Degree Requirements

Degrees Awarded by UW-Superior

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Music Education
Bachelor of Science
Master of Arts
Master of Science in Education
Specialist in Education

In keeping with the Select Mission of the University of Wisconsin-Superior, all undergraduate bachelor's degree students must satisfy the following requirements:

University Graduation Requirements

Bachelor's Degree

Note: See other sections of the catalog for additional or specific requirements for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Science degrees. Other sections of the catalog should also be consulted for the specific requirements for General Education, academic major and minor programs of study, and professional preparation such as teacher education. 

A.         Overall requirements (Note that credits are semester credits.)

1.         120 or more total undergraduate credits, i.e. in courses numbered 100-499.

2.         36 or more undergraduate credits in upper-division courses, i.e. courses numbered 300-499.

3.         A resident grade point average of 2.0 or above for all undergraduate credits.

4.         30 or more undergraduate credits earned at UW-Superior.

5.         The last 12 undergraduate credits earned at UW-Superior. 

B.         Completion of the General Education requirements (See the General Education section of the catalog.)

1.         Core courses.

2.         Non-Western and diversity requirement.

3.         Knowledge categories.

4.         Corequisites. 

C.         Completion of the requirements for major, minor, and/or comprehensive major programs in different disciplines (See the Academic Programs section of the catalog.)

1.       At least one major and one minor in a different discipline; two majors in different disciplines; or a comprehensive major.

a.         A major is 30 or more credits, half or more of which are in upper division courses.

b.         A minor is 21 or more credits, one third or more of which are in upper division courses.

c.         A comprehensive major is 51 or more credits, 22 or more of which are in upper division courses.

2.         A resident grade point average of 2.0 or above in the courses satisfying the requirements for each major, minor, or comprehensive major. (i.e. a separate grade point average for each program.) A student cannot graduate while on academic suspension.

3.         Distinct credits in major, minor, and comprehensive major programs, (i.e. credits counted only once.) 

a.         51 or more total distinct credits.

b.         22 or more distinct upper-division credits.

c.         In the event that one or more courses satisfy requirements in more than one major and/or minor program, additional credits will be required in one or more of the programs up to the total credits and/or the total upper-division credits required for the programs.

d.         The major and minor programs should be in different disciplines, i.e. half or more of the credits and/or upper division credits applied to one program should be distinct from those for another. Additional credits in one or more of the programs may be permitted to satisfy the distinction.

Note: Items c and d above do not apply to comprehensive major programs.  

D.         Variations from these requirements.

1.         Individual programs, departments or certification groups may have additional or higher requirements.

2.         A petition process for variations from these or other requirements and policies is published in this catalog.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree Requirements

Students who have not successfully completed any high school language classes will need to successfully complete two semesters of coursework in one language. Students who have successfully completed high school language classes will take a language placement test to determine their level of language proficiency. Those who place at the 101 level will need to successfully complete two semesters of coursework in that language. Those who place between the 102 and 202 level will need to successfully complete one semester in that language. 

A placement test score above the 202 level will satisfy the B.A. Language Requirement. 

Students who have successfully completed high school language classes also have the option of successfully completing two semesters of coursework in a different language. 

The Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures also allows students to receive elementary and intermediate credits through examination by UW-Superior language faculty, qualified faculty from other institutions, or by standardized tests from such accredited bodies as CLEP, International Baccalaureate, ACTFL and AP College Board.

Exceptions to Policy

Exceptions to established undergraduate policies may be requested by submitting a petition to the University Credits Committee. Petitions are available in the Registrar's Office in Old Main, Room 139. Exceptions to graduate policies may be requested by submitting a petition to the Graduate Council. Petitions are available in the Graduate Studies Office in McCaskill 102.

Learning Goals for the General Education Program

Overall Learning Goals for the General Education Program

The General Education Program at the University of Wisconsin-Superior integrates students into a community of creative learners rooted in the tradition of liberal arts education. It does so by familiarizing students with the "ways of knowing" associated with the various academic disciplines and by fostering the development of a set of habits of mind and academic skills associated with reflective and critical learning. The goals of the General Education Program are:

I.          To foster the development of the following habits of mind and academic skills:

  • An ability to express oneself in multiple forms, with an emphasis on oral and written communication
  • Appreciation for the diversity of human experience, together with respect and empathy for these differences
  • Critical reading, including quantitative literacy
  • Deductive and inductive reasoning
  • A view of education as an ongoing, interactive, and transformative process
  • Ownership for one's own learning
  • A penchant for collaboration with others
  • Valuing Service
  • Questioning and analyzing sources of knowledge and belief, including one's own, while appreciating the value of multiple interpretations and perspectives

II.         To develop familiarity with the approaches to knowledge associated with the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural and Physical Sciences, and Fine and Applied Arts.

