Online General Education Classes

UW-Stout's 100% online general education courses will help you stay on track!
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UW-Stout's transferable general education courses provide you with the flexibility to study from anywhere and at any time. You can fulfill general education requirements and transfer those credits to complete a UW-Stout online bachelor's degree or on-campus degree program. Contact the college or university you plan to attend and confirm that our online general education courses can be transferred to their degree programs.

At UW-Stout, nearly 2,000 students are enrolled in online or distance education programs. Our Customized Instruction (CI) courses, certificates and certifications and degree programs are designed with the non-traditional student in mind. 

We offer a variety of general education subjects during the academic school year. Course materials are available 24/7 on Canvas our online learning environment. In Canvas, you'll find course materials, participate in course discussions, take tests and quizzes, post assignments, and connect with your professors and classmates.

Use Request Information form to connect with our online support staff and learn more about available courses and general education resources.

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Tuition & Fees

Customized Instruction at UW Stout can be described as programs that are designed with the non-traditional student in mind. If you're comparing UW-Stout's online customized instruction (CI) tuition to our competitors, keep in mind:

  • $353 per undergraduate credit — customized instruction tuition rate includes the textbook rental fee.
  • There are no additional university-based semester or technology fees.
  • Students in customized instruction programs pay the same rate of tuition regardless of whether they are Wisconsin residents, out-of-state or international participants.

Value for your Money

There’s more to value than just tuition. UW Stout also provides:

  • Student Services adviser – one point of contact, providing support to online students
  • Course sequences and matrices – know what courses are offered when so you can plan ahead.
  • Courses and programs may be stackable for use in another program.
  • Courses are flexible and convenient for working professionals.

Other universities will present costs and value differently - make sure you're comparing apples to apples.

University Requirements

UW-Stout prepares students to graduate with broad, important understandings of daily life in a global societyThus, there are three university requirements to be fulfilled prior to graduation:

  1. Racial and ethnic studies (RES)
  2. Global perspectives (GLP)
  3. General education (GE, divided into categories and areas)

Within the general education requirement, a single course cannot be used by students to fulfill multiple categories; however, a single course might be eligible for more than one category. For example, CHEM-110 is approved as both Natural Science and Cross-disciplinary Issues, but CHEM-110 will meet just one category in the student’s program.


University Requirements Course Descriptions

A list of University Requirements: General Education, Racial and Ethnic Studies, and Global Perspective course descriptions can be view in the University Bulletin.


Note: Some courses fulfill requirements in all three areas. An example of a single course that fulfills GE, RES, and GLP requirements is ANTH-320. Students who select courses that count for more than one requirement (GE, RES and GLP) reduce the total number of courses they take to fulfill the above university requirements.