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General Studies

Ashland*, New Richmond*, Rice Lake*, Superior*

Outreach Centers: Balsam Lake*, Hayward*, Ladysmith*

*Combination of Online, Your Choice, or On Site instruction. Select courses are available at the Outreach Centers. Please contact your local campus for specifics.


General Studies offers courses in communication, mathematics, science, social science, and behavioral science that provide the foundation for degree, certificate, and diploma programs at Northwood Tech 

Prepared Learned courses equip students with the skills necessary to master college-level curricula. Academic history, self-awareness, and/or length of time away from formal education steer students to these courses. Prepared Learner courses carry college credits and are eligible for financial aid.  

Academic Support offers individualized and group instruction in English, social studies, science, reading, mathematics, English Language Learning (ELL), civics, health, career exploration, and employability skills. Persons may attend classes to prepare for entry into specific Northwood Tech courses, to receive academic support with current program course materials, to prepare for employment, to increase knowledge of oral and written communication, and to fulfill personal goals. GED/HSED preparation and testing services are also available.  

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Northwood Tech is collaborating with UW-Superior to offer you a full slate of Liberal Arts and General Studies courses. The combination of Northwood Tech General Studies courses and UW-Superior courses enable a Northwood Tech student to work toward a full University Transfer Degree-Associate to Bachelor's/Arts or University Transfer Degree-Associate to Bachelor's/Science, while still living, working and going to school near home.

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General Studies courses are available at the Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake and Superior campuses. 

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Start Here, Transfer into a Program

Whether you're on a waiting list for a program or you're not ready to commit to a program, you can always start with completing General Studies courses. 

Multiple Course Start Dates

You can begin taking classes in the fall, summer or spring.


General Studies offers courses in communication, mathematics, science, social science, and behavioral science that provide the foundation for degree, certificate, and diploma programs at Northwood Tech. 

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Featured General Studies Courses

| 3 CR
Focuses on developing effective listening techniques and verbal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentation, group activity, and other projects. The study of self, conflict, and cultural contexts will be explored, as well as their impact on communication.
| 3 CR
Introduces students to the basic concepts of sociology: culture, socialization, social stratification, multi-culturalism, and the five institutions, including family, government, economics, religion, and education. Other topics include demography, deviance, technology, environment, social issues, social change, social organization, and workplace issues. Students will complete a global awareness project. NOTE: This course is recognized for general education transfer as part of the University of Wisconsin (UW) System/Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Universal Credit Transfer Agreement (UCTA).
| 4 CR
This is an introductory course that emphasizes the structure of the human body and the functional interrelationships of the body's systems. Consideration is given to the human body and disease, human genetics, human ecology, and the role that humans play in the environment. The course consists of 3 hours of lecture and 2 hours of lab per week. Note: This course does not meet requirements for or substitute for General Anatomy and Physiology or Anatomy & Physiology I and II.

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Transfer Options

Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Choose a campus to view contact information, or for general assistance, please contact us.

Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Tia Dietz

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Rachel Lee

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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