- Academic Opportunity Center
- Advanced Placement Program (AP)
- African American Student Academic Services (AASAS)
- American Indian Student Services (AISS)
- American Indian Studies (AIS)
- Audit Program
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
- Cultures & Communities Program
- English as a Second Language Writing Courses
- Evening Degree Programs
- Freshman Seminar Program
- Honors College
- International Baccalaureate (IB)
- International Study
- Military Science Program
- Off-Campus Courses
- The Roberto Hernandez Center
- Institute for Service Learning (ISL)
- Latino Studies Certificate Program (LSCP)
- Southeast Asian American Student Services (SAASS)
- Undergraduate Research Opportunity (UROP)
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High school seniors who have taken college-level courses in cooperation with the College Entrance Examination Board's (CEEB) Advanced Placement Program (AP) may take the appropriate exams and have their scores sent to the University.
Credit for courses and advanced placement are given for high achievement in certain tests. Questions about the UWM policy on the AP examinations may be directed to the Department of Enrollment Services, Mellencamp 212, (414) 229-5932, or check online at uwhelp.wisconsin.edu/gearingup/.
CLEP is a series of examinations that allow individuals to earn college credit for what they already know regardless of where they learned it. CLEP is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program in the United States.
CLEP exams are computer-based and are composed of multiple-choice questions. Candidates receive an instant official score report following completion of the exam. An exception to this is the College Composition exam which includes two mandatory essays.
CLEP granting policies vary from college to college. A list of examinations and registration information can be found at www.clep/testing.uwm.edu.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is a rigorous pre-university course of study that meets the needs of highly motivated and academically gifted secondary school students. Examinations are offered for study at a "Higher" level (minimum 240 teaching hours) and at a "Standard" level (minimum 150 teaching hours). Each examination is graded on a scale of 1 (minimum) to 7 (maximum).
International Baccalaureate students who enroll at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee are generally awarded three credits for a score of 5, 6, or 7 on the "Standard" level exams. Three credits are also generally awarded for a score of 4 on the "Higher" level exams. Students who earn a score of 5, 6, or 7 on a "Higher" level exam are generally awarded 6 credits. Those who are awarded the full diploma receive 3 additional credits. Contact the Department of Enrollment Services in Mellencamp 212, (414) 229-5932, with questions regarding the IB policy, or check online at uwhelp.wisconsin.edu/gearingup/.
Students with the potential for success, but whose previous academic preparation and/or background may not have adequately prepared them for college, are offered admission through the Academic Opportunity Center (AOC) by the Department of Enrollment Services. The AOC is an academic support program comprised of advising and instructional components that work closely together to assist students in achieving academic success.
When a student is admitted via the AOC, the advisor becomes the student's first point of contact. The advisor helps each student interpret placement test scores and register for classes. S/he also encourages tutoring when necessary, informs students of university policies and procedures, serves as a referral source, helps students gain information about financial aid, and provides other information as needed to succeed at UWM.
Many of the foundational courses are taught by AOC instructors in classes that typically are smaller than general university classes, and offer more individualized instruction. The program's academic advisors have a smaller student caseload, which enables them to offer intensive advising and to monitor progress in regular meetings with each student throughout the semester.
For more information, please contact the Academic Opportunity Center at (414) 229-4696, or visit the website at www.uwm.edu/aoc.
Housed in the College of Letters and Science, the Office of African American Student Academic Services (AASAS) is a campus-wide
support program that is committed to helping African American students achieve
their educational goals. AASAS provides to enrolled and prospective African
American students academic and supportive services that include recruitment,
help with admission and financial aid forms, academic advising and assistance,
personal counseling, social programming, and peer mentoring.
