The World is Complex

Together, L&S students and professors examine it from every angle. UW’s “fearless sifting and winnowing” philosophy was born right here. GO BIG. GO BOLD. GO L&S.

I chose anthropology because I wanted to learn how to best listen to and interpret the world around me.

I really enjoy the analysis side of research. That’s what I want to apply to art.

For me, it’s a combination of nervous and excited, of being dropped into this new setting and starting over.

As a writer I want to influence how the world will change. I wish to sift and winnow the reality of our world and decipher it for others to understand.

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Winter 2017 commencement speakers began successful Hollywood partnership at UW-Madison

The speakers for this year's winter commencement ceremony, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, spin wild tales for a living. But the story of how they met on campus years ago couldn't be more ordinary - or have a happier ending, the two alums say.

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Research to relieve stress on police officers expands

The Madison Police Department teamed up with UW–Madison's Center for Healthy Minds for a pilot study exploring a mindfulness-based program with officers and is partnering again with the UW alongside UWPD and the Dane County Sheriff's Office to expand the research and understand ways to improve the well-being of law enforcement professionals

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Better health through the humanities

A new certificate teaches students historical, cultural and philosophical ways people intersect with health care and provides them a broader, more nuanced understanding of health.

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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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