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UW-Parkside offers approximately 40 undergraduate academic majors as well as a number of pre-professional programs; education licensure; and specialized programs such as environmental studies, sustainable management, ethnic studies and women’s, gender and sexuality studies. A consortial program is offered in nursing. The university’s academic programs are organized under four Colleges: Arts and Humanities; Business, Economics, and Computing; Natural and Health Sciences; and Social Sciences and Professional Studies. UW-Parkside is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. For information on UW-Parkside graduate programs see the Graduate Programs and Policies section of this catalog.
In order to graduate, every degree-seeking student must complete a major with a minimum GPA as specified by the major department or program. Usually, this minimum major GPA is 2.00 on a 4.00 scale, but some majors require a higher GPA. Students with transfer work must also attain the minimum major GPA (2.00) on a combination of transfer credits accepted toward the major and credits attempted toward the major at UW- Parkside. At least 15 credits of upper level (300 or above) major course work must be completed at UW-Parkside. UW-Parkside offers the following majors:
*Consortial program degree is awarded by the participating campus.
**Also available as an online degree completion program.
UW-Parkside offers approximately 57 undergraduate minors, which consist of a formally approved program of 15 or more credits. A minor is not required for graduation.
Minors are declared, changed or removed by filing the same plan declaration form used for declaring majors. Course work in the minor must be completed with the minimum GPA as specified by the department or program under which the minor falls, usually a 2.00 on a 4.00 scale, but higher in some programs. Transfer students must attain the minimum specified GPA on a combination of transfer credits accepted toward the minor and credits attempted at UW-Parkside. At least half of the course work for the minor must be completed at UW-Parkside. UW-Parkside offers the following minors:
A number of majors provide students with the option to pursue an area of emphasis within the major called a concentration. Some majors require a student to choose a concentration, others provide them as an option to enhance their major. Concentrations are declared, changed or removed by filing the same plan declaration form used for declaring majors. The following concentrations are offered by majors at UW-Parkside:
Applied Health Sciences
Business Management Online Completion Program
Health Information Management and Technology
Certificate programs are designed to develop a particular expertise or set of skills and normally consist of 9 or more credits. A minimum of 9 credits in a certificate program must be taken at UW-Parkside. Individual departments and programs may require more than 9 credits to be taken at UW-Parkside. Both degree-seeking and non-degree seeking students may pursue certificate programs. Certificate programs should not be confused with certification or licensure programs which lead to certification by an outside agency. Certificates are declared, changed, or removed by filing the same plan declaration form used for declaring majors.
Center for Community Partnerships
Flexible Option Programs
The Honors Program is a university-wide multidisciplinary program that encourages and rewards excellence. It provides opportunities for students to expand beyond the normal boundaries of their courses through research, special projects and community-based work. Students who complete all of the program requirements receive recognition at graduation and on their transcripts. The Honors Program has two tracks: Academic Honors and Civic Honors. To enroll in honors courses or participate in honors projects in either track, students must first be admitted to the program. Admission is granted by the program steering committee.
Pre-professional interests pertain to preparation for professional study and to undergraduate interests not corresponding to UW-Parkside programs. A student may indicate one interest by submitting a plan declaration form to the department and may drop an interest or exchange interests by submitting another form. Special pre-professional advisers are assigned to pre-professional interest students. For those professions requiring an undergraduate degree prior to entry to professional school, students must also declare an academic major and any minor they plan to complete. As a result, students may be assigned to both an academic adviser and a pre-professional adviser.
UW-Parkside offers special advising for students with pre-professional interests in the following areas:
*Because of the intensely competitive nature of the pre-health fields, students with 30 or more credits must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 to be eligible for special advising in these interest areas. Students with GPAs below 2.50 will be counseled to re-evaluate their career plans and will be referred to the academic department of their chosen degree and/or the Advising and Career Center for advice.
** The articulated pre-engineering/engineering agreement with University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) creates a curriculum plan so the students at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside (UWP) may complete and transfer coursework applicable to the first two years of the UWM electrical and mechanical engineering majors in the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS), and provides guaranteed transfer to students who complete all of the articulated pre-engineering courses and the UWM admission requirements.
Contact the Educator Development adviser for detailed and current information regarding all licensure programs, or visit our website.
The university offers the following graduate degree programs.
Additional graduate course work is offered in other fields of study. For further information on graduate programs, consult the Graduate Programs and Policies section of this catalog.
Undergraduate degree-completion programs:
Online degree-completion programs enable students with at least 60 transfer credits to earn their bachelor’s degree by attending classes online.
Graduate degree programs:
Undergraduate certificate programs:
*These programs are offered jointly by UW-Parkside and other UW partners.
Directed or independent study is available for credit in many majors and minors. It consists of focused study by an individual student or small team of students under the supervision of a faculty member. The value of directed or independent study is in focusing on a well-defined topic and working closely with a member of the faculty or teaching academic staff. Directed or independent study is generally not intended for students who are near the beginning of their academic program. An agreement must be signed between the student and the faculty supervisor and approved by the department chair or program director at the start of the directed or independent study. All directed or independent studies must conclude with a completed paper, project, report, or other product. Consult each program section of this catalog for details.
Internships provide opportunities for students to develop and expand their knowledge and/or skills, gain experience in a work setting, put theory into practice, and expand awareness of potential careers. Internships often take place outside the university in a public or private-sector organization. Internships are offered for credit by most academic departments at the 400 level. Interns may be paid by the employer or may work as volunteers. An agreement must be signed between the student, the faculty supervisor, and the outside internship supervisor and approved by the department chair or program director at the start of the internship. All internships must conclude with a completed paper, project, report, or other product. Consult each program section of this catalog for details.
UW-Parkside students have the opportunity to participate in the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AROTC) through Marquette University. AROTC is a leadership development program consisting of three interconnected components: 1) on-campus, 2) off-campus and 3) the Leadership Development Program (LDP). By design, the three components dovetail for seamless, progressive and sequential leader development and prepare men and women to receive commissions as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, Army National Guard, or the U.S. Army Reserve. Consult the Center for Professional Studies section of the catalog for more information.