“Through literature, I can ask and explore larger questions, such as what it means to be a woman of color, or the roles culture and family play in identity.”
"There is this stereotype that you have to come to college with a degree in mind and a career track to follow. Well, I am pure proof that this is not true."
"The type of learning a liberal education instills is not one that ends after some phase, but is a desire for a continuous acquisition of knowledge that often adds, challenges or confirms prior beliefs."
Military historian John Hall to serve Joint Chiefs of Staff
A dedication to both scholarship and service has defined the career of John Hall, the Ambrose-Hesseltine Associate Professor of U.S. Military History in the UW-Madison Department of History. A new appointment as a historian for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Department of Defense will allow him to continue the dual pursuits.Read More »
L&S draws students from all 72 counties in the state. Below, meet a few Wisconsin students using a strong liberal arts education as the foundation for their futures.
Dahlia Tesfamichael, Greenfield, WI
After turning down Harvard to attend UW-Madison, Dahlia spent her first year on campus studying chemistry and Spanish and participating on the speech and debate team. “I’m excited to see where my experience at Madison and where my education at Madison can take me,” she says. “Because I have absolute faith that it will take me so far, to so many places.”
Sam Gee, Madison, WI
When choosing a college, Sam considered smaller liberal arts schools but worried they wouldn’t offer enough access to research. UW-Madison’s Honors Program became an ideal fit because it’s let him take smaller classes, conduct his own research and work closely with faculty, particularly in the history department. “It really opened up worlds for me,” he says. “I like the way of looking at history through big ideas, and big ideas through history.”
Jerry Xiong, Milwaukee, WI
For this economics major, a highlight of campus is the welcoming atmosphere of the Center for Academic Excellence, a 50-year-old program that supports historically underrepresented students. “I would be in the CAE space almost every day,” Jerry says. “CAE has provided me a support system of reliable staff that can help me with job opportunities, internships, advising — almost anything.”
Jessie Howard, Franklin, WI
The end of her freshman year saw Jessie was debating her path. Recognizing that she likes speaking with people — even in a foreign language — she decided to major in German and take pre-physical therapy courses. “It is totally possible to major in the liberal arts and still go to grad school in the sciences, and that’s exactly what I intend to do,” she says.
Michael Bellart, Muskego, WI
His first year at UW-Madison, the history and political science major enrolled in a first-year interest group, or FIG, focused on Jerusalem. Michael enjoyed finding connections in past and current events. “It was awesome to talk about Christianity’s historical interactions with both Islam and Judaism,” he says.
Cesar Martinez, Appleton, WI
Through the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program, Cesar studied vesicle trafficking, investigated the impact of stroke and probed the epigenetic role of a protein. While different in focus, these lab experiences helped him recognize that he enjoys culling different perspectives — an important realization as he plans a career in health care.
Katherine Piel, Wauwatosa, WI
With a desire to learn how to present herself and her skills to potential employers, Katherine enrolled in Taking Initiative, the signature career-prep course of the L&S Career Initiative. “My common threads were leadership, communication and service,” says the communication arts and environmental studies major.
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