About Our Students

The College of Letters & Sciences is truly the heart of a great University. With over 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students L&S provides academic opportunities that touch all areas of life.

 

Letters & Science: Our Student Snapshot

Undergraduate Students 16,606 
Graduate Students  4,191

The 5 Largest Majors at UW-Madison are in the College of Letters & Science:

Economics
Political Science
Biology
History
Psychology

"With 70 majors, 47 certificate programs, 114 graduate majors and 5 professional school, L&S is an integral part of the educational fabric of the entire UW campus". 

 

Approximately 5,000 new alumni join our ever-growing network of L&S Badgers each year!

 

L&S Core Competencies:

  • Communication (written & verbal)
  • Cultural & Global Awareness
  • Creativity & Critical Thinking
  • Problem-solving ability
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Skills to research, gather and analyze information
  • Ability to work in teams and independently

 

 

Majors

African Languages and Literature
Afro-American Studies
Anthropology
Applied Mathematics, Engineering, and Physics
Art History
Asian Studies
Astronomy–Physics
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Biochemistry
Biological Aspects of Conservation
Biology
Botany
Cartography and Geographic Information Systems
Chemistry
Chemistry Course
Chinese
Classical Humanities
Classics
Communication Arts
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Comparative Literature
Computer Sciences
Economics
English
Environmental Sciences
Environmental Studies
French
Gender and Women's Studies
Geography
Geology and Geophysics
German
Hebrew
History
History and History of Science, Medicine, and Technology
History of Science, Medicine, and Technology
Individual Major
International Studies
Italian
Japanese
Jewish Studies
Journalism
Languages and Cultures of Asia
Latin
Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies
Legal Studies
Linguistics
Mathematics
Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Microbiology
Molecular Biology
Music
Philosophy
Physics
Polish
Political Science
Portuguese
Psychology
Religious Studies
Russian
Scandinavian Studies
Social Welfare
Social Work
Sociology
Spanish
Statistics
Theatre and Drama
Zoology

Certificate and Concentration Programs

African Studies
American Indian Studies
Archaeology
Asian American Studies
Celtic Studies
Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies
Chinese Professional Communication
Classical Studies
Computer Sciences
Criminal Justice
Digital Studies
European Studies
Folklore
Gender and Women's Studies
German
Global Cultures
Integrated Liberal Studies
Integrated Studies in Science, Engineering and Society
Japanese Professional Communication
Jewish Studies
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies
Material Culture Studies
Mathematics
Medieval Studies
Middle East Studies
Physics
Religious Studies
Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies
Scandinavian Studies
South Asian Studies
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The College of Letters & Science teaches students to make a good living and lead a good life. We are the largest academic unit at UW-Madison and the heart of this great institution. L&S is home to more than 800 faculty, 22,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 190,000 living alumni.

 

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