General Education Program

Purpose | Learning Outcomes | General Education Requirements | Advising | Fine Arts | Humanities | Social Sciences | Natural Sciences | Ethnic Studies | World Culture


The general education program gives students an opportunity to strengthen academic skills, broaden intellectual horizons, develop and explore new academic interests, reflect on personal values, and build a foundation of knowledge for future course work and lifelong learning.

In addition to providing a breadth of knowledge, the general education program is designed to enhance students' ability to solve problems, think critically and communicate effectively. Students take courses in six broad domains: fine arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, ethnic studies, and world culture.

Learning Outcomes

All students who graduate from UW-Green Bay should achieve the three skill-based learning outcomes listed here in addition to domain-specific learning outcomes. The general education program emphasizes developing these skills:

  • The ability to communicate effectively through listening, speaking, reading, writing, and the use of computers.
  • The ability to think critically.
  • The ability to exercise problem-solving skills, such as problem identification and analysis, solution formulation, implementation and assessment, using an integrated, interdisciplinary approach.

General Education Requirements

All students must complete the general education requirements. Depending upon the courses chosen, as well as the need to reach competency in mathematics and writing, students may take between 37 and 48 credits. Courses taken to fulfill general education requirements may also be used simultaneously to fulfill requirements in the major, minor or certificate programs.

  • Mathematical and English Competency Requirement: 0-9 credits
    All students must demonstrate competency in mathematics and written English. The University uses the Wisconsin Mathematics Placement Test (WMPT) and the English portion of the ACT or the verbal portion of the SAT I to assess these competencies. Students may need to take additional courses to satisfy this general education requirement. See the University Testing Requirements section of this catalog for further information.
  • Writing Emphasis Requirement: 4 courses
    Writing Emphasis courses provide students with the opportunity to practice and improve their writing skills across the curriculum. All students must complete four Writing Emphasis courses. At least two of these courses must be at the upper level. Courses taken to fulfill the Writing Emphasis may also be used, simultaneously, to fulfill any other requirements, including general education breadth requirements and requirements in the major, minor or certificate programs.
  • Breadth Requirement: 37 to 39 credits
    In order to build a foundation of knowledge for future course work and lifelong learning, students must complete from 37 to 39 credits in the following areas: fine arts (3 credits), humanities (9 credits), social sciences (9 credits), natural sciences (10-12 credits), ethnic studies (3 credits), and world culture (3 credits). The following sections describe the learning outcomes, credit requirements and list of courses for each area.

Students should also achieve the outcomes described in each of the areas of knowledge listed.


Contact the Office of Academic Advising for information or assistance on all matters pertaining to general education requirements, including advising. See for general education information and petitions.

Fine Arts

Fine Arts Learning Outcome

An understanding of one or more of the fine arts, including an understanding of the nature and functions of art and ways of evaluating art.

Fine Arts Requirement: 3 credits

Complete 3 credits by taking one or more courses in either of the following two lists.

FA — History/Appreciation

  • ARTS MGT 257     Arts in the Community
  • AVD 102               History of the Visual Arts: Ancient to Medieval
  • AVD 103               History of the Visual Arts II: Renaissance to Modern
  • AVD 121               Survey of Western Music
  • AVD 141               Introduction to Theatre Arts
  • AVD 142               Performing Arts Perspectives: Experience and Evaluation
  • AVD 202               Concepts and Issues of Modern Art
  • AVD 221               Popular Music Since 1955
  • AVD 261               Understanding the Arts
  • AVD / WOST 272  Women in the Arts
  • AVD 327               Jazz History
  • AVD 328               Musical Theatre History
  • AVD 329               World Music
  • AVD 360               Art and Ideas
  • AVD 370               Modern American Culture
  • AVD 371               World Art
  • THEATRE 219      “UWGB Meets NYC”: New York Theatre Trip
  • THEATRE 309      Theatre History I: Greek to Elizabethan
  • THEATRE 310      Theatre History II: 17th Century to Realism
  • THEATRE 311      Theatre History III: 20th Century and Contemporary
  • THEATRE 340      Dance History

