Undergraduate Majors and Minors
Overview of Undergraduate Programs
UW-Superior offers the following undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor 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 12 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
Business and Economics
Chair - Greg Trudeau
International Business Concentration
Transportation and Logistics Management
Chair - Martha J. Einerson
Media Communication Concentration
Speech Communication Concentration
Chair - Terri Kronzer, Interim
Elementary Education (2)
Adaptive Education/Special Education (1)
Early Childhood (1)
Secondary Education Program
Health and Human Performance
Chair - Glenn Carlson
Coaching (1) (2)
Health (1) (2)
Physical Education (2)
Exceptional Education Certification (Adaptive PE) (2)
Community Health Promotion Concentration
Exercise Science Concentration
Wellness/Fitness Management Concentration
Sport Management (1)
Human Behavior, Justice and Diversity
Chair - Elizabeth Blue
First Nations Studies (1)
Criminal Justice Concentration
Mathematics and Computer Science
Chair - TBD
Computer Science (2)
Information Technology (1)
Discrete Applied Mathematics Concentration
Chair - Beth Gilbert
Performance Concentration (Bachelor of Music)
Choral/General Music (Bachelor of Music Education) (2)
Instrumental Music (Bachelor of Music Education) (2)
Music (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science)
Chair - Mary Balcer
Aerospace Studies/Air Force ROTC (1)
Broad Field Science (2)
Earth Science (1)
Geographic Information Systems (1)
Geography (1) (2)
Physics (1) (2)
Science (1) (2)
Chair - TBD
Broad Field Social Studies (2)
Political Science Concentration
Global Studies (1)
Political Science (2)
International Peace Studies Concentration
Social Studies (1)
Women's Studies (1)
Chair - Tim Cleary
Art Education Concentration (2)
Art History Concentration
Art Therapy Concentration
Studio Art Concentration
Studio Art, BFA
World Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Chair - Nicholas Sloboda
German (1) (2)
Spanish (1) (2)
Writing, Reading, and Library Science
Chair - Debra Nordgren
Library Science (1) (2)
Reading/Language Arts (1) (2)
Individually Designed Major
Individually Designed Minor
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.
* Dual-degree program
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! Time 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 short-term and semester/academic year 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.