Learning Goals for General Education Core Categories

College Writing (WRIT 101 and 102)

In the writing sequence, students:

  • Improve their ability to read critically and write analytically and clearly
  • Develop their rhetorical skills
  • Come to see research as a means of discovering ideas, information, and evidence and learn to conduct library research
  • Learn to properly acknowledge, cite, and document sources
  • Learn to recognize various persuasive appeals in the arguments of others and to incorporate appropriate, reasoned appeals into their own arguments

Mathematics and Computer Science

A course fulfilling the mathematics core requirement develops the skills necessary for analytical and quantitative problem-solving in all subjects, using central concepts and methods from mathematics and computer science, including: number systems, symbolic representation, formal languages, mathematical modeling, and logical reasoning. 

Communicating Arts

A communication course fulfilling the core requirement helps students develop essential interpersonal communication, group communication, and public speaking competencies through practice, analysis, and critical exploration of diverse human interactions.

Health and Human Performance

A health and human performance course fulfilling the core requirement will provide students with a knowledge base, creating a positive attitude and lifelong skills concerning the seven dimensions of wellness: physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, career, social and environmental (i.e. personal health)

Learning Goals for General Education Knowledge Categories


World Language, Culture and Philosophy

Includes courses in the humanities other than history and literature that encourage students to:

  • make connections across all areas of knowledge, different modes of communication, and diverse cultural, linguistic, and conceptual traditions, and;
  • develop empathy and understanding for other cultural, linguistic, and conceptual traditions.


Enables students to recognize that reasoned interpretations of the human past:

  • must be consistent with verifiable historical evidence, and; 
  • are nonetheless contested as they are reshaped to serve the concerns of the present.

Empowers students to create personal meaning by developing their own reasoned interpretations of the human past.


Instills the joy of reading literature and stimulates the power of the imagination.

Promotes the analysis of various types of literary expression.

Explores different traditions and modes of telling stories.



Enables students to examine human behavior or interaction using the methods and assumptions of social science research.



Lab Course

Enables students to understand the nature of science and scientific inquiry through hands-on experiences. 

Environmental Course

Enables students to understand our natural environment and the effects of human interactions on it.



Fine Arts History, Criticism, and Appreciation

Helps students to analyze, evaluate, and relate artists, creative artifacts, and artistic productions of diverse cultures from ancient times to the present.

Aesthetic Experience

Gives students practical experience in developing their own creativity in one or more genres of expression, and augments appreciation for the diversity of creative communication.

General Education Requirements

Students should check the Center for Academic and Career Advising or their degree audit for additions or changes in courses that qualify for the General Education requirements. 

The General Education requirements below do not necessarily meet the Department of Public Instruction requirements for Teacher Education certification. Check the Teacher Education program requirements for details.

Courses that satisfy a General Education requirement and are required as a part of a major and/or minor can be used to fulfill the General Education and major/minor requirements.

All students entering UW-Superior as freshmen must complete the Core General Education Requirements of WRIT 101 and 102, COMM 110, HHP 102 and their choice of MATH or CSCI among their first 60 credits. Failure to complete these courses by that time will result in a hold being placed on an ensuing registration that does not contain the missing course(s), which may not then be dropped. Students will only be able to register through the Registrar's Office and enrollment in the missing course(s) must be included.

A.         Core Courses

General Education requirements, especially the core courses, should be taken early. Core courses strengthen reading, writing, public speaking, problem solving, analytical, and interpersonal skills. Core courses (WRIT 101 and 102, COMM 110, HHP 102 and the MATH or CSCI course) cannot be applied or substituted for any major or minor requirement.

All core courses should be taken in the freshman and sophomore semesters: HHP 102 in the first semester; COMM 110 in the first year; WRIT 101 and 102, taken sequentially, MATH or CSCI started during the first year. 

Core Course Requirements  

WRIT 101 and 102 (each 3 credits)

These are required courses for all students. Following the second semester of the freshman year, students who have not completed the College Writing sequence with a grade of C- or better will be required to enroll continuously in WRIT 101 and 102 until the courses have been completed with a grade of C- or better.

