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 programs
- 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.
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.
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.
Internationally-recognized Programs & Partnerships
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.
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 newspaperRead more
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.Read more
UWO to host one-of-a-kind flute recital
On Sunday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m., a faculty recital “Telemann’s 12 Fantasias on a Panoply of Flutes,” will feature Linda Pereksta playing five historical flutes.Read more