(414) 229-5880; fax (414) 229-5930
Helping American Indian students reach their educational objectives by providing assistance from application to graduation is the primary goal of American Indian Student Services. Administered by the College of Letters and Science, AISS is a strong, campus-wide support program committed to helping admitted and potential American Indian students connect to campus and community networks. The AISS staff members make every effort to give students a home away from home by providing a student lounge and computer lab and by coordinating seasonal events, student fundraisers, and various social activities. AISS also plans campus sociocultural and educational programs, such as an annual powwow and American Indian Awareness week. Support services include recruitment, pre-college visits, academic advising and personal counseling, help with the admission and financial aid processes, liaison between campus and tribes, peer mentoring, a computer lab, and cultural enrichment programming.
A fundamental tenet of AISS's basic philosophy is the belief that getting an education is important not only for individual students, but also for the growth, health, and future of American Indian tribes/nations.
American Indian Studies (AIS), based in the College of Letters and Science,
is an interdisciplinary program that cooperates with University departments
to offer courses designed to acquaint all students with the American Indian
heritage. The AIS Program also is involved with research, writing, and publication
related to American Indian Studies as an academic discipline. Students should
consult the Schedule of Classes or the AIS coordinator, Donald Green, for more information
on course offerings. Interested students may earn an interdisciplinary major
in American Indian Studies.
Expand your horizons...without tests or grades. If you would like to take a course for information or enrichment without fulfilling all the course requirements, consider auditing a course. An auditor does not receive a grade or credit for the course, and in most cases is not expected to take major exams or submit projects or term papers required of students enrolled for credit. Requirements may vary, so if you want to audit a course you should discuss with the instructor such factors as attendance, course work standards, and other expectations before enrolling, or no later than the first week of class.
No degree credit is awarded for courses taken on an audit basis, and such courses do not count in determining the minimum credit load required for student athletes, or in determining eligibility for financial aid or other benefits. Audited courses may be counted in determining maximum credit load a student may carry. Each department has restrictions on courses open to auditors. Courses not open to auditors are annotated in the Schedule of Classes.
Students will pay lower fees for audited courses (approximately 30% for Wisconsin residents or 50% for nonresidents). Residents of Wisconsin who are 60 years of age or older as of the first day of classes of the term for which enrollment is desired may audit classes for free, subject to space availability and instructor approval. For information about auditing courses, please contact the Office of Adult and Returning Student Services for an application and additional information at (414) 229-5932 or email@example.com.
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The Cultures and Communities (CC) Program is an alternative to the standard track for completing UWM's General Education requirements. Students who choose the CC option fulfill their requirements by taking select classes that focus on multicultural understanding, community engagement, service learning, environmental and global awareness, and the appreciation of artistic, intellectual, and social diversity. CC students earn a Certificate (equivalent to an interdisciplinary minor) that documents their advanced knowledge in these areas and that serves as excellent preparation for graduate study or most any career in today's multicultural, globalized society.
The CC program is designed to work with any major and is open to all undergraduate students. A list of CC courses may be found online at www.cc.uwm.edu. For additional information, see the program requirements in the College of Letters and Science section of this catalog or contact the CC Program office.
UWM students who learned another language before learning English can complete the English portion of their General Education Requirement (GER) by taking English as a Second Language (ESL) writing courses instead of English writing courses designed for native speakers of English. In the ESL writing courses, students learn not only what native speakers of English learn in college writing courses, but also the English language skills that non-native speakers of English need to succeed in their university studies.
The ESL-PIC test (not the EPT) determines placement in ESL writing courses. Contact the Testing Center (www.testingcenter.uwm.edu, 229-4689, Mellencamp B28) to make an appointment to take the ESL-PIC test. For more information about the ESL writing courses at UWM, contact the ESL writing coordinator, Cathy Kaye (firstname.lastname@example.org, 229-6180, Curtin 678).
Students can earn a baccalaureate degree in a number of majors by attending UWM exclusively during the evening. At present, these majors include accounting, anthropology, communication, community education, criminal justice, economics, educational studies, English, finance, human resources management, information resources, management information systems, marketing, mathematics, organizational administration, political science, production and operations management, social work, and Spanish. Many additional majors and programs, such as engineering, can be completed primarily during evening hours.
