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2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin 
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University Requirements: General Education, Racial and Ethnic Studies, and Global Perspective

University Requirements

UW-Stout prepares students to graduate with broad, important understandings of daily life in a global society. Thus, there are three university requirements to be fulfilled prior to graduation:

   1. Racial and ethnic studies (RES)

   2. Global perspectives (GLP)

   3. General education (GE, divided into categories and areas)

Within the general education requirement, a single course cannot be used by students to fulfill multiple categories; however, a single course might be eligible for more than one category. For example, CHEM-110 is approved as both Natural Science and Cross-disciplinary Issues, but CHEM-110 will meet just one category in the student’s program.

Note: Some courses fulfill requirements in all three areas. An example of a single course that fulfills GE, RES, and GLP requirements is ANTH-320. Students who select courses that count for more than one requirement (GE, RES and GLP) reduce the total number of courses they take to fulfill the above university requirements.


Racial and Ethnic Studies Requirement (6 credits)

Each student must satisfy the Racial and Ethnic Studies (RES) requirement as preparation for being an engaged citizen in a highly diverse society. Through approved courses, it is hoped that graduates will come to appreciate, understand, value and respond respectfully to cultural diversity, to discourage racism and thus reduce its effects. Racial and Ethnic Studies Courses examine the experiences of race and ethnicity within the United States. An important emphasis is critical reflection and application of acquired learning to professional and personal contexts. Courses draw from at least two of the following topics:

  1. Historical and ideological construction of race
  2. Racial/ethnic identity formation
  3. Racial impact of/on public policy
  4. Stratification of differences
  5. Exploration of students’ cultural and racial/ethnic experiences

Category RES-A courses devote 75% - 100% of content to the selected topics. Category RES‐B courses devote 50% - 74% of content to the selected topics. While a quality Racial and Ethnic Studies course will address the selected topics, it is not expected that each will be emphasized equally. Effective 2013, students are required to take six credits of RES courses, with a minimum of three credits from the Category RES-A course list.

Racial and Ethnic Studies Course List  

Global Perspective Requirements (6 credits)

For students admitted for Fall 2017 or later, the Global Perspective graduation requirement is slightly revised:

The UW-Stout Global Perspectives requirement plays a critical role in helping students develop an understanding of the deeply interconnected nature of the world. It helps students see local, regional, and global connections, and thus, how their own behaviors, ideas, and activities are globally situated. Understanding global perspectives and how they are formed is not just a prerequisite for becoming a global citizen; it is necessary for becoming an engaged citizen of any local community. Therefore, to earn a bachelor’s degree, students must fulfill a global perspective requirement, by:

  • Completing six credits of university-approved work or
  • Completing six credits of courses approved by the CIC as fulfilling the global perspective requirement.*


*For a course to fulfill the global perspective requirement, it must engage in at least two of the following four categories, 1-4, and at least one subsection within these categories:

1. Global self-awareness: Requires consciousness of the thoughts, feelings, values and biases one has about oneself in relation to the global community and an appreciation that a person’s worldview is neither permanent, universally shared, nor necessarily lawful, moral, or ethical. It assumes that we know ourselves, in part, by knowing and valuing the histories, identities and values of diverse others.

     A. Identify, analyze and evaluate one’s own cultural norms, values, and biases regarding global communities and issues, and demonstrate awareness of how one’s experiences have shaped these norms, values and biases. Demonstrate the ability to think globally, articulating one’s place as a global citizen.

     B. Demonstrate the ability to view and critique diverse global issues with awareness, sensitivity, curiosity, ambiguity and complexity.

     C. Develop appreciation for diverse voices and stories and the contributions of cultures and countries different from one’s own.

2. Global knowledge: Global knowledge requires understanding of the deeply interconnected nature of the world.

     A. Develop a systemic understanding of the interrelationships and contradictions between and within the self, cultures, international and intercultural issues, societal trends and socioeconomic institutions.

     B. Recognize social, economic and environmental impacts on the developments, trends and problems facing the world community. Examples include population growth, migrations, global economic structures and disparities, depletion of resources and international conflicts.

     C. Demonstrate knowledge of inequities around the world and the historical roots for these inequities. Examples include the impact of globalized capitalism and neoliberalism on economic systems, inter and intra-societal stratification, civil and human rights, and sustainability.

     D. Express a critical understanding of the value systems, cultural, political and economic norms and practices, business and technical standards, communication styles, and social formations representative of global societies, in current and historical context.

