L&S Departments, Programs, Centers & Institutes
L&S is home to a diverse, interdisciplinary community of departments, programs, centers and institutes. These programs provide tremendous breadth and scope that create a vibrant liberal arts community while committing to our public service mission through the Wisconsin Idea.
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Directory of Departments, Programs, Centers & Institutes (listed alphabetically by subject field)
Abrahamic Religions, Lubar Institute for the Study of the
The Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions (LISAR) opened in July, 2005, testimony to the vision and benefactions of Sheldon and Marianne Lubar of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Concerned about rising religious tensions worldwide and believing Jews, Christians and Muslims to be capable of prolonged and honest inquiry into both their common heritages and varying perspectives, they imagined a center that would advance mutual comprehension by mingling scholars with the general public, clergy with laity, and members of different faith communities with citizens of Wisconsin, the United States, and the world. Through encouraging people belonging to and/or interested in the Abrahamic traditions to engage each other and to find out more about both of these several traditions and their intersections, LISAR is dedicated to strengthening the values of religious pluralism so vital for sustaining American civil society and peaceful international discourse.
Director: Charles Cohen
Campus Address: 5222 Mosse Humanities Building, 455 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-1821
African Languages & Literature, Department of
The mission of the Department of African Languages and Literature is to provide research and teaching in the areas of African languages, linguistics, literature, and oral traditions. This includes work on both graduate and undergraduate levels, and emphasizes the development and application of analytical and methodological tools that will enable students to work effectively and imaginatively in the four areas.
Department Chair: Tejumola Olaniyan
Campus Address: 1470 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-5937
Afro-American Studies, Department of
The Department of Afro-American Studies is committed to bringing academic research to the broadest possible audience, within and beyond the walls of the university. The department believes that the deepest understanding of the complex reality of race in America requires a truly interdisciplinary approach, one that draws on history and literature, the social sciences and the arts.
Approved by the Board of Regents in 1970, the Department of Afro-American Studies is an outgrowth of the student concern for relevance in higher education which was so dramatically evidenced on many college campuses during the late 1960s. Today, the department offers a wide variety of courses leading to both undergraduate and graduate degrees and is one of the most successful programs in the country.
Department Chair: Craig Werner
Campus Address: 4143 Helen C. White Hall, 600 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-7978
Aging, Institute on
The UW-Madison Institute on Aging focuses on addressing the problems of aging, which include diseases and impairments (e.g., osteoporosis, dementia, Parkinson's, glaucoma, mobility problems) and the challenges of later life (e.g., widowhood, retirement, caregiving, relocation) as well as the potential of aging, which refers to the notable strengths, resources, and vitality of those in their 70's and beyond. The institute's goal is to understand the many factors (biological, psychological, social) that promote resilience as people age and to translate this knowledge to innovative educational and community intervention programs.
Director: Carol Ryff
Campus Address: 2245 Medical Sciences Center, 1300 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-1818
American Constitution, Center for the Study of the
The Center for the Study of the American Constitution examines the American Constitution through research, publication, and outreach. The centerpiece of these efforts is The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution. Twenty-one volumes have been published. The Center also has a long and substantial program of judicial education with alliances with the Federal Judicial Center, the Wisconsin Office of Judicial Education, and the National Judicial College in Reno.
Director: John Kaminski
Campus Address: University Club Building, 3rd Floor, 432 East Campus Mall, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-1865
American Indian Studies Program
The American Indian Studies Program works to foster an environment in which the university community can discover, examine, and appreciate the cultures, traditions, and values that reflect the many contributions American Indians have made and continue to make to the quality of life in contemporary society.
The program provides information, referral, and consultation to students, faculty, staff, and citizens throughout the state. A major focus of the program is facilitating the development of leadership among Indian students to enhance their academic success and assist them in becoming involved in their communities. An essential component of the program's mission is to focus attention and direct the resources of the University of Wisconsin to improve the lives of Wisconsin Indian people.
Director: Rand Valentine
Campus Address: 315 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-5501
Anthropology, Department of
The Department of Anthropology consists of several subfields, including: archaeology; biological anthropology; and sociocultural anthropology. Comparative and empirical work—and fieldwork in particular—are the hallmarks of anthropology at UW-Madison.
The department provides a focus on humans and societies in all their variation and similarity and works to reveal and understand the complex but organized diversity that has shaped the human condition, past and present.
Department Chair: Maria Lepowsky
Campus Address: 5240 Social Science Building, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-2868
Art History, Department of
The mission of the Department of Art History is to promote scholarly inquiry into the history of art in all its different media in a wide range of historical periods and world cultures.
Department Chair: Gene Phillips
Campus Address: 232 Conrad A. Elvehjem Hall, 800 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-2340
Asian American Studies Program
The Asian American Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the scholarship and experiences of Americans, Pacific Islanders, and immigrants to the United States from Asian heritage groups. The Program sheds light on Asian American experiences and concerns, both historically and in contemporary society.
The Certificate in Asian American Studies provides students with an opportunity to develop a sustained intellectual focus on Asian American racial formation, communities, and culture. The Program also serves as a teaching and resource center not only for Asian Americans but for the University and Madison community as a whole.
Director: Tim Yu
Campus Address: 303 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-2976
Astronomy, Department of
The UW-Madison Astronomy Department's mission is to conduct cutting-edge research and to offer undergraduate students the highest quality education. The department conducts research in diverse areas of astronomy, from the physics of stars to cosmology, in observation and theory, and through the construction of forefront instruments for our complement of telescopes. The Department of Astronomy prides itself in an inclusive, diverse, and friendly scientific environment.
From a traditional strength in observational astronomy and space- and ground-based instrumentation, and a long history of world-leading research in the study of astrophysical gases and the interstellar medium, the department is pursuing traditional as well as new avenues, with a recent emphasis on the observational and theoretical study of the physics of the stars and the formation and evolution of galaxies.
Department Chair: Ellen Zweibel
Campus Address: 2550 Sterling Hall, 475 N. Charter Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-3072
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Department of
Since 1948, the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences has grown into one of the leading departments in its field. The department has strong graduate and undergraduate programs which are nationally recognized. The department specializes in climate systems, including the ocean; satellite and remote sensing; and weather systems, including synoptic-dynamic meteorology.
The department pursues research with a combination of theory, modeling, and diagnostic studies. It supports this work with a foundation of first-year graduate core courses, and an appealing range of electives for both graduate and undergraduate students.