Administered by the College of Letters and Science, the Freshman Seminar Program affords freshmen the opportunity to participate in a small learning community during their first year at UWM, helping to ease the transition to college. The program offers a range of seminars to students of all ability levels.
Limited to 20 first-year students, each Freshman Seminar provides a unique opportunity for students to get to know their professors and fellow students. In this small setting, the professor serves as a mentor, coaching and helping students to achieve success in their first year. Freshman Seminars emphasize the development of collaboration, teamwork, written and oral communication skills, creative and analytical thinking, and university literacy.
Seminars are offered in a wide variety of interest areas. Course titles in recent semesters have included Forensic Chemistry: Solving Crime With Science; How to Think Like a Psychologist; and Voyages in Cyberspace, and The World of Your Parents and Grandparents: American Culture in the 1950s. Most freshman seminars are offered for three credits and can be applied to degree requirements. See the Schedule of Classes for a list of Freshman Seminars taught in this current semester.
In addition to offering seminars, the Program fosters a sense of community by offering students the opportunity to apply for peer mentoring positions and by sponsoring other events.
For more information, visit the Freshman Seminar website at http://fs.uwm.edu or call (414) 229-2641.
Students can learn to think critically and communicate effectively in the Honors College, open to qualified undergraduates in all schools and colleges at UWM, and sustained by a faculty committed to liberal arts education. Housed in the College of Letters and Science, the Honors College attracts some of UWM's best teachers and scholars, including three Bradley Professors who teach exclusively in the program.
Based in the liberal arts, the honors curriculum is defined by engaged learning
through small seminars devoted to studying fundamental texts and topics in
the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Each seminar
provides a forum for discussion as well as intensive practice in analysis,
writing, and speaking. The Honors College also encourages independent study, research,
and study abroad.
The Center for International Education (CIE) provides numerous opportunities for UWM students to broaden their world perspective through study abroad. Short (six weeks or fewer), semester, and academic year programs are offered in various regions of the world, including Asia, Latin America, Africa, the British Isles, and Europe. Programs are available for all undergraduate majors.
CIE's Study Abroad library is the place to begin one's journey overseas. The
library provides updated materials on study abroad programs. It also contains
information on international internships, service-learning opportunities,
the Peace Corps, volunteering abroad, and work abroad. After doing initial
research, students can talk with a peer advisor or attend a Study Abroad workshop.
Study Abroad advisors also are available to assist with the application process,
instruct students on credit transfer procedures, and help identify different
options to finance a study abroad program.
UWM students have studied in England, France, Germany, Ghana, Chile, Poland, Ireland, China, Japan, and Mexico, among many other countries. Upon their return, they universally comment that this educational experience changed their lives.
UW-Milwaukee students have the opportunity to participate in the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (AROTC) at Marquette University. The AROTC program provides university students with leadership, management, technical, and tactical skills that will enable them to start their journey as commissioned officers in the United States Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard.
Army ROTC is not a major field of study. It is a program in which students pursue a baccalaureate degree of their choice and take AROTC courses in military-oriented subject matter. AROTC provides a general knowledge of the contemporary role of the Army in support of national objectives and a practicum in management and leadership skills. Credits earned in military science courses apply toward graduation requirements.
The Army ROTC program offers competitive two-, three-, and four-year scholarships to qualified students. Currently, the scholarships offered for UWM students cover full tuition and fees or room and board, $1,200 a year for books, and a $300-$500 monthly stipend.
General Eligibility. To be eligible for an AROTC scholarship, students must:
be a United States citizen;
be a full-time student;
have no major civil convictions;
not be a conscientious objector;
be medically qualified;
have a minimum 2.5 GPA, and
have a minimum ACT score of 19 or SAT score of 950.
The Army ROTC program is divided into two parts - the basic course (freshman and sophomore years) and the advanced course (junior and senior years). The freshman year course currently is being offered at UWM; the remainder of the courses are offered at Marquette University. Credit hours earned at Marquette University are transferred to UWM student transcripts and count towards GPA and elective credit.