Placement in the College Writing sequence is done using students' ACT English or SAT Verbal scores. Prior to the time of enrollment, all entering freshmen, except those whose first language is not English, are required to take the Wisconsin English Placement Test (WEPT) if they do not have ACT or SAT scores. If the WEPT, ACT, or SAT score achieved is below that recommended for enrollment in WRIT 101, the student must be placed in WRIT 099 Fundamentals of Writing. The course must be taken during the first term of attendance or the first time the course is offered, and may not be postponed. Students must successfully complete WRIT 099 before earning 30 credits. Students must continually enroll in the course until successful completion. WRIT 099 credits do not count toward graduation. If the WEPT, ACT or SAT score achieved is above a certain level, exemption from the WRIT 101 requirement is granted. A transfer student arriving with or near sophomore status but without having completed the full College Writing requirement must immediately enroll in and work continuously toward the completion of the College Writing requirement.

Credit by examination for WRIT 101 or 102 may be earned through taking the CLEP General Examination in English Composition with essay. A student may also earn credit for WRIT 101 through the appropriate AP (Advanced Placement) exam (the English Literature and Composition or the English Language and Composition test.) 

Communicating Arts 110 (3 credits)

No student may take COMM 110 on a Pass-Fail basis.  

Mathematics and Computer Science (3 credits)

A minimum of three credits in MATH and/or CSCI courses chosen from among these courses: MATH 112, 115, 130, 150, 151, 230, 240 or CSCI 101 or 201.

MATH 112, 130, 150, and CSCI 101 are recommended. For students with appropriate preparation, MATH 115, 151, 240 and CSCI 201 are also recommended. Students are encouraged to work with a faculty advisor to select a course appropriate to their level of mathematical preparation, interests and major field of study.

All students entering UW-Superior are required to take the Wisconsin Math Placement Test. Test results are used to determine which Mathematics and Computer Science courses students are eligible to take at that time. Students with insufficient preparation may become eligible to take more advanced Mathematics and Computer Science courses by completing one or more lower-level courses as indicated by the Math Placement Test results. Students placing into the remedial level MATH 090 or MATH 095 are expected to complete the remedial course before earning 30 credits.  

Health and Human Performance 102 (3 credits)

To fulfill the Liberal Education Requirement, all students must successfully complete HHP 102 Health and Wellness. Students with medical restrictions should contact the coordinator of HHP 102 before the first lab session. All Health and Human Performance department majors and minors must earn a grade of C or better in HHP 102. 

B.         Non-Western and Diversity Requirement

Undergraduate coursework must include a minimum of three credits with a non-Western focus.

Courses within the Knowledge Categories that satisfy this requirement are indicated with NW. The following courses also meet the non-Western requirement: Anthropology 315, 320, 368; Anthropology/History 306; History/Women's Studies 403, 404; History 369, 371, 382, 384, 385; Human Performance 181 (Sections 3 and 4); Philosophy 175, Sociology 300.

Undergraduate coursework must include a minimum of three credits with a focus on issues of diversity. Courses within the Knowledge Categories that also satisfy this requirement are indicated with D. The following courses meet the Diversity requirement: History/Women's Studies 322, 403, 404, 406; Communicating Arts 467; Criminal Justice 312; English 328; History 320, 323, 460; First Nations Studies 480, 481; First Nations Studies/English 304; First Nations Studies/History 221, 350, 351; First Nations Studies/Women's Studies 460; Legal Studies 365; Psychology/Women's Studies 258, 360; Political Science 201; Social Work/First Nations Studies 386; Sociology 460; Spanish 350; Teacher Education 270, Writing/Women's Studies 348.

C. Knowledge Categories

The General Education courses listed in the Knowledge Categories expose students to a broad array of concepts, perspectives and methodologies. They all integrate skills from the core courses into their content and require active engagement. Time spent strategically planning and designing your General Education coursework is well spent. Meet with your advisor, with peer advisors, with other university staff to discuss you options and to design a flexible and meaningful plan for your college education. UW-Superior's hallmark is its supportive environment. Many people here are ready to assist you in this process, and we want you to succeed.

No more than six credits from any one program bearing the same prefix may be applied toward Knowledge Category requirements.

The credits given are the minimum for each category.

