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Majors, Minors and Concentrations by Department

Pre-Professional Programs

Dual-Degree Programs

Individually Designed Programs

Study Abroad and Overseas Agreements

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Overview of Undergraduate Departments and Programs

UW-Superior offers the following undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelors of Music, and the Associate Degree. The undergraduate program includes majors in 25 academic disciplines, as well as a variety of academic minors. These major and minor curricula are offered through 15 undergraduate departments and the Distance Learning Center. Some major programs offer specialized “concentrations” that allow a student to emphasize a particular aspect of the academic major. All departments participate in the Individually Designed Major and Individually Designed Minor for the on-campus program, and the Individually Designed Major through the Distance Learning Center.


Majors, Minors and Concentrations by Department


(1) Indicates Minor Only

(2) Indicates Teacher Education Certification available


Biology and Earth Science

Chair -- Christopher Kemnitz


Aerospace Studies/Air Force ROTC (1)

Biology (2)

Geographic Information Systems (1)

Geography (1) (2)

Physical Environmental Sciences (1)

Mathematics and Computer Science

Chair -- Chad Scott


Computer Science (2)

Information Technology (1)

Mathematics (2)

            Discrete Applied Mathematics Concentration


Business and Economics

Chair -- Greg Trudeau



Business Administration

Finance Concentration

International Business Concentration

Management Concentration

Marketing Concentration


Transportation and Logistics Management



Chair -- Beth Gilbert     



Bachelor of Music Education (2)

Choral/General Music Concentration

Instrumental Music Concentration

Bachelor of Music

Performance Concentration





Chair -- Dr. James Lane, interim


Broad Field Science (2)
      Chemistry (2)
            Forensic Chemistry

Physics (1) (2)




Politics, Law and Justice

Chair -- Gloria Toivola


Legal Studies

Criminal Justice Concentration

Political Science (2)

International Peace Studies Concentration


Communicating Arts

Chair -- Martha Einerson


Communicating Arts

Mass Communication Concentration

Sspeech Communication Concentration

Professional and Personal Communication (1)

Journalism (1)




Social Inquiry

Chair -- Michael Ball


Anthropology (1)

Broad Field Social Studies (2)

History Concentration

Political Science Concentration

History (2)

Philosophy (1)

Sociology (2)

Women's and Gender Studies (1)



Chair, -- Gloria Toivola, Interim


English (2)








Teacher Education

Chair -- Rhoda Robinson      


Elementary Education (2)

Adaptive Education/Special Education (1)

Early Childhood (1)

Geography (1)

German (1)

Health Education (1)

Library Science (1)

Mathematics (1)

Reading/Language Arts (1)

Science (1)

Social Studies (1)   

Spanish (1)

Secondary and K-12 Teacher Certification

Health and Human Performance

Chair -- Glenn Carlson


Coaching (1) (2)

Health (1) (2)

Physical Education (2)

Community Health Promotion Concentration

Exceptional Education Certification (Adaptive PE)

Exercise Science Concentration

Wellness/Fitness Management Concentration

Sport Management (1)


Visual Arts

Chair -- Tim Cleary


Art (Visual)

Arts Administration Concentration

Art Education Concentration(2)

Art History Concentration

Art Therapy Concentration

Studio Art Concentration

Studio Art, BFA

Photography (1)


Human Behavior and Diversity

Chair -- Elizabeth Blue


First Nations Studies (1)

Psychology (2)

Social Work


World Languages, Literature and Culture

Chair -- Nicholas Sloboda


Chinese (1)

German (1) (2)

Spanish (1) (2)   

            Courses in French and Japanese


Library Science (program)

Chair -- Ella Cross


Library Science (1) (2)


Individually Designed Major 


Individually Designed Minor





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 University offers both the traditional individually designed major on campus and the comprehensive individualized major through the Distance Learning Center. The traditional 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. The comprehensive major must total at least 54 credits and must contain coursework from at least three disciplines. The major must include a capstone experience (one to three credits) in the context of the major.