FA — Studio/Performance

  • ART 106                Design Methods
  • ART 107                Two-Dimensional Design
  • ART 210                Introduction to Painting
  • ART 230                Introduction to Ceramics
  • ART 260                Introduction to Jewelry/Metals
  • MUSIC 242           Jazz and Pop Literature, 2 credits
  • MUS APP xxx      *Ensembles (University Chorus, Concert Choir, Collegium Musicum, Chorale, Symphonic Band, Jazz Combo, Wind Ensembles, New Music, Jazz, Vocal, Vocal Jazz, Woodwind, Brass, Guitar, Hand Drumming, and Contemporary Percussion)
  • MUS APP xxx      *Individual Lessons
  • THEATRE 128      *Jazz Dance I, 1 credit
  • THEATRE 131      Acting I (concurrent enrollment, Performance Practicum)
  • THEATRE 137      *Ballet I, 1 credit
  • THEATRE 141      *Period Dance Styles, 1 credit
  • THEATRE 142      *American Musical Theatre Dance, 1 credit
  • THEATRE 145      *Modern Dance I, 1 credit
  • THEATRE 161      *Tap Dance I, 1 credit
  • THEATRE 190       First Year Musical Theatre Voice, 1 credit
  • THEATRE 228      *Jazz Dance II, 2 credits
  • THEATRE 261      *Tap Dance II, 1 credit
  • THEATRE 289       Second Year Applied Musical Theatre Voice I, 1 credit
  • THEATRE 290       Second Year Applied Musical Theatre Voice II, 1 credit
  • THEATRE 335      *Production Practicum: Crews, 1 credit
  • THEATRE 336      *Production Practicum: Cast, 1 credit
  • THEATRE 338      *Production Practicum: Scene Shop, 1 credit
  • THEATRE 339      *Production Practicum: Costume Shop, 1 credit
  • THEATRE 389       Third Year Applied Musical Theatre Voice I, 1 credit
  • THEATRE 390       Third Year Applied Musical Theatre Voice II, 1 credit
  • THEATRE 489       Fourth Year Applied Musical Theatre Voice I, 1 credit
  • THEATRE 490       Fourth Year Applied Musical Theatre Voice II, 1 credit

*Repeatable courses. For purposes of general education, each course may be repeated for a total of 3 credits.


Humanities Learning Outcomes

Have a fundamental understanding of the humanities including:
1. the significance and chronology of major events and movements in Western civilization,
2. a range of literature, representative of different literary forms and historical contexts, and
3. the role of the humanities in identifying and clarifying individual and social values in a culture and understanding the implications of decisions made on the basis of those values.

Humanities Requirement:  9 credits

Complete one course from each of the following three lists of courses. These courses must include at least two different course prefixes.

HS1 – Survey of Western Civilization

  • ENGLISH 218        World Literatures I
  • ENGLISH 219        World Literatures II
  • HUM STUD 101    Foundations of Western Culture I
  • HUM STUD 102    Foundations of Western Culture II
  • PHILOS 213           Ancient Philosophy
  • PHILOS 214           Early Modern Philosophy

HS2 – Literature, Film, and Culture

  • ENGLISH 101        Introduction to Film
  • ENGLISH 104        Introduction to Literature
  • ENGLISH 212        Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENGLISH 214        Introduction to English Literature I
  • ENGLISH 215        Introduction to English Literature II
  • ENGLISH 216        Introduction to American Literature I
  • ENGLISH 217        Introduction to American Literature II
  • ENGLISH 338        World Literatures
  • FNS 372                 Indigenous Nations Oral and Storytelling Traditions
  • FRENCH 329         Representative French Authors
  • FRENCH 333         Literary Themes
  • FRENCH 354         France Today
  • FRENCH 355         Le Monde Francophone
  • GERMAN 329       Representative German Authors      
  • GERMAN 333       Literary Themes
  • GERMAN 350       Major German Drama
  • GERMAN 351       Major German Prose Fiction
  • GERMAN 352       Major German Poetry
  • GERMAN/HUM STUD 356 German Culture
  • GERMAN/HUM STUD 357 German Cinema
  • HUM STUD 201    Introduction to the Humanities I
  • HUM STUD 202    Introduction to the Humanities II
  • SPANISH 329        Representative Spanish and Latin American Authors
  • SPANISH 351        Major Spanish and Latin American Fiction
  • SPANISH 355        Spanish and Latin American Cinema
  • SPANISH 358        Latin America Today
  • SPANISH 359        The Cultures of the Americas
  • SPANISH 360        Spain Today
  • SPANISH 361        The Cultures of Spain
  • SPANISH 438        Major Spanish and Latin American Writers

