Degree and Graduation Information

Graduation Requirements

Students are held responsible for keeping an accurate record of their progress toward graduation. The Advisement Report (AAR) is available to students online through their WINS account.

Students are responsible for meeting the degree requirements in effect at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater at the time of declaration of their current major unless they interrupt their attendance at Whitewater by an absence of four or more consecutive academic sessions (including summer), in which case upon re-entry they will be subject to the requirements in effect at that time.

Students may elect to satisfy any newer set of requirements by contacting the advising location of their major. Permission of their dean is required if, due to extenuating circumstances, students wish to satisfy a set of requirements earlier than the academic year indicated on the AAR.

Students who have not completed their degree requirements within eight years may be held to satisfy newer requirements deemed appropriate by the dean of the college in which they are enrolled.

Undergraduate Degree Information

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater offers the following undergraduate degrees: Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Education. UW-Whitewater has the right to rescind a previously granted degree if UW-Whitewater becomes aware of information that the degree should not have been granted.

Concurrent Degrees

Effective Fall 2007, students at UW-Whitewater may pursue two undergraduate bachelor degrees concurrently – provided that the degree programs reside in two different colleges (e.g., BA – Letters and Sciences and a BBA – Business and Economics).  Students must complete all requirements for both programs, including degree, major and unique requirements; the major from either degree may be used in place of any minor required in the other degree (e.g., the business major from the BBA degree may replace the minor requirement in the BA – Letters and Sciences degree).  If all the requirements are completed concurrently, both degrees will be conferred for the same term.  (Note:  students pursing dual degrees are not exempt from the UW System surcharge for credits in excess of 165.)  Students who wish to pursue programs leading to two degrees to be conferred in the same term should declare their intent with the Graduation Examiner in the Registrar’s Office no later than the term in which they will have earned 90 credits.

Associate of Arts Degree

Students may earn an Associate of Arts degree by successfully completing a minimum of 60 units, including the 45 units of the General Education requirements (Communication & Calculation Skills and University Requirements) and the U.S. Racial/Ethnic Diversity requirement with a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 2.00 cumulative GPA. The General Education requirements are the same as those for baccalaureate degrees. Students do not need to complete GENED 390 but must complete a GH (humanities) course to complete University Requirements.

15 of the 60 units must be taken in coursework at UW-Whitewater. Students must be enrolled at UW-Whitewater during the term in which the requirements are completed.

Application for an Associate of Arts degree must be made no later than two years after the last term of attendance. An Associate of Arts degree cannot be received at the same time as a baccalaureate degree or subsequent to the awarding of a baccalaureate degree. Effective spring 2017, Associate of Arts degree candidates may participate in the commencement ceremony. There is a graduation fee for the Associate of Arts degree. Students can apply for the Associate Degree online or in the Registrar's Office.

Adding Additional Major/Minors to an Undergraduate Degree

Students may fulfill the requirements for an additional major or minor after receiving their degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater if the following conditions are satisfied:

  1. The major/minor course and GPA requirements in effect at the time of declaration of intent must be completed.
  2. Course credits used to satisfy the requirements of previous major(s) or minor(s) may not be used, with the exception that credits used in a minor may be used when expanding the minor into a major.
  3. The major/minor transfer course limitation may not be exceeded.
  4. The course selection must be approved by the department chairperson. A major or minor will not be awarded to a student who has not earned a degree at UW-Whitewater.
  5. After successful completion of major or minor, the major or minor department will notify the Registrar’s Office and a transcript note will be added to the student’s academic record.

Second Degree

Students who have received their first degree at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater may earn a second degree provided that it is not the same as the first degree (e.g., a student whose first degree is a Letters & Sciences BA could not receive a second Letters & Sciences BA degree but would be eligible for a Letters & Sciences BS or Arts & Communication BA). The first degree will be considered to have satisfied all Communication and Calculation Skills, University (General Education), U.S, Racial/Ethnic Diversity, and minor (if any) requirements. Students must complete all other degree and major requirements; credits used to satisfy major requirements in the first degree may not be used to satisfy major requirements in the second degree (credits used in a minor or minors may be applied to the new major). Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits at UW-Whitewater after the date of conferral of the first degree, and a minimum of 25% of the major course credits must be completed at UW-Whitewater.

Students who have received their first degree at another institution may earn a second degree at UW-Whitewater following these same regulations, except that the second degree may be the same as their first degree (e.g., a student who has received a Letters & Sciences BS degree at another institution may earn a second Letters & Sciences BS degree at UW-Whitewater).