All undergraduate students must complete General Education Program requirements comprising slightly fewer than one-third of the total credits needed to earn a degree. The General Education Program is designed to develop essential academic skills, to acquaint students with their cultural heritage, and to provide them with a broad base of liberal studies in the humanities, mathematics, and in the social and physical sciences. This program will serve as a foundation for study in a major. Further, it will develop breadth of knowledge and will cultivate the critical judgment necessary for mature and responsible lives in work, in leisure and as citizens of the nation and the world.
Select Mission of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls
The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents has approved mission statements for the University of Wisconsin System and for the several kinds of degree-granting institutions within the System. The System Mission Statement and the Core Mission of the University Cluster (predominantly four-year campuses) are included below. The Select Mission Statement for the University of Wisconsin -River Falls follows:
The University of Wisconsin System Mission
Each institution of the University of Wisconsin System shares in the mission of the system.
The mission of this system is to develop human resources, to discover and disseminate knowledge, to extend knowledge and its application beyond the boundaries of its campuses, and to serve and stimulate society by developing in students heightened intellectual, cultural, and humane sensitivities; scientific, professional, and technological expertise; and a sense of value and purpose. Inherent in this mission are methods of instruction, research, extended education, and public service designed to educate people and improve the human condition. Basic to every purpose of the system is the search for truth.
The Core Mission of the University Cluster
As institutions in the University Cluster of the University of Wisconsin System, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, the University of Wisconsin- Stout, the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater share the following core mission. Within the approved differentiation stated in their select missions, each university in the cluster shall: