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Yes, we are a big liberal arts college. Yes, we are proud of that. Within the Wisconsin liberal arts experience, however, you can find special opportunities for high-impact learning that will bring you close to ideas and people.
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.Read More »
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.
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.
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!
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.Read More »
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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