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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Training to serve Wisconsin families

The School of Social Work’s Public Welfare Training Program prepares students to join the ranks of professionals who assist and advocate for children and families throughout the state. Master's degree students Lexi Mueller, Katarina Liptrot-Ploch and Katie Taber share what they have learned as participants the program. 

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How Martin Luther went viral

On the 500th anniversary of the 95 Theses, Professor of German Sabine Moedersheim’s 300-level German class are exploring Luther’s methods, motivations and the turbulent times in which he took action.

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Biocore: Probing the 'why' of science

For 50 years, the Biocore program has taught students to think like scientists, work collaboratively and question everything. The program instills in students the abilities to communicate scientifically, work collaboratively, value research and the process of science and understand the integrative nature of biology. Since 1967, the four-semester, 18-credit program has prepared roughly 7,500 undergraduates for futures in science and far beyond. And for the past 20 years, the experience has started in the prairie.

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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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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 "Wisconsin cabinet of curiosities" offering bits of Wisconsin’s natural history.

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