Department Chair: Grant Petty
Campus Address: 1225 Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-2829
Biological Psychology, Harlow Center for
The Harlow Center for Biological Psychology is located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It is administered through the Department of Psychology and has long been home to internationally recognized research on behavioral and developmental psychology. The Harlow Center is affiliated with, but independent from, the adjacent Wisconsin Primate Research Center.
Objectives for the Harlow Center are as follows:
- To maintain a healthy and productive nonhuman primate colony in order to facilitate psychological and biomedical research at the University of Wisconsin.
- To evaluate and apply modern animal husbandry techniques to ensure the optimal care of rhesus monkeys involved in our breeding and research projects.
- To investigate the relationship between physiological processes and behavior, especially the neurobiological substrate of cognition, sensory perception, and emotions.
- To determine the influence of genetic, prenatal, and environmental factors on the maturation of immune responses in the young infant.
- To assess the effect of environmental factors and life style, such as alcohol consumption, on the development and functioning of the brain, especially with respect to psychological and learning capabilities.
- To ascertain the influence of nutritional factors on pregnancy and infant development, especially with regard to iron deficiency anemia.
Director: Christopher Coe
Campus Address: Department of Psychology, 22 North Charter Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-3550
Biology Core Curriculum
Biocore is an award-winning intercollegiate honors program. It is a challenging four semester introductory biology sequence that provides a broad, in-depth, and integrated background for students interested in any area of biological science.
Biocore is not a major but fulfills some or all of the biology requirements for a variety of biological science majors, including many in the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences as well as in the College of Letters & Science and the School of Education. The faculty and staff associated with the program are drawn from departments across campus and are deeply committed to undergraduate education.
Director: Jeff Hardin
Campus Address: 361 Noland Hall, 250 North Mills Street
Phone: (608) 265-2870
Biology Education, Institute for
UW–Madison's Institute for Biology Education is dedicated to fostering excellence and innovation in biology education on campus, in the surrounding communities, and beyond.
UW–Madison offers incredible resources in the biological sciences—over 30 different bioscience majors across seven different schools and colleges, and hundreds of faculty and staff members conducting research and teaching in the biological sciences on every subject from molecules and cells to populations and ecosystems. Start exploring biology at UW–Madison right now by visiting the websites of various academic departments, research institutes, programs and centers in the biological sciences:
Director: Janet Branchaw
Campus Address: 445 Henry Mall, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 265-2600
The Biology Major is designed for students who are interested in a broad exposure to the concepts and methodologies of the biological sciences, as well as those interested in a more specific sub-discipline. The focus of the student’s program is determined by the student with a biology advisor of the student’s choosing. This major is appropriate for students interested in post-graduate careers in any biological science or health profession. It is also appropriate for students who think that a good knowledge of biology and the scientific process will help them in a non-biological career.
Campus Address: Microbial Sciences Building, 1550 Linden Drive , Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 890-0677
Botany, Department of
The Department of Botany's mission is to discover, maintain, and transmit knowledge concerning basic plant biology and provide leadership in the biological sciences.
Students and researchers have access to leading-edge microscopy facilities, an 8,000 square foot greenhouse complex, a unique APGII-organized garden, and the Wisconsin State Herbarium's 1,000,000 specimens. Department degree programs offer studies in molecular, genetic, cellular, and developmental biology, through physiology, structural botany, molecular systematics, taxonomy, ecology, ethnobotany and evolution.
Department Chair: David Baum
Campus Address: 430 Lincoln Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-1057
Bradley Learning Community
The mission of the Bradley Learning Community is to provide a living-learning environment for first year students that promotes a successful transition from high school to college life, encourages collaborative learning between students, faculty, and staff, and prepares students to become integrative scholars and active participants in the university community and beyond.
Director: Susan Brantly
Campus Address: Bradley Hall, 650 Elm Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 265-8678
Cartography Project, History of
The History of Cartography Project is a research, editorial, and publishing venture drawing international attention to the history of maps and mapping. The Project's major work is the multi-volume History of Cartography series. Its inter-disciplinary approach brings together scholars in the arts, sciences, and humanities. By considering previously ignored aspects of cartographic history, the Project encourages a broader view of maps that has significantly influenced other fields of study.
Director: Matthew Edney
Campus Address: 470 Science Hall, 550 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-3992
Chazen Museum of Art
The Chazen Museum of Art opened in 1970 as the Elvehjem Art Center to consolidate works of art on campus and to support the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s mission of education, research, and public service. In 1978 it became the Elvehjem Museum of Art and in 2005, in honor of a lead gift towards its expansion by alumni Simona and Jerome Chazen, was renamed the Chazen Museum of Art. The earlier Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, also home to the Art History Department and the Kohler Art Library, continues to honor the memory of the former President of the University who served in that role from 1958 to 1962. The expansion facility opened in 2011, doubling the museum's size.
The Chazen is home to more than 21,000 objects in its permanent collection including noteworthy collections of contemporary sculpture, Japanese prints, and works by Wisconsin artists. The Chazen's permanent collection is searchable on the museum's website. The museum also mounts temporary exhibitions. Museum programs including opening receptions for these exhibitions, the Sunday afternoon film program, and the "Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen" broadcast concert series are free and open to the public and to the campus community.
Director: Russell Panczenko
Campus Address: 800 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-2246
Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday; 9:00am-9:00pm Thursday; 11:00am-5:00pm Saturday and Sunday
Closed Mondays and closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day
Chemical Education, Institute for
The Institute for Chemical Education (ICE) is a national center for science educators to develop and disseminate ideas. ICE's efforts are evident in kits and publications, in programs for students and for teachers, and in research in chemical education.
Since its founding in 1983, ICE has led the drive to help teachers revitalize science in schools throughout the United States. From "approachable" science for K–3 teachers (Super Science Connections) through nanoscale exhibits for the public to research experiences for teachers, ICE has something for all chemistry teachers and students.
Director: John W. Moore
Campus Address: Department of Chemistry, 1101 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-3033
Chemistry Learning Center
The mission of the Chemistry Learning Center is to assist students who are enrolled in general and organic chemistry courses in becoming successful and independent learners. Participation is voluntary and there is no fee. The center offers a supportive learning environment where students meet in small groups with staff to work out effective strategies for mastering the chemical content.
Director: Tony Jacob
Campus Address: B311 F. Daniels and J.H. Mathews Chemistry Building, 1101 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 265-5497
Chemistry, Department of
For decades, Chemistry at Wisconsin has attracted outstanding graduate students, faculty, postdoctoral associates and visiting scholars. The long and continuing tradition of excellence in the department has many direct and indirect benefits for graduate students.
In addition to having a broad choice of high quality courses, seminars, and research projects, students benefit from informal interactions with exceptional research scientists at all levels of experience. The reputation for excellence in the department is recognized locally and nationally by funding agencies and corporate research sponsors.