NW = Meets non-Western requirement
D = Meets diversity requirement

Humanities (9 credits)

1.         History (3 credits)

            HIST 111, 151, 152, 160 (NW), 161 (NW), 212, 219 (NW), 220 (NW), 225 (NW), 230, 231, 240 (NW), 241 (NW), 254 (D), 281 (NW) POLS 175

2.         Literature (3 credits)

            ENGL 111, 112, 211, 212, 221, 222, 228 (D), 229 (D), 241 (NW), 242 (NW) WLLC 232 (NW)

3.         World Language, Culture, and Philosophy (3 credits)

            CHIN 101, 102, 201, 202

            FNS 101, 110 (D), 201, 230 (D), 242 (D)

            FREN 101, 102, 201, 202

            GERM 101, 102, 201, 202

            MUSI 161 (NW, D)     

            PHIL 151, 211, 212, 262

            POLS 101 (NW), 262

            PSYC 212

            SPAN 101, 102, 201, 202

Any foreign language course will meet the Humanities Elective requirement if it is a language proficiency (rather than culture) course and at minimum three credits.

Social Sciences (6 credits)

(Must include two different prefixes)

ANTH 101 (D)

CJUS 106

ECON 235, 250, 251


GEOG 100 (NW), 102 (NW)

LSTU 115, 261

POLS 100, 150, 230, 260, 263

PSYC 101

SOC 101, 200, 201, 210 (D), 273 (D)

WST 150 (D)

Natural and Physical Science (6 credits)

1.         One Environmental Course

                        BIOL 100

                        CHEM 100, 101

                        GEOL 130  

2.         One Lab Course

                        BIOL 111, 115, 123, 130

                        CHEM 102, 105, 181

                        GEOL 110, 130

                        PHYS 100, 107, 160, 201

Fine and Applied Arts (6 credits)

1.         Art History, Criticism, and Appreciation (3 credits)

                        ART 221, 222, 224 (NW), 331 (NW)

                        COMM 104, 122, 285, 286, 287

                        MUSI 160, 266 (D)

                        WRIT 215, 216 

2.         Aesthetic Experience (3 credits)

                        ART 101

                        COMM 125, 180, 200, 273

                        WRIT 251, 252, 253, 350

                        HHP 132-136

                        MUSI 104-116, 118, 120-139  

D.         Corequisites

1)         Every student should have the experience of independent learning in the context of her or his major field

2)         Every student should have a capstone experience in the context of her or his major field.

These experiences can take many forms: seminars, internships, independent research in the laboratory or in the field, student teaching, senior shows and/or recitals, etc. They need not add to the total of credits a student takes in a major, but they can be planned and designed to take these Goals and Objectives into account.

They also may serve as primary assessment instruments by which the major field may assess the student's progress measured against the program's Goals and Objectives, in addition to any contribution the experiences provide towards the student's General Education. 

See the major requirements in the academic program description to determine the corequisites for a particular major.

Concurrent Degree Policy

Students may be awarded two undergraduate degrees concurrently provided that the degree programs have substantial differences or entitlements. Students must complete all requirements for both programs, including degree, major, and unique requirements; the major from either degree may be used in place of any minor required in the other degree (e.g., the music major from the BME degree may replace the minor required in the BA degree). Students may be awarded concurrent degrees including the BM, BME, BFA degrees and either the BA or BS degree provided they have different majors. Concurrent awarding of the BA and BS degrees is not allowed.  Students in certification areas requiring a teachable major and minor or dual major must meet the requirement. The student must complete a minimum of 150 credits to be awarded two degrees either concurrently or by returning to add a second degree which requires 30 additional credits beyond the first degree.

The duplicate credit rule applies between the majors and/or minors. The general education requirements for the University only need to be met once; however, students must meet any specific general education requirements for the academic program(s). Also, students who elect to pursue two concurrent degrees are not exempt from the UW System Excess Credits surcharge.

Second Bachelor's Degree

Students with a baccalaureate degree from UW-Superior who wish to earn a second, distinct undergraduate degree on this campus may do so by completing a minimum of 30 additional semester credits of resident undergraduate credit subsequent to the awarding of the first degree and by satisfying the major, minor (if any), and general university requirements for the second degree. (For example, a student with a B.S. degree would be allowed to work toward a B.A., B.F.A., B.M., B.M.E., etc., but not toward a second B.S. degree. In that case, the student would receive credit for a second major but not the second degree.)

