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This section provides an overview of academics in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), including degrees, major and minor programs of study, and other learning opportunities available to students.

Degree Program Basics

Components of the Baccalaureate Degree

Composed of both liberal education and specialized study, the UW-Eau Claire baccalaureate degree provides students with the knowledge and abilities needed for lifelong learning.  Liberal education helps prepare students for an increasingly complex, diverse, and changing world by emphasizing knowledge of human cultures and the natural world, intellectual and practical skills, individual and social responsibility and integrated learning (Association of American Colleges and Universities).  Specialized study in the CAS is available in the arts, communications, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences in a wide variety of major and minor programs.  University requirements form the basis of all programs, but graduation requirements vary some depending on the degree sought and program of study (see University Catalogs for specific requirements).

Academic Goals of the Baccalaureate Degree

We expect that UW-Eau Claire graduates will have achieved the following academic goals:

  • Knowledge of Human Culture and the Natural World
  • Creative and Critical Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Individual and Social Responsibility
  • Respect for Diversity among People
  • Integrative Learning
Degree Options in the College of Arts and Sciences

The CAS offers undergraduate programs leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Liberal Studies, Bachelor of Professional Studies, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Public Health. For some students, the Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree may be appropriate, as it certifies that a student has satisfactorily completed one-half of the number of credits for a baccalaureate program and met certain requirements (see University Catalogs).  The College also offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Arts in English, and Master of Arts in History.