College of Letters and Sciences - L&S (Undergraduate)

Franklin Goza, Interim Dean
Fe Evangelista, Interim Associate Dean
Elizabeth Hachten, Assistant Dean and Coordinator of General Education
Susan Johnson, Assistant Dean for Student Success

Annie LaValley, Director of Advising, Letters and Sciences

The College of Letters and Sciences seeks to assist you in developing the knowledge, understanding, skills, and appreciation which will enable you to live a rich, full life as well as succeed in your chosen profession. A background of study in the liberal arts is the distinguishing characteristic of the university graduate. Whatever your vocational aspiration, your liberal arts study will heighten your potential for personal and professional development. The major and minor programs of study within the College of Letters and Sciences build upon this liberal arts background and assist you in developing in-depth understanding of your chosen field of study.

College of Letters & Sciences: Department Chairpersons

Department Chairperson

Biological Sciences
Kerry Katovich

John Ejnik

Computer Science
Hien Nguyen

Geography, Geology and Environmental Science
Margo Kleinfeld

Jennifer Thibodeaux

Languages and Literatures
Elena Levy-Navarro

Angela Harlan

Philosophy and Religious Studies
David Simmons

Steve Sahyun

Political Science
Jolly Emery

Carolyn Morgan

Social Work
Sarah Hessenauer

Sociology, Criminology and Anthropology
Paul Gregory

Women’s and Gender Studies
Ellie Schemenauer

Program Coordinators

Jo Ellen Burkholder

Chiropractic (pre-professional program)
Steve Anderson

Paul Gregory

Dentistry (pre-professional program)
Heather Pelzel

Engineering (pre-professional program)
Steve Sahyun

Environmental Science
Dale Splinter

Family, Health, and Disabilities Studies
Akiko Yoshida

Foreign Languages
Alicia de Gregorio

Forensic Science
Pete Killora

Individually Designed Majors and Minors
Elizabeth Hachten

Integrated Science/Business
Hephzibah Kumpaty

International Studies
Anne Hamilton

Japanese Studies
Marjorie Rhine

Law (pre-professional program)
Jolly Emery

Liberal Studies
Tracy Hawkins

Medicine (pre-professional program)
Peter Mesner

Optometry (pre-professional program)
Heather Pelzel

Pharmacy (pre-professional program)
Hephzibah Kumpaty

Physical Therapy (pre-professional program)
Daryle Waechter-Brulla

Public Health
Elizabeth Hachten

Public Policy and Administration
Jonah Ralston

Race and Ethnic Studies
Pilar Melero

Veterinary Medicine (pre-professional program)
Ellen Davis

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science in Education



  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Bachelor of Science (BS)
  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science with Teaching Licensure

To graduate from the College of Letters and Sciences, students must complete a minimum of 120 units, including coursework to satisfy all of the General Education (Communication & Calculation Skills and University Requirements), U.S. Racial/Ethnic Diversity, College Degree, and major and minor requirements. Students must have at least a 2.0 grade point average in the major and minor fields as well as a 2.0 UW-W overall grade point average. Certain majors and minors in the College require a grade point average above 2.0 in the major, minor and/or overall.

Students may earn either the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Letters and Sciences. The BA degree emphasizes preparation in the arts, foreign languages, humanities and social sciences, while the BS degree emphasizes preparation in mathematics and sciences.

Most students are required to complete both a major and a minor from the approved majors and minors listed in the Catalog. Consult the list on the L&S website or in the Degree Planning Guide at the College of L&S. The same course units may not be counted toward both a major and a minor.

Bachelor of Arts

In addition to the University Requirements, students must complete the following BA degree requirements:

Upper Level Breadth Requirement
6 units at the 300-400 level in Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences or Race/Ethnic or Women's Studies, excluding courses in major and minor disciplines; not limited to Gen Ed courses or one course per discipline rule6
Foreign Language Requirement
Select one of the following: 14
A. Select one of the following 2nd semester foreign language:
B. Demonstration of equivalent proficiency by appropriate score on placement examination

Bachelor of Science (effective Fall 2014)

In addition to the University Requirements, students must complete the following BS degree requirements:

Select two 4-5 unit lab science courses designated GL from 2 different subject areas (includes lab science courses used in University Requirements)8-10
Select at least 5 units of math beyond MATH 141 or 6 units chosen from two of the following three options:5-6
Option A - Select 3 units of math beyond MATH 141 (excluding MATH 230)
Option B - Select 3-4 units of statistics from the following:
Option C - Select 3 units of Computer Science

Bachelor of Science 

In addition to the University Requirements, students must complete the following BS degree requirements:

Select two 4-5 unit laboratory science courses designated GL from 2 different disciplines (biology, chemistry, geology, geography, physics or astronomy), one of which may count in University Requirements8-10
Select one of the following:5-6
5 units in math beyond MATH 141
3 units in math beyond MATH 141 and 3 units in computer science courses (not limited to GM courses, but may count in University Requirements if they are GM)

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science with Teaching Licensure

If you are working toward the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Letters and Sciences and also wish to be licensed to teach, you must fulfill all the requirements for the appropriate degree and complete all the requirements for licensure. Confer with the Director of Licensure in the College of Education during your freshman year if you are interested in this option.

