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.