Department Chair: Robert McMahon
Campus Address: 1101 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706
Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Program
The Program in Chican@ and Latin@ Studies offers a systematic and interdisciplinary analysis of Mexican-and Latin-American-origin people, cultures, and collectivities within the United States. The program is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge base and the intellectual tools to understand the unity and diversity of U.S. Latina/o populations.
The Program in Chican@ and Latin@ Studies trains students in the study of Chicana/os and Latina/os, as well as to introduce them to the central questions, topics, and applications that have emerged in this field of inquiry.
Associate Director: Ben Marquez
Campus Address: 312 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-4486
Child Welfare Policy and Practice, Center on
The Center on Child Welfare Policy and Practice (CCWPP) is a joint effort between the School of Social Work (SSW) and the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The CCWPP engages in inter-disciplinary efforts to inform child welfare policy and practice knowledge through enhanced collaboration and communication among researchers, policymakers, and practitioners. Center research activities focus on the development and enhancement of child maltreatment prevention and intervention activities, and the generation of knowledge to promote family well-being in populations involved or at risk of involvement with the child welfare system. The CCWPP works cooperatively with the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families to identify research needs and priorities and translates research findings to state and county governments, the child welfare training system and other entities that provide professional education, and child and family service and advocacy agencies.
Campus Address: Room 128, 1350 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608)263-3671 (Slack) or (608)262-7990 (Noyes)
Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Department of
Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies is one of the University of Wisconsin's oldest academic disciplines. The Department of Classics was one of the three original departments, dating back to 1849. Today's faculty have research and teaching interests that encompass the fields of archaeology, Egyptology, epigraphy, ethnic studies, gender studies, historiography, philosophy, tragedy, poetry, and medieval literature.
In 2014, the Department of Classics and the Department of Hebrew and Semitic Studies merged to create the Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies. The department maintains strong ties with the departments of Anthropology, Art History, Comparative Literature, English, and Philosophy, as well as with programs in Legal, Religious, and Women's Studies.
Department Chair: Jeff Beneker
Campus Address: 910 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-2041
Communication and Democracy, Center for
The Center for Communication and Democracy is a research and action project at UW-Madison. The goals of the center are to study how citizens can use new communications technologies to advance democratic discussion and civic participation; to explore the relationships between geographic communities and the emerging world of cyberspace; to explore the structural relations among communications and information markets, the civic sector, and government to find relationships necessary to build and sustain a public sphere in communication that is not dominated by the market, while sustaining economic growth and technological innovation; and to ask what government policies are most appropriate for combining the vibrancy of the market with the common needs of citizens in the sphere of communication.
Director: Lewis Friedland
Campus Address: 5138 Vilas Communication Hall, 821 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706
Communication Arts Instructional Media Center
The Instructional Media Center is the media hub of the Communication Arts Department. In addition to providing equipment and computer lab facilities for Communication Arts media production students, the IMC provides technical assistance to the graduate students, faculty, and staff of the department.
Supervisor: Erik Gunneson
Campus Address: 3160 Vilas Hall, 821 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706
Front Desk Phone: (608) 263-6664
Communication Arts, Department of
The University of Wisconsin-Madison was one of the first universities to establish a program in communication, and its Communication Arts Department has taken a leading role in the development of the discipline throughout its history. The department offers a variety of courses focusing on the principal media and modes of human communication.
Whether a course deals with film, electronic media, rhetoric, or interpersonal communication, it is designed to encourage students to enhance and develop their own capacities for critical appraisal, reflection, and expression, and to expand their capacities for participation in the communication-driven social and civic life of the twenty-first century.
Department Chair: Michael Xenos
Campus Address: 6117 Vilas Hall, 821 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-2543
Communication Research, Center for
The Center for Communication Research is dedicated to promoting communication research at the University of Wisconsin and beyond. Situated within the UW’s Department of Communication Arts and housed in Vilas Hall, the Center is staffed by the Department’s Communication Science faculty and graduate students.
Director: Michael Xenos
Campus Address: Vilas Communication Hall, 821 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-2543
Communication Sciences and Disorders, Department of
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders prepares the next generation of scholars, clinicians, and leaders in the field of communication sciences and disorders. The undergraduate program provides students with a thorough grounding in theoretical and applied aspects of the discipline.
The Masters of Science (MS) and Doctor of Audiology (AuD) programs train students to provide state-of-the-art service to individuals with communication and swallowing disorders across the lifespan. The Doctoral (PhD) and MS/PhD programs provide students with the breadth and depth of knowledge necessary to become independent scholars and educators and leaders for the future.
Department Chair: Gary Weismer
Campus Address: Goodnight Hall, 1975 Willow Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-3951
Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies, Department of
Students in the Department of Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies have the opportunity to study texts from various historical periods and cultural and literary movements and to develop the intellectual fluency necessary to pose and begin to answer fundamental questions regarding the place of the literary text in society, in cultural traditions, and in aesthetic thought generally. They may also pursue more advanced questions of specific modes of literary analysis and of the function of the literary.
The study of folklore engages varied comparative and interdisciplinary approaches in a broad range of courses on oral, material, social, and spiritual aspects of African, Middle Eastern, Asian, European, American Indian, North, Central, and South American folklore, on theory and the history of scholarship, and on the public presentation of folklore through archives, exhibits, festivals, media productions, and other modes of representation.
Department Chair: Rob Howard
Campus Address: 2402 Sterling Hall, 475 Charter St., Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-3059
Computer Sciences, Department of
Formed in 1964, Computer Sciences consistently ranks in the top ten computer science departments in the U.S. The department's faculty, staff, and students have established a tremendous learning environment.
Computer Sciences offers a state of the art undergraduate curriculum that is continually updated by the faculty research experience. This includes project-oriented courses in computer animation, computer architecture, databases, networking, operating systems, programming languages and compilers and software engineering. These systems courses are complimented by undergraduate analysis courses in algorithms and complexity, systems performance modeling and analysis, numerical analysis and math programming.
Department Chair: Mark Hill
Campus Address: 1210 W. Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-1204
The Conservation Biology major is designed to provide students broad training in biological and related disciplines most relevant to conservation. The program emphasizes basic knowledge of natural history, whole organism biology, ecological interactions, and conservation biology.
Aldo Leopold and Norman Fassett first initiated this major in the 1940s to prepare individuals for careers as game wardens, ranger naturalists, and museum workers. These opportunities continue and have expanded to include work in environmental education; forest, game and park management; endangered species research and recovery efforts; and work with private conservation organizations. The major was previously known as Biological Aspects of Conservation.