HS3 – Individual and Social Values

  • ENGLISH 206        Women in Literature
  • ENGLISH 333        Literary Themes
  • FNS 210                 American Indians in Film
  • FNS 224                 American Indian Tribal Religion
  • FNS 374                 Wisconsin First Nations Ethnohistory
  • FNS 391                 First Nations Studies Seminar
  • FNS 392                 First Nations Justice and Tribal Governments
  • FNS 393                 First Nations and Education Policy
  • HISTORY 205       History of the United States 1600-1865
  • HISTORY 206       History of the United States 1865-Present
  • HISTORY 208       The Development of Modern Science in Western Society
  • HISTORY 380       U.S. Women’s History
  • HUM STUD 323       The Hebrew Bible
  • HUM STUD 324       The New Testament
  • HUM STUD 326    Non-Western Religions
  • HUM STUD 327    Religion and the Social Order
  • HUM STUD 334    Perspectives on Human Values (Classical)
  • HUM STUD 335    Perspectives on Human Values (Medieval)
  • HUM STUD 336    Perspectives on Human Values (Renaissance)
  • HUM STUD 337    Perspectives on Human Values (Age of Reason)
  • HUM STUD 350    Interdisciplinary Study of Great Works
  • HUM STUD 351    Interdisciplinary Themes in Humanistic Studies
  • HUM STUD 382    Perspectives on Human Values (Romanticism to Modernism)
  • HUM STUD 383    Perspectives on Human Values (Contemporary)
  • HUM STUD 384    Perspectives on Human Values (Other Cultures)
  • HUM STUD 385    Perspectives on Human Values (First Nations)
  • PHILOS 101           Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHILOS 102           Contemporary Ethical Issues
  • PHILOS 103           Critical Thinking
  • PHILOS 105           Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHILOS 208           Biomedical Ethics
  • PHILOS 211           Philosophy of Art
  • PHILOS 212           Philosophy, Religion and Science
  • PHILOS 216           Introduction to Asian Philosophy
  • PHILOS 217           Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
  • PHILOS 220           Environmental Ethics
  • PHILOS 401           Plato and Aristotle

Social Sciences

Social Sciences Learning Outcomes

An understanding of the social sciences, including: major concepts of social, political, geographic and economic structures; and the impact that social institutions and values have on individuals and groups in a culture.

Social Sciences Requirement: 9 credits

Complete two courses (6 credits) in two different areas from the SS1 list of courses, and one course (3 credits) from the SS2 list.

SS1 - Social Sciences Introductory

  • ANTHRO 100     Varieties of World Culture
  • ANTHRO 307     Anthropological Theory
  • BUS ADM 202    Business and Its Environment
  • ECON 202           Macro Economic Analysis
  • ECON 203           Micro Economic Analysis
  • GEOG / UR RE ST 102  World Regions and Concepts: A Geographic Analysis  
  • HISTORY 100     History of the Modern World
  • HUM DEV 210   Introduction to Human Development
  • POL SCI 100       Global Politics and Society
  • POL SCI 101       American Government and Politics
  • PSYCH 102         Introduction to Psychology
  • SOC C D / WOST 241  Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
  • SOCIOL 202        Introduction to Sociology
  • UR RE ST 100     Introduction to Urban Studies

SS2 — Application of Social Science Principles

  • ANTHRO 214     Introduction to Physical Anthropology
  • ANTHRO 215     Introduction to Prehistoric Archaeology
  • ANTHRO 304     Family, Kin and Community
  • ANTHRO 320     Myth, Ritual, Symbol and Religion
  • ANTHRO 340     Medical Anthropology
  • BUS ADM 206    Law and the Individual
  • ECON 307           History of Economic Thought
  • EDUC 206           Cultural Images in Materials for Children and Adolescents
  • GEOG 342           Settlement Geography
  • GEOG 371           Geography of the United States and Canada
  • HUM DEV / WOST 336   Gender Development Across the Lifespan 
  • HUM DEV 342   Cross-Cultural Human Development
  • HUM DEV 344   Dying, Death, and Loss
  • POL SCI / PU EN AF 202  Introduction to Public Policy   
  • POL SCI / SOC C D 230  Law and the Judicial Process   
  • POL SCI 353       Politics of Developing Areas
  • PU EN AF 102    Environment and Society
  • PU EN AF 215    Introduction to Public Administration
  • SOC C D 204       Freedom and Social Control
  • SOC C D 250       Introduction to Global Studies
  • SOC C D 251       Sustainable Development
  • SOC C D 265       Music, Politics and Social Change
  • SOC C D / HISTORY 275 The Vietnam War in Historical Perspective
  • SOC C D / WOST 340      Women, Work and Family
  • SOC C D / WOST 345      Women, Race and Culture
  • SOC WORK 250      You and Your Future: Living and Working in an Aging Society
  • SOCIOL 203        Ethnic and Racial Identities
  • UR RE ST 201     City Life and Globalization
  • UR RE ST 205     Urban Social Problems

Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences Learning Outcomes

An understanding of the natural sciences, including: major concepts, principles, and theories of the biological and physical environment; and the impact of scientific and technological activities and products on individuals, society, and the environment.

