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. Click on the following 2020-2021 Academic Year General Education Courses drop-down to see a full list of online general education courses for Fall 2020, Winterm 2021, and Spring 2021 terms.

2020-2021 Academic Year General Education Courses

2020-2021 Academic Year
General Education Online Courses

**This course schedule is tentative, pending enrollment.**

Communication Skills (COMSK)


Course #



Fall 2020

Winterm 2021

Spring 2021

COMST 100 Fundamentals of Speech 3 900C/910C   930C
ENGL 101 Composition 1 3 900C    
ENGL 102 Composition 2 3 900/901C   930/931C

Analytical Reasoning and Natural Science (ARNS)

Subject Course # Course Cr. Fall 2020 Winterm 2021 Spring 2021
BIO 101 Introductory Biology (NSLAB) 4     930C
BIO 111 Sci, Envir & Sustainab (CISS, GLP, NSLAB) 4 900C   930C
BIO 132 Human Biology (NSLAB) 4 900C    
CHEM 110 Chemistry in Our World (CISS & NSLAB) 4     930C
FN 123 Science of Food (GLP, NS) 2 900C    
MATH 118 Concepts of Mathematics (placement score of 2 or MATH 90) 4     930C
STAT 130 Elementary Statistics (moving to 3 credits fall 2020) 2 900/901C 930C 931/932C

Arts & Humanities (ARHU)

Subject Course # Course Cr. Fall 2020 Winterm 2021 Spring 2021
HIST 121 Modern US History (RES B & GLP) 3 900C/901C   930C
HIST 210 Modern World (GLP) 3   930C  
LIT 260 Modern American Literature (RES B) 3     930C
MUSIC 132 Music in our World (GLP) 3 900C 930C  
PHIL 205 Philosophy of Religion 3      
PHIL 220 Multicultural Philosophy (RES A & SRER) 3 900C   930C
PHIL 235 General Ethics (SRER) 3     930C
THEA 232 Theater In Our World (GLP) 3      

Social & Behavioral Sciences (SBSC)

Subject Course #   Cr. Fall 2020 Winterm 2021 Spring 2021
ANTH 220 Cultural Anthropology (RES B & GLP) 3      
ECON 210 Principles of Economics I (GLP) 3 900C    
POLS 210 American Government (RES B) 3 900C   930C
PSYC 110 General Psychology 3     930C
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology (GLP) 3 900C    
SOC 225 Social Problems (RES B & GLP) 3   930C  

Cross-Disciplinary Issues (CISS)

Subject Course # Course Cr. Fall 2020 Winterm 2021 Spring 2021
POLS 250 History of Race, Tech., and Policy (RES A) 3     930C
WGS 210 Intro Wmn & Gender Studies (RES A & GLP) 3 900C 930C  

Social Responsibility & Ethical Reasoning (SRER)

Subject Course # Course Cr. Fall 2020 Winterm 2021 Spring 2021
COMST 312 Intercultural Communication (RES A, GLP) 3 900C   930C/931C
SOC 291 Soc. of Health & Illness (RES A, GLP) 3 900C 930C  
Tuition & Fees

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.

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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Hidden Fields

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.