Department Chair: Don WallerCampus Address: 10 Ingraham Hall 1155 Observatory Dr, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-6836
Contemporary History, Harvey Goldberg Center for the Study of
COWS (Center on Wisconsin Strategy)
COWS is a nonprofit think-and-do tank that promotes "high road" solutions to social problems. These treat shared growth and opportunity, environmental sustainability, and resilient democratic institutions as necessary and achievable complements in human development. COWS' work is collaborative, experimental, and evidence-driven. Working with business, government, labor, and communities, COWS tries out new ideas, tests their effectiveness, and disseminates those with promise. The Center believes that the best way to predict the future is to start making it, particularly in states and metro regions.
Director: Joel Rogers
Campus Address: 7122 Sewell Social Science Building, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-3889
Creative Writing Program
The Creative Writing Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison provides a full range of opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, and, through the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing's fellowships, post-graduates to study, practice, and receive recognition in the genres of poetry and fiction. While the program's primary emphasis is on those genres, it additionally offers classes in creative nonfiction and playwriting. The Creative Writing Program also sponsors readings throughout the academic year that are always free and open to the public.
Campus Address: The Department of English, 7195 Helen C. White Hall, 600 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-3800
Criminal Justice Certificate Program
Criminal Justice Certificate Program studies focus on the causes of crime and delinquency, examine fundamental concepts underlying the practice of justice, and analyze the impact of crime on our society. The inner workings of criminal justice agencies are reviewed through an internship component and options for controlling crime are surveyed. Students are challenged to consider new ways of preventing and handling crime. Studies are completed in tandem with a chosen major.
Upon completion of all UW and college requirements and graduation, students are awarded an inscribed Certificate in Criminal Justice.
Director: Howard Erlanger
Campus Address: 8139 Sewell Social Science Building, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Demography and Ecology, Center for
The Center for Demography and Ecology is a multi-disciplinary faculty research cooperative for social scientific demographic research whose membership includes sociologists, rural sociologists, economists, epidemiologists, and statisticians. CDE is one of the leading centers of social science research in the world, as indicated by the scholarly productivity of its faculty, the level of extramural funding secured by researchers, the production and distribution of high quality demographic data, and the quality of its graduate training program. The intellectual and collegial environment of the Center makes it an exciting and stimulating place in which to conduct research.
Many CDE members have overlapping memberships in cooperating research and training units, which include the Institute on Aging, the Institute for Research on Poverty, the LaFollette Institute for Public Affairs, the Applied Population Research Laboratory, the population and health program in the Department of Population Health Sciences, the University of Wisconsin Survey Center, and the Social Systems Research Institute and a variety of academic departments.
Director: James Raymo
Campus Address: 4412 Sewell Social Science Building, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53706
Phone: (608) 262-2182
Demography of Health and Aging, Center for
The Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) at the University of Wisconsin - Madison is one of fourteen P30 demography centers on aging sponsored by the National Institute on Aging. Major research themes include: midlife development and aging, economics of population aging, inequalities in health and aging, and international comparative studies of health and aging.
Director: Alberto Palloni
Campus Address: Sewell Social Science Building, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-9836
Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE)
The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) is a multi-volume reference work that documents words, phrases, and pronunciations that vary from one place to another across the United States. The entries in DARE include regional pronunciations, variant forms, some etymologies, and regional and social distributions of the words and phrases.
A striking feature of DARE is its inclusion of selected maps in the text that show where words were found in the 1,002 communities investigated during the fieldwork.
Chief Editor: Joan Hall
Campus Address: 6125 Helen C. White Hall, 600 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-3810
East Asian Languages and Literature, Department of
The Department of East Asian Languages and Literature includes instruction in Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
The department teaches a range of courses and activities which impart an understanding of the culture and civilization of the East Asian countries. With the completion of three basic years of the language, students will be prepared to handle various types of colloquial language. Most majors pursue advanced studies in linguistics or literature, while others combine an interest in China, Japan or Korea with a degree in business, education, engineering or journalism.
Department Chair: Rania Huntington
Campus Address: 1212 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-2291
Economics, Department of
The Department of Economics is a top teaching and research department comprised of a dedicated group of faculty, staff and students who lead the field in current economic issues. The mission of the department is to understand the decisions of businesses and consumers as well as the implications and causes of contemporary economic issues by developing a systematic and thorough understanding of precisely how economic systems operate.
The Department of Economics is one of the fastest growing departments here at the University due to the relevance of its subject matter in current affairs, and the excellent reputation of teaching and scholarship within the department.
Department Chair: Kenneth Hendricks
Campus Address: Sewell Social Science Building, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-2989
Electron Microprobe Lab
Director: John Fournelle
Campus Address: Department of Geoscience, 1215 W. Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-7964 or (608) 265-4798
Elementary Particle Physics Research, Institute for
The mission of the Institute for Elementary Particle Physics Research is to promote research at the interface of theory and experiment in particle physics, with emphasis on the interpretation of experimental data, the design of new experiments, and the construction and testing of theoretical models. The Institute's research is data-driven and encompasses collider physics, neutrino physics, particle astrophysics, particle cosmology, and low-energy physics. The Institute is internationally recognized for its leadership in this research.
Close interaction with experimental programs worldwide is a hallmark of the institute. The group has made many suggestions for probing models of particle interactions with existing and future experiments and has provided the field theory calculations which connect experimental results with the underlying theory description.
Director: Vernon Barger
Campus Address: Department of Physics, 2320 Chamberlain Hall, 1150 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706
English as a Second Language, Program in
The Intensive English Program provides quality instruction to adults who wish to improve their proficiency in English. English as a Second Language offers full-time 15-week programs in the fall and spring semesters and an 8-week program in the summer.
Students learn to: speak accurately and fluently, express ideas in writing, understand lectures and informal speech, read efficiently and quickly, and become confident in English.
Director: Sandy Arfa
Campus Address: 5134 Helen C. White Hall, 600 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-3780
English, Department of
The Department of English includes a wide array of disciplines in contemporary English studies: literary studies, composition and rhetoric, creative writing, English linguistics and English as a second language. The department offers a strong undergraduate major in literature, with complementary tracks in creative writing and linguistics.
Along with the undergraduate curriculum, the department offers four programs of graduate study in literary studies, rhetoric and composition, English linguistics and creative writing.
