The mission of UW-Parkside’s General Education Program is to:

  1. Offer high-quality academic programs rooted in the tradition of a liberal education in the arts, sciences and professions, responsive to the occupational, civic and cultural needs of the region, and actively seek their continual improvement.
  2. Foster a teaching and learning community that provides opportunities for collaborative faculty, student, and staff interaction in support of excellence.
  3. Prepare students to be successful in their professional, civic, and personal lives.
  4. Provide programs that meet the intellectual and cultural needs of people throughout their lives.


The program has fifteen learning goals in the areas of Communication, Reasoned Judgment and Social and Personal Responsibility. These goals are defined by outcomes that reflect skills and abilities valued by all employers.


These learning goals are:

Literacy | Reading for understanding and writing effective communication

Numeracy  | Reading and writing for understanding and effective mathematics communication

Oral communication | Listening, speaking, and presenting effectively

Information Technology | Using modern information technology to retrieve and transmit information

Creative Expression | Communicating through artistic statement

Critical Thinking | Applying logic and reasoning to problem solving

Ethical Thinking  | Recognizing and analyzing ethical issues and actions

Scientific Thinking | Understanding and applying the scientific method

Analytical Skills | Understanding how to produce and interpret quantitative and qualitative information

Aesthetic Skills | Critiquing and appreciating the fine arts (literary, visual, and performing)

Individual Accountability  | Understanding what a responsible choice is and that one’s present education and lifelong learning is a personal responsibility

Social Justice  | Understanding and questioning the values and beliefs about social, political, economic and historical contexts that construct diversity and inequality

Civic Engagement  | Developing the skills of educated, engaged citizenship

Global Perspective  | Understanding of international and global issues and processes

Teamwork  | Collaboration to achieve a shared objective

These goals serve as university-wide shared learning goals and represent a framework for academic and professional success and lifelong learning. The distribution requirement fosters awareness of the different principles and methodologies across disciplines as well as the similarities in the essential skills used by all disciplines. Students learn a breadth of knowledge by completing courses from disciplines representing the following areas:

  • Humanities and the Arts
  • Social and Behavioral Science
  • Natural Science

The humanities and the arts foster imagination and creative expression through and about human experience in ways that the other areas do not. The social and behavioral sciences develop an understanding of social systems, the dynamics of individual and group behavior, and the forces that operate in social relationships in areas ranging from economics to politics. The natural sciences develop an understanding of natural phenomena and the process and importance of scientific investigations.


To request an Executive Action, send an e-mail detailing your request to the General Education office.


Doug Singsen  |  General Education Director  |

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