|University Graduation Requirements||Requirements to Repeat Course Over Seven Years Old|
|General Education Goals and Objectives||Changes in Catalog Requirements|
|General Education Requirements||Curriculum Changes|
|Second Bachelor's Degree||Application for Degree|
|Associate Degree Requirements||Graduation Honors|
|University Assessment Program||Attendance at Commencement|
|Catalog Requirements||University Honors Program|
|Four-year Degree Guarantee|
Exceptions to established undergraduate policies may be requested by submitting a petition to the University Credits Committee. Petitions are available in the Registrar's Office in Old Main, Room 139. Exceptions to graduate policies may be requested by submitting a petition to the Graduate Council. Petitions are available in the Graduate Studies Office in Old Main, Room 137.
Degrees Awarded by UW-Superior
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Music Education
Bachelor of Science
Master of Arts
Master of Science in Education
Specialist in Education
with the Select Mission of the University of Wisconsin-Superior, all undergraduate
bachelor's degree students must satisfy the following requirements:
Note: See other sections of the catalog for additional or specific requirements for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Science degrees. Other sections of the catalog should also be consulted for the specific requirements for General Education, academic major and minor programs of study, and professional preparation such as teacher education.
A. Overall requirements (Note that credits are semester credits.)
1. 120 or more total undergraduate credits, i.e. in courses numbered 100-499B. Completion of the General Education requirements (See the General Education section of the catalog.)
2. 36 or more undergraduate credits in upper-division courses, i.e. courses numbered 300-499
3. A resident grade point average of 2.0 or above for all undergraduate credits
4. 30 or more undergraduate credits earned at UW- Superior
5. The last 12 undergraduate credits earned at UW- Superior
1. Core coursesC. Completion of the requirements for major, minor, and/or comprehensive major programs in different disciplines (See the Academic Programs section of the catalog.)
2. Non-Western and diversity requirement
3. Knowledge categories
1. At least one major and one minor in a different discipline; two majors in different disciplines; or a comprehensive majorD. Variations from these requirements.a. A major is 30 or more credits, half or more of which are in upper division courses.2. A resident grade point average of 2.0 or above in the courses satisfying the requirements for each major, minor, or comprehensive major. i.e. a separate grade point average for each program.
b. A minor is 21 or more credits, one third or more of which are in upper division courses.
c. A comprehensive major is 51 or more credits, 22 or more of which are in upper division courses.
3. Distinct credits in major, minor, and comprehensive major programs, i.e. credits counted only once.a. 51 or more total distinct credits.
b. 22 or more distinct upper division credits.
c. In the event that one or more courses satisfy requirements in more than one major and/or minor program, additional credits will be required in one or more of the programs up to the total credits and/or the total upper division credits required for the programs.
d. The major and minor programs should be in different disciplines, i.e. half or more of the credits and/or upper division credits applied to one program should be distinct from those for another. Additional credits in one or more of the programs may e permitted to satisfy the distinction.
Note: Items c and d above do not apply to comprehensive major programs.
1. Individual programs, departments or certification groups may have additional or higher requirements.Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree Requirements
2. There is a petition process for variations from these or other requirements and policies published in this catalog.
Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree must complete four semesters (14 credits minimum or the equivalent) of one foreign language. This requirement may be reduced on the basis of previous language training. For example, a student with enough high school knowledge to enter a fourth-semester course (and make a grade of B- or better) will not only have fulfilled the language requirement for the B.A. degree, but will receive 11 retrocredits in language to his or her transcript as well.
General Education Goals and Objectives
The intent of the General Education Program is to develop the individual student and to provide the foundation for future academic and career success. Students will develop skills on an intellectual and humanistic level that enhance their ability to develop a personal philosophy and to make informed choices. The General Education Program introduces students to an array of academic disciplines so as to gain knowledge of our diverse world and provides a collegiate experience that creates enthusiasm for learning.
General Education requirements are designed to supplement and complement students' chosen courses of study and to provide a common undergraduate experience. These courses are intended to take into account the background and needs of all students, to be broad in perspective, to demonstrate the relationship of the subject matter to other areas of knowledge, and to require students to write and to think critically.
