Bigger is better

When you're this big, there's more to love. The College of Letters & Science is home to a tremendous breadth and depth of scholarship, research and service. View our full list of academic options below or browse our disciplines by division.

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Majors & Certificates

Find majors, certificates, and areas of concentration UW-Madison Course Guide.

Interdisciplinary Centers, Institutes & Special Projects

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L&S Honors Program

The L&S Honors Program attracts some of our most driven and talented undergraduates, who challenge and learn from each other while working closely with faculty members on independent projects. Bringing students and professors together in small classes and research settings fosters feelings of community and encourages students to “dig deep” and explore the frontiers of knowledge

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First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs)

A FIG is a group of about 20 freshman students who register for the same three classes linked by a common theme, with options like Citizenship, Democracy and Difference, Internet and Society, and Exploring Biology.

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Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS)

TheUndergraduate Research Scholars (URS) program provides students with opportunities to design their own projects and participate in research and creative work in partnership with faculty and staff.

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Residential Learning Communities

Residential Learning Communities bring together faculty, staff and students around an area of focus within UW Residence Halls.

Check out these L&S learning communities: BioHouse, Bradley Learning Community, Chadbourne Residential CollegeGreenHouse, Multicultural Learning Community, Open House (Gender Learning Community), and Career Kickstart.

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Writing Fellows Program

The Undergraduate Writing Fellows Program brings talented undergraduates and committed faculty together in a cooperative effort to improve student writing. The program prepares selected students from a wide range of majors to serve as peer writing tutors, called Writing Fellows.

A Research Powerhouse

The College of Letters & Science is home to a host of diverse, innovative research initiatives encompassing the arts and humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. 

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