The mission of the College of Liberal Arts and Education is to provide a broad foundation of knowledge for all students, fostering an appreciation of the complexity of human nature and the diversity of human experience. The college accomplishes this in two ways: by providing liberal studies courses that form the foundation of general education, and by offering a variety of major and minor programs which may be used as a basis for career development. Liberal education courses foster development of flexible, critical, reflective, and divergent thinking. They form the foundation for life-long learning and global citizenship. Liberal studies courses also develop skills in oral and written communication.
The college provides in-depth study in the liberal arts as well as programs leading to certification to teach. Licensure may be obtained in a major, a comprehensive major, and/or minor.
A well-qualified faculty, who view their principal responsibility as teaching, take pride in advancing their majors in liberal arts and professional programs and engaging in productive interactions with the community at large.
Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of opportunities for international and intercultural experiences to broaden their horizons, increase their understanding of others, and prepare to live in the global community. UWP makes every effort to create these opportunities so that students do not lose any time toward graduation or incur significant additional expense.
Many courses required for general education can be fulfilled through UW-Platteville’s Study Abroad Programs in England, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, Italy, China, and Fiji. In addition, students may take major coursework in Education through one-to-one student exchange programs in Stavanger, Norway or in Windesheim, the Netherlands. These one-to-one exchange programs allow UWP students to pay tuition and fees locally while attending classes abroad. Therefore, the only additional costs incurred are for travel and incidental expenses.
Closer to home, students may participate in Winterim coursework, short trips, student teaching assignments, or semester exchanges with our partner institution, Mississippi Valley State University, in Itta Bena, Mississippi. Located in the Mississippi Delta, an area rich in culture, music, and civil rights history, “the Valley” provides an excellent opportunity for students to experience a different region, climate, and culture while taking courses to fulfill their degrees.
The College of Liberal Arts and Education offers modern classroom, computer, and laboratory facilities. State-ofthe-art multimedia lecture rooms are used by our faculty, and many departments have departmental computer labs which facilitate interactive learning. The Williams Fieldhouse provides up-to-date facilities for health and physical education programs, and the Center for the Arts includes a 550-seat concert hall with excellent acoustics, a 340-seat theatre, rehearsal halls, faculty studios, and numerous practice rooms.
Many programs within the college afford students the opportunity to pursue work experiences. Students can use their classroom knowledge to solve “real world” problems under the careful guidance of mentors and the supervision of university faculty members.
Regional and area preschool, elementary, middle, and high schools serve as laboratories for field experiences related to professional teaching. The college utilizes the Children’s Center located on campus as an observation and clinical facility to prepare students for its early childhood methods classes. The college also maintains the Center of Education for the Young Adolescent, which is a nationally recognized resource center for middle level education.
Students enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Education may earn either a bachelor of arts (B.A.) or a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree. The college offers both of these degrees in most programs. A degree program consists of three parts: 1) liberal education requirements, 2) major requirements, and 3) minor requirements and/or electives. The liberal education component has been established to provide all students, regardless of major, with a solid foundation for lifetime learning that is essential for successful personal and professional development. Since the liberal education requirements are also intended to aid students in advanced college studies, they should be completed during the freshman and sophomore years.
In addition to the liberal education component, each degree candidate must complete a major offered in the College of Liberal Arts and Education. A typical major program requires 36 credits. Comprehensive majors require 60 or more credits. A minor (usually 24 credits) or second major (within or outside the College of Liberal Arts and Education) is optional. In teacher education, students are required to have an approved comprehensive major, an approved major and minor, or two approved majors.
The College of Liberal Arts and Education has added the following stipulations to its degree programs: