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The College of Letters and Science at UW Oshkosh is home to award-winning programs, nationally recognized faculty and talented students.

The College of Letters and Science prepares students for 21st century citizenship through a liberal arts education.

College of Letters and Science alumni are equipped to serve and lead in a variety of roles worldwide.

College of Letters and Science faculty and staff bring years of experience to the classroom and provide students with opportunities for hands-on research.


The College of Letters and Science connects faculty, staff and students with opportunities internationally through a variety of partnerships.


Innovative Programs

The College of Letters and Science is the largest college and most varied college at UW Oshkosh with academic programs spanning the sciences, the social sciences, the humanities, and the fine and performing arts. There are

  • More than 40 undergraduate majors and numerous minors
  • Six undergraduate certificate programsEngineering Technology Class
  • Eight master’s degree programs
  • Three graduate certificate programs

Courses are offered in-person on the UW Oshkosh campus, with some online college course options.

Learn more about COLS academic programs.

Outstanding Students

Central to the mission of the college is a broad-based liberal education that challenges students to explore a wide spectrum of knowledge about the human experience and the natural world, to enhance their skills of communication, critical thinking and problem solving, to understand and bridge cultural difference, and discover their own capacities for creative expression.

Through an exciting array of powerful learning opportunities – including hands-on community-based projects, internships, student/faculty collaborative research, global learning and study abroad, among many others – COLS equips students for specific careers while also preparing them to be responsible citizens who understand and contribute to the complex and changing world in which they live.

Because liberal education within the College of Letters and Science provides both breadth of knowledge through the University Studies Program (general education), as well as in-depth study in a specific area of interest, students graduate with transferable intellectual and practical skills that serve them in the workplace and in life.

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Our more than 30,000 College of Letters and Science alumni are innovators and leaders in their local communities and worldwide. From careers in the sciences to the fine arts to humanities to social sciences, our alumni take with them a broad liberal arts education, making their opportunities limitless. The College of Letters and Science proudly boasts numerous Distinguished Alumni Award and Outstanding Young Alumni Award Recipients.

Award-winning Faculty and Staff

Our nationally recognized faculty are committed to excellence in teaching, research and service. Our faculty and staff are connected not only to their departments, but also throughout the University and in the communities in which they live.

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The College of Letters and Science promotes programs and partnerships that expose students to a broad spectrum of knowledge, develop critical thinking skills and connections with community partners, both locally and internationally. The University’s nationally-recognized general education program, the University Studies Program (USP), ignites intellectual curiosity  and connects students with community partners through the USP Quest III course.  The Cooperative Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) partners with high schools to offer UW Oshkosh courses at their high school.

Learn more about other Programs & Partnerships

Contact Us

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
College of Letters and Science
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901-8660

Nursing Education Building
Room 101

Phone: (920) 424-1222

Women’s Center welcomes new director, introduces full line up of fall events

Dr. Alicia Johnson said she is excited to be in her new role as director of the Women’s Center in the Campus Center for Equity and Diversity at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. “I think there’s a really good energy here,” Johnson said about the University. “I think there is a great commitment to working to gender equity here and in the community.” Johnson will split her weeks as Women’s Center director and as a lecturer in the College of Letters and Science. She is set to lead classes in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department as well as the Department of Kinesiology. Johnson, whose appointment took place in July, has a Ph.D. in sport studies with a specialization in socio-cultural studies and cognate in cultural anthropology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK). Johnson also earned certificates in women’s studies, grant writing and proposal development and graduate teaching while at UTK. She formerly was a program assistant and social media manager for the U.S. Department of State’s Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports Initiative, managed by the University of Tennessee Center for Sport, Peace and Society; and a research intern for the University of Minnesota’s Tucker Center for Research on Girls and Women in Sport. In 2012, Johnson earned a master’s degree in athletic counseling from Springfield College. While at Springfield College, she served with AmeriCorps as an academic coach for at-risk high school student-athletes. In 2010, she graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. Johnson’s areas of interest include media representation of athletes, body image in sport, cultural and diversity issues in sport, global women in sport, postcolonial feminism, and sexism in higher education and the workplace. Johnson initially applied for faculty positions but believed the Women’s Center director role would be a great fit with her interests and expertise. She recently developed a new tagline for the Center: Intersectional Innovation for Gender Equity. “I think it really reflects the philosophy that has been the underpinning of the center,” she said. Last week, a diverse group of people including Voices of Men, met to discuss gender equity. “I’m really excited about the coming together of different groups,” she said, adding that she feels there is a lot of opportunity here. “I’ve really been impressed with the great energy of students, faculty, staff and administration. So far, it’s really been energizing.” Another positive response has been to the to the Center’s new feminist gaming initiative. The Center boasts a 55-inch television and a PlayStation 4 system with games that have an educational base and with messages that are related to diversity and women. It is intended as a haven offering a positive space for computer game enthusiasts. “About 50 percent of gamers are women, but oftentimes if they reveal they are female, they are subject to (online) harassment–vulgar and really offensive comments,” Johnson said. “The Center is really for anyone. We welcome people of all genders. We’re hoping to make it a positive experience where people of all genders can come together and build a social network.” The UW Oshkosh Women’s Center, 717 Irving Ave., is open the following hours: Monday, 12-4 p.m.; Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 12-5 p.m.; Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 12-4 p.m. Numerous events and programs are slated over the next several months: Take Back the Night: 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5. The 26th Annual Fox Valley Take Back the Night will be held in the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center Ballroom. Partner agencies and citizens will stand up to violence and raise awareness, spotlight allies, support survivors and remember those lost to violence. International Day of Rural Women: Women’s Healthcare in Rural Areas: 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, Sage 1214, is a discussion by healthcare providers about their care of rural Midwestern women. Love Your Body Day: All day, everywhere, Wednesday, Oct. 19. The campaign challenges the message that a woman’s value is best measured through her willingness and ability to embody current beauty standards. Every BODY is Welcome: Size Inclusiveness for Health Promotion: 7-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, Sage 1210, Christy Greenleaf, professor and kinesiology program director at UW-Milwaukee, will share her research on body image and weight bias. Elect Her: 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, Reeve Union 306. Elect Her is a program emphasizing the importance of women running for office. Participants practice hands-on campaign skills, hear from inspiring local speakers and discuss research on women in government. Pageant Panel: 6 p.m. Wednesday. Nov. 2, Reeve Theater (307), discussion with panel to explore the stereotypes, truths and trends of the pageant world. With representation from a variety of pageants, hear a discussion about what it’s really like to participate. Election Film: Iron Jawed Angels: 7-9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, Time Community Theater. This film about how young activists impacted the women’s suffrage movement promises to get people excited about fulfilling their civic duty to vote. Free popcorn and soda/water at the non-partisan event with no lobbying allowed. Diversity and Inclusion Film Series: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, Reeve Theater (307). This documentary film explores why the sexual shaming of girls and women, especially sexual assault victims, is still prevalent in the U.S. and Canada. Panel on Popular Culture: Ghostbusters: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 39, Reeve Theater (307). The Ghostbusters movie remake provides many talking points about stereotypes, gender, race and sexuality. The panel will engage in critical analysis of the popular film. World AIDS Day: 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 (various locations). Join the LGBTQ Resource Center in a World AIDS Day Fact Hunt. Tables will be located throughout campus providing activities and education. Knowledge intended to help with protection against HIV infection and in the support of those who are. Finals Survival Night: Noon to 12 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12, Women’s Center. A place to study or de-stress. There will be coloring books, board and video games and other activities to help with the stress of finals. Survival kits filled with goodies available while they last. Faculty and Staff Unwind: 9 a.m. […]