GOAL I: To gain knowledge and appreciation of the evolution of human cultures, social institutions and the natural world.
OBJECTIVES: A general education shall enable students to:
- Understand and appreciate the diverse heritage of ideas, values, and their literary and artistic expressions in both Western and non-Western cultures.GOAL II: To develop fundamental personal, interpersonal, and intellectual skills.
- Understand the major social, economic, cultural, and political forces at work in contemporary societies.
- Develop greater awareness of the processes of visual, performing and literary creativity.
- Understand the effects of human behavior on the natural environment.
- Understand the guiding principles, intrinsic methodologies of inquiry, and applications of the various disciplines in the fine and applied arts, humanities, social sciences, natural and physical sciences, and mathematical and/or computer sciences.
- Value and engage in learning, inquiry, and scholarship in order to function fully in today's and tomorrow's world
- Understand human behavior and its relationship to its cultural and social context.
OBJECTIVES: A general education shall enable students to:
1) Speak, listen, and write clearly, coherently, and effectively in one or more languages.
2) Reason mathematically, perform correct computations, and/or understand the use of computer systems to support such skills.
3) Develop the abilities to think critically and logically, as well as creatively and intuitively, to analyze objectively, and subjectively (and to know the difference), to raise questions (hypotheses) and to develop methods of proof, and to synthesize and integrate ideas appropriately.
4) Become self-directed, independent learners and capable problem solvers who can work independently and cooperatively.
5) Consider the ethical and moral implications of what they have learned and weigh the responsible and appropriate responses to these implications.
6) Identify and analyze their own personal values and those of others and the merits of conflicting viewpoints and interpretations.
7) Identify the components of their own physiology, behavior, and thoughts that affect their physical and mental well-being and to make decisions based on that knowledge.
General Education Requirements
Students should check the Advisement Office or their degree audit for additions or changes in courses that qualify for the General Education requirements.
The General Education requirements below do not necessarily meet the Department of Public Instruction requirements for Teacher Education certification. Check the Teacher Education program requirements for details.
Courses that satisfy a General Education requirement and are required as a part of a major and/or minor can be used to fulfill the General Education and major/minor requirements.
A. Core Courses
General Education Requirements, especially the Core Courses, should be taken early. Core Courses strengthen reading, writing, public speaking, problem solving, analytical, and interpersonal skills. Core courses (ENGL 101 and 102, COMM 110, HPHP 102 and MATH 102, 112 or CSCI 101) cannot be applied or substituted for any major or minor requirement.
All Core Courses (except IDS 400) should be taken in the Freshman and Sophomore semesters: HPHP 102 in the first semester; COMM 110 in the first year; ENGL 101 and 102, taken sequentially, MATHEMATICS or COMPUTER SCIENCE started during the first year.
Core Course Requirements:
and 102 (each 3 credits)
These are required courses for all students. Following the second semester of the freshman year, students who have not completed the Freshman English sequence with a grade of C- or better will be required to enroll continuously in ENGL 101 and 102 until the courses have been completed with a grade of C- or better.
Prior to the time of enrollment, all entering freshmen, except those whose first language is not English, are required to take the Wisconsin English Placement Test (WEPT). Results of the test are used for an appropriate placement within the Freshman English sequence. (If the WEPT score achieved is below that recommended for enrollment in ENGL 101, the student must be placed in ENGL 099, Developmental English. The course must be taken during the first term of attendance or the first time the course is offered, and may not be postponed. Students must successfully complete ENGL 099 required enrollments before earning 30 credits. Students must continually enroll in the course until successful completion. ENGL 099 credits do not count toward graduation.) If the WEPT score achieved is above a certain level, exemption from the ENGL 101 requirement is granted. A transfer student arriving with or near sophomore status but without having completed the full English composition requirement must immediately enroll in and work continuously toward the completion of the English composition requirement.
