The College of Letters & Science is home to the humanities, the natural, physical and biological sciences, and the social sciences at UW-Madison. UW’s “fearless sifting and winnowing” philosophy was born right here.

“People with different backgrounds and experiences bring fresh perspectives to the table in terms of problem-solving and innovation.”

“Do a lot — whether you know you want to do a lot, or you don’t know.”

“Take a few courses out of your comfort zone. Even just one class, you never know where it might lead.” 

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

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Humanities for All highlights Great World Texts

Great World Texts in Wisconsin is a yearlong program at the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities that brings contemporary and historical literature from around the world to life in Wisconsin high schools.

“Great works of literature are for everybody and we believe, I believe, and the program demonstrates, that that diversity is precisely what literature is good for,” Center director Sara Guyer tells Humanities for All, part of the National Humanities Alliance. 

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What can you do with your liberal arts major?

The answer: anything. SuccessWorks is our brand-new, state-of-the-art career center, just for L&S students.

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Researching our origins

The eye needs light to see. Telescopes need darkness to see distant light in the universe. The Southern African Large Telescope, (SALT) is like a giant eye in located in a remote area of South African, where it gathers data on astronomical objects visible only from the Southern Hemisphere.