Students with a baccalaureate degree from any other accredited institution who wish to earn a second bachelor's degree at UW-Superior may do so by completing a minimum of 30 semester credits of resident undergraduate credit not applied to the original degree and by satisfying the major, minor, and other university requirements for the degree. (In this instance, a student with a B.S. degree from any institution could earn a second B.S. degree on this campus, or any baccalaureate degree offered here.) Students holding a bachelor's degree seeking an undergraduate minor may not satisfy the requirements through the use of graduate credits or enrollments. Students seeking a certification may use either graduate or undergraduate credit unless specified by the teacher certification in question.

Associate Degree Requirements 

  1. Completion of a minimum of 60 credit hours with a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0.
  2. Completion of a minimum of 24 resident semester credits, including the last 12 at UW-Superior.
  3. Completion of UW-Superior General Education Core Requirements.
  4. Completion of the UW-Superior Diversity and Non-Western Requirements.
  5. Completion of UW-Superior Knowledge Categories. The Social Sciences Knowledge Category must be fulfilled by courses in two distinct disciplines.

    The Aesthetic Experience Subcategory must be completed by one of the following courses: ART 101; COMM 125, 181, 200, 273; MUSI 104-116, 118, 120-139; WRIT 251, 252, 253, 253, or 350.
  6. An additional three credits in the Natural Sciences. This requirement can be fulfilled by any course in Biology, Chemistry, Geology or Physics.
  7. An additional three credits in the Social Sciences. This requirement can be fulfilled by any course in Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology or Anthropology.
  8. An additional four credits drawn from any of the following disciplines: Anthropology, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics; English; Film/Theatre History and/or Appreciation; Foreign Languages; Geology; Geography; History; First Nations Studies; Mathematics (with the exception of MATH 099 and MATH 095); Music History and/or Appreciation; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology; Women's Studies or Writing (with the exception of WRIT 099, 101, or 102).
  9. At least two courses, excluding core requirements, in a single discipline.
  10. Additional courses may be selected from any program to complete the 60-credit-hour requirement for the associate degree.

University Assessment Program

Since 1986 UW-Superior has been focusing its attention on assessment as one of the key ways to carry out our commitment to excellence. Assessment at UW-Superior is comprehensive and ongoing. Its goal is continual improvement of educational opportunities. In each area of university activity, a clear sense of "Learning Goals" serves as the basis for determining the activities to be assessed and the means of assessing them.

Area 1: General Education

A thorough review and revision of the General Education curriculum was completed in 1995. As a result of that review, a policy was adopted which requires a standing academic subcommittee of the Academic Affairs Council to approve new General Education courses and to continuously review all existing General Education course within on-going three-year cycles.

Area 2: Program Specific Assessment

The faculty of each major program in the University has developed a set of goals and objectives that articulate the program's expectations. The faculty of the program then selects the specific means by which the achievement of those goals and objectives can be assessed. Some programs use senior seminars, which synthesize the major's learning. Some programs use portfolios, both paper-based and electronic. Each program designs its own experience to provide the most effective means of assessing its own program.

The results of these assessment instruments are used by the faculty to review the effectiveness of their programs. The purpose of assessment is to constantly review, renew and improve programs. Additionally, each program is reviewed every five years on a rotation basis through the governance structure.

Area 3: Assessment of Student Life and Services

The final area of assessment focuses on student life and services. UW-Superior is constantly monitoring and attempting to improve those aspects of university life which are vital to and support its academic work. Representative areas of concern include housing, library services, counseling services, the Registrar's Office, Financial Aid, the Center for Academic and Career Advising, Athletics, etc.

The University is committed to the idea that the entire life of the students within the UW-Superior community is fundamentally important. Toward that end, there is continual assessment in these areas of the university's activity by means of surveys and follow-ups. Cooperation is also requested from alumni, employers and other groups.

Catalog Requirements

Freshmen and continuing students may be graduated either under the catalog under which they entered or the catalog of exit. Transfer students may select the pertinent catalog of entry which corresponds with the academic year in which they started at the previous institution or the UW-Superior catalog in effect at the time of transfer or the catalog of exit. Students re-entering UW-Superior may use their original catalog of entry or the current catalog or the catalog of exit. Mandatory legal changes may provide exceptions to these requirements. The maximum time between a catalog of entry and a catalog of exit is seven years. Students who do not complete course work for the degree within seven years must be graduated under the provisions of the current catalog. Any exceptions regarding major or minor requirements must be approved by the academic department/program affected with written notification sent to the Registrar's Office. Any other exceptions must be approved by the University Credits Committee.

Four-Year Degree Guarantee

UW-Superior has a Four-Year Degree Guarantee for certain programs. Freshmen who have identified a major may contact the Admissions Office to determine whether their major is eligible for the guarantee.