3. Global viewpoint: Global viewpoint requires the ability to look at global issues from multiple perspectives, through different historical lenses, or in terms of different theoretical frameworks.

     A. Critically examine assumptions and intellectual debates about global issues relevant to a discipline.

     B. Identify and evaluate different social, ethical and moral questions that underlie cultural, political and/or economic relationships within and between countries.

     C. Engage in respectful dialogues with global cultural communities, leading to multiperspective analysis of local, international and intercultural problems.

     D. Pose critical questions about the construction of global power relations, and investigate the diverse dynamics of social, economic and political global transactions.

     E. Evaluate the need for sustainable communities and economic practices across the globe.

4. Global engagement: Global engagement uses knowledge and skills to take effective critical action, contributing to positive change in globally diverse, interconnected and interdependent natural, social and business environments.

     A. Demonstrate an understanding of how people from different countries and cultures act, communicate verbally and nonverbally, and perceive the world around them.

     B. Act, personally or collaboratively, in creative and ethical ways, to contribute to problem solving locally, regionally, and/or globally, and assess the impact of actions taken.

     C. Plan, apply or evaluate strategies for addressing global conflicts, creating paths to peaceful resolutions, and collaborating and working effectively within and across diverse cultures.

     D. Evaluate laws, standards, policies or practices that claim to contribute to social, cultural, economic, political and environmental improvements, locally, regionally or globally.

     E. Create or design appropriate technical solutions for local, regional, or global life, and assess the impacts of the design.


The following Global Perspective (GLP) courses count toward the six-credit requirement: 

Global Perspective Course List   

General Education Requirements (40 credits)

The General Education Program provides the core of what it means to be a well-educated university graduate. The goal is to promote human excellence through a broad foundation of skills and knowledge required to realize a meaningful personal, professional, and civic life. The General Education Program is intended to enable students to contribute to and live responsibly in a diverse, interconnected, and technologically sophisticated global community.

In accordance with the general education program, general education courses should be accessible to a broad audience and should further the goal of providing a well-rounded education regardless of career aspirations or program of study.        

In this spirit, academic programs should provide flexibility for students to select from the General Education course array and limit the use of prescribed General Education courses within an academic degree program plan.

Each degree program has a general education component designed to provide you with knowledge and skills in communication, analytic reasoning, natural sciences, arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, cross-disciplinary issues , social responsibility and ethical reasoning. Listed below are the general education requirements and courses that will fulfill these requirements. General education courses are listed by category and area. Not all courses are offered each semester. Changes to the course list can occur at any time. Some degree programs have specific general education courses that must be taken in order to satisfy certification, accreditation or prerequisite standards. These exceptions are noted on your program plan sheet.

Analytic Reasoning and Natural Sciences (10 credits)

Courses must be from the areas of analytic reasoning and natural sciences. At least one mathematics or statistics course and a natural science course with a lab are required.

Analytic Reasoning and Natural Sciences Course List     

Arts and Humanities (6 credits)

Courses must be from two or more areas including art history/music & theater appreciation, creative/performing arts, foreign language and culture, history, literature, and philosophy.

Arts and Humanities Course List  

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)

Courses must be from two or more areas including anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology and sociology.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Course List  

Cross-disciplinary Issues (3 credits)

Courses must be selected from the list of approved Cross-disciplinary Issues courses.

Cross-disciplinary Issues Course List   

Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning (3 credits)

Courses must be selected from the list of approved social responsibility and ethical reasoning courses, which includes a wide array of disciplines (e.g., ethics and government, literature, science and society, wellness) and a variety of pedagogical methods (e.g., case studies, small group discussions, service learning, lectures, reading assignments, and activity courses).

Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning Course List  

Selectives (3 credits)

Courses/credits may be selected from any category to meet the 40-credit requirement.


With careful planning, you may take a single course that fits into areas of general education, racial and ethnic studies, and/or global perspective. While credits count once toward graduation, they may be used to satisfy multiple requirements. When a course meets multiple requirements, codes indicating other categories are listed in parentheses next to the course listing.

Students planning to study abroad should refer to application materials and consult with advisor to see how courses taken abroad satisfy GE and RES requirements.

Exceptions, substitutions, and/or waivers regarding General Education, Racial and Ethnic Studies, or Global Perspective requirements must be approved by the Associate Vice Chancellor.