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Liberal Studies 1996 Non-certification

1996 Liberal Studies Requirements

For Students First Enrolled as New Freshmen, Summer 1996-Spring 2007, in Art, Dance, Individual Major-Education, Kinesiology, and Rehabilitation Psychology

The liberal studies requirements combine studentsí strengths and interests with an opportunity to explore a wide selection of courses offered across campus. Similarly, liberal studies courses can also be used to define, confirm, and explore major options while counting toward graduation credit.

These specific requirements apply only to students in the School of Education programs indicated above who began as new freshmen in the years indicated. Students who first enrolled as new freshmen in summer 2007 and later must complete the 2007 Liberal Studies Requirements. Students who are interested in teacher certification and who enrolled as new freshmen between summer 1996 and spring 2007 should consult the 1996 Teacher Certification Liberal Studies handout. Students who began as freshmen before summer 1996 should consult with Education Academic Services staff for different requirements. Students with a previous degree, regardless of when they were first enrolled as freshmen, have satisfied the liberal studies requirements.

The liberal studies requirements include course work in communication and quantitative reasoning, humanities, social studies, and science. Students will also need elective course work to reach the minimum of 36 credits. Completion of the liberal studies requirements is NOT a prerequisite to professional program application or admission. Courses taken from School of Education departments usually do not satisfy the liberal studies requirements; see details below.

Most liberal studies courses are offered by academic departments in the College of Letters and Science. Courses in other schools/colleges (excluding the School of Education) may meet a requirement if designated by a T or C in the Schedule of Classes (Timetable), or assigned a level or breadth code. Level codes may be Elementary (E), Intermediate (I), Advanced (A), or Intermediate/Advanced (D) level. The breadth (B) information in the Schedule of Classes (Timetable) identifies most course work with the following codes:

B Biological Science
S Social Science
H Humanities
W Social or Natural Science
L Literature
X Humanities or Natural Science
N Natural Science
Y Biological or Social Science
P Physical Science
Z Humanities or Social Science

For the most part, courses taken from School of Education departments may NOT be used to satisfy the liberal studies requirements. For example, PE Activ 100 Exercise, Nutrition, and Health, cannot count toward the liberal studies requirement even though it is coded as a biological science. Ed Psych 320 and RP & SE 300 cannot count toward liberal studies even though they are coded as social studies courses. Exceptions include some courses that are cross-listed in departments outside the School of Education. Some programs also allow Art and Dance department courses to count toward the humanities requirement. School of Education departments include Art, Art Education, Counseling Psychology, Curriculum and Instruction, Dance, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, Educational Policy Studies, Educational Psychology, Kinesiology, PE Activity, and Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education.

Important notes regarding liberal studies course selection are provided below. Students should read these notes to ensure that course selections actually match their intentions.


Liberal Studies Requirements—36 Credits


General Education Requirements (GER)

All new freshmen must complete communication and quantitative reasoning requirements as part of the campus wide General Education Requirements. The general education requirements also include humanities/literature/arts, social studies, and natural science course work (included in the liberal studies requirements below). All courses taken to meet Comm A or Quant A can be applied toward the liberal studies requirements.

  • Comm A: Literacy proficiency. 2-3 credits of course work focusing on reading, listening, and speaking, with an emphasis on writing. Students meet this requirement by completing English 100, 118, Com Arts 100, EPD 155, or Fam Com 100/L Sc Com 100, or any other courses designated with an a in the Schedule of Classes (Timetable). Students may be exempt from this requirement through placement scores.
  • Comm B: Enhancing literacy proficiency. 2-3 credits of course work for students who have completed or been exempt from Part A. Complete a course with the designation of a b in the Schedule of Classes (Timetable). Other program requirements may also be used to meet this requirement. Dance and Dance-BFA students are required to complete Theatre 200, a course that is also on the Comm B list of courses. Kines 316, 521, and 600 are also on the Comm B list. Rehabilitation Psychology students are required to complete RP &SE 501, a course that is on the Comm B list of courses.