At the discretion of the instructor, a student who would otherwise receive a grade of D in either ENGL 101 or 102 may instead be awarded the grade of DP (Progressing in English) and be allowed to work with a tutor in the Writing Center (for a period of time not to exceed the following regular academic semester) until the instructor's criteria for a grade of C- or better are satisfied. The grade of DP must be changed to reflect the student's status either upon satisfaction of the course requirements or upon the expiration of the time extension. Credit by examination for ENGL 101 or 102 may be earned through taking the CLEP General Examination in English Composition with essay. However, a student cannot earn credit for ENGL 101 or 102 through the AP (Advanced Placement ) exam. (A score of 3, 4, or 5 on the appropriate AP exam instead results in credit for ENGL 189 (elective credit).
Arts 110 (3 credits)
It is the policy of the Department of Communicating Arts that performance courses are not appropriate for credit by examination. This policy includes Communicating Arts 110 and 370, which are public speaking courses.
Students may inquire about a waiver for Communicating Arts 110 on the basis of one year of high school speech with a minimum grade of B. Inquiries should be directed to the coordinator of the Communicating Arts 110 course.
Students in the Teacher Education curriculum may not take COMM 110 on a Pass-Fail basis.
from Speech for Health Reasons
Students may be exempted for physical and emotional health reasons from the COMM 110 graduation requirement upon the recommendation of the university physician or the student's personal physician. The exemption may be temporary, in which case a termination date will be established and the student will be required to satisfy the COMM 110 requirement at a subsequent time, or the exemption may be permanent, in which case the graduation requirement of COMM 110 is waived.
Mathematics and Computer Science (3 credits)
A minimum of three credits in MATH and/or CSCI courses numbered above 099.
MATH 112, MATH 130, MATH 150, and CSCI 101 are recommended. For students with appropriate preparation, MATH 115, MATH 151, MATH 240, CSCI 201 and CSCI 211 are also recommended. Students are encouraged to work with a faculty advisor to select a course appropriate to their level of mathematical preparation, interests and major field of study. Note that credits in courses numbered 189 or 289 do not apply toward this requirement without approval by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.
All students entering UW-Superior are required to take the Wisconsin Math Placement Test. Test results are used to determine which Mathematics and Computer Science courses students are eligible to take at that time. Students with insufficient preparation may become eligible to take more advanced Mathematics and Computer Science courses by completing one or more lower-level courses as indicated by the Math Placement Test results. Students placing into the remedial level MATH 090 or MATH 095 are expected to complete the remedial course before earning 30 credits.
and Health Promotion 102 (3 credits)
To fulfill the Liberal Education Requirement, all students must successfully complete HPHP 102 Wellness and a Positive Lifestyle. Students with medical restrictions should contact the coordinator of HPHP 102 before the first lab session. Physical Education majors and minors, Health minors and Corporate, Community Health Promotion majors and Exercise Science majors must earn a grade of C- or better in HPHP 102.
Students are required to enroll in IDS 400 for their last semester of attendance before graduating. IDS 400 is a General Education core requirement and enrollment in IDS 400 and participation in designated assessment activities will satisfy this requirement. Seniors will participate in activities as requested by the Institutional Research and Assessment Office and their designated major program.
Activities may include:
- As of September 2000, all entering students have been required to keep an electronic portfolio of any and all General Education courses taken at UW-Superior. Completion of the portfolio is the first of these requirements for IDS 400.This is a Pass-Fail course. Satisfactory completion of IDS 400 is dependent on the student's participation and not on achieving any given result in assessment activities. The student must achieve a grade of Pass in order for this General Education core requirement course to be completed.
- Students will complete a Learning Environment Survey. The survey is available at the Registrar's Office and must be turned in at the Registrar's Office.
- Each major discipline designs its own assessment activities. Examples are not limited to but may include a Major Field Achievement Test, senior seminars, senior shows, senior recitals, internships, student teaching, capstone experiences, portfolio development, or other activities as determined by the student's major program.
Within IDS 400, students must comply with the assessment activities designated for them by the faculty for their major field. That activity may include (but is not limited to) senior seminars, internships, individual projects or testing. If a student does not comply with the departmentís assigned assessment activity, the department may:
1) Waive the requirement for the student, for what the department considers good cause. If this occurs, the student has complied and receives a P for this aspect of IDS 400.Under this option, where the missing assignment is an ACAT or MFAT test from Assessment Day, there is NO opportunity to make it up until the NEXT Assessment Day, the following April.
