UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
For a full description of the Goals and Objectives including revisions, refer to the Faculty Senate General Education Goals, Criteria and Outcomes.
GOAL ONE: COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY: Students will demonstrate the ability to read, write, speak, and listen effectively.
CW (Communication - Reading and Writing) - select one course
CS (Communication - Speaking and Listening) - select one course
CA (Advanced Communication) - select one course
GOAL TWO: DEMONSTRATE KNOWLEDGE OF PAST AND PRESENT HUMAN ENDEAVOR: Describe the diverse ways of thinking that underlie the search for knowledge in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
SB (Social and Behavioral Sciences) - select two courses (Courses taken under both SB and HF designators must be from different disciplinary prefixes)
HF (Humanities and Fine Arts) – select two courses (Courses taken under both SB and HF designators must be from different disciplinary prefixes)
GOAL THREE: APPLY SCIENTIFIC PRINCIPLES TO THE NATURAL WORLD: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the principles and methods of quantitative and qualitative scientific reasoning.
M (Mathematics) - select one course
SL (Scientific Investigation) - select one course (but can take two courses and skip S) (The courses taken under the SL and S designators must be from different disciplinary prefixes)
*these classes must be taken with the corresponding lecture class and change the designator from S to SL
S (Sciences) – select at least one course (if only taking one SL course) (The courses taken under the SL and S designators must be from different disciplinary prefixes)
GOAL FOUR: ENGAGE IN MULTIDISCIPLINARY INQUIRY: Students will analyze questions and issues from multidisciplinary perspectives.
MD (Multidisciplinary Inquiry) - select one course
GOAL FIVE: EVALUATE INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY TO SELF, SOCIETY, AND THE WORLD: Students will make and defend judgments with respect to individual conduct and well being, citizenship, and stewardship of the environment.
HW (Personal Health and Wellness) - select 3 courses
EC (Ethical Citizenship) – select one course
The purpose of the UWRF General Education program is to facilitate the acquisition and integration of knowledge, abilities, and ethics in order to form a foundation for lifelong learning.
The interdisciplinary foundation includes the ability to communicate effectively; to demonstrate knowledge of past and present human endeavor; apply scientific principles to the human and natural world; engage in multidisciplinary inquiry; and to evaluate individual responsibility to self, society, and the world.
To accomplish this mission there are five goals with one to three designators to each of the goals, with a certain number of credits attached. The goals are outlined below with the approved courses.
The total number of credits needed to complete the general education program is 38.
Courses that are listed in two designations will only count in one area. (e.g. ART/PHIL 310 is listed as being approved as HF and MD, however it will only count in one area, either HF or MD).
(No general education class can double count as a requirement in a first major. But a general education course can be counted as a 'required supporting course' in the major. Up to two courses (generally 6 credits) can be double counted as credits towards a minor, a second major or a broad area or comprehensive major.)