Requirement to Repeat Courses Over Seven Years Old at Time of Graduation

Any student who plans to graduate with course requirements or the required courses for any major offered by all academic departments that will be seven years old at the time of graduation should be aware that the department retains the option to require the student to repeat any such courses. This policy applies to any courses used to satisfy major requirements, regardless of the college or university that granted the credit initially.

Changes in Catalog Requirements

The statements set forth in this catalog are for informational purposes only and should not be construed as the basis of a contract between a student and this institution.

While the provisions of this catalog will ordinarily be applied as stated, UW-Superior reserves the right to change any provision listed in this catalog, including but not limited to academic requirements for graduation and schedules for course offerings without actual notice to individual students. Every effort will be made to keep students advised of any such changes. Information on changes will be made available in the Chancellor's Office, academic departments, Registrar's Office and Admissions Office. It is especially important students note that it is their responsibility to keep themselves apprised of current graduation requirements for their particular degree program. Degree audits are available to help students stay current with their requirements.

Curriculum Changes

The new knowledge continually emerging in the field of education, changing concepts in the presentation of this knowledge and consideration of certification requirements may necessitate certain changes in the curriculum of a given department. However, when such changes are anticipated or made after careful review and evaluation, full consideration will have been given to the impact these changes might have on the student's overall academic program during her or his period of matriculation. Consideration will also be given to the impact of any changes on the faculty and the institution as a whole.

Application for Degree

Students planning to graduate must pay the $50 graduation fee and make application for a degree on or before the deadline date listed in the University's Academic Calendar during their last term of attendance. The graduation fee does not include the cap and gown, which is purchased separately in the University Bookstore. Students can apply online through their E-Hive account using the Application for Graduation link.

A senior will not be placed on the list of candidates for a degree if the student begins the last term in residence (coursework must be UW-Superior credits) with a grade point average lower than the minimum required for graduation. The last term must be spent in residence. Students who attempt to complete the baccalaureate degree in absentia must have the approval of the University Credits Committee and complete the degree within one year.

All course work must be completed and all grades that apply toward a degree must be received in the Registrar's Office within four weeks after the end of a student's last term of attendance. If this deadline is not met, the student's name will be removed from the term's graduation list and the student will be required to reapply for graduation. The Registrar's Office will not place a student's name on any future graduation lists unless a new degree application is received from the student. If re-application is necessary, the application fee will be assessed again. 

A student is not officially graduated until all grades have been received in the Registrar's Office and the student's record has been reviewed and cleared for graduation. This process takes four to six weeks after the end of the term.

After the graduate has been cleared, the degree granted will be included on the transcript. An official transcript and the diploma will be sent to the student's permanent address. If a replacement diploma is requested, the charge is $25.

Graduation Honors

Academic honors eligibility is based on both the resident GPA and the total GPA with the student having a minimum of 30 Resident credits. (Total GPA is determined based on all transfer and resident work.) A student must earn the minimum GPA at each of the levels of distinction listed below in both computations (resident and total GPAs). Academic honors will be recorded on the final transcript for bachelor's degree students who have earned a minimum of 30 semester credits in residence, with at least 27 of those credits graded with letter grades, and who earned the GPA listed below: 

  • Summa Cum Laude 3.850 and above
  • Magna Cum Laude 3.600 to 3.849
  • Cum Laude 3.400 to 3.599

At Commencement ceremonies, students graduating with honors will wear honor cords with academic gowns and will be recognized in the program. If a student has graduated prior to the term in which commencement is held, the commencement honors will be the same as those recorded on the final transcript.

Students enrolled in their last semester during the term when commencement is held must have earned a minimum of 15 semester credits in residence prior to commencement and must be enrolled in a sufficient number of credits to total a minimum of 30 resident semester credits by the end of the commencement term. A minimum of 27 of these credits must be graded with letter grades. The honors categories for commencement are based on the GPAs listed above.

Academic honors in a major are granted for students who have earned overall transcript honors and who have earned the above-specified GPA in both the resident and total GPAs in the major.

Attendance at Commencement

UW-Superior conducts two formal commencement ceremonies each year in December and May. Individuals completing their studies during the summer term are invited to participate in the December ceremony or are given permission to walk in the May ceremony prior to their degree completion if they are enrolled for the remaining credits to earn the degree. Caps and gowns must be worn by all graduates at Commencement and may be purchased in the 'Jacket Book & Supply.