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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.

I feel like I’m ready to be here on this campus. I feel like my contribution, big or small, is going to be here.

If I could give freshmen one piece of advice I'd tell them that while academics are certainly important, you're here for an education in life as well.

If I had not given myself a few semesters to explore all my interests and passions, I never would have discovered what I now know is the perfect major for me.

I have never considered my scholarly pursuits to be divorced from a commitment to the public good.

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UW-Madison awarded $12.5 million to study astrophysical plasma here on earth

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $12.5 million to the University of Wisconsin–Madison to develop an integrated facility that will expand the frontier of astrophysical plasma research. Combining and extending two existing projects, the Big Red Plasma Ball and the Madison Symmetric Torus, the new Wisconsin Plasma Physics Laboratory, or WiPPL, will research fundamental properties of plasma in order to better understand our universe, where the hot gas is abundant.

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Professor Barry Burden in The Washington Post: Everything you need to know about the Supreme Court's big gerrymandering case

On Tuesday, October 3, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a major new case about partisan gerrymandering. The case began just days after the Nov. 8 election, when a federal court struck down a Republican-drawn legislative map in Wisconsin for being too partisan. 

One of the key decisions the court must make is whether it’s even possible to identify an extreme partisan gerrymander. The answer of the many political scientists who have weighed in is: “Yes.”

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A turning point: Six stories from the 1967 Dow Chemical protests at UW-Madison

On Oct. 18, 1967, a sit-in against the Dow Chemical Company erupted into violence as Madison police officers in riot gear forcibly removed antiwar demonstrators from the Commerce Building, now known as Ingraham Hall. Thousands became caught up in the ensuing melee, some as active participants, others as spectators and bystanders.

Fifty years later, UW-Madison asked six alumni to reflect on how the Dow protests altered their lives. 

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Why choose Letters & Science?

Top 10 Reasons to Choose L&S


Learn  to “sift and winnow” — develop the intellectual courage to seek answers and pose new questions.

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Meet amazing people — from your classmates to your TAs to your professors. L&S is home to many of the deepest thinkers on campus.

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Develop a deep respect for knowledge and discovery as well as a desire to continue learning for a lifetime.

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Join the college of “imagination, expression and discovery” — the biggest college on campus and the heart of this great university.

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Be a better scientist.

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Dive deep into the humanities — it pays off.

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Look good to employers.

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Nurture your own creativity, and value that in others, in order to find solutions to complex problems, navigate a rapidly changing world, and appreciate the richness of life.

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Share your ideas in clear, coherent language, in writing and in person.

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Tap into an amazing network of successful UW-Madison L&S alumni who, like you, chose the liberal arts and have never regretted it!

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Treinen Farm Corn Maze - A Trilobite!

The idea for this year's Treinen Farm Corn Maze came from the University of Wisconsin–Madison Geology Museum. Visitors will navigate their way through a giant trilobite, Wisconsin’s state fossil, as part of a "Cabinet of Curiosities" offering bits of Wisconsin’s natural history.

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