Geography, Transnational Geographies, Comprehensive Major

Liberal Arts (Code 140-009)

University Requirements

Credit Requirements
Minimum total for graduation 1120
Upper division credits (courses numbered 300 and higher)39
Liberal Education Core36
Academic Concentrations
Grade Point Requirements 2
Total2.00 average
Resident2.00 average
Major2.00 average
Minor2.00 average
Certificate2.00 average
University Residency Requirements
Minimum total30
Senior year23
Major, Standard, upper division in residence12
Major, Comprehensive, upper division in residence21
Certificate25 percent of credits
Procedures Required for Graduation
Obtain admission to the degree program and/or the College offering it.
Apply for graduation on CampS.

Applicability of Credits Toward Graduation

Junior College or Two-Year College Credits. A maximum of 72 semester credits earned in a junior college or two-year college will be accepted as degree credits at UW-Eau Claire.

Extension Credits. Credits earned in credit outreach courses offered by UW-Eau Claire are treated as resident credits. Credits earned in extension courses offered by other units of the University of Wisconsin System are treated as transfer credits. All other (non-UW) extension and correspondence credits are normally limited to one-fourth of the total required for graduation from any curriculum.

WTCS Credits. A maximum of 72 semester credits earned in college parallel programs at Madison Area Technical College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Nicolet Area Technical College, or Chippewa Valley Technical College may be accepted as degree credits at UW-Eau Claire. A set number of general education courses will be accepted from other technical schools. Occupational and technical courses may also be considered for transfer if the quality and content of the course work from the technical college is judged to be comparable to course work at UW-Eau Claire. Refer to the Transfer Credit Wizard or contact the UW-Eau Claire Admissions Office for information about the current transfer policy.

USAFI Credit. UW-Eau Claire will accept up to 32 semester credits for work done through the United States Armed Forces Institute, under the provision for non-UW correspondence credit (see Extension Credits above).

Activity Credit (band, chorus, drama, KINS 100-184 courses) Students may count toward graduation no more than one credit of KINS 110-184 courses. Students may count toward graduation no more than four credits earned in any single activity course and no more than 12 credits resulting from any combination of activity courses (excluding KINS 110-184 courses). 

Other Restricted Credits. For other University restrictions, see the following: Cooperative Education; Credit by Examination; Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Registration; Transfer of Credits. College or departmental restrictions may also be placed on Independent Study (399-499 courses), Directed Study (395-495), and other types of credits.

Total degree creditmaximum 12
Major, Standardmaximum 1 course
Major, Comprehensivemaximum 2 courses
Minormaximum 1 course
Credit by Examination
Total degree creditmaximum ¼ of total
Major or minormaximum ½ of total
Two-Year College Credits
Total degree creditmaximum 72 credits
Activity credit (band, chorus, drama, KINS 100-184)
Total KINS 100-184maximum 1 credit
Total Band, chorus, dramamaximum 12 credits
Single course band, chorus, dramamaximum 4 credits
Extension credits
UW-Systemno maximum
Other extension/correspondencemaximum ¼ of total
USAFImaximum 32 credits

Liberal Education Core

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire measures learning outcomes to ensure that its graduates have achieved a liberal education and prepared themselves to contribute to a complex society. Upon graduation, each undergraduate will have met the five learning goals of our liberal education core and the 12 learning outcomes they comprise. 

Knowledge Goal
Knowledge Outcome 1 (K1): Natural SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 2 (K2): Social SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 3 (K3): HumanitiesTwo (2) learning experiences
Knowledge Outcome 4 (K4): Fine ArtsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Goal
Skills Outcome 1 (S1): Written and Oral CommunicationTwo (2) learning experiences
Skills Outcome 2 (S2): MathematicsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Outcome 3 (S3): CreativityOne (1) learning experience
Responsibility Goal
Responsibility Outcome 1 (R1): Equity, Diversity, and InclusivityTwo (2) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 2 (R2): Global PerspectivesOne (1) learning experience
Responsibility Outcome 3 (R3): Civic and Environmental IssuesOne (1) learning experience
Integration Goal
Integration Outcome 1 (I1): IntegrationTwo (2) learning experiences
Service-Learning Goal
Service-Learning30 hours

 College Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree (B.A./B.S.)