2) Create an alternative assignment for the student, such as a paper. Once the student has completed the alternate assignment to the satisfaction of the department, the student has complied and receives P for this aspect of IDS 400.
3) Notify both Assessment and the student that this requirement is outstanding, and that the student will receive an Incomplete in IDS 400 until the assignment is complete to the satisfaction of the department.
No student will receive her or his degree until IDS 400 has been successfully passed.
B. Non-Western and Diversity Requirement
Undergraduate coursework must include a minimum of three credits with a non-Western focus.
Courses within the Knowledge Categories that satisfy this requirement are indicated with NW. The following courses also meet the non-Western requirement: Anthropology 315, 320, 368; Anthropology/History 306; Anthropology/History/
Women's Studies 403, 404; History 369, 382, 384, 385; Human Performance 181 (Sections 3 and 4); Philosophy 175; Political Science/History 367. Undergraduate coursework must include a minimum of three credits with a focus on issues of diversity.
Courses within the Knowledge Categories that satisfy this requirement are indicated with D. The following courses also meet the Diversity requirement: Anthropology/History/
Women's Studies 403, 404, Business/Women's Studies 387, Communicating Arts 467, Criminal Justice 312, English 228, 229, 328, History 320, 323, 406, History/Sociology/Women's Studies 322, First Nations Studies 480, 481, First Nations Studies/English 304, First Nations Studies/History 221, 350, 351, First Nations Studies/Women's Studies/Anthropology 460, Legal Studies 365, Philosophy/Women's Studies 230, Political Science 362, Psychology 358, 360, Social Work/First Nations Studies 386, Sociology 460, Spanish 350, Teacher Education 270.
C. Knowledge Categories
The General Education courses listed in the Knowledge Categories expose students to a broad array of concepts, perspectives and methodologies. They all integrate skills from the Core Courses into their content and require active engagement. Time spent strategically planning and designing your General Education coursework is well spent. Meet with your advisor, with peer advisors, with other university staff to discuss you options and to design a flexible and meaningful plan for your college education. UW-Superior's hallmark is its supportive environment. Many people here are ready to assist you in this process, and we want you to succeed.
No more than six credits from any one program bearing the same prefix may be applied toward Knowledge Category requirements.
The credits given are the minimum for each category.
NW = Meets non-Western requirement
D = Meets diversity requirement
Humanities (9 credits)
1. History (3 credits)
Social Sciences (6 credits)History 210, 111, 219 (NW), 220 (NW), 225 (NW), 230, 231, 240 (NW), 241 (NW), 151, 152, 281 (NW)2. Literature (3 credits)
Political Science 175English 211, 212, 221, 222, 228 (D), 229 (D), 241 (NW), 242 NW)3. Humanities Elective (3 credits)Anthropology 230
Anthropology/History 160 (NW), 161 (NW)
German 101, 102, 201, 202
History 254 (D)
First Nations Studies 101, 110 (D), 230 (D), 242 (D)
Music 161 (NW, D)
Philosophy 151, 211, 212, 262
Political Science 101 (NW), 212, 262
Spanish 101, 102, 201, 202
Any foreign language course will meet the Humanities Elective requirement if it is a language proficiency (rather than culture) course and at minimum three credits.
