University Studies

Learning Goals for the University Studies Program Top of Page

University Studies Requirements for 2019-2021

The Learning outcomes of the University Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Superior are:


  1. Students will understand and be understood by others to share meaning through diverse modes including listening, reading, visualizing, speaking, performing/presenting, creating, and writing.
  2. Students will apply modes, styles, and conventions of communication appropriate to the students' work and their audience.
  3. Students will identify the essential components of a work/presentation and describe their relationship to each other and to the broader context.
  4. Students will clearly express themselves to achieve a purpose.
  5. Students will civilly engage in an exchange of ideas integrating diverse perspectives.

Individual and social responsibility:

  1. Students will engage in personal development, interpersonal competence, and social responsibility through active learning.
  2. Students will engage in thoughtful analysis that fosters well-being and holistic self-development.
  3. Students will articulate their roles and responsibilities in a global community.
  4. Students will practice healthy interdependence and mutual respect for others through teamwork.
  5. Students will demonstrate informed civic engagement, including intercultural competence as a dimension of the experience.
  6. Students will apply ethical reasoning in the academic and community learning experiences.

Creative and Critical Thinking:

  1. Students engage in creative and critical thinking based on multiple forms of evidence, processes, and diverse perspectives.
  2. Students will articulate important questions, theories, and creative processes.
  3. Students will analyze information to answer specific questions.
  4. Students will evaluate assumptions and biases associated with a project, practice, or process.
  5. Students will consider multiple, diverse, and global perspectives to answer important questions or produce original work.
  6. Students will use evidence to reach and present innovative conclusions or produce original work.

Description of University Studies Core Categories Top of Page

1. Academic and Professional Writing (WRIT 102 and 209)

Improves students' abilities to read critically and write academic arguments with an emphasis on information literacy, elements or persuasion, documentation, and citation, develops their ability to write in a range of genres related to the rhetorical situations, audiences, technologies, and multicultural environments of the 21st century workplace, with an emphasis on liberal arts career skills.

2. Communicating Arts (COMM 110)

Helps students develop essential interpersonal communication, group communication, and public speaking competencies through practice, analysis, and critical exploration of diverse human interactions.

3. Mathematics and Computer Science (MATH & CSCI)

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.

4. Health and Human Performance (HHP 102)

Provides students with a knowledge base, creating a positive attitude and lifelong skills concerning the seven dimensions of wellness:

  • Physical
  • Intellectual
  • Emotional
  • Spiritual
  • Career
  • Social
  • Environmental (personal health)

Description of University Studies Knowledge Categories Top of Page



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


Instills the joy of reading literature; stimulates the power of the imagination; promotes the analysis of various types of literary expression; and explores different traditions and modes of telling stories.

World Language, Culture, and Philosophy

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


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


Environmental Course

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

Lab Course

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


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.

Description of University Studies Diversity & Global Awareness Categories Top of Page

Diversity Requirement

Promotes understanding of issues arising from diversities such as racial, ethnic, linguistic, class, religious, rural/urban/suburban, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, and national origin.

Global Awareness Requirement

1) Broadens students' horizons through exposure to perspectives from traditionally lesser studied regions and cultures (i.e., non-Eurocentric), and 2) Encourages students to see social, economic, cultural, and/or political connections among world regions.

University Studies Requirements Top of Page

All students entering UW-Superior as freshmen must complete the Core University Studies Requirements of WRIT 102 and 209, 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

University Studies 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 102 and 209, 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: WRIT 102 and 209 taken sequentially in the first and second year; COMM 110 in the first year, MATH or CSCI started during the first year; HHP 102 in the first semester.

WRIT 102 and 209 (each 3 credits)

Core Writing Course Placement

Placement is determined by cut scores on the ACT or SAT as shown on the chart below.  In the absence of an ACT or SAT score, students can take the Wisconsin English Placement Test (WEPT) for placement.  Students may also take the WEPT to improve their placement; however, the WEPT is not required if students earn an ACT or SAT score with which they are satisfied.

Placement into WRIT 099: Fundamentals of Writing. This course prepares students for the challenge of reading and writing at the college level. This course must be taken within 30 credits. Students must co-enroll in WRIT 102.  Transfer students, see Transfer Student Policy below.

Placement into WRIT 102: Intro to Academic Writing. Upon placement, this course should be taken in the freshman year, fall or spring. The course must be taken within 30 credits. Students must pass this course with a C- or better to continue on to WRIT 209 or else be repeated until a C- is earned. Transfer students, see Transfer Student Policy below.

Credit for Prior Learning in WRIT 102: Students who earn a 26+ on the ACT (and equivalent cut scores for SAT and/or WEPT) are exempt from WRIT 102 and may seek enrollment in WRIT 209 before they have reached sophomore level by gaining the instructor’s permission. WRIT 209 is recommended for sophomore-level students.