Basic Course. In the basic course, cadets learn basic military skills and receive the foundation for leadership and management skills that are expanded during the advanced course. The basic course is open to all full-time UWM students without any obligation to the Army.
Advanced Course. During the advanced course, cadets learn more extensive leadership and management skills, and they are placed into various leadership positions in the battalion. Cadets also develop skills and attributes that are essential for all commissioned officers in the U.S. Army.
In addition to completing the military science courses, advanced-course students are required to attend the Advanced Leadership Course at Fort Lewis, Washington during the summer between the junior and senior years. During this five-week camp, cadets are expected to apply all of the skills that they have learned in the AROTC program. In addition, cadets are offered the opportunity to compete for a chance to attend Airborne School, Air Assault School, or Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT). CTLT is an "internship" in which cadets have a chance to see what a Second Lieutenant does on an active duty Army post.
To qualify for the Advanced Course, students must accomplish one of the following:
complete the two years of the basic course;
attend the Basic Leaders Course, a six-week camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky; or
complete U.S. Army Basic Training or its equivalent.
Field Exercises: Once a semester all of the cadets in the program go to Fort McCoy, Wisconsin to practice all of the skills that they have learned. Advanced course cadets also are given the opportunity to improve their leadership skills by being placed in various leadership positions leading other cadets.
Physical Training: Three times a week, cadets are required to attend physical training (PT). During PT, cadets do physical activities such as push-ups, sit-ups, and running. PT currently is conducted at both UWM and Marquette University.
For more information about enrolling in the Army ROTC program, contact email@example.com or the Department of Military Science at Marquette University, (414) 288-7195. or www.marquette.edu/rotc/army.Air Force ROTC
UWM students have the opportunity to participate fully in the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) Program. Students enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program attend AFROTC courses at Marquette University.
Through this program, UWM offers its students the opportunity to prepare for initial active duty assignments as Air Force Commissioned Officers. In order to receive a commission, AFROTC cadets must complete all university requirements for a degree and courses specified by the Air Force. AFROTC offers four- and three-year programs leading to a commission as an Air Force officer. Four-year program students complete the general military course and the professional officer course.
be a full-time student;
be a United States citizen (for scholarship appointment);
be in good physical condition;
be of good moral character;
for pilot or navigator training, fulfill all commissioning requirements before age 29;
for scholarship recipients, fulfill all commissioning requirements before age 31; and
for non-scholarship students, fulfill all commissioning requirements before age 31.
General Military Course. The first- and second-year educational program in Air Force Aerospace Studies consists of a series of one-hour courses designed to give students basic information on world military systems and the role of the U.S. Air Force in the defense of the free world. All required textbooks and uniforms are provided free. The general military course is open to all students at UWM without advance application and does not obligate students to the Air Force in any way.
Field Training. AFROTC Field Training is offered during the summer months at Maxwell Air Force base, Alabama, and provides leadership and officer training in a structured military environment. Major areas of study include physical training, drill and ceremony, marksmanship, and survival training. The Air Force pays all expenses associated with field training.
Professional Officer Course. The third and fourth years of Air Force Aerospace Studies are designed to develop skills and attitudes vital to the professional officer. Students completing the professional officer course are commissioned as officers in the U.S. Air Force upon college graduation. All students in the professional officer course receive a nontaxable subsistence allowance per month during the academic year. Students wanting to enter the professional officer course should apply early in the spring semester in order to begin this course of study in the following fall semester.
Leadership Lab. Leadership Lab is a cadet-centered activity. It is largely cadet planned and directed, in line with the premise that it provides leadership training experience that will improve a cadets ability to perform as an Air Force officer. The freshman and sophomore leadership laboratory program introduces Air Force customs and courtesies, drill and ceremonies, wearing the uniform, career opportunities in the Air Force, education and training benefits, the life and work of an Air Force officer, and opportunities for field trips to Air Force installations throughout the U.S. Initial experiences include preparing the cadet for individual squadron and flight movements in drill and ceremonies and for the field training assignment prior to the junior year.
The junior and senior leadership laboratory program involves the cadets in advanced leadership experiences. Cadet responsibilities include planning and directing the activities of the cadet corps, preparing briefings and written communications, and providing interviews, guidance, information, and other services that will increase the performance and motivation of other cadets.
AFROTC College Scholarship and High School Scholarship Programs. While participating in AFROTC, scholarship students receive a stipend per month along with paid tuition, fees, and a fixed textbook reimbursement. To be eligible for either of these programs, students must:
be a U.S. citizen;
be at least 17 years of age on the date of enrollment and under 31 years of age on December 31of the estimated year of commissioning;
pass an Air Force physical exam;
be selected by a board of Air Force officers;
have no moral objections or personal convictions that prevent bearing arms and supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic (applicants must not be conscientious objectors);
maintain a 2.5 grade point average.
High school students can apply for scholarships late in their junior year or early in their senior year. Information on Air Force ROTC and applications for Air Force scholarships is available at www.AFROTC.com. Scholarship applications will not be accepted after December 1 of the year before entering college.
For more information, contact the Department of Aerospace Studies at Marquette University, (414) 288-7682.
The Naval Science Department at Marquette University administers the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program. Graduates who complete all requirements will receive reserve commissions and serve on active duty in the Navy or Marine Corps with a minimum three-year commitment for non-scholarship students, and five-year commitment for scholarship students.
NROTC offers two-, three-, and four-year scholarships to qualified applicants. Four-year scholarships are awarded on a national level to qualified high school applicants (visit www.nrotc.navy.mil for more information and to apply). Two- and three-year scholarships are awarded to students who have completed at least one, but not more than four, terms of college while a member of the NROTC Unit. Two-year scholarships for students who are entering their junior year and have not previously been enrolled in the NROTC program also are available.
Students entering UWM with a four-year scholarship, earned on a competitive basis while still in high school, will receive full tuition, fees, laboratory expenses, a stipend for books, and a subsistence allowance of $250 to $400 per month, depending on class year. Necessary uniforms and textbooks for required Naval Science courses are issued as well.
- Be a US citizen
- Not less than 17 years old by Sept. 1 of year starting college, and no more than 23 on June 30 of that year
- Be of good moral character
- Be a high school graduate
- Be 27 or younger by June 30 of the year you will graduate
- Be physically qualified by Navy/Marine Corps standards
- Achieve qualifying scores on the SAT or ACT
- ACT: 22 verbal, 22 math (22
composite for Marine Corps);
SAT: 530 verbal, 520 math (1000 composite for Marine Corps)
Students not on scholarship can still participate in the NROTC College Program. They receive uniforms and Naval Science textbooks, and $350 and $400 per month during their junior and senior years, respectively. All College Program students are eligible to compete for Naval Education and Training Command scholarships. Students are selected on a competitive basis after completing at least one term as an NROTC College Program student. Selection boards meet semi-annually in March and June to consider students based on their most recent term. Students may receive scholarships benefits for three or two academic years. Once selected, the students receive the same benefits and incur the same active duty requirements as students in the four-year scholarship program
The Naval Science Department teaches Naval Science courses and supervises a midshipman-run drill program that instills leadership skills and professional development in all members of the midshipman battalion. All midshipmen are required to register for and participate in this two-hour weekly drill period, which occurs at the Marquette University Gymnasium. One Naval Science class each term is also required, with the exception of Nurse Corps and Marine Corps Options. Students enrolled in the program from UWM attend Naval Science classes at Marquette as "cross-town" students, while the rest of their major is completed on the UWM campus. Midshipmen on scholarship or in advanced standing status also are required to attend a four- to six-week training period each summer. This summer training introduces midshipmen to the fleet and to the life of a junior Naval Officer. The summer training period also provides an orientation to each of the different warfare specialties available upon graduation (aviation, surface, submarine, and the Marine Corps).
