(Required of all students who enter UW-Platteville with fewer than 30 credits excluding test credits or credit earned in high school)
An Introduction to College Course
All sections must contain:
- A core component of “survival skills” for freshmen (e.g. time management skills, information about campus resources, advising, etc.).
- Information about engagement opportunities.
- Discussion of diversity issues.
- A participation requirement. Students are required to attend/participate in a minimum of 3 events or activities during the semester (may count participation in one meeting of a student organization as one event).
At UW-Platteville, the competencies are comprised of the basic skills:
- English Composition,
- Foreign Language,
- Speech and
- Wellness/Physical Activity.
The design of the basic competency program assumes that high school graduates have met the minimum standards of the university. Opportunities for testing out of certain basic requirements for the baccalaureate degree will exist. Students with exceptionally strong high school backgrounds may earn general education credit by CLEP (College Level Examination Program) or AP (Advanced Placement) testing. Entering students who do not meet minimum standards on the UW System English and Mathematics Placement Tests may be required to take remedial courses in these areas, and such courses will not count toward general education or graduation requirements.
Students must be able to write and read effectively.
Students must be able to use a language other than English (or their first language). Refer to the degree requirements for additional information.
Students must have a basic competency in computation, problem solving, and quantitative reasoning.
Students must be able to understand spoken English and communicate using it effectively
Students must know how to achieve and maintain both their physical and mental well being.
The purpose of ethnic studies is to awaken the minds and spirits of students to the issues of race and ethnicity in the United States and the social realities and moral challenges of racism in U.S. culture. It strives to help students fulfill their intellectual, moral and social potential, and encourages them to remove barriers that can prevent others from achieving their own potential.
- The purpose of the study of fine arts is to help students become familiar with the historical and cultural heritage of the fine arts. They should also gain a basic understanding of the creative processes, forms and concepts used in the arts.
- The purpose of the study of history is to challenge students to understand and assess our past, in order to form a clearer perception of the present and to deal more effectively with public issues.
- The purpose of the study of humanities is to explore the range of human thought and experience - achievements and failures, joys and sorrows, comedy and tragedy, life and death. It should challenge students to understand and evaluate how others, past and present, historical and fictional, have struggled with these issues.
The purpose of gender studies is to help students come to a better understanding of themselves as responsible individuals operating within a gendered cultural context, paying special attention to perspectives involving women.
The purpose of international education is to challenge students to understand our place within the world and to provide basic knowledge about cultures, people or nations beyond the borders of the United States.
The purpose of studying the natural sciences is to help students understand nature and how the processes of scientific investigation lead to new discoveries. The credits must be taken in approved courses and courses must include a laboratory component.
The purpose of studying the social sciences is to develop an understanding of social systems, the dynamics of individual and group behavior and the forces that operate in social relationships. Credits must be taken in approved courses in the following disciplines: Agricultural Industries, Criminal Justice, Economics, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Media, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Speech, and Women’s and Gender Studies.
- Only approved courses may be used to fulfill the general education requirements.
- Every student must earn a minimum of 42 credits in upper-division courses (courses numbered 3000 or above).
- All students must earn 32 credits in residence at UW-Platteville and also 23 of their last 32 credits in residence.