The Humanities Department offers students several different majors and minors in English , Foreign Languages and Philosophy, as well as minors in Film Studies , Latin American Studies , and Creative Writing .
We also work closely with interdisciplinary programs such as Women's and Gender Studies , Ethnic Studies , Gay Studies , and the International Education program, and of course we offer the most-taught course in higher education, Freshman Composition. We want to make sure every student at UW-Platteville has the tools to improve his or her writing. Every year, members of our composition program publish the best examples of freshman writing in Stylus, and that anthology becomes a required textbook for the next year's students.
Our English Program offers majors in English Education , Professional Writing , and Literature. Students can participate in our Visiting Writers Reading Series , our Student Reading Series and Creative Writing Festival, as well as observe and student teach in local schools. Many complete professional writing internships.
We offer undergraduate and graduate courses in Teaching English as a Second or Other Language ( TESOL ).
The Foreign Language Program offers majors in German and Spanish and minors in Spanish , German and French , as well as introductory classes in Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese. These programs can include participation in study abroad programs that enable students to travel to places like Spain, Costa Rica, France, Germany, China and Japan while earning college credits.
Elementary language courses also meet the foreign language competency requirement . Students who come in with intermediate level of language proficiency may want to check about receiving retroactive credit for that language ability. Such students are often much closer to earning a minor than they realize! Like the English Education major and TESOL minor, the Spanish and German majors and minors and the French minor can be part of a Department of Public Instruction (DPI) approved teaching major or minor for shose who want to teach in secondary schools.
The Philosophy Program also offers a major and a minor. Studying philosophy provides students with an excellent foundation for graduate studies in law, theology, teaching, business and more.
Most of our sophomore-level and above courses in English, Spanish, German, French and Philosophy also meet the General Education Humanities Requirement , and others also meet general education requirements in Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, or International Education.