University Graduation Requirements. All candidates for degrees must fulfill the requirements for credits, curriculum, GPA, and University residency as specified in the section of this catalog titled University Graduation Requirements.

College Graduation Requirements: Grade Point Averages. All candidates for degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences must earn minimum resident and total GPAs of 2.00 in the major, the minor, and the certificate. The resident and total GPAs for the major are computed using all attempted credits applicable to the major including those offered by departments other than the major department. The resident and total GPAs for the minor and the certificate are computed similarly.

Major-Minor and Major-Certificate Requirements. A standard major (a minimum of 36 credits) must be supplemented by a minor (a minimum of 24 credits) or by a certificate (12 to 18 credits) to meet graduation requirements for completing a first and second degree program. No minor or certificate is required with a Comprehensive Major (60 or more credits) or with two majors of 36 or more credits each.

Certain degree programs, which include Comprehensive Majors, may require more than the minimum of 120 credits for graduation.

Acceptable academic program combinations are determined at the college level. A major and a minor or a major and certificate or two majors (if available) may not be elected in the same department or program, except in the approved combinations listed here.

College Credits. Earn at least 90 credits in courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in the College of Arts and Sciences (B.A.)

Fulfillment of all University Graduation Requirements (which includes the Liberal Education Core); all College-level degree requirements (major and minor/certificate emphases, GPAs, earning at least 90 credits in Arts and Sciences course work); foreign language competency at the 102 level.  Foreign language competency may be met in one of two ways:  (1) Achieve a score on the foreign language placement test that qualifies the student to enter the 201-level course in a foreign language.  (2) Earn a grade of at least C (not C-) or a mark of S in a 102-level foreign language course (or AIS 112 or AIS 122 / LANG 122 or CSD 103).

Bachelor of Science Degree in the College of Arts and Sciences (B.S.)

Fulfillment of all University Graduation Requirements (which includes the Liberal Education Core); all College-level degree requirements (major and minor/certificate emphases, GPAs, earning at least 90 credits in Arts and Sciences course work); mathematics competency at the MATH 111, MATH 112 or MATH 113 level.  Mathematics competency can be met in one of three ways:  (1) Achieve a score on the mathematics placement test that qualifies the student to enter MATH 114.  (2) Earn a grade of at least C (not C-) or a mark of S in MATH 111, MATH 112, or MATH 113.  (3) Achieve a satisfactory score on the MATH 112 competency test.  This test may be attempted no more than two times.

 Major Requirements

Liberal Arts (Code 140-009)

Transnational Geographies 

The Transnational Geographies Emphasis provides an opportunity for students interested in graduate work or employment in the areas of civic governance and policies, transnational work in the public or private sectors, and non-profit developmental organizations. It is intended for students who are interested in cultural difference, social justice, ethnographic field research, work or study abroad, or for those who desire strong preparation for graduate programs in human/cultural geography or anthropology. Requires completion of the core courses, the required credits, and departmental and non-departmental electives as listed below to total at least 60 credits. 

A minimum of 60 semester credits, including completion of the following:

