College of Letters & Science, The Heart of UW
In 1849, UW-Madison opened its doors to the people of Wisconsin. There were 17 students and six departments. Today, our university includes 13 schools and colleges. The largest is the College of Letters & Science. It’s often said that L&S provides the well-rounded education that the university’s founders first envisioned. Read a brief history here.
The College of Letters & Science is home to the humanities, the natural, physical and biological sciences, and the social sciences at UW-Madison. UW’s “fearless sifting and winnowing” philosophy was born right here.
In the College of Letters & Science, we provide a liberal arts education that is both broad and deep through excellent, empathic teaching. We hire faculty who are interested in pursuing difficult questions, making new discoveries, and making an impact in their field. We reward excellent teaching and classroom innovation, and we are committed to shared governance.
We nurture and support groundbreaking research across the spectrum of disciplines, encouraging faculty and graduate students to push boundaries and devise new pathways to knowledge. Our goal is to create a learning environment that is stimulating, joyful, and productive.