Department Chair: Caroline Levine
Campus Address: 7195 Helen C. White Hall, 600 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-3760
Environmental Communication and Education Studies, Center for
Evolution, J.F. Crow Institute for the Study of
The J.F. Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution is a cross-college institute supported by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, College of Letters and Sciences, and the Laboratory of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The mission of the Institute is to foster multidisciplinary research to address complex biological problems facing society, and to improve public understanding of evolution through education and outreach.
Director: David Baum
Film and Theater Research, Wisconsin Center for
Researchers at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research may study more than a century of cinema, radio, television, and theater through moving images, visual materials and manuscripts. Collections donated by some of Hollywood's most renowned directors, producers, screenwriters and actors, often augmented by viewing copies of their most significant works, provide complementary documentation for both the art and business of Hollywood's Golden Age, as well as more modern independent and experimental filmmaking. The Center's television collections are especially rich for the pre-videotape era, when programs were either broadcast live and copied onto kinescope or produced and broadcast using film. The history of the Broadway stage and important regional theaters can be traced through the manuscripts, photographs and other visual materials.
Director: Vance Kepley
Campus Address: Wisconsin Historical Society, 816 State Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 264-6466
French and Italian, Department of
The Department of French and Italian is recognized as a leader in literary and critical scholarship, and for a tradition of excellence in teaching and pedagogical research and training. The department is proud of its reputation for interdisciplinary innovation in curriculum and technology.
The programs offered in both French and Italian are considered to be among the finest in North America. The department's faculty are distinguished scholars with teaching and research experience in universities in many countries on several continents.
Department Chair: Gilles Bousquet
Campus Address: 618 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-3941
Gender and Women, Center for Research on
The Center for Research on Gender and Women was established in 1977 and serves as a unit of the Department of Gender and Women Studies to promote greater knowledge and understanding about gender and women’s studies both in the US and globally. It promotes scholarly interactions among gender studies researchers on campus, as well as linkages with women’s studies scholars nationally and internationally. It serves as a resource center for public and private institutions both in Wisconsin, the US and globally. The Center raises funds for and organizes collaborative research projects across campus. It organizes events on campus, sponsors competitions for research funds and awards, hosts visiting scholars, builds institutional partnerships on and off campus, and publishes a campus wide ebulletin.
Director: Janet Hyde
Campus Address: 3409 Sterling Hall, 475 N. Charter Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-2053
Gender and Women's Studies, Department of
The mission of the Department of Gender and Women's Studies is to expand the understanding and appreciation of women's lives and experiences both historically and in contemporary societies. The department defines education and learning in the broadest sense, including coursework, research, and a wide range of educational programs on and off campus.
Department Chair: Judy Houck
Campus Address: 3321 Sterling Hall, 475 North Charter Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-4704
Geography, Department of
For the past 75 years, UW-Madison has been home to one of the top ranked geography departments in the nation. The strength of the department is reflected in its ability to attract top-caliber students, compete for significant research funding, and publish foundational scholarly work. This commitment to excellence is reflected in the fact that the department has continuously been ranked among the top three programs in the country since rankings began in 1924.
The Geography Program is organized into four major thematic areas: physical geography, people-environmental studies, cartography and GIS, and human geography
Department Chair: Lisa Naughton
Campus Address: 160 Science Hall, 550 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-2138
Geoscience, Department of
The mission of the Department of Geoscience is to research and disseminate information on the structure, chemistry, physics, and evolution of the Earth; life on Earth and in the solar system; and the interaction between physical, chemical, and biological processes that shape the Earth.
The department strives for breadth and excellence in our coverage of the subdisciplines within geoscience and in the creation, integration, application, and transfer of knowledge in these fields. Faculty and students aim to be at the forefront of scientific research, to reach a broad audience from students to specialists, and to provide knowledge useful society. The department believes that research and the creation of new knowledge are intimately inter-related with, and essential to, our programs of graduate and undergraduate education, to the Wisconsin Idea, and to the extension of the Wisconsin Idea to the world.
Department Chair: Harold Tobin
Campus Address: Weeks Hall, 1215 Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-8960
German, Department of
The Department of German, established in 1890, is one of the oldest, largest, and highest ranked in the United States. Through its comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs, it offers a rich and challenging environment in which to pursue the study of all aspects of the literatures, cultures, and languages of the German-speaking countries.
As a leading department, its distinguished faculty has long been recognized internationally for its historical breadth and intellectual depth in German literature, thought, and culture from the Middle Ages to the present, as well as in Germanic linguistics and Dutch language, literature and culture.
Department Chair: Jolanda Vanderwal Taylor
Campus Address: 818 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-2192
German-American Studies, Max Kade Institute for
The Max Kade Institute is an interdisciplinary unit dedicated to researching the story of German-speaking immigrants and their descendants in a global and multicultural context; preserving American print culture and personal documents in the German language; and sharing the Institute’s resources through teaching, publications, community outreach, and public programming.
The Institute’s Library and Archives include one of the largest collections of German-language materials published in North America, as well as a growing collection of primary source documents such as letters, diaries, photographs, and land and business records; and its North American German Dialect Archive contains several thousand hours of recordings of German dialects spoken by immigrants from German-speaking lands and their descendants, which were made between the mid-1940s and the present.
Director: Cora Lee Kluge & Mark Louden
Campus Address: 432 E. Campus Mall, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-7546
Health Economics Research Center
Hebrew and Semitic Studies, Department of
The Department of Hebrew & Semitic Studies teaches Hebrew as a classical and living language and provides the opportunity to study the literature and thought of the cultures based on that language, including biblical Israel, rabbinic and medieval Judaism, and modern Israel.
Courses are also offered in areas of study cognate to the above: Semitic languages, archaeology, and Jewish cultural history. Advanced courses teach the methodology of scholarly investigation.
Department Chair: Ronald Troxel
Campus Address: 1346 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-3204
History of Print Culture in Modern America, Center for the
For nearly twenty years the Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America has been fostering the interdisciplinary study of print culture, through lectures and colloquia, biennial conferences, and the University of Wisconsin Press series "Print Culture History in Modern America." The Center encourages scholarly work on the authorship, reading, publication and distribution of print--and now digital--materials, produced by those at both the center and the periphery of power.
Director: Christine Pawley
Campus Address: School of Library and Information Studies, 4234 Helen C. White Hall, 600 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-2945
History of Science, Department of
The Program in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology is one of the largest and oldest academic programs of its kind in the United States. Administered by the Department of the History of Science, and staffed by faculty from the departments of History of Science and Medical History & Bioethics, the program is known for the strength and diversity of its areas of study and its warm, collegial environment.
All historical aspects of science, medicine, and technology receive attention - from their internal development to their broader social contexts, including their relationships with institutions, philosophy, religion, and literature.