Natural Sciences Requirement: 10-12 credits

Choose one of the following ways to complete the Natural Sciences requirement:

  1. Complete one course in each of the four Natural Science categories (HB1, HB2, NPS1, and NPS2).
  2. Complete Biology 202 and one course from the NPS1 category and one course from either the NPS2 or HB2 category.
  3. Complete a lab course from the NPS1 category and one course from the HB1 category and one course from either the NPS2 or HB2 category.

Human Biology

  • BIOLOGY 202     Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Processes w/lab (4 credits)
  • HUM BIOL 102   Introduction to Human Biology


  • HUM BIOL 205   Biotechnology and Human Values
  • HUM BIOL / WOST 206  Fertility, Reproduction and Family Planning
  • HUM BIOL 217   Human Disease and Society
  • HUM BIOL 310   Human Genetics
  • HUM BIOL 331   Science and Religion: Spirit of Inquiry
  • NUT SCI 242        Food and Nutritional Health
  • NUT SCI 250        World Food and Population Issues
  • NUT SCI 300        Human Nutrition
  • NUT SCI 302        Ethnic Influences on Nutrition

Natural and Physical Sciences

  • CHEM 108            General Chemistry (4 credits)
  • CHEM 109            General Chemistry Laboratory (1 credit)
  • CHEM 211            Principles of Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHEM 213            Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory (1 credit)
  • CHEM 355            Chemistry in the World
  • EARTH SC 102    Introduction to Earth Science
  • EARTH SC 202    Physical Geology w/lab (4 credits)
  • EARTH SC / GEOG 222    Ocean of Air: Weather and Climate
  • EARTH SC / GEOG 223    Ocean of Air: Weather and Climate Laboratory (1 credit)
  • ENV SCI 102         Introduction to Environmental Sciences
  • ENV SCI / PHYSICS 141    Astronomy
  • ENV SCI 142        Exploration of the Universe
  • PHYSICS 103      Fundamentals of Physics I w/lab (5 credits)
  • PHYSICS 180      Concepts of Physics (PHYSICS 181 Lab 1 credit)
  • PHYSICS 201      Principles of Physics I w/lab (5 credits)


  • ENV SCI 188        Issues in Biological Conservation
  • ENV SCI 260        Energy and Society
  • ENV SCI 301        Radioactivity: Past, Present and Future
  • ENV SCI 303        Conservation of Natural Resources
  • ENV SCI 342        Environmental Geology
  • ENV SCI 370        Emergence of Western Technology
  • ENV SCI 460        Resource Management Strategy
  • ENV SCI 469        Conservation Biology (4 credits)
  • INFO SCI 201      Information, Computers and Society

Ethnic Studies

Ethnic Studies Learning Outcome

An understanding of the causes and effects of stereotyping and racism and an appreciation of cultural diversity in the United States.

Ethnic Studies Requirement: 3 credits

Complete one course from the following list. Courses used to fulfill the Ethnic Studies Requirement cannot be used to fulfill other general education requirements.