Geography Major Core Requirements
GEOG 104The Physical Environment4
GEOG 111Human Geography3
GEOG 178Conservation of the Environment3
GEOG 200Foundations of Geography3
GEOG 335Geographic Information Systems I3
GEOG 370Quantitative Methods in Geography3
GEOG 401Capstone Seminar3
Five additional courses selected from three of five Advanced Geography Approaches 1
In addition to the core requirements for the geography major, students in the Transnational Geographies Emphasis must take:
One of the following GEOG/ANTH courses that will count toward the geography elective:3
Space, Society, Subject
Culture and Transnational Dynamics
WGSS 335Transnational Feminism3
Three courses from the following two categories, and at least one from each:
Category I - Approach and Perspective3-6
Indigenous Theory and Methodologies
Topics in World/Postcolonial Literature
Social Foundations: Human Relations
Imperialism Since 1800
Category II - Thematic Content3-6
Contemporary American Indian Communities
Experiences of Minoritized Groups in U.S. Economy
Economic Development of Latin America
Women and Economic Development
Introduction to World/Postcolonial Literature
Introduction to American Indian Literatures
Survey of World/Postcolonial Literature
The American Indian in Literature and Film
Survey of American Ethnic Literature
American Indian Autobiography
Major Works in American Indian Literature
Topics in American Ethnic Literature
Latin American Literature in Translation
Foreign Film as Cultural Expression
American Indian History
Wisconsin Indian History
Latin America Since Independence
Gender, Sex, and Science in European History
Origins of Current World Conflicts
Studies in the History of Race in the U.S.
Studies in the History of European and Mediterranean Worlds
Studies in Comparative, Transnational and Pacific World History
History and Memory in Europe
Twentieth Century Europe, 1900 to Present
African American Civil Rights Movement, 1914-Present
Civil Rights and American Memory
Modern France
Modern Germany
Twentieth Century Russia
World War I and II Military
Comparative Genocide
Modern Africa
The Vietnam War
History of China
History of Japan
Local History, Global History
Race and Racism in the USA
Politics of Latin America
Latin American Civilization
Latin American Civilization: Regional Focus
Introduction to U.S. Latino History and Culture
Global Traditions in Music
Political Violence
Arab-Israeli Conflict
Gender and Politics in Global Perspective
Buddhism: Past and Present
Tibetan Buddhism
Chinese and Japanese Religions
Indigenous Religions of the Americas
Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
Society in Contemporary China
Women in African Literature
Women and World Religions
African-American Feminism in the Humanities
Geography electives to complete 60 credits

Advanced Geography Approaches

Five courses from at least three advanced approaches are required for major programs. Four courses from at least three advanced approaches are required for minor programs. 

Physical Geography

GEOG 304Introduction to Geomorphology4
GEOG 340Climatology3
GEOG 345Quaternary Environments3
GEOG 350Soils and the Environment4
GEOG 355Biogeography3
GEOG 363Watershed Analysis4
GEOG 364Fluvial Processes and Landforms4

Human-Environmental Geography

GEOG 270Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning3
GEOG 341Weather and Society3
GEOG 361Environmental Hazards3
GEOG 365Tourism Geographies3
GEOG 375Environmental Quality3
GEOG 377U.S. Environmental and Sustainability Policy3
GEOG 378International Environmental Problems and Policy3
GEOG 388Military Geography3
GEOG 445Historical Geography3

Human Geography

GEOG 155Economic Geography3
GEOG 188Cultural Landscapes of North America3
GEOG 312Space, Society, Subject3
GEOG 313Culture and Transnational Dynamics3
GEOG 322Native Geographies3
GEOG 352Business Geographics3
GEOG 366Geography International Immersion Experience1-3
GEOG 367Landscape Analysis: Cultural3
GEOG 369Geography of Food3
GEOG 446Political Geography3
GEOG 470Urban Geography3

Geography Techniques

GEOG 280Cartographic Design3
GEOG 335Geographic Information Systems I 13
GEOG 336Geospatial Field Methods3
GEOG 337Geographic Information Systems II3
GEOG 338Remote Sensing of the Environment3
GEOG 339Computer Mapping3
GEOG 358LiDAR Analysis & Applications3
GEOG 370Quantitative Methods in Geography 13
GEOG 390Geospatial Applications of UAS3
GEOG 435Geographic Information Systems III3
GEOG 438Remote Sensing Data Analytics3
GEOG 455Web Geographic Information Systems3

Regional Geography

GEOG 301Geography of Western Europe3
GEOG 308Geography of Russia and Eastern Europe3
GEOG 319Geography of the Middle East and North Africa3
GEOG 321Geography of Latin America3
GEOG 325Geography of the United States and Canada3
GEOG 379Geography of Wisconsin3

Other Geography Courses

The following courses can be applied to any of the five approaches with consent of the advisor:
GEOG 368Geography Field Seminar 13
GEOG 395Directed Studies1-3
GEOG 399Independent Study - Juniors1-3
GEOG 491Advanced Special Topics1-3
GEOG 498Geography Internship1-3
GEOG 499Independent Study - Seniors1-3