The Heart of a Great University

The College of Letters & Science is the liberal arts college, home to the humanities, the natural, physical and biological sciences, and the social sciences. UW’s “fearless sifting and winnowing” philosophy was born right here. GO BIG. GO BOLD. GO L&S.

“Our philosophy led us to meet people from all over the state and to share their stories.”

“The main thing [in research] is putting things together.”

"Creating art and media with a social justice element is essential to life for me. Just as essential as eating or breathing."

"You can't be a doctor and just do science. You have to be a people-person. That's what my liberal arts education helps with."

Find Your Path

Latest from L&S

Celebrating Great Teachers: L&S Faculty win nine of twelve UW-Madison Distinguished Teaching Awards

Twelve faculty members have been chosen to receive this year’s Distinguished Teaching Awards, an honor given out since 1953 to recognize the university’s finest educators. Nine of those faculty members teach in the College of Letters & Science. 

Read More »

Women in the UW-Madison math department find strength in numbers

More female mathematicians teach, mentor and conduct research at UW-Madison than at nearly any other major math department in the country. They’re not only helping to change the face of math here and now, but making it easier for the next generations of women to pursue the path.

Read More »

Japanese literature course leads to the ultimate field trip for UW students

Adam L. Kern, a professor of Japanese literature and visual culture, was chosen for an extensive profile on a popular prime-time television program in Japan. The show’s producers wanted Kern to pick four students to accompany him on a free, week-long trip to Japan.

The producers told Kern he could pick only undergraduates who had never been to Japan and who spoke little or no Japanese. Kern selected four students - "total newbies" - for the field trip of a lifetime.

Read More »

Big Apple Badgers: Gabriel Stulman

L&S graduate Gabriel Stulman ('03, History and Political Science) is the celebrated owner of five successful restaurants in New York City's West Village. From cook to waiter to bartender to owner, he has done it all in a notably demanding industry.

Support L&S

An L&S education is not only broad, but deep, allowing our graduates to make a good living and live a good life.  The support and dedication of our alumni and friends is critical to our mission.