Honorary Societies

Alpha Delta Mu is a national social work honor society. The Beta Zeta Chapter, established at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on April 2, 1980, advances excellence in social work practice and encourages, stimulates and maintains scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in Social Work. Eligible individuals must have completed at least 6 units in social work, be at least junior standing and have earned a minimum overall GPA of 3.50.

Alpha Kappa Delta is a national sociology honor society. The ETA of Wisconsin chapter was established at UW-Whitewater in 1970. AKD is an organization dedicated to the scientific study of social phenomena for the promotion of human welfare. To be eligible for membership, individuals must have completed at least 10 units in sociology, be at least junior standing, and have earned a minimum grade point average of 3.000 in all sociology courses and have a minimum 3.000 GPA overall.

Beta Beta Beta, national honorary biological society, was established at UW-Whitewater in 1960. Beta Beta Beta seeks to encourage scholarly attainment in this field of learning by reserving its membership for those who achieve superior academic accomplishments and who indicate special aptitude for the subject of biology.

Delta Phi Alpha is the National German Honor Society. The Sigma Delta chapter of the society was established at the UW-Whitewater in 2007. Initiates must be at least sophomore standing and have completed a minimum of two years of German at the university level with registration in an advanced course, earn a minimum grade average of 3.33 in all German courses taken as well as a minimum of 2.67 GPA in all courses of study at the university level, and also demonstrate continued interest in the study of German language and literature.

Gamma Theta Upsilon is an international geographical honor society. Gamma Upsilon chapter of the society was established at UW-Whitewater in 1965. The primary function of the society is to further professional interest in geography by affording a common organization for those interested in this field. Full regular membership is limited to persons possessing superior academic records and completion of at least three courses in geography.

Phi Alpha Theta is an international honorary society in history. Nu-Beta chapter was installed at UW-Whitewater in the spring of 1967. Membership is open to students who have completed 12 or more units in history with at least a 3.10 grade point average in all history courses. Initiates must also have a 3.00 grade point average in two-thirds of all remaining courses.

Pi Delta Phi is a national honor society which recognizes outstanding scholarship in French. To be eligible for membership, you must be a senior who has completed three advanced French courses and who has a 3.00 grade point average in French and a 3.00 cumulative grade point average.

Pi Sigma Alpha is the national honorary association for political science. The UW-Whitewater Chapter, Pi Mu, welcomes all students who fulfill the following requirements: 10 units in Political Science, 3.5 grade point average in Political Science courses, and 3.00 grade point average overall.

Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, recognizes excellence in scholarship for graduate and undergraduate students who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests. Undergraduates who are elected to Psi Chi must rank not lower than the highest 35 percent of their class in general scholarship and must have demonstrated superior scholarship in psychology.

Sigma Delta Pi, national professional society in Spanish studies, was established at UW-Whitewater in 1966. Eligible for membership are those students who have completed at least three upper-division Spanish courses (300 or 400-level) or have completed two with current enrollment in a third, have attained a 3.00 GPA in Spanish courses and 2.75 overall GPA, and have completed at least three university semesters.

Sigma Pi Sigma is the physics national honor society. Membership is open to all students with an overall G.P.A. of at least 3.00 and a G.P.A. of at least 3.00 in physics, based upon at least three physics classes applicable toward a physics major.

Sigma Tau Delta, the national English Honor Society, is open to English majors and minors who have had at least two courses past ENGLISH 101 and ENGLISH 102, have at least a B average in English, and rank within the top 35% of their class overall. The society sponsors regional and national conventions, a literary magazine, and writing awards for creative and critical writing.

Departmental Student Organizations

Association of Information Technology Professionals is an organization of students who have a strong interest in the field of data processing. Its purposes are to promote interest in and an understanding of business data processing through guest lectures, seminars and field trips to computer installations and AITP conferences.

English Club is an organization open to anyone interested in English language or literature.

French Club is an organization open to anyone interested in French language and culture.

German Club is an organization open to all students in German and to anyone interested in German culture.

The Law Society, co-sponsored by the Political Science Department and the Finance and Business Law Department, is open to pre-law students and anyone interested in the law. Students have the opportunity to attend speaker meetings and participate in field trips.

Social Work Student Organization seeks to unite the Social Work majors to promote the major, to provide a sounding board, and to act as a medium between faculty and students to facilitate major changes within the department.

Students in Physics Society is open to all students who are in physics or related fields. In 1965 the club became a student section of the American Institute of Physics, a national federation of leading societies in physics.

Spanish Club offers members cultural activities pertaining to the Spanish speaking countries to create an interest in the culture and ways of life of the Spanish-speaking world and to stimulate greater understanding and appreciation of Spanish-speaking friends the world over.

The Student Math Association ( is a student chapter of the Mathematics Association of America whose purposes are to provide students majoring, minoring or just interested in math with information pertaining to the math field, and to encourage and inform about the use of math in every aspect of life.

Student Psychology Association invites students to join psychology majors and faculty in challenging their concepts of the world and themselves through spirited interchange of ideas about psychology and its impact on the individual.

Student Sociology Association is a voluntary group whose purpose is to afford interested students the opportunity to initiate and participate in campus and professional activities.

UW-Whitewater Geology Club is an organization open to any student interested in furthering the education and fellowship of students in the field of geology.