All Navy Option scholarship students are required to complete one year of calculus by the end of their sophomore year, and one year of calculus-based physics by the end of their junior year. Navy Option college program students must complete one year each in mathematics and physical science. One course on World Cultural Awareness, one year of English, and either an American Military History or National Security Policy course also are required for all NROTC students.
All scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and personal qualifications. Neither a Parents' Confidential Financial Statement nor a standard FAF is required for consideration for Naval ROTC scholarships.
For more information, contact the Department of Naval Science at Marquette University, (414) 288-7076, or visit our website at www.Marquette.edu/rotc/navy/.
UWM offers a variety of courses beyond the boundaries of its East Side campus. An extensive program of off-campus instruction makes regular UWM courses available in community locations throughout the Milwaukee area and on other University of Wisconsin System campuses.
Education Outreach Activities. The School of Education offers off-campus
courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Information on the School's
courses, workshops, and other off-campus educational activities may be obtained
from the Education Outreach Office, Enderis Hall, Room 579, phone (414) 229-5255.
Online and Blended Learning. UWM offers an extensive array of fully online and "blended" (partially online/partially in-person) courses and programs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. For more information, go to http://online.uwm.edu/.
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The Roberto Hernández Center is committed to increasing the presence of Latinos at UWM, specifically students, faculty and academic staff. One of its main goals is to provide effective advising and mentoring to Latino students to foster their retention and to guide them to completion of their degree requirements. The Center is committed to developing and expanding Latino community outreach programs through interactions and partnerships with other organizations. The RHC also seeks to promote and validate research on Latino culture.
The RHC houses two programs that serve Latino students on campus: student
recruitment and community outreach, and Advising and Academic Services. The
RHC also assists the College of Letters and Science in coordinating the Latino
Studies Certificate Program.
Enrique Figueroa, Coordinator
The Latino Studies Certificate Program (LSCP) provides the opportunity for students to focus on Latino issues in the United States. The program utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to examine the experiences, cultures, and social conditions of Latinos. In consultation with the program advisor, Latino Studies students select courses from the humanities, social sciences, and education. Many Latino Studies courses satisfy other university and college requirements. Students who have completed Latino Studies courses prior to program enrollment are granted appropriate credits toward satisfying certificate requirements. Upon completion of all course requirements, students are issued a Certificate in Latino Studies by the College of Letters and Science, and a notation stating that the program has been completed is added to their transcripts.
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Service learning programs bring students out of their classrooms and into the community for experiences that offer them a chance to enrich their academics while making a meaningful contribution to community organizations. Through their work, students gain a deeper understanding of course content along with a greater awareness of societal needs and civic responsibility.
Service learning courses are available for all undergraduate students. For additional information, please contact the ISL office or visit the website.
Administered by the College of Letters and Science, Southeast Asian-American Student Services (SAASS) provides academic support for Southeast Asian (Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, and Vietnamese) heritage students attending UWM. Support services include academic advising, admissions and financial aid procedures, tutorial referrals, career information, cultural enrichment, and personal support. To serve students effectively, SAASS works closely with faculty/staff, students and Southeast Asian community organizations in Milwaukee and Wisconsin.
Holton Hall, Rooms G16/18
The Undergraduate Research Opportunity, located in the College of Letters and Science, pairs students with faculty researchers at the University. Building on a long tradition of undergraduate research at UWM, the UROP assists undergraduates, even in their first years at UWM, to have the opportunity to engage, in a structured setting, with the research mission of the University. Students work side-by-side with faculty members on faculty research projects, and they received academic credit for their work. The UROP is designed for highly-motivated students who want to contribute to the creation.
Interested students can request information at the UROP website (see above) or by contacting the UROP office (see phone and room numbers above). The UROP staff will help students identify possible research projects and arrange for the students to meet with the faculty members. Accepted students commit to a year-long course (for up to 6 credits) as an apprentice to a faculty mentor and participate as well in a one-credit research seminar with other students in the program. For more information, visit the UROP website.
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