Regardless of placement, students with an AP Lang/Comp or AP Lit/Comp score of 3 or higher earn 3 credits for WRIT 102. Regardless of placement, students who earn a 50 or higher on the CLEP College Composition exam earn 3 credits for WRIT 102.

Placement into WRIT 209: Intro to Professional Writing. With the completion of WRIT 102 with a C- or better, this course should be taken in the sophomore year, fall or spring. The course must be taken within 60 credits. Students must pass this course with a C- or better to complete the Core Writing Courses. Transfer students, see Transfer Student Policy below.

Transfer Student Policy for Core Writing Placement: Students who arrive at UW-Superior with 6 credits of 100-level college writing completed at a C- or higher have satisfied the requirements for both WRIT 102 and WRIT 209. Some majors may still require WRIT 209 if a Professional Writing course has not been completed.

Students who arrive with 3 credits of 100- level writing completed at a C- or higher have satisfied the requirements for WRIT 102. Students may seek enrollment in WRIT 209 before they have reached sophomore level by gaining the instructor’s permission. WRIT 209 is recommended for sophomore-level students.

Communicating Arts 110 (3 credits)

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

Mathematics and Computer Science (3 credits)

Students must choose a minimum of three credits in MATH and/or CSCI courses from among these courses: MATH 112, 113, 115, 130, 151, 240 or CSCI 101.

MATH 112, 130 and CSCI 101 are recommended. For students with appropriate preparation, MATH 113, 115, 151, and 240 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)

All students must successfully complete HHP 102 Health and Wellness or FYS 100. 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.  Knowledge Categories

The University Studies 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.

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.

GA = Meets Global Awareness requirement

D = Meets diversity requirement

HUMANITIES (9 credits)

History (3 credits): ANTH 104 (GA); FNS 223 (D), 224 (D); HIST 104, 111 (GA), 112, 113 (D, GA),115 (GA), 119 (D), 120 (GA), 125 (GA), 131, 151, 152, 181 (D, GA), 223 (D), 224 (D); POLS 101 (GA), 175 (GA).

Literature (3 credits):  ENGL 211, 212, 218, 221, 222, 228 (D), 229 (D), 241 (GA), 242 (GA); FYS 102.

World Language, Culture, and Philosophy (3 credits): FNS 101, 110 (D); FREN 101; HIST 154 (D); MUSI 161 (GA, D); PHIL 151, 160, 211, 212, 262; POLS 262, 265; PSYC 212; SPAN 101, 102, 201, 202; WLLC  207

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), 340 (D); CJUS 106; ECON 235, 250, 251; FIN 210; FNS 151; FYS 124 (D); GEOG 100 (D, GA), 102 (D, GA); GST 150 (D), 210 (D); IDS 104, 131; LSTU 115, 261; POLS 100 (GA), 102, 150, 180, 230, 240, 260; PSYC 101, 230; SOCI 101, 201, 210 (D), 273 (D)

NATURAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCE (6 credits) one environmental and one lab course required

Environmental Course: BIOL 170; CHEM 100; ENSC 100; GEOL 120

Lab Course: BIOL 115, 123, 130; CHEM 102, 105; GEOL 110, 120; PHYS 100, 107, 160, 201


Art History, Criticism, and Appreciation (3 credits): ART 221, 222; COMM 104, 122; MUSI 160, 266 (D).

Aesthetic Experience (3 credits): ART 101; COMM 125, 180, 273; HHP 133; MUSI 104-105, 107-116, 118; WRIT 250, 280

C. Diversity and Global Awareness Requirement

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." Students must choose separate diversity and global awareness courses.

Diversity (3 credits): ANTH 310, 315, 333, 340; ART 224, 331; CJUS 312; COMM 467; ECON 438; ENGL 228, 229, 328; FNS 110, 223, 224, 242, 304, 333, 386, 480; FYS 124; GEOG 100, 102; GST 150, 210, 255, 258, 270, 310, 312, 322, 365, 374, 393, 459; HIST 113, 115, 119, 154, 181, 223, 224, 322, 333, 393, 395; LSTU 365; MUSI 161, 266; PHIL 330, 365, 459; POLS 374; PSYC 258, 270, 360; SOCI 210, 273; SO W 386; SPAN 315, 350; TED 270; WRIT 255

Undergraduate coursework must include a minimum of three credits with a focus on global awareness issues. Courses within the Knowledge Categories that also satisfy this requirement are indicated with "GA." Students must choose a separate diversity and global awareness course.

Global Awareness (3 credits): ANTH 101, 104, 310, 320, 333, 368; ART 224, 331; ECON 430, 438; ENGL 241, 242; FNS 333, 368; GEOG 100, 102; GST 310; HIST 104, 111, 113, 115, 120, 125, 181, 333, 368, 385, 394; MUSI 161; POLS 100, 101, 175, 376; SOCI 201; SPAN 303