College of Letters and Science

Biology Lab at UW OshkoshThe College of Letters and Science prepares students for 21st century citizenship through a liberal arts education. This education introduces students to a broad range of knowledge about human cultures and the physical and natural world. The College delivers this education in two ways: providing the majority of the courses in the new University Studies Program and offering courses in 36 different majors. Students benefit from this education by graduating with the ability to think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, evaluate aptly competing ideas, and solve problems using teamwork and leadership skills. They also benefit by gaining quantitative literacy along with technology and information literacy. Together, instructors across the College provide numerous opportunities for students to learn in unique, relevant and meaningful ways, including internships, fieldwork, civic engagement opportunities, collaborative research projects with faculty and study abroad experiences. Our students leave our campus understanding the importance of community engagement, intercultural knowledge, sustainability and global citizenship. We promote instructors who make contributions to improving the quality of life, culture and economy in Wisconsin; who educate students, the campus, and the larger community about diverse cultures; who help students explore what it means to be responsible citizens in today’s global context; and who inspire innovative research as well as high academic achievement among students. We believe the potential for enriching our educational environment and for creating new models of engaged learning hinges upon the willingness and ability of faculty to work closely with students and to providing them with the innovative teaching, advising and mentoring they need to succeed.

Ultimately, we provide students with access to a high-quality, affordable and comprehensive education that enables them to develop their general intellectual capacities, specific interests and abilities. To promote such learning among students, we strive for teaching excellence that is characterized by diversity, discovery, engagement, innovation, dialogue and dissemination.

The Department of Communication provided its second offering of the Inside Out Program at Taycheedah Correctional Institution. The Training and Development course was taught concurrently to ten incarcerated students and ten students from UW Oshkosh. Responses from both populations of students affirmed a profoundly inspiring learning experience.

Students in the Medical Technology Program produced the highest scores in the region in five of the six categories on the pre-clinical competency exam.

Student working in the art studio.The High School Art Exhibition and Awards Day, hosted by the Department of Art, was attended by more than 100 high school students from 14 schools. The student-centered event featured workshops offered by UW Oshkosh art students, providing a dynamic experience for all participants. Art faculty offered verbal and written critiques of the resulting artwork. Students and parents attended a reception and the exhibition featuring approximately 40 pieces selected for viewing at the Steinhilber Gallery. Best of show awards were presented to several student artists.

Faculty members from the Environmental Studies Program, Departments of Religious Studies and Anthropology, Geology and English planned the Earth Charter Community Summit in October 2011 and the celebration of Earth Week on campus in April 2012. The wide range of activities included speakers, films, an art exhibit and interactive art collaboration, shorefront restoration, prairie, community garden and tree plantings, discussions and a green living fair, all open to the community and to area students.

Professors from science disciplines across the College continued their collaboration on the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. Funded by a National Science Foundation grant, this program provides summer research opportunities utilizing cutting edge equipment to underserved populations of students.

The Department of Biology and Microbiology continued its long standing partnerships with municipalities and private companies to monitor beach water quality and to research water contamination sources. Students, under the supervision of faculty and staff from various disciplines, participated in a wide array of internships and clinical placements at area organizations and agencies. These internships included work in archives, museums, healthcare facilities, schools, YMCAs, correctional facilities, police departments, municipalities and nonprofit organizations.

The Cooperative Academic Partnership Program (CAPP), an accredited concurrent enrollment program, provided opportunities for more than 1,800 students from 50 high schools in the region to take college-level courses.

Faculty and students from each of the four of divisions—Fine and Performing Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science and Social Science – collaborated on research and creative endeavors, presenting their results at professional meetings and juried venues.

Faculty from across the College infused their pedagogy with methods for confronting and discussing issues of sustainability.