Department Chair: Florence Hsia
Campus Address: 210 Bradley Memorial Building, 1225 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-1406
History, Department of
The History Department has over 750 undergraduate majors and serves countless additional students drawn to history to meet other requirements of the College. As a member of the Graduate School, the History Department has a vibrant community of over 200 graduate students.
For all of its students, the History Department is committed to providing an exciting and diverse intellectual community - and a connection to last a lifetime.
Department Chair: James Sweet
Campus Address: 3211 Mosse Humanities Building, 455 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-1800
The L&S Honors Program serves over 1,300 students in the College of Letters and Science with an enriched undergraduate curriculum. Students in the program pursue the Honors in the Liberal Arts, Honors in the Major or Comprehensive Honors Degrees. The program began in response to a 1958 petition by students seeking more challenging work and opportunities to "delve more deeply" into their fields of interest.
The program also offers professional advising services; grants, scholarships, and awards, particularly for introductory and Honors Senior Thesis research; and numerous academic, social,and service opportunities through the Honors Student Organization.
Director: Sissel Schroeder
Campus Address: Washburn Observatory, 1401 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-2984
Humanities, Center for the
The Center for the Humanities is a hub of creative inquiry and cultural life, drawing renowned scholars from across campus and around the globe to present cutting-edge research and engage new ideas. Through seminars, workshops, and conferences, the Center fosters collaboration beyond disciplinary lines and promotes intellectual exploration outside the classroom.
Director: Sara Guyer
Campus Address: University Club Building, 3rd Floor, 432 East Campus Mall, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-3412
Humanities, Institute for Research in the
Founded in 1959, the Institute for Research in the Humanities (IRH) sponsors some 40 external and internal fellowships. The institute encourages innovative research and interdisciplinary exchange asking large questions of history, culture, literature, ideas, language, and the arts.
The Institute's weekly seminars and informal brown bag lunches create a dynamic research environment of diverse scholars open to learning from each other. Collaborating closely with the Center for the Humanities, the Institute also sponsors symposia, conferences, lectures, and workshops of broad significance for the Humanities.
Director: Susan Friedman
Campus Address: 432 East Campus Mall, Room 221, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-3855
Integrated Liberal Studies Program (ILS)
The Integrated Liberal Studies (ILS) Program offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the basic subjects in the liberal arts curriculum. Its faculty members - all excellent teachers and scholars - are drawn from many programs and departments at the UW-Madison. This diversity enables the ILS Program to offer the different subject areas needed to satisfy the breadth requirement and for a sound liberal education.
ILS is a coherent program for students and offers an alternative to scattered electives. The ILS Program offers courses in the sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences.
Director: Michael Vanden Heuvel
Campus Address: Meiklejohn House, 228 N. Charter Street, Madison, WI 53715
Phone: (608) 262-2190
Jewish Studies, George L. Mosse/Laurence A. Weinstein Center for
Founded in 1991, the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies brings together a variety of disciplines to study and interpret Jewish and ancient Israelite history, religion, politics, society, and culture. Drawn from over a dozen different departments, our faculty have achieved national and international prominence for teaching and scholarship.
Each year, the Center offers to the university and general community a variety of educational and artistic programs, including lectures, conferences, roundtable discussions, concerts, and film screenings.
Director: Simone Schweber
Campus Address: 108 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 265-4763
Journalism and Mass Communication, School of
As one of the oldest journalism programs in the nation, the School of Journalism & Mass Communication also stands as one of the best. With a rare blend of leading-edge research and professional training, the J-School is uncommon in its service to students and to the body of knowledge in mass communication.
From its award-winning scholars to its motivated students to its convergence curriculum in both undergraduate and graduate studies, the J-School serves as a global leader in journalism research and teaching.
Director: Hermant Shah
Campus Address: 5115 Vilas Hall, 821 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-3690
Journalism Ethics, Center for
The Center for Journalism Ethics aims to advance the ethical standards and practices of democratic journalism through discussion, research, teaching, professional outreach, and newsroom partnerships. The Center is a voice for journalistic integrity, a forum for informed debate, and an incubator for new ideas and practices.
Director: Stephen Ward
Campus Address: 5152 Vilas Hall, 821 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706
LaFollette School of Public Affairs
The La Follette School of Public Affairs is a leading academic institution in improving the design, implementation, and evaluation of public policy and the practice of governance worldwide. The school produces and publishes innovative multidisciplinary policy and management research; trains, mentors, and educates students interested in domestic and international policy and governance in public, non-profit, and private settings; and informs the practice of public affairs locally, nationally, and globally by disseminating knowledge to practitioners and to the broader public.
Director: Susan Yackee
Campus Address: 1225 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-3581
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an international leader in foreign language education and research, with the capacity to offer instruction in over 80 modern and ancient languages. Drawing on the wealth of this expertise, the Language Institute promotes collaboration for research, education and outreach in languages, literatures and cultures.
Director: Rob Howell
Campus Address: 1322 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-1473
Languages and Cultures of Asia, Department of
The Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia focuses on research and teaching in the Asian humanities, with particular emphasis on cultures, literatures, religions, and languages. The department's mission is to engage in wide-ranging humanistic scholarship that transcends the boundaries of language, geographic region, nation, and religious identity and to impart the significance of a humanistic study of Asia to students, as well as to other members of the university and beyond. This mission of the department promotes Asian humanities as something not merely to learn about but also, and more importantly, to learn from.
Department Chair: Ellen Rafferty
Campus Address: 1240 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-3012
Law, Society, and Justice, Center for
The University of Wisconsin-Madison has long been recognized as a center for interdisciplinary studies related to law and legal institutions. The Center for Law, Society, and Justice (CLSJ) is the organizational home for academic programs related to law and legal institutions, other than the programs offered by the University of Wisconsin Law School. It currently houses the Legal Studies Program and the Criminal Justice Certificate Program.
Director: Howard Erlanger
Learning Support Services (LSS)
The staff in Learning Support Services proudly serves students, faculty, and staff in the UW-Madison College of Letters & Science by promoting and supporting the thoughtful use of technology for teaching and learning.
Instructional technology support includes equipment checkout, audio and video materials, media services, computing spaces, and consulting. From the AV Pool, instructors may borrow computers, projectors, video cameras, and other audio and video equipment for classroom instruction. The Learning Lab houses an impressive catalog of audio and video materials for teaching and learning about foreign languages and cultures, as well as other L&S subjects. The Digital Learning Lab provides convenient online access to assigned audio and video materials for L&S courses. The LSS InfoLab is a computer lab open to all UW students, faculty, and staff where various types of equipment are available for short- and longer-term checkout. LSS also provides expert media services, including audio and video production, format conversion, video conferencing, streaming, and videotaping.
