ED)
Introduction to Women & Gender Studies (GENDER)
Gender in Film
Total Credits3

Social Sciences (SOC SC) (9 credits)

At least 3 credits must be taken in approved courses in each of two disciplines listed below (Agricultural Industries, Media, Criminal Justice, Economics, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Speech, and Women’s and Gender Studies). The remaining 3 credits must be a second, advanced course (2000-level or above) in one of the two disciplines previously chosen.

Select 9 credits of the following:9
World Population, Food and Resources (INT ED)
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Women and the Law (GENDER)
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Interpretation of Business and Economic Data
Energy, Environment, and Society
Social Context of Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Ethnic Rights and Politics (ETHNIC)
Human Relations (ETHNIC)
Introduction to Human Geography (INT ED)
Survey of Cultural Geography (INT ED)
World Regional Geography (INT ED)
Geography of the United States and Canada
Environmental Conservation
Topics in Regional Geography (INT ED)
Geography of Latin America (INT ED)
Geography of Europe (INT ED)
Geography of Asia (INT ED)
Geography of Japan (INT ED)
Introduction to Mass Media
Theories of Media and Culture
Gender and Popular Culture (GENDER)
Introduction to Politics
Introduction to American Government
International Relations
Current Issues and Democracy
Introduction to Public Policy
Comparative Politics (INT ED)
Congressional Politics
American Political Parties and Interest Groups
The Judicial Process
State and Local Government
Political Theory
Politics of the Global Economy (INT ED)
International Human Rights (ETHNIC)
International Security (INT ED)
Civil Liberties
Constitutional Law
General Psychology
Psychology of Personal Adjustment
Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Cognitive Psychology
Learning and Behavior
Child Psychology
Adolescent Psychology
Social Psychology
The Psychology of Human Sexuality
Psychology and Religion
Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
Contemporary Issues in Psychology
Theories of Personality
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology and the Law
Psychology of Women (GENDER)
Principles of Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology (INT ED)
Marriage and Family
Cultural Anthropology (INT ED)
Gender and Society (GENDER)
Contemporary Social Problems
Social Change
Life and Culture in the United States
Crime and Delinquency
Social Research
Rural Sociology
Sociology of the Family
Social Organizations
Human Relations (ETHNIC)
Interpersonal Communication (SOC SC or Speech Requirement)
Women in Science and Engineering (GENDER)
Total Credits9

Natural Sciences (NAT SC) (8 credits)

Courses must be from areas of Agsci, Geography, Geology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Physical Science. All courses must involve a laboratory experience.

Select 8 credits of the following:8
General Biology
General Botany
The Unity of Life
The Diversity of Life
Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology
Survey of General Chemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry
Chemistry for Engineers
Planet Earth
Global Landforms
Weather and Climate
Global Vegetation
Physical Geology
Historical Geology
Physical Science
Introductory Astronomy Lab
Introductory Astronomy
Principles of Physics
Introductory Physics I
Discovering Relativity and Quantum Mechanics
General Physics I
Plant Development and Biotechnology
Total Credits8

Ethnic Studies (ETHNIC), Gender Studies (GENDER), Ethnic and Gender Studies (ETHNIC/GENDER) (3-6 credits) International Education (INT ED) (3 credits)

In addition to courses approved for international education, the international education requirement may be satisfied through documented coursework undertaken through participation in foreign exchange programs or study abroad programs. Short term visits of less than six weeks duration and/or trips undertaken primarily for tourism or recreational purposes may not be used to fulfill this requirement. At least three credits must be taken to satisfy the international education requirement.

The following courses are approved for the international education requirement.