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 the traditional Individually Designed Majors and Minor is available in the Registrar's Office. Information on the comprehensive Individualized Major is available through the Distance Learning Center.


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.


Study Abroad and Overseas Agreements

Study abroad is experiential learning at its best! A semester or year spent overseas will open a window to the world that broadens students’ international and intercultural awareness. To function effectively in the increasingly global economy, U.S. students need to acquire new perspectives, knowledge and skills to succeed. International study brings a fresh perspective to career choice and human relationships. Each student returns home a changed person able to see the world through new lenses.


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


Financial Aid for Study Abroad

In nearly all cases, students’ financial aid eligibility will transfer for study abroad, and they may be eligible for additional funding through grants and scholarships.



UW-Superior is a member of the Wisconsin in Scotland program consortium. Students from Superior join students from other University of Wisconsin campuses to study for a semester or summer session 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-served basis. Students must have a 2.5 grade point average and sophomore status to enroll.


Courses are taught by Wisconsin and Scottish professors in 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.


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Language-Specific Programs

UW-Superior offers language-specific programs that allow students minoring in languages to expand their on-campus minors to Individualized Majors in German Studies and/or Spanish Studies through an additional study abroad component. All Individualized Majors in language study must have their curriculum approved by both the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the UW-Superior Credits Committee before the potential individualized language major leaves to pursue study abroad.



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 one 300-level German course at UW-Superior before participating in this program. Information about Overseas Study Abroad Programs is available from the Office of International Programs Office, located in Old Main, Room 337. Prior approval is required by the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Culture. UW-Superior Professor Emerita Dr, Karen Bahnick has established a scholarship for UW-Superior students who choose to continue their German studies in Germany.


Costa Rica

UW-Superior has a partner institution, ICADS, in Costa Rica. This immersion experience includes a home stay with Costa Rican 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 World Languages, Literatures and Cultures.



UW-Superior offers an intensive four-week Language Learning Abroad program to Cuzco, Peru every other summer. The program will be offered next in 2009 and again in 2011. Approximate dates for the 2009 program are May 16 to June 16. The program is open to Spanish students of all levels. Upon successful completion, students earn seven credits which can be used to fulfill the requirements for a minor or individualized major.


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 Abroad Programs is available from the Office of International Programs, located in Old Main, Room 337.


Faculty-led Programs to Belize, Bosnia, and China

UW-Superior students have an opportunity to join a class or research group that travels to Belize each January to study coral reef ecology. The trip is part of a yearlong process for the students whose work contributes to research that the Belizean government uses in managing the reef. Students earn their scuba certification prior to the trip.


UW-Superior’s course “War and Peace in Bosnia” gives students the opportunity to explore first-hand the roots and consequences of the Bosnian War of 1992-1995. This unique interdisciplinary course focuses on social justice and civil development in a historical context and offers an opportunity to make a small, concrete contribution to the re-building of this war-shattered but very old and culturally rich nation.


The China Workshop is a hands-on introduction to three different versions of Chinese society and culture: Hong Kong, Guangxi’s Li River district, and Beijing. The group works with local universities and non-governmental organizations to understand key features of contemporary Chinese social life. With the aid of translators, students work in single-lineage villages, urban housing projects, with women workers’ unions, residents of Beijing’s endangered old neighborhoods, in minority mountain villages and with villagers along the scenic Li River as they try to develop cultural and ecological tourism to sustain their communities. Fieldwork in Beijing will include a day in the Forbidden City and will be supplemented by visiting sites such as the Great Wall.


Other Opportunities

UW-Superior is continually seeking ways in which students can learn by studying in other countries.   


If the right program for you isn’t available through our campus, our coordinator of study abroad programs will work with you to find programs offered through other University of Wisconsin System campuses. Visit to learn more about the many opportunities available.