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Filak wins national newspaper advising award for Advance-Titan

A professor in the department of journalism at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has earned a prestigious national award for newspaper advising. Vincent Filak has won the College Media Association’s Distinguished Newspaper Adviser of the Year at a four-year college or university, for his work as adviser of the Advance-Titan student newspaper. Filak is the only adviser from Wisconsin of the 11 national award-winners for 2016. It is believed the award marks the first time someone from UW Oshkosh has been honored by the College Media Association (CMA). Recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony and reception Oct. 27 at the CMA’s National College Media Convention in Atlanta, Ga. “I’m just really happy I got it,” Filak said. “It really means a lot having your peers say you’re valued and you matter.” Filak won a Distinguished Adviser award, which is presented to professionals who have advised for more than five years. Filak said the award is particularly sweet, considering where he and the A-T program have been over the past year. There were questions raised in 2015 about long-standing A-T debt and budget concerns. Filak said the revenue model was not sustainable with the debt. It wasn’t long before Filak and the A-T staff were surprised with a generous gift: an anonymous donation of $50,000 in the form of a matching grant. In less than 100 days, $54,000 was raised solving the debt issues for the A-T. Filak has been an adviser of student newspapers for 14 years. He’s in his eighth year advising at UW Oshkosh. “The kids really do put out a good paper,” he said. “We won a Wisconsin Newspaper Association first place for general excellence in 2011 and 2012.” Filak said it’s tough to win back-to-back general excellence awards–especially when they are up against student papers at institutions including Marquette University, UW-Eau Claire and UW-Whitewater. The A-T is published 12-14 times a year. The first issue of the 2016-2017 school year is set for Sept. 15. Each year, the A-T staff puts out a glossy, 50-page, how-to resource guide for freshman and prospective students called the Titan Guide. It is billed as a guide to help students avoid stress in their first week at UW Oshkosh. About 30-40 students typically are part of the A-T staff. Filak said he’s not a “censorship guy” and lets students make the decisions on difficult issues. He said students are responsive and tend to make “excellent choices” when they have the ability to do so. This year, thanks to a financial donor, members of the newspaper staff will meet with and learn from journalism professionals when they travel to the American Collegiate Press conference in Washington, D.C.. As a journalism professor Filak performs a lot of research; is writing his fifth book; speaks annually at conferences for student writers; and has lined up nearly 50 summer internships that his students can apply for. In 2015, he was named first Wisconsin College Media Association president. Filak does not know if his teaching schedule will allow him to travel to Atlanta to personally accept the CMA distinguished adviser award. For now, he is savoring the honor and looks forward to holding a plaque bearing his name. “I’m thrilled I won this thing,” he said. “Somebody looked at me in a good way and I’m really happy.” Read more: The Advance-Titan student newspaper    

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UWO Theatre presents 2016–2017 season: ‘A Wayward World’

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Theatre Department presents A Wayward World 2016–2017 Theatre Season featuring productions by Susan Glaspell, Milbre Burch, Arthur Miller, Neil Simon and Agatha Christie.

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