Graduate Course Information and Policies

Course Currency Policy

Graduate courses that have not been offered for the four calendar years immediately preceding the issuance of a new catalog are dropped from the list of approved courses. The term “offered” is defined as

  1. a course wherein there has been actual enrollment and wherein instruction has occurred (in cross-listed courses, enrollment in any version will meet this criterion for all versions) or
  2. a course which during the semester immediately preceding catalog issuance has been scheduled for registration.

Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Graduate Council.

Course Repeat Policy

A course may not be taken for credit more than once unless it is identified in the catalog as a course that may be repeated for credit. If it is repeatable, the limitations of the number of times or maximum number of units that may be applied to the program or degree units may be indicated. This policy applies to both courses taken in residence at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and courses accepted in transfer from another institution.

Special Courses

These courses are available on a selected basis through most of the academic departments. The course descriptions are common to all departments. However, the prerequisites and the number of units permitted in certain programs may differ. Note the limitation of units for degree/programs identified in the Catalog.

690 Workshop
Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing “hands on” and participatory instructional techniques. Workshops have as their primary goal the imparting of either a specialized knowledge base regarding an instructional strategy or method or a specific skill. Presentations which are more broadly-based in content or intensive study and/or research procedures are not to be offered under a workshop number or title.

691 Travel Study
A planned and directed group excursion involving extensive academically-focused travel, usually conducted in a foreign country.

694 Seminar
Group Activity. An advanced course of study in a defined subject matter area emphasizing small groups in intense study with a faculty member.

696 Special Studies
Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but which is offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled bulletin offerings.

790 Workshop
Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing “hands on” and participatory instructional techniques. Workshops have as their primary goal the imparting of either a specialized knowledge base regarding an instructional strategy or method or a specific skill. Presentations which are more broadly based in content or intensive study and/or research procedures are not to be offered under a workshop number or title.

793 Practicum
Individual activity. Provides planned practical experience in a prescribed area with an agency and under the supervision and cooperative direction of faculty and agency person.

794 Seminar
Group activity. An advanced course of study in a defined subject matter area emphasizing small groups in intense study with a faculty member.

796 Special Studies
Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but which is offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled bulletin offerings.

798 Individual Studies
Individual activity focusing on areas of special interest for a variable number of credits under the sponsorship of an interested faculty member involving minimal external guidance.

799 Thesis Research
Guided investigation of an approved thesis topic. Students may receive credit for research activities planned in conjunction with their advisers and leading to the completion of a master’s degree.