UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Glossary of Terms

major: a subject or field of study chosen by a student to represent his or her principal interest and upon which a large share of his or her efforts are concentrated

minor: a subject or a course of study pursued by a student, especially a candidate for a degree, subordinately or supplementary to a major or principal subject or course

option: something that may be or is chosen; choice. A major may offer more than one option or choice that provides focus in a particular area.

certificate: a document attesting to the fact that a person has completed an educational course

interdisciplinary: combining or involving two or more academic disciplines or fields of study

pre-professional: preparatory to the practice of a profession or to its specialized field of study

university: an institution of learning of the highest level, having a college of liberal arts and a program of graduate studies together with several professional schools, as of agriculture, business, and education, and authorized to confer both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

college: a constituent unit of a university, furnishing courses of instruction in the liberal arts and sciences, usually leading to a bachelor's degree.

general education: general education is a series of courses required in all majors 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.

  • CW Communication - Reading and Writing
  • CS Communication - Speaking and Listening
  • CA Advanced Communication
  • SB Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • HF Humanities and Fine Arts
  • M Mathematics
  • SL Scientific Investigation
  • S Sciences
  • MD Multidisciplinary Inquiry
  • HW Personal Health and Wellness
  • EC Ethical Citizenship

university requirements: two university requirements, American Cultural Diversity (ACD) and Global Perspectives (GP), need to be completed in any degree program and are not General Education requirements.

Registrar's Office
105 North Hall

Phone: 715-425-3342
Fax: 715-425-3352
e-mail: registrar@uwrf.edu