1. Contemporary Society (3 credits)
Natural and Physical Science (6 credits)Economics 235, 250, 2512. Human Behavior (3 credits)
First Nations Studies/Political Science 151
Legal Studies 261
Political Science 100, 150, 230, 260, 263
Sociology 200, 210 (D), 273 (D)
Women's Studies 150 (D), 210 (D)Anthropology 112 (D)
Criminal Justice 106
Geography 102 (NW)
1. One Environmental Course
Fine and Applied Arts (6 credits)Biology 1002. One Lab Course
Chemistry 100, 101
Geology 130Biology 111, 112, 115, 123
Chemistry 102, 105, 181
Geology 110, 130
Physics 100, 107, 160, 201
1. Art History, Criticism, and Appreciation (3 credits)
D. CorequisitesArt 221, 222, 331 (NW)2. Aesthetic Experience (3 credits)
Communicating Arts 104, 122
Music 160, 266Art 101
Communicating Arts 125, 180, 200, 273
English 251, 252, 350
Human Performance 132-136
Music 100, 104-112, 114, 120-139, 144
1) Every student should have the experience of independent learning in the context of her/his major field, andSecond Bachelor's Degree
2) Every student should have a capstone experience in the context of her/his major field.
These experiences can take many forms: seminars, internships, independent research in the laboratory or in the field, student teaching, senior shows and/or recitals, etc. They need not add to the total of credits a student takes in a major, but they can be planned and designed to take these Goals and Objectives into account.
They also may serve as primary assessment instruments by which the major field may assess the student's progress measured against the program's Goals and Objectives, in addition to any contribution the experiences provide towards the student's General Education.
See the major requirements in the academic program description to determine the corequisites for a particular major.
Students with a baccalaureate degree from UW-Superior who wish to earn a second, distinct undergraduate degree on this campus may do so by completing a minimum of 30 additional semester credits of resident undergraduate credit subsequent to the awarding of the first degree and by satisfying the major, minor (if any), and general University requirements for the second degree. (For example, a student with a B.S. degree would be allowed to work toward a B.A., B.F.A., B.M., B.M.E., etc., but not toward a second B.S. degree. In that case, the student would receive credit for a second major but not the second degree.)
Students with a baccalaureate degree from any other accredited institution who wish to earn a second bachelor's degree at UW-Superior may do so by completing a minimum of 30 semester credits of resident undergraduate credit not applied to the original degree and by satisfying the major, minor, and other university requirements for the degree. (In this instance, a student with a B.S. degree from any institution could earn a second B.S. degree on this campus, or any baccalaureate degree offered here.) Students holding a bachelor's degree seeking an undergraduate minor may not satisfy the requirements through the use of graduate credits or enrollments. Students seeking a certification may use either graduate or undergraduate credit unless specified by the teacher certification in question.
Associate Degree Requirements
I. Completion of a minimum of 60 credit hours with a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0.University Assessment Program
II. Completion of a minimum of 24 resident semester credits, including the last 12 at UW-Superior.
III. Completion of UW-Superior General Education Core Requirements.
IV. Completion of the UW-Superior Diversity and Non-Western Requirements.
V. Completion of UW-Superior Knowledge Categories. The Social Sciences Knowledge Category must be fulfilled by courses in two distinct disciplines. The Aesthetic Experience Subcategory must be completed by one of the following courses: ART 101; COMM 125; COMM 273; MUSIC 100; ENGL 250 or 350.
VI. An additional three credits in the Natural Sciences. This requirement can be fulfilled by any course in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, or Physics.
VII. An additional three credits in the Social Sciences. This requirement can be fulfilled by any course in Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, or Anthropology.
VIII. An additional four credits drawn from any of the following disciplines ? Anthropology, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English (with the exception of ENGL 099, 101, or 102), Film/Theater History and/or Appreciation, Foreign Languages, Geology, Geography, History, Indian Studies, Mathematics (with the exception of MATH 099 and MATH 095), Music History and/or Appreciation, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Women's Studies.
IX. At least two courses, excluding core requirements, in a single discipline.
X. Additional courses may be selected from any program to complete the 60-credit-hour requirement for the associate degree.
Since 1986 UW-Superior has been focusing its attention on assessment as one of the key ways to carry out our commitment to excellence. The assessment program at UW-Superior is comprehensive and ongoing. Its goal is continual improvement of educational opportunities.
The plan covers three areas significant to the student:
1. Assessment of General Education through the use of electronic portfolios.
2. Program-Specific Assessment through the use of a variety of assessment instruments. These instruments are to be selected, adapted and/or created by the faculty of each program.
3. The use of surveys to assess the noncurricular aspects of university life and service.
In each area of university activity, a clear sense of "Goals and Objectives" serves as the basis for determining the activities to be assessed and the means of assessing them. The review and reconsideration of current Goals and Objectives statements is an ongoing process.
Area 1: General Education
In Area 1, General Education, a thorough review and revision of the General Education curriculum was completed in 1995. As a result of that review, a policy was adopted which requires a standing academic subcommittee of the Academic Affairs Council to approve new General Education courses and to continuously review all existing General Education course within ongoing three-year cycles.
The General Education program is being assessed by means of electronic portfolio. The portfolio format is available to students on the university computer server. The procedures and suggestions for students to maintain their portfolios are available on the Assessment Home Page: http://www2.uwsuper.edu/assessment/
Individual student portfolios are kept confidential to the best of our ability. For the purposes of assessment, a second "door" to the student portfolio will be developed using a pass-code administered by the Coordinator of Assessment in cooperation with the university's technology staff.
A student may use the contents of the portfolio, either alone or in consultation with the adviser, to help make decisions about the courses to take. The collection of portfolios for the class as a whole will be used by the university to help shape curriculum decisions concerning General Education, and also concerning individual courses in a number of programs.
All new entering freshmen are required to maintain an electronic portfolio from their first semester of attendance through the completion of the General Education program.
Transfer students are required to maintain a portfolio of all General Education courses taken at UW-Superior.
Students will find additional uses for the portfolio and are encouraged to incorporate the entire college experience into their electronic portfolio. Some of these additional uses may include:
-- organizing the student's major and minor in the same convenient format.
-- academic advising
-- application to various majors (i.e. Education and Social Work)
-- highlighting extra-curricular and co-curricular achievements
-- facilitating applications for jobs and for graduate programs
Area 2: Program Specific Assessment
The faculty of each major program in the university has developed a set of goals and objectives that articulate the program's expectations. The faculty of the program then selects the specific means by which the achievement of those goals and objectives can be assessed. Some programs are using standardized examinations, such as the Major Field Achievement Tests (MFAT) from Educational Testing Services and Area Concentration Achievement Testing (ACAT), sponsored by Austin Peay State University, among others. Some are using senior seminars, which synthesize the major's learning. Some programs are using portfolios, both paper-based and electronic. Some are using combinations of the above options. Each program designs its own experience to provide the most effective means of assessing its own program.
The results of these assessment instruments are used by the faculty to review the effectiveness of their programs. Is there a gap between "what they want" (stated in the goals and objectives) and "what they've got" (results of assessment)? That is the purpose of assessment: to constantly review, renew and improve our programs.
Whatever the form and whatever the method of assessment in a given program, the university community is so convinced of the value and importance of assessment to its commitment to excellence, that students are required by university policy to participate in the assessment program designed by their major.
Area 3: Assessment of Student Life and Services
The final area of assessment focuses on student life and services. UW-Superior is constantly monitoring and attempting to improve those aspects of university life which are vital to and support its academic work. Representative areas of concern include housing, library services, counseling services, the Registrar's Office, Financial Aid, Career Planning and Placement, Undergraduate Academic Advisement, Athletics, etc. The university is committed to the idea that the entire life of the students within the UW-Superior community is fundamentally important.
Toward that end, there is continual assessment in these areas of the university's activity by means of surveys and follow-ups. Students may periodically be requested to participate in these surveys. Cooperation is also requested from alumni, from employers and other groups. One survey that is required of students is the Senior Learning Environment Survey, which is to be completed and turned in with the graduation request form.
Freshmen and continuing students may be graduated either under the catalog under which they entered or the catalog of exit. Transfer students may select the pertinent catalog of entry which corresponds with the academic year in which they started at the previous institution or the UW--Superior catalog in effect at the time of transfer or the catalog of exit. Students reentering UW-Superior may use their original catalog of entry or the current catalog or the catalog of exit. Mandatory legal changes may provide exceptions to these requirements. The maximum time between a catalog of entry and a catalog of exit is seven years. Students who do not complete course work for the degree within seven years must be graduated under the provisions of the current catalog. Any exceptions regarding major or minor requirements must be approved by the academic department/program affected with written notification sent to the Registrar's Office. Any other exceptions must be approved by the University Credits Committee.
