Overview of Undergraduate Programs
Majors, Minors and Concentrations (2004-2006 General Catalog)

The University of Wisconsin-Superior is committed to offering quality preparation in the following programs of study.

(1) Indicates Minors Only
(2) Indicates Teacher Education Certification available


Pre-Professional Programs
UW-Superior also offers courses required for professional programs. The pre-professional programs may lead to a bachelor's degree from UW-Superior or courses may be structured to fulfill basic requirements of a professional school. A student who plans to transfer to a specific professional school should contact that institution to ascertain what courses at UW-Superior would be most applicable.

Chiropractic Medicine
Mortuary Science
Veterinary Medicine

*Dual-degree program

Dual-Degree Programs

UW-Superior participates in dual-degree programs of study with Michigan Technological University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. These programs enable engineering students to complete their first years of study at UW-Superior and their later years at MTU or UW-Madison. For more information, see the Mathematics and Computer Science section under Engineering.

UW-Superior participates in a dual-degree program of study with Michigan Technological University which allows forestry students to complete three academic years at UW-Superior and one or two years of study at MTU. For more information, see the Biology section.

Individually Designed Programs

The Individually Designed Major offers an option for students whose educational objectives cannot adequately be realized through an existing academic program but which may be achieved through unique combinations of existing offerings.

The University Credits Committee grants final approval for each Individually Designed Major. The major must total at least 33 credits. At least 18 credits must be earned in courses numbered 300 or higher. When submitting a petition for an Individually Designed Major, a student's grade point average must be at least 3.0 and at least 18 credits in the proposed major shall not yet have been completed.

In planning an Individually Designed Major, students must receive timely advice and guidance. Each Individually Designed Major will be developed in close consultation with a specially appointed Advisory Panel consisting of at least the student's advisor and two faculty members representing disciplines other than that of the advisor. The petition may not be submitted before the second semester of the sophomore year but must be submitted before the end of the junior year.

Students in good standing who are at least second-semester sophomores may petition the University Credits Committee for approval of an Individually Designed Minor. The proposed minor must include at least 21 credits; at least 12 of these credits shall not yet have been completed.

Individually Designed Minor proposals require the approval of the student's advisor and the appropriate department chair.

More comprehensive information concerning Individually Designed Majors and Minors is available in the Registrar's Office.

Special or Student-Initiated Seminar
Students may wish to join an instructor in pursuing a course of study too specialized to be included in the General Education curriculum or in a conventional major. UW-Superior provides for such formal study through the Special or Student-Initiated Seminar. These seminars meet at regular times in assigned classrooms for specific numbers of credits.

A seminar may be initiated by a student, a group of students, or a faculty member.

The first step is for a student or group of students to discuss their concerns with a knowledgeable faculty member or advisor to determine whether the appropriate expertise is available on campus.

The next step is to present a written proposal to the chair of the department in which the seminar will be taught. The department chair will determine whether the seminar can be given, the number of credits to be assigned, and the availability of faculty time and physical resources for the proposed seminar.

Overseas Studies and Agreements

UW-Superior offers several opportunities for students to study in other countries while receiving course credit at the University. Information about Study Abroad programs is available from the International Programs Office, located in Old Main, Room 337.

UW-Superior participates in the Wisconsin in Scotland program. Students from Superior join students from other University of Wisconsin campuses to study for a semester near Edinburgh. Subjects include British history and a selection of other general education and professional courses. All courses count toward a student's degree at UW-Superior.

The program fills up early, so students should plan to make a formal application at least one year in advance of the semester they want to spend in Scotland. Enrollments are decided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students must have a 2.5 grade point average and sophomore status to enroll.

Courses are taught by Wisconsin and Scottish professors in the Dalkeith House located outside of Edinburgh. Unpaid for-credit internships can also be arranged. Financial aid can be used to cover the costs, which includes books, tuition, room, board, and travel from Minneapolis to Edinburgh.

UW-Superior offers a German Study Abroad course for credit. Students gain first-hand experience with German language, literature and culture during a semester at Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg, Germany. The main objective is to offer students the opportunity to improve their command of the German language through direct contact with German people and culture.

Normally, a student must complete two intermediate German courses at UW-Superior before participating in this program. Information about Overseas Study Programs is available from the International Programs Office, located in Old Main, Room 337. Prior approval required by the Department of Language and Literature.

Costa Rica
UW-Superior has a partner institution, ICADS, in Costa Rica. This immersion experience includes a home-stay with Costa Rica families, facilitating both language learning and active participation in the culture and society of Costa Rica.

UW-Superior Spanish minors have the option of completing an individualized major by including a special study abroad component. A series of 300-level courses is offered each March-May. Spanish minors may choose to study for one, two or all three months. The number of 300-level Spanish credits a student normally receives through ICADS varies between seven and 19. Prior approval is required by the Department of Language and Literature.

International internships in both communications and social work also are available to students who have completed Spanish 202 or its equivalent.

In addition to these specific programs, ICADS offers Spanish courses at all levels of instruction. Information about Overseas Study Programs is available from the International Programs Office located in Old Main, Room 337.

Departments                                               Chairs
Biology                                                          Mary D. Balcer
Business and Economics                                Charles Reichert
Chemistry                                                      Tim Cummings
Communicating Arts                                      Stewart Platner
Counseling and Psychological Professions      Clyde Ekbom
Educational Administration                             Mike Wallschlaeger
Health and Human Performance                     Provost's Office
History, Politics, and Society                          Priscilla Starratt
Human Behavior and Diversity                       Todd Jackson
Languages and Literature                               Deborah Schlacks
Library Science (program)                             Debra Nordgren
Mathematics and Computer Science              Victor Piotrowski
Music                                                           Greg Kehl Moore
Teacher Education                                        Cecilia Schrenker
Visual Arts                                                    Mel Olsen