Academics

When you enroll in the UWM College of General Studies, you’ll begin working toward an Associate of Arts and Sciences (AAS) degree, which recognizes the completion of a two-year liberal arts program. This two-year degree serves as a strong foundation for any student who wishes to go on to complete a four-year bachelor’s degree at UW-Milwaukee’s main campus or at another UW System campus.

One benefit of the AAS program is that it allows you to explore courses related to your interests or intended major while completing the general education classes required for most bachelor’s degrees. Many universities consider students with an AAS degree to have satisfied their general education requirements.

We offer both in-person and online courses that align with your passions and goals, so whether you’re a new freshman or a returning adult, you’ll find courses that work with your busy schedule.

Start planning your future by checking out the schedule of classes offered at our Waukesha and Washington County campuses. Or explore the whole UWM catalog.

Nontraditional students who are interested in strengthening their professional skill sets or exploring their passions are invited to visit Continuing Education for information about professional development, personal enrichment and youth classes and programs.

Metamajors

Choosing a major is a big decision that can help determine your future. At UWM, you don’t have to make that decision alone. Our Academic Advisors specialize in working with undecided students by helping you explore your options and guiding you to a successful declaration of major late in your first year or early in your second year. They’ll also make sure that the classes you take while deciding on a major count toward your degree.

Metamajor Options

Arts, Design, & Innovation

Are you interested in the creative process? Do you want to revolutionize or invent new ways of seeing and interacting with the world? Do you enjoy creative problem solving, design, and having creative control of your work? Majors in the Arts, Design, & Innovation pathway study and make art and design projects that explore and meet the challenges facing us in the 21st century. This field of study is a great fit for students who like to think, create, and make.

Career Outcomes

Majors in this pathway typically lead to careers in traditional arts settings; social media and multi-media; entertainment; and in the expression of ideas and information for government, business, and other organizations.

Business, Industry, & Applied Technology

Are you a self-starter? Do you enjoy leading others? Students in this pathway explore the many facets of business, including marketing and promotion, supply chain and operations management, accounting, finance, actuarial science, information technology, human resources, and economics. If you want to learn the skills necessary to launch a successful career in business, industry, and technology, then consider exploring majors in this pathway.

Career Outcomes

Majors typically lead to careers supporting operations, promotion, administration, finance, and information/technology in business, local or global education, government, and non-profit organizations.

Engineering & Natural Science

Have you always been strong in math and science? Do you enjoy solving problems and puzzles? Are you technologically talented? This pathway is best for students with a strong interest in math and science who would like to learn how to apply those skills to a future in engineering, science, or technology. The strong analytical skills developed by majors in this pathway are highly sought after by employers.

Career Outcomes

Majors in this pathway typically lead to careers supporting exploration, business, and development in science, research, engineering, manufacturing, or technology.

Health

Students pursuing health careers often begin their story by saying they’d like to help people. UWM’s Health metamajor allows a student to explore the “how.” Students must be ready to make the sciences an integral part of their introductory studies as they explore the hundreds of roles available as health and wellness professionals. Students are grounded in the biological, physical, and social sciences, which are stepping stones to applications in health, healthcare, and wellness.

Career Outcomes

Majors in this pathway lead to careers in healthcare or health education; research and development; business/administrative support; management; or direct patient care.

Humanities & Communication

Do you love studying languages, culture, and history? Do you enjoy analyzing literature, film, and art? As our world becomes ever more global and interconnected, we will need professionals to facilitate cross-cultural communication. Students who want to learn more about people and culture should consider majors in the Humanities and Communication pathway.

Career Outcomes

Majors in this pathway typically lead to careers providing global/cultural perspectives, communication, media, language, diversity, writing, critical thinking and/or leadership support in government, education, non-profit, or business organizations.

Social & Behavioral Sciences

Do you find social issues interesting? Are you curious about why people think and behave and make decisions in the ways they do? Are you interested in other cultures and societies? Students who are interested in learning more about people, society, and relationships should explore majors included in the Social & Behavioral Sciences pathway.

Career Outcomes

Social science majors develop a diverse set of skills that are applicable in a wide range of careers. Besides the knowledge gained in a particular major, these skills include strong oral and written communication, quantitative and qualitative reasoning, teamwork, organizational, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Majors can lead to careers in government, business, education, social service fields, non-profit organizations, scientific careers, media, criminal justice, and law, among many others.

Transferring to a Four-Year College

Some of our students take the valuable two-year degree they receive at either of the two-year campuses and transfer to a four-year institution to earn a bachelor’s degree. Typically, our students transfer to UW-Milwaukee or another UW System school. If you decide to declare a major and transfer to a four-year university, your academic advisor can walk you through the process for a seamless transition to the next chapter of your academic career.

If transferring to a four-year college is in your plans, reach out to your academic advisor to learn more and get information that fits your specific goals.