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Welcome to the onlineOrientation tutorial!

We are John and Jenna, your virtual Orientation Assistants. When you come to Orientation this summer, youll have a real student to guide you through the process of registering for classes. But before that, wed like to explain some things thatll make your Orientation day go more smoothly.

Online Orientation TutorialFirst, we are going to look at the anatomy of a degree--- what your whole degree will look like. Then well break it down into smaller pieces to make it easier to understand.Remember, not all degrees are alike. While you can do some preparation ahead of time, youll have to talk with your adviser about specific courses required for your major.

Requirements are designed to fulfill the Liberal Education goals established forUW-Eau Claire students:

Knowledge of human cultures and the natural worldCreative and critical thinkingEffective communicationIndividual and social responsibilityRespect for diversity among peopleIntegrative Learning

Your Degree = 120 CreditsGeneral Education:GE I CommunicationGE II Natural ScienceGE III Social ScienceGE IV HumanitiesGE V University WideStandard Major (36 credits) and a Minor (24 credits)ORComprehensive Major 60 credits

University Requirements: English MathForeign Language or Foreign Culture Cultural Diversity Service Learning WellnessElectives4All of this can seem a bit overwhelming, so lets break it down a bit.

In your first year youll be taking many General Education courses and other university wide requirements, so lets start there.

University requirements, including General Education, provide a common set of requirements that all undergraduates must fulfill, regardless of their major.

....but General Education is so much more than extra classes: An educated person--- which is what we know you want to be-- must know how to do research, know how to speak and write coherently and have skills working with and leading other people. We really believe that our General Education courses have helped us develop these skills and given us a better understanding of people and our environment. They will encourage you to engage in life-long learning and public service. They will provide an introduction to different disciplines. They will build a broad framework to understand courses in your major.

Really, my G.E. courses did all thisand Im still taking more!

We have to admit, the way UW-Eau Claires requirements are laid out can be a bit confusing, because in addition to General Education requirements, we have other requirements that complement G.E. :

English Competency Math competency Foreign Language/foreign culture Cultural diversity Wellness

They all work together to make you a well-rounded person who is ready to become a productive citizen.

Now on to the specifics---lets take a look at university requirements first (but remember, requirements vary by major and degree).

First, English competency:

Students need to earn a C in a college level English composition course. Most students will take English 110, Introduction to College Writing, a 5 credit course.

About half the freshmen take it their first semester and the other half take it their second semester.Everyone needs to know how to write effectively--- and if you are anything like me, you may need some help learning how to do research papers at the college level.

Math CompetencyEveryone needs to show they can use numbers effectively---and believe me in this complicated world, well need to be mathematically literate. Important decisions well make about medical treatment, home buying, voting, etc., will depend on our math skills. This requirement (like many others) depends on your major and the type of degree you want to complete.

The math course you begin with depends on your placement test--- so it is best to wait until Orientation to speak with and advisor and decide which one to take.

Cultural DiversityEveryone is required to include the equivalent of three credit hours of courses that study African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, or Southeast Asian Americans. An educated person should be aware of and appreciate the wide range of cultural diversity that exists in the United States.

Anyone in the Career Services office will tell you that employers really want students who can work effectively with people from different backgrounds. When I came here, I didnt know too many people different than me, so taking these courses was a big help!

Foreign Language/Foreign CultureWe also believe that understanding the world outside of the U.S. is absolutely crucial to being an educated person and a productive citizen. All students are required to do one of the following:Complete the second semester of a foreign language or the third semester of American Sign Language with a C. (Can also test out by placement or CLEP) Earn 9 credits of foreign culture courses or 6 credits of foreign culture courses and one semester of a foreign language or American Sign LanguageComplete at least one semester of study abroad or an approved internship abroad.

This requirement is tricky and depends on your major --- so check with your adviser.John studied in Australia.

I learned sign language - that was fun!John studied in Australia.

I learned sign language - that was fun!Eau Claire students are really active--- 70% participated in high school sports. So you should know how important it is to continue taking care of yourself.WellnessEveryone is required to take one credit of wellness theory and one credit of activity courses (sometimes the activity and theory are offered as one course).

Service Learning

UW-Eau Claire is known for its commitment to serving our community and the world beyond Eau Claire. All students complete at least 30 hours of service that has a learning component.

There are all sorts of great ways to get involved.Check out the Service-Learning web-site.

For example--Jenna worked at the local Food Bank and I helped a non-profit set up their web-page.

Okay, weve covered University Requirements that took a while! Now were ready to discuss General Education (GE).

Your G.E. requirements vary depending on your degree. While everyone needs to meet the minimum requirement, sometimes you need to take more courses or need to take a specific course.

I think we said that already, just wanted to make sure youre reading carefully.

As you go through the next few slides you can link to a course catalogue that will give descriptions of courses freshmen can take in each category. Not all of them will be open when you come to Orientation, but they can give you a good sense of what types of courses are included in each category. You can use this worksheet to make a long list of courses that sound interesting and bring it to Orientation with you. You may not be able to take them your first semester, but theyll give you ideas for your second semester.


These are the General Education categories:GE I CommunicationGEIA Language SkillsGEIB Analytical Skills GE II Natural ScienceGE III Social ScienceGE IV HumanitiesGE V University Wide

Well go through themone by one.

GEGeneral Education Category I is Communications, also known as GE I.

Youre required to take a minimum of six credits from this category.

Within GE I there are three subcategories:GEIA Language skillsGEIB Analytical skillsGEIC- Interdisciplinary studies-communications

However, almost everyone takes their courses from GE IA and IB. So lets look at these subcategories in more detail..

Sub-category GEIA isLanguage skills; it includes: Communication and Journalism English Foreign languages Good writing and speaking skills are necessary for success in almost any field. Almost all Alumni wish they had taken more communication courses.See courses available

The second subcategory is GEIB - Analytical Skills,it includes: Computer Science, Mathematics Philosophy (logic) Students often take a math course to meet this requirement.

See courses availableQuantitative analysis and analytical thinking are crucial for us to understand the ordinary as well as the technical problems in life.I really like this quote--- Today, the race goes not just to the swift, but to the inventive, the resourceful, the curious. Natural Sciences help us understand the principles governing the physical universe. The second GE category isNatural Sciences - GE IIWe need to take 9-15 credits with at least one lab course from at least two of the following sub-categories (that means subjects) Biology Chemistry; Geography (physical); Geology; Physics Interdisciplinary Studies - Natural Sciences

See courses availableThe next GE category isSocial Sciences - GEIIIWe take 9- 12 credits from at least two of the following sub-categories: Anthropology, Economics, Geography (cultural), Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Interdisciplinary Studies - Social SciencesThroughout my life I hope to meet people from lots of different backgrounds. Courses in the social sciences help me understand and appreciate both individual differences and differences among groups of people. We can also learn how institutions can and do change.

See courses availableThe fourth GE category isHumanities - GE IVWe need to take 9 - 15 credits from at least two to fourof the following sub-categories: Fine Arts (Art, Art History, Music, Theatre Arts) Philosophy or Religious Studies (excluding logic)HistoryLiterature (English