  • AVD 327                       Jazz History
  • EDUC 206                     Cultural Images in Materials for Children and Adolescents
  • ENGLISH / FNS 336    American Ethnic Literature
  • ENGLISH 344               African American Literature
  • FNS 210                        American Indians in Film
  • FNS 224                        American Indian Tribal Religion
  • FNS 225                        Introduction to First Nations Studies: The Tribal World
  • FNS 226                        Introduction to First Nations Studies: Social Justice
  • FNS 301                        Oneida Language I
  • FNS 302                        Oneida Language II
  • FNS 303                        Oneida Language III
  • FNS 304                        Oneida Language IV
  • FNS 305                        Oneida Language V
  • FNS 306                        Oneida Language VI
  • FNS/WOST 360             Women and Gender in First Nations Communities
  • FNS 372                        Indigenous Nations Oral and Storytelling Traditions
  • FNS 374                        Wisconsin First Nations Ethnohistory
  • HISTORY 207              Introduction to African-American History
  • HISTORY 209              United States Immigration History
  • HISTORY 340              Topics in African American History
  • HUM BIOL 202            Ethnic Minorities in Science
  • HUM DEV 346             Culture, Development and Health
  • HUM STUD 213           Ethnic Diversity and Human Values
  • HUM STUD / UR RE ST/ FNS 216  Native American Landscapes: Imagined and Lived Spaces
  • NURSING 492              Special Topics in Nursing (Topic #9 only)
  • NUT SCI 302                Ethnic Influences on Nutrition
  • PSYCH 305                   Psychology of Stereotyping and Prejudice
  • PSYCH 440                   Multicultural Counseling and Mental Health
  • SOC WORK 330           Understanding Diversity, Challenging Oppression:  A Service Learning Course for
                                           Helping Professionals
  • SOC WORK 380           Cross Cultural Diversity and The Helping Professions
  • SOCIOL 203                 Ethnic and Racial Identities
  • SOCIOL 303                 Race and Ethnic Relations
  • UR RE ST 323               Asian Americans in the U.S.
  • UR RE ST 324               Latino Communities in the U.S.

World Culture

World Culture Learning Outcome

An understanding of contemporary global issues and problems through the study of beliefs, values and ways of life in a country other than the United States.

World Culture Requirement: 3 credits

Complete one course from the following list. Courses used to fulfill the World Culture Requirement cannot be used to fulfill other general education requirements.

  • ANTHRO 100               Varieties of World Culture
  • ANTHRO 303               Political, Economic and Environmental Anthropology
  • ANTHRO 304               Family, Kin and Community
  • ANTHRO 320               Myth, Ritual, Symbol and Religion
  • ANTHRO 340               Medical Anthropology
  • AVD 329                       World Music
  • AVD 371                       World Art
  • BUS ADM 421             International Marketing
  • ECON 307                     History of Economic Thought
  • GEOG 202                     Introduction to Cultural Geography
  • GEOG / UR RE ST 370 Geography of South America
  • GERMAN 335              Literary Eras
  • HISTORY 250              Traditional Asian Civilization
  • HISTORY 314              History of the Russian Empire
  • HISTORY 337              The Rise of Islamic Civilization to 1800
  • HISTORY 354              History of Modern Southeast Asia
  • HISTORY 356              History of Africa
  • HISTORY 358              Political History of Modern Latin America
  • HUM DEV 342             Cross-Cultural Human Development
  • HUM STUD 321           Language and Society
  • HUM STUD 326           Non-Western Religions
  • HUM STUD / GERMAN 356     German Culture
  • HUM STUD / GERMAN 357     German Cinema
  • HUM STUD 360           Globalization and Cultural Conflict
  • HUM STUD 384           Perspectives on Human Values in Other Cultures
  • NURSING 492              Special Topics in Nursing, 2-4 credits
  • NUT SCI 250                World Food and Population Issues
  • PHILOS 216                  Introduction to Asian Philosophy
  • POL SCI 100                 Global Politics and Society
  • POL SCI 351                 Comparative Politics
  • POL SCI 353                 Politics of Developing Areas
  • PSYCH 350                  Psychology and Culture
  • SOC C D 250                Introduction to Global Studies
  • SOC C D 251                Sustainable Development
  • SOC C D 333                Social Change in a Selected Area
  • SOC C D/ WOST 345   Women, Race and Culture
  • SPANISH 355               Spanish and Latin American Cinema
  • UR RE ST 201               City Life and Globalization
  • UR RE ST 392               Analysis of South Asia

One of the following will also fulfill the World Culture Requirement:

  1. Completion of a second year (fourth semester) of a foreign language at the college level or any upper-level foreign language course. Courses with variable content (course numbers 498, 497, and 478) may be approved for the World Culture Requirement by use of a special petition.
  2. Completion of any approved UW-Green Bay trip outside the United States (XXX-499), or study abroad programs, or student exchange programs outside the United States. Students should contact the Office of International Education for information on opportunities in international education.
  3. Substantial living experience outside the United States. The Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or a designate may grant a waiver of the World Culture Requirement to students based on documented prior experience living in a foreign country.
  4. Students who are not residents of the United States will satisfy the requirement by residence and course work at UW-Green Bay.