A UW-Green Bay Education

'Connecting learning to life'

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay takes pride in “Connecting learning to life.” The phrase, and the word “connecting” itself, capture the essence of a UW-Green Bay education:

  • Students are expected to make connections across different areas of study, to examine issues from multiple perspectives and to work effectively with specialists from various fields.
  • Students connect with real-life issues through research, service, team projects and internships.
  • The University connects to the community and serves the region, its institutions and agencies, its businesses and people.

Valuable Skills

UW-Green Bay targets development of the characteristics that many civic and business leaders say are associated with effective individuals.

These characteristics include: the capacity to analyze and delineate a clear overview of a problem; strong written and verbal communication skills; flexibility for on-the-job learning; ability to work in small task-oriented teams; technological competence and information literacy; and ability to work with individuals from diverse cultures.

The University’s emphasis on “Connecting learning to life” and adherence to the liberal arts tradition promotes development of these skills.

A Major Advantage

While students elsewhere may devote themselves to a single, narrow field, there is an expectation that every student at UW-Green Bay will enjoy learning experiences that challenge him or her to integrate ideas from different fields.

The UW-Green Bay approach is notable for its extensive array of “interdisciplinary” majors. These majors apply knowledge from several disciplines (academic fields) to a broad topic. An Environmental Science student, for example, will apply biology, chemistry, mathematics, botany and other disciplines to the larger study of environmental issues. Other examples include the majors in Communication, Humanistic Studies, and Urban and Regional Studies.

Students can pursue more intensive coursework in a particular topic of interest (their “area of emphasis” within the major), but this specialization is balanced by the fact every student completes either an interdisciplinary major, or a disciplinary major coupled with an interdisciplinary minor.

The Strength Of Multiple Perspectives

The value of this approach is evident when one considers that today’s students prepare for a first job but also for careers that do not yet exist, and for societal challenges not yet known.

Identity theft, viral epidemics and global terrorism are examples of rising challenges not easily resolved by relying solely on yesterday’s answers or narrow specialization.

That is why UW-Green Bay students are guided to master not only the lessons of history, and the conventional wisdom and technology of today, but the skills necessary to prepare for unpredictable tomorrows. Their education is built on knowledge of larger issues, familiarity with related fields, the awareness that neither problems nor solutions occur in isolation, and the ability to access information and put it in a useful context.

Regional Connections

Students, faculty and staff connect learning to life, every day, through research, internships, paid employment and volunteer involvement in the community.

Long known as a manufacturing, papermaking and food-processing center and the home of the Packers, Green Bay has experienced growth in the healthcare, insurance and tourism sectors of its economy. While the metropolitan population is about 250,000, the city serves as the trade, transportation and cultural heart of an increasingly diverse region of nearly one million residents extending across much of northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Green Bay is home to a developing retail/entertainment district and excellent museums, parks, theaters and sports-related facilities. It is the gateway to a favorite vacation destination in the scenic Door Peninsula and its historic harbors, rolling farmlands, orchards, forested bluffs and Lake Michigan shoreline.

Affirmative Action Policy

In compliance with applicable federal and state regulations, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is committed to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action in its educational programs and employment practices. Inquiries concerning the Affirmative Action Policy may be directed to the Human Resources Office, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Dr., Green Bay, WI 54311-7001; (920) 465-2196.


UW-Green Bay is committed to providing accommodations for eligible individuals with documented disabilities as defined by federal and state law. In accordance with Board of Regents Policy (UWS 22.01), sincerely held religious beliefs shall be reasonably accommodated with respect to all examinations and other academic requirements. Questions about these policies should be directed to the Dean of Students, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311-7001; (920) 465-2152.


The provisions of this catalog DO NOT constitute a contract between the student and the university.