Choose your adventure

Whether you know the path you want to pursue or you’re just starting to narrow your interests and options, there’s so much to explore and discover within L&S that can guide you on your way.

Explore your passions

Explore your passions

When Jessie Howard was contemplating majors, she thought about where different paths would lead her and chose what piqued her interest most and best suited the life she wanted to lead.

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Conduct research

Conduct research

Cesar Martinez has worked in three different scientific labs on campus through the Undergraduate Research Scholars program, gaining experience and skills he’ll bring with him to medical school.

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Think big

Think big

Adi Dina plans to study abroad in Peru or Switzerland during her time as a Badger — which is one of many high-impact, life-changing experiences available to L&S students. 

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Get career ready

Get career ready

To gain skills to take him from college to success in the working world, Tyler Ballweg enrolled in Taking Initiative, the signature career-prep course of the L&S Career Initiative.

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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

Opportunities Abound

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.

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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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!

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.  

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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