LSS staff members are available to consult on projects using audio, video, and other instructional technology. Receive one-on-one or group training to create audio/video instructional materials for students, utilizing media in the classroom, streaming videos for viewing outside of class, creating collaborative websites, and much more.
Director: Bruno Browning
Campus Address: 279 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-1408
Legal Studies Program
The Legal Studies Program's mission is to provide a liberal education across traditional disciplines, focusing on the theory and operation of law and legal institutions. The courses in the Legal Studies major expose students to the many facets of law as a social phenomenon - its evolution, function, motivating ideas and effects.
The curriculum is designed around the following five themes: Legal Institutions, Processes of Legal Order and Disorder, Law and Social Forces, Law and Culture, and Law and Theory.
Director: Michael Massoglia
Campus Address: 8137 Social Science Building, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-2083
Library and Information Studies, School of (SLIS)
The School of Library and Information Studies exists to educate professionals to bring together information in all its cultural forms and the people who need or want it. SLIS contributes to individual and collective knowledge, productivity, and well-being; and creates and disseminates knowledge about recordable information.
The school also provides for the continuation and enhancement of the faculties of schools of library and information studies through a doctoral program built on interdisciplinary research and teaching excellence; and helps shape the future of the library and information professions.
Director: Kristin Eschenfelder
Campus Address: 4217 Helen C. White Hall, 600 North Park Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-2900
Limnology, Center for
The Center for Limnology was established in July 1982 to plan, conduct, and facilitate inland freshwater research. The Center grew out of almost one hundred years of limnology at the University initiated by E.A. Birge and Chancey Juday, who founded limnology in North America through extensive descriptive and comparative studies.
The Center's roots were further developed by Arthur D. Hasler, who led the way in experimental limnology and facilitated four decades of aquatic studies at Wisconsin. The present program builds on these approaches and has expanded to include long-term studies, synthesis, modeling, Great Lakes research, and application to resource management and environmental issues.
Director: Stephen Carpenter
Campus Address: 680 North Park Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-3014
Linguistics, Department of
The Department of Linguistics offers an undergraduate major, a Ph.D. program in linguistics, and a Ph.D. minor in linguistics. Graduate students in the linguistics Ph.D. program are awarded a Master of Arts degree upon the completion of the M.A. requirements. Students newly admitted to the Ph.D. program must attend the department orientation and consult with the chair in person by the beginning of classes.
Faculty in the Department of Linguistics specialize in phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and American Indian languages. Applied linguistic studies such as the theory and practice of language teaching or the history and structure of a particular language are handled in other departments, or may be assembled as a program of individual study.
Department Chair: Eric Raimy
Campus Address: 1168 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-2292
Mass Communication Research Center
The goal of this graduate student and faculty collaborative is to integrate scholarship from communications, political science, psychology and sociology to investigate the effects of mass media on political judgment and reasoning. This working group has a long history in the school, where it has been a center of research activity focusing on media and politics for over 35 years.
Most recently, the Center has focused on message framing and priming effects, using online survey experiments to engage in dynamic testing of potential influences. We approach this work from a multiplicity of perspectives, examining the possible consequences of message framing and priming effects for political sophistication and learning, reason giving and deliberative discussion, social tolerance and trust, and expressive participation.
Director: Dhavan Shah
Campus Address: School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 5115 Vilas Hall, 821University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-3690
Mathematics Tutorial Program
We attract a very diverse crowd of students! The Math Tutorial Program is appropriate for anyone who can benefit from our structured support as they work through their math class. Our primary focus is students who without our structure and support would not be successful in their current class. In addition, we work with returning students, students who haven't taken a math class in several years, and students who are repeating a class, as well as with students from groups which are underrepresented in mathematics and the sciences. Offers free small group tutoring for students enrolled in Math 095, 101, 112, 113, 114, 171/217, 211, 213, 221, 222, and 234.
- Apply during first three weeks--no referral form needed. Apply in person by stopping in 321 Van Vleck
- Apply after third week--need a referral form from your instructor, advisor, or dean and bring the referral form to 321 Van Vleck
Director: David Camacho
Campus Address: 321 Van Vleck Hall, 480 Lincoln Dr., Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-6817
Mathematics, Department of
Department Chair: Gloria Mari-Beffa
Campus Address: 480 Lincoln Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-3054
Medieval Spanish Studies, Seminary of
Medieval Studies Program
The Medieval Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers an interdisciplinary environment for the pursuit of knowledge relating to the Middle Ages, a period spanning Late Antiquity to roughly 1500. Representing faculty from over 18 departments, the Program offers courses and certificate programs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The Program also sponsors events and conferences on topics of interest both to the university and to the community at large.
Director: Karl Shoemaker
Campus Address: Department of History, 4005 Mosse Humanities Building, 455 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-1830
Meteorological Satellite Studies, Cooperative Institute for
The Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) is a Cooperative Institute formed through a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). CIMSS operates as an institute within the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC). CIMSS scientists conduct research using remote sensing systems for meteorological and surface-based applications.
The CIMSS mission includes three goals:
- Foster collaborative research among NOAA, NASA, and the University in those aspects of atmospheric and earth system sciences that exploit the use of satellite technology;
- Serve as a center at which scientists and engineers working on problems of mutual interest can focus on satellite-related research in atmospheric and earth system science;
- Stimulate the training of scientists and engineers in the disciplines involved in atmospheric and earth sciences.
Director: Steven Ackerman
Campus Address: Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences Building, 1225 W. Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 26307435
Molecular Biology Major
Molecular biology is the basic science that seeks an understanding of biological processes in terms of the properties and functions of the molecules that make up living cells. The scope of questions addressed in molecular biology ranges from evolution to development to the regulation of gene expression. A career in molecular biology requires a strong background in biology as well as a solid foundation in chemistry, mathematics, and physics.
The molecular biology major has been designed primarily for three groups of students: (a) those who plan to enter a research career in molecular biology or related areas such as biochemistry, genetics, oncology, microbiology, cell biology or developmental biology; (b) pre-professional students who plan to enter either a research or clinical career in medicine, or allied health fields; (c) students who plan to teach biology at the college or secondary-school levels. Students with other interests are also welcome, of course. Career opportunities for students with an undergraduate degree in molecular biology are amazingly diverse. Graduates of our program have gone into patent law, science journalist, forensics, philosophy, genetic counseling, veterinary medicine, anthropology, archeology, marine biology, and theology.