UW-Superior has a Four-Year Degree Guarantee for certain programs. Freshmen who have identified a major may contact the Admissions Office to determine whether their major is eligible for the guarantee.
to Repeat Courses Over Seven Years Old At Time of Graduation
Any student who plans to graduate with course requirements or the required courses for any major offered by all academic departments that will be seven years old at the time of graduation should be aware that the department retains the option to require the student to repeat any such courses. This policy applies to any courses used to satisfy major requirements, regardless of the college or university that granted the credit initially.
in Catalog Requirements
The statements set forth in this catalog are for informational purposes only and should not be construed as the basis of a contract between a student and this institution.
While the provisions of this catalog will ordinarily be applied as stated, UW-Superior reserves the right to change any provision listed in this catalog, including but not limited to academic requirements for graduation and schedules for course offerings without actual notice to individual students. Every effort will be made to keep students advised of any such changes. Information on changes will be made available in the Chancellor's Office, academic departments, Registrar's Office and Admissions Office. It is especially important students note that it is their responsibility to keep themselves apprised of current graduation requirements for their particular degree program. Degree audits are available to help students stay current with their requirements.
The new knowledge continually emerging in the field of education, changing concepts in the presentation of this knowledge and consideration of certification requirements may necessitate certain changes in the curriculum of a given department. However, when such changes are anticipated or made after careful review and evaluation, full consideration will have been given to the impact these changes might have on the student's overall academic program during her or his period of matriculation. Consideration will also be given to the impact of any changes on the faculty and the institution as a whole.
Students planning to graduate must pay the graduation fee and make application for a degree on or before the deadline date listed in the University Calendar, during their last term of attendance. The graduation fee does not include the cap and gown, which is purchased separately in the University Bookstore. The application should be submitted to:
- Associate Degree Candidates: Registrar's Office, Old Main, Room 139.A senior will not be placed on the list of candidates for a degree if the student begins the last term in residence (coursework must be UW-Superior credits) with a grade point average lower than the minimum required for graduation. The last term must be spent in residence. Students who attempt to complete the baccalaureate degree in absentia must have the approval of the University Credits Committee and complete the degree within one year.
- Bachelor's Degree Candidates: Registrar's Office, Old Main, Room 139.
- Master's and Specialist's Degree Candidates: Graduate Office, Old Main, Room 137.
All course work must be completed and all grades that apply toward a degree must be received in the Registrar's Office within four weeks after the end of a student's last term of attendance. Extended Degree students must have all work submitted to the instructor within four weeks after the end of the anticipated term of graduation. If this deadline is not met, the student's name will be removed from the term's graduation list and the student will be required to reapply for graduation. The Registrar's Office will not place a student's name on any future graduation lists unless a new degree application is received from the student. If reapplication is necessary, the $25 application fee will be assessed again.
A student is not officially graduated until all grades have been received in the Registrar's Office and the student's record has been reviewed and cleared for graduation. This process takes four to six weeks after the end of the term.
After the graduate has been cleared, the degree granted will be included on the transcript. An official transcript and the diploma will be sent to the student's permanent address.
Academic honors eligibility is based on both the Resident GPA and the Total GPA with the student having a minimum of 30 Resident credits. (Total GPA is determined based on all transfer and resident work.) A student must earn the minimum GPA at each of the levels of distinction listed below in both computations (Resident and Total GPAs). Academic honors will be recorded on the final transcript for bachelor's degree students who have earned a minimum of 30 semester credits in residence, with at least 27 of those credits graded with letter grades, and who earned the GPA listed below:
- Summa Cum Laude 3.850 and aboveAt commencement ceremonies, students graduating with honors will wear honor cords with academic gowns and will be recognized in the program. If a student has graduated prior to the term in which commencement is held, the commencement honors will be the same as those recorded on the final transcript.
