Choose your adventure

Whether you know the path you want to pursue or you’re just starting to narrow your interests, L&S has the largest array of options of any college on campus. Explore our high-impact learning environments, Honors program, undergraduate research opportunities, writing and publishing outlets, study abroad opportunities, and SuccessWorks, our new career center designed just for L&S students.   

Opportunities

First-Year Interest Groups

First-Year Interest Groups, or FIGs, are clusters of (usually) three UW courses, linked together to explore a common theme, and offered to incoming freshmen who attend these classes together as a cohort. The purpose of the FIGs Program is to provide an interesting, intimate and interdisciplinary experience that helps students make a successful academic and social transition to the university.

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Undergraduate Research Scholars

Undergraduate Research Scholars apply at SOAR, as incoming students, for opportunities to work with faculty on important research projects that span the spectrum of the sciences and humanities. It’s a wonderful opportunity to experience the scholar-mentor relationship, as well as engage in inquiry-based learning and creative work. The impact can be profound and life-changing. And it's one of the unique advantages of pursuing a liberal arts degree at a large public research university.

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Honors Program

The L&S Honors Program welcomes about seven percent of the College's total enrollment, for a high-powered course of learning. Honors courses are typically small, intensive and taught by professors who challenge students to grow as fully and richly as possible. The goal is to push beyond standard requirements to discover talents and broaden experiences. Honors students are not merely smart and creative; they also care about their communities, their university and their world.

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Biocore Program

This four-semester honors biology 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. It’s a challenging, one-of-a-kind experience that teaches students to probe the ‘why’ of science and prepares them for futures in research, medicine and beyond. And it all starts on a 12-acre tallgrass prairie.

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Study Abroad

Study Abroad is an integral part of the learning experience at UW-Madison. L&S offers many opportunities to travel, including through the FIGs program and the Russian Flagship Program. But you will find most options in the International Division, which features more than 200 programs in more than 60 countries. Becoming a well-rounded global citizen means leaving your comfort zone and exploring the world. Go for it!

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Center for Academic Excellence

CAE offers an enriching, inclusive community and academic support for L&S students who have been historically underrepresented in higher education, including first-generation and low-income students as well as students of color. High-touch advising, tutoring programs, health and wellness events, social events, graduate school preparation and connections are hallmarks of this 50-year-strong L&S program.   

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Residential Learning Communities

UW-Madison offers 12 Residential Learning Communities where students are grouped with peers who share an interest. Five are sponsored by L&S: Bradley, Chadbourne, GreenHouse, Open House (Gender Learning Community) and Career Kickstart. RLCs have been identified as high-impact educational practices both on campus and nationally.  

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Dear Prospective Student

L&S is a remarkable place, but as talented as our faculty and staff are, we realize that you will play the largest role in your development into an engaged global citizen. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, you will find your passion. You will meet professors and advisors who will challenge you. You will study hard. You will sift and winnow. Then, you will change the world.

On, Wisconsin!

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SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science

You've heard it before: what can you possibly do with a liberal arts major? The answer: anything. Our job is to help you learn to articulate your skills and interests and define your career path. SuccessWorks is our brand-new, state-of-the-art career center, where you can meet with an advisor, network with alumni, discover fields that interest you, and so much more.  

Our students

Discover Connections

Discover Connections

International Studies major Mishal Shah enrolled in a First-Year Interest Group, expecting to learn about Jerusalem. What she didn’t anticipate was forging strong bonds with students from other religious backgrounds.

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Make a Difference

Make a Difference

Computer Sciences and Spanish major Katie Zutter is working to solve issues of inequity in tech within and outside of the classroom. “People with different backgrounds and experiences bring fresh perspectives to the table in terms of problem-solving and innovation.”

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Become a Scientist

Become a Scientist

Through the Biocore program, biology major Ziheng Zhang learned to think, research and write like a scientist, testing his own questions, conducting unique experiments and making discoveries along the way.

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Prepare for Success

Prepare for Success

For Grace Corry, pairing coursework in Political Science, International Studies and French with an internship provided a strong foundation for life after graduation. “Seeing actual results of your work in a company or in the community, that’s really cool.”

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L&S Students Hail from:

all 72 of Wisconsin’s counties
all 50 states, including Washington D.C.
and 79 countries of the world
5 Of the most popular majors on campus are in L&S
66 Undergraduate majors
41 certificates

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