Because You Matter

It’s not just about what you learn. It’s about who you become. There is no “typical” L&S student. Intellectual curiosity — about the world, about yourself — is all you need.

Top 10 Reasons to choose Letters & Science


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

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Top 10 Reasons to choose Letters & Science


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

Top 10 Reasons to choose Letters & Science


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

Top 10 Reasons to choose Letters & Science


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

Top 10 Reasons to choose Letters & Science


Dive deep into the humanities — it pays off. 

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Top 10 Reasons to choose Letters & Science


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.

Top 10 Reasons to choose Letters & Science


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

Top 10 Reasons to choose Letters & Science


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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Because L&S is broad and deep

Humanities, natural & physical sciences, mathematics, social sciences. Where else can you develop balanced knowledge over a variety of disciplines? L&S requirements make you a well-rounded global citizen, prepared to lead and succeed in life and work. 

Our students come in full of questions. A common phrase is, ‘I love too many things!'

It may feel like a bit of a mystery at first. Embrace it. And know that it’s part of our job to help you go deep, tap your interests, play up your strengths, discover your hidden talents and ultimately figure it out.

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Because You'll Soar

In 2013, a AACU survey of 318 employers found that two-thirds of those employers wanted college graduates with broad knowledge in the liberal arts. That's good news for L&S grads.

The first step is "Taking Initiative"

Some students charge toward the future. Others meander. Some plod steadily along. SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science meets students wherever they are and helps them make the most of their time here. InterLS 210: Taking Initiative is a course designed for second-year students that helps nail down the basics of career prep, and much more. 

InterLS 210: Taking Initiative