- Magna Cum Laude 3.600 to 3.849
- Cum Laude 3.400 to 3.599
Students enrolled in their last semester during the term when commencement is held must have earned a minimum of 15 semester credits in residence prior to commencement and must be enrolled in a sufficient number of credits to total a minimum of 30 resident semester credits by the end of the commencement term. A minimum of 27 of these credits must be graded with letter grades. The honors categories for commencement are based on the GPAs listed above.
Academic honors in a major are granted for students who have earned overall transcript honors and who have earned the above-specified GPA in both the Resident and Total GPAs in the major.
UW-Superior conducts one formal Commencement Ceremony each year at the end of the Spring Semester in May. Individuals completing their studies during the summer or fall term prior to May are invited to participate. Caps and gowns must be worn by all graduates at Commencement and may be purchased in the University Bookstore.
The university holds a reception in December for August and December graduates. This is not a commencement ceremony but a way to acknowledge achievement. August and December graduates are urged to attend the Commencement Ceremony.
The Honors Program offers challenge and enrichment for students who demonstrate superior academic ability. Honors courses provide opportunities for these students to study important topics at a level appropriate to their interests and abilities. Emphasis is on rewarding students through special courses and instruction rather than more work. Smaller classes permit instructors to give significant attention to individual students. Student-directed projects and group activities can be undertaken in an open and cooperative learning environment. In addition, the dedicated Honors faculty and staff provide extra advisement and guidance, while the Honors Student Society offers interesting co-curricular and social activities. Overall, the Honors Program gives these talented students opportunities to perform at their highest level, encourages them to become leaders in their chosen careers, and fosters a lifelong quest for knowledge and wisdom. The Honors Program serves the entire university as a laboratory for the best teaching practices.
The Honors curriculum includes regularly scheduled first- and second-year General Education courses plus various arranged, individualized, independent study, and capstone courses in the third and fourth years. Special Honors seminars and colloquia also are offered. Qualified students are encouraged to take as many as 12 credits of Honors courses in the first and second years and at least six credits of Honors courses in the third and fourth years. Graduating Honors students who have successfully completed a program of 18 credits of approved Honors courses, and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.4, receive special distinction as a Chancellor's Honors Scholar at commencement. Honors also will be noted on their diploma and official transcripts. Honors students also receive priority at registration.
Students meeting any of the following criteria qualify for the Honors Program:
1) High school valedictorians and salutatorians.Continuing and Transfer Students:
2) High school graduation academic rank in the top 10 percent.
3) ACT or SAT scores at or above the 90th percentile
1) Cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or above, earned in a minimum of 15 semester credit hours of instruction at UW-Superior.Eligible students may register for the Honors Program by contacting the Program Director.
2) Transfer a minimum of 15 acceptable credits with a grade point average of 3.4 or above earned at the previous institution.
3) Students not meeting these conditions may take Honors courses with permission of the Honors course instructor or the Honors Program Director.
Honors Course Offerings
Anthropology 499 Independent Study
Biology 111 Honors General Botany
Biology 112 Honors General Zoology
Biology 330 Honors Genetics
Biology 440 Honors Cell Biology
Biology 491 Honors Undergraduate Research
Chemistry 102 Chemistry of Everyday Phenomena
Chemistry 106 General Chemistry II
Communicating Arts 110 Introduction To Speech Communication
Economics 488 Independent Study
English 102 Freshman English II
History 450/Sociology 450 The Social Construction of Race and Nation
Honors 100 Honors Study Circle In Critical Thinking
Mathematics 391 Putnam Mathematical Competition
Mathematics 399 Mathematical Sciences Seminar
Music 295 Honors Recital
Music 473, 474 Honors Advanced Ear Training and Theory
Music 495 Honors Recital
Physics 201 General Physics
Psychology 101 Introduction To Psychology
Sociology 200 Social Problem
Sociology 450/History 450 The Social Construction of Race and Nation
Sociology 490 Special Topics
Sociology 498 Senior Thesis
Sociology 499 Independent Study
Teacher Education 200 Introduction to Education
Teacher Education 481 Honors Seminar In Education
Women's Studies 499 Independent Study
check course schedules for additional Honors course offerings.