Select 3 credits of the following:3
World Population, Food and Resources (SOC SC)
Plants and Society
Global Business
International Short Study
Short Term Faculty-Led International Experience in Energy
World Literature I (HUMAN)
World Literature II (HUMAN)
International Cinema (HUMAN)
Language and Culture (HUMAN)
Contemporary Global Literature and Empire (HUMAN)
Intermediate French
Intermediate French
Foreign Languages Travel Abroad Seminar (HUMAN)
Survey of French Literature and Culture I (HUMAN)
Survey of French Literature and Culture II (HUMAN)
Introduction to Human Geography (SOC SC)
Survey of Cultural Geography (SOC SC)
World Regional Geography (SOC SC)
Topics in Regional Geography (HUMAN)
Geography of Latin America (SOC SC)
Geography of Europe (SOC SC)
Geography of Asia (SOC SC)
Geography of Japan (SOC SC)
Intermediate German (HUMAN)
Intermediate German (HUMAN)
Foreign Languages Travel Abroad Seminar (HUMAN)
German Literature of the 20th Century (HUMAN)
German Literature of the 19th Century (HUMAN)
German Civilization (HUMAN)
World Civilization II (HIST P)
Imperialism in Africa and Asia (HIST P)
Colonial Latin American History (HIST P)
Modern Latin American History (HIST P)
History of Science and Technology in Europe: Faculty-Led Short-Term Intl Exp (HIST P)
Modern Middle East (HIST P)
Russia to 1856 (HIST P)
Modern Russia (HIST P)
Modern Africa (HIST P)
Modern Japan (HIST P)
Modern China (HIST P)
Modern Russia (HIST P)
Women and Gender in Latin American History (HIST P)
Major Traditions in Eastern Religions (HUMAN)
International Relations
Comparative Politics (SOC SC)
Politics of the Global Economy (SOC SC)
International Human Rights (SOC SC)
International Security (SOC SC)
Introduction to Anthropology (SOC SC)
Cultural Anthropology (SOC SC)
Intermediate Spanish (HUMAN)
Intermediate Spanish (HUMAN)
Foreign Languages Travel Abroad Seminar (HUMAN)
Spanish Civilization (HUMAN)
Topics in Hispanic Literature and Culture (HUMAN)
Spanish American Literature and Culture I (HUMAN)
Spanish American Literature and Culture II (HUMAN)
Spanish Literature of the 20th Century
Liberal Arts & Education Short Term International Experience
BILSA Short-Term International Experience
EMS Short-Term International Experience
Total Credits3

Ethnic and Gender Studies Courses (ETHNIC/GENDER) (3-6 credits)

Three credits must be taken in approved courses to satisfy the ethnic and gender studies requirement. Students can take one three-credit course counting for both ethnic and gender studies or take six credits, one three credit course counting for ethnic studies and one three credit course counting for gender studies. Students may select from the following: (If the course carries other liberal arts credit, that area is also listed.)

(Topic courses may or may not count for ethnic, gender or both, depending on course content.)

Select 3-6 credits of the following:3-6
The following courses are approved for BOTH Ethnic and Gender Studies credit (ETHNIC/GENDER):
Management, Gender & Race
The Political Economy of Race, Gender and Ethnicity (SS)
Race, Gender, and Class
Black Women and Feminism in the U.S.
Ethnic and Gender Equity in Education
The following courses are approved Gender Studies credit (GENDER):
Women and the Law (SOC SC)
Introduction to Gay Studies (HUMAN)
Survey of Women Writers (HUMAN)
Gay and Lesbian Literature for Young Adults (HUMAN)
Gay and Lesbian Literature (HUMAN)
Women and Mythology: Goddess, Witch, Sibyl (HUMAN)
Studies In World Literature (HUMAN)
Space, Place, and Gender
Gender Relations in Cross-Cultural Perspective
American Womens History (HIST P)
Women in European Civilization (HIST P)
Gender and Popular Culture (SOC SC)
Philosophy of Gender and Sexuality (HUMAN)
Psychology of Women (SOC SC)
Gender and Society (SOC SC)
Gay and Lesbian Drama
Gay and Lesbian Drama
Introduction to Women & Gender Studies (HUMAN)
Women and Health (WELLNESS)
Gender in Film
Psychology of Women (SOC SC)
Women in Science and Engineering (SOC SC)
Topics in Women & Gender Studies
Women and the Arts (FINE A)
American Womens History (HIST P)
Women in European Civilization (HIST P)
The following courses are approved for Ethnic Studies credit (ETHNIC):
Art History IV: Ethnic Art in the United States (FINE A)
Native American Art
Ethnicity, Race and Crime
African-American Literature (HUMAN)
Asian American Literature (HUMAN)
American Literature of Ethnicity and Immigration (HUMAN)
Wisconsin Indian Literature (HUMAN)
Native American Music (HUMAN)
The History and Politics of Hip Hop
The Native American Experience (HUMAN)
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
Black Experience in the U. S.
Race, Gender, and United States Labor History (HIST P)
Human Relations (SOC SC)
African-American History 1619 to Present (HIST P)
Ethnic Rights and Politics (SOC SC)
Native American Music (HUMAN)
Ethnic Rights and Politics (SOC SC)
Multicultural Dramatic Literature (HUMAN)
Total Credits3-6