Complete GER Quantitative Reasoning Requirements Part A and B

  • Quant A: Mathematics or formal logic. 3 credits of mathematics or formal logic. Complete Math 112, 114, 130, 141, 171 or Philos 210; a Math course numbered above 114 (excluding 120-129, 131, and 132), or any other courses designated with a q in the Schedule of Classes (Timetable). Students may be exempt from this requirement through placement scores. Other program requirements may also be used to meet this requirement.
  • Quant B: Enhancing quantitative reasoning skills. Courses that satisfy this requirement will be available in a variety of fields of study, including mathematics, formal logic, statistics, computer science, the sciences, and social science. Courses are designated with an r in the Schedule of Classes (Timetable). Other program requirements may also be used to meet this requirement. Kinesiology students are required to complete a number of courses that are on the Quant B list.

Ethnic Studies—3 credits

Students who began a degree program at UW-Madison (including freshmen, transfers, and second degree candidates) starting in fall 1989 and thereafter are required to complete three (3) credits of approved ethnic studies course work. This is a requirement for graduation. Ethnic studies courses are designated with an e in the UW-Madison Schedule of Classes (Timetable). This course work may be applied toward other degree requirements.


Humanities—8 credits

Complete a minimum of 8 credits. Met by the following:

  • Courses coded H, L, Z, X in the Schedule of Classes (Timetable)
  • Elementary and intermediate level foreign language courses
  • English department courses coded L and intermediate or advanced level creative writing and composition courses. (English 100-118 and other elementary level composition courses are excluded.)
  • Com Arts 105 and 181
  • Theatre 141, 150, 160, 161, 170
  • All Dance and Art department courses.

Note that Art, Art-BFA, Dance, and Dance-BFA sttudents will be restricted in their use of dance and art course work to meet liberal studies requirements. For instance, Art and Art-BFA students may not use courses counting toward their major or aesthetics requirements to meet this requirement.


Social Studies—8 credits

Complete a minimum of 8 credits. Met by courses coded S, Z, W, Y in the Schedule of Classes (Timetable) or by Journalism 203, 204, 205. Kinesiology students must complete Psych 201 or 202 or 281 and can apply it toward the 8 credits.


Science—8 credits

Complete a minimum of 8 credits, to include one laboratory science course. Met by the following:

  • Courses coded B, P, N, W, X, Y in the Schedule of Classes (Timetable)
  • All Mathematics department courses, excluding Math 120-132
  • All Computer Science department courses
  • All Statistics department courses.

Note: PE Activ 100 cannot count toward this requirement, as it is a School of Education course.

Laboratory science. Most lab sciences are identified as such in the Schedule of Classes (Timetable). In addition, the following courses include some lab experience and meet the lab requirements for the School of Education: Astronomy 100, Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies 101, Botany 100, Botany/Plant Path 123, Geology 100, or Physics 109. Courses outside L&S which meet the lab science requirement include Agronomy 100, Food Science 235-236, Horticulture 120, Mechanical Engineering 160 and 210. An AP Biology score of 4 or 5 will alaso fulfill the laboratory science requirement.

Science Issues for Specific Programs:

  • Dance and Dance-BFA students must complete Anatomy 329.
  • Rehabilitation Psychology students must complete two biological science courses.
  • Kinesiology students will meet the Science requirement by completing their required science courses, e.g., Chemistry and Physics.


Liberal Studies Electives

Additional course work to bring the total to 36 liberal studies credits. Courses may include the general education requirements and credits from above categories.

Important Notes Regarding the Liberal Studies Requirements

  • No liberal studies course work may be taken on a pass/fail basis.
  • Courses taken to meet the general education requirements may also be applied toward other degree requirements, i.e., liberal studies, major, etc. See below for exceptions.
  • If completing the General Education Requirements:
    • All courses taken to meet Comm A or Quant A can be applied toward the liberal studies requirements.
    • All courses taken to meet Comm B or Quant B can be applied toward the liberal studies requirements, with two exceptions. Courses from School of Education departments and Math 131/132 can be taken to meet Comm B or Quant B, but the credits will not count toward liberal studies. For example, Kines 521 can be used to meet Comm B, but cannot be counted toward the 36 liberal studies credits.
  • Courses that transfer to UW-Madison as departmental electives (e.g., Zoology X10) might meet specific liberal studies requirements. Consult an advisor in Education Academic Services (EAS) to discuss transfer electives that appear to meet UW-Madison requirements.