Department Chair: Kurt Amann
Campus Address: 10 Ingraham Hall 1155 Observatory Dr, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-6836
Music Technology, Wisconsin Center for
Music, School of
The School of Music is proud of an outstanding international roster of faculty artists and scholars devoted to the School's fundamental mission of fostering and promoting the global cultural art of music. The school's 60-member faculty maintains a unique focus on individual student achievement, utilizing the vast resources of the world-famous Madison campus.
Established in 1895, the School of Music reflects the Wisconsin Idea of practical service to the state and its residents. A music degree program was organized in 1915, emphasizing training for public school music teachers. In 1939 the School gained acclaimed distinction with the creation of the first musical artist-in-residence position at any American university.
Director: Susan Cook
Campus Address: 3561 Humanities, 455 North Park Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-1900
Philosophy, Department of
The Department of Philosophy carries on a long and proud tradition of highly acclaimed teaching and research in core areas of philosophy—especially in the philosophy of science and ethics, but also in metaphysics, epistemology, and the history of philosophy.
The department attracts over a hundred undergraduate majors, and its outstanding Ph.D. program boasts a record of placing its graduates in some of the best departments in the country. Along with its colloquium program, the department also regularly hosts conferences and is the home of the annual Metaethics Workshop.
Department Chair: Alan Sidelle
Campus Address: 5185 Helen C. White Hall, 600 North Park Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-3700
Physics Learning Center
The Physics Learning Center offers a variety of services including small group study sessions (providing a supportive environment in which to learn physics), access to study materials, and extra exam review sessions. Study groups meet twice each week and are led by trained peer tutors and staff. The Center provides extra practice problems and opportunities to discuss physics concepts. There is no cost for participation in our programs. Resources are available for students in Physics 103, 104, 207, and 208
Director: Susan Nossal
Campus Address: 2337 and 2338 Chamberlin Hall, 1150 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706
Physics, Department of
For decades, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been ranked among the top universities in the United States. The department's first Ph.D. was awarded in 1899 and since that time, thousands of students have earned undergraduate and advanced degrees from our program, in virtually every area of physics.
Department Chair: Albrecht Karle
Campus Address: 2320 Chamberlin Hall, 1150 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-4526
Plant Development, Institute for
Plasmas in the Laboratory and in Astrophysics, Center for
Established in the early 1960's, the plasma and fusion research program at UW is one of the broadest university research and graduate education programs in these areas in the US. It includes several high-performance plasma confinement experiments, collaborations in national and international experiments, a cross-disciplinary theory and computation effort, a comprehensive fusion engineering program, a center for plasma-aided manufacturing, and a Physics Frontier Center on Magnetic Organization. Research is conducted under the departments of Engineering Physics, Physics, and Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Director: Cary Forest
Political Science, Department of
The Political Science Department is one of the nation's oldest and most respected programs. The department is highly ranked in national surveys, and its award-winning faculty are known for innovative research on the discipline's most current and important questions.
The department's dedication to teaching is also apparent: it is one of the largest majors on campus, with a commitment to excellence in undergraduate instruction.
Department Chair: David Canon
Campus Address: 110 North Hall, 1050 Bascom Mall, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-2414
Politics, Center for the Study of
The Wisconsin NewsLab is a 2,500 square foot media analysis facility located at the center of the UW – Madison Campus.
NewsLab is equipped with 35 Windows XP workstations each of them capable of digitizing video from DVD, video cassette, or other digital media.
News is gathered, sorted, and archived automatically by NewsLab's InfoSite system. Staff then analyzes each segment answering questions provided by researchers.
Co-Directors: Kenneth Goldstein, James Fowler
Poverty, Institute for Research on
IRP is a center for interdisciplinary research into the causes, consequences, and cures of poverty and social inequality in the United States. As one of three National Poverty Research Centers sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, IRP has a particular interest in poverty and family welfare in Wisconsin and as well as the nation.
Director: Timothy Smeeding
Campus Address: 3412 Sewell Social Science Building, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-6358
Psychology Research and Training Clinic
The Psychology Research and Training Clinic has been in existence for more than thirty years and has established a reputation for quality service. The success of the clinic is the result of both the ongoing training in advanced treatment methods as well as the extensive time dedicated to each case by the therapist of his or her supervisor.
Campus Address: Brogden Psychology Building, 1202 West Johnson Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-5925
Psychology, Department of
The Department of Psychology has established strong traditions of excellence in research, teaching, and in the training the next generation of psychological scientists. Faculty and students conduct cutting-edge, award-wining research that is at the forefront of discoveries in the field – research that both defines and shapes the future of psychological science.
The research spans the breadth and diversity of contemporary psychology including emotion, affective, cognitive, and social neuroscience, aging, language, cognitive, social, perceptual, and emotional development, perception, memory, psychopathology, addiction, motivation, prejudice, culture, personality and biological bases of behavior in human and nonhuman animals. In addition, the department strives to translate the most rigorous psychological science into applications that promote physical and mental health, optimal aging, language and social development, reading and math skills, educational achievement, pharmacological interventions, improved social interactions between minority and majority groups, and accommodation of cultural differences.
Department Chair: Hill Goldsmith
Campus Address: 1202 West Johnson St, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-1041
Pushkin Studies, Wisconsin Center for
The Department of Slavic Languages of the University of Wisconsin-Madison is pleased to announce the establishment of the Wisconsin Center for Pushkin Studies. The Center, a unique resource for scholars, is dedicated to research and publication on the work of Alexander Pushkin.
Campus Address: 1432 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 265-3199
Rapid Evolution, Center of (CORE)
CORE is an institute dedicated to the study of rapid evolution. Many serious problems currently facing human societies and the environment are occurring on rapid time scales. Such problems include global warming, extinctions of species, invasions of alien species, evolution of infectious diseases, and threats to agricultural livestock and crop species from diseases and inbreeding. The study of rapid evolution is critical for gaining the tools to address such problems.
Scientists at the Center of Rapid Evolution (CORE) focus on these critical areas of research (see below). Research at this center includes the study of invasive species, conservation of endangered populations, evolutionary responses to genetically modified crops, crop to weed transfer of genes, genetics of microbial diversity, and evolution of organisms and communities in response to environmental fluctuations and disturbance.
Scientists at CORE are also actively involved in outreach efforts to inform and educate the public on how to use evolutionary insights to solve critical problems in conservation, medicine, and agriculture.
Director: Carol Eunmi Lee
Campus Address: Birge Hall, 430 Lincoln Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-2675
Religious Studies Program
Religious studies is an academic discipline that looks at religious phenomena worldwide from a variety of angles in order to achieve an understanding of the many