General Education Program:

Communication in the Major

UW-Stevens Point's new General Education Program (GEP) includes a "Communication in the Major" requirement.

Communication in the Major courses provide students with systematic opportunities to develop oral and written communication skills in the context of their chosen fields, beginning the process of learning to communicate effectively in discipline-specific formats and styles.

Upon completing this requirement, students will be able to:

  • Apply discipline-specific standards of oral and written communication to compose an articulate, grammatically correct, and organized presentation/piece of writing with properly documented and supported ideas, evidence, and information suitable to the topic, purpose, and audience.
  • Critique their own and others’ writing/oral presentations to provide effective and useful feedback to improve their communication.

Instructors who offer Communication in the Major courses are required to complete a series of workshops that focus on Written Communication (offered by Bill Lawlor, English) and Oral Communication (offered by Cade Spaulding, Communication).

These workshops provide instructors with a suite of techniques and strategies to reinforce common elements of successful communication. The new Communication in the Major requirement builds on our existing Writing Emphasis (WE) training by including additional focus on Oral Communication.


Workshop Details:

Those Who Are Already WE Certified:

If you already have Writing Emphasis certification, then all that you have to do is attend any one of the Oral Communication workshops. Please visit the Oral Communication workshop page to learn more and to register for an upcoming workshop.


Those Who Are NOT Already WE Certified:

If you have not completed WE certification, you will need to complete both the Written Communication trainings and any one of the Oral Communication trainings.


To register for the Spring 2014 Written Communication workshops, please contact Bill Lawlor ( More information can be found on the Written Communication workshop page.


To complete your Communication in the Major training, you will need to attend any one of the upcoming Oral Communication workshops. For more information and registration, please visit the Oral Communication workshop page.


If you have any general questions about the Communication in the Major training sessions, please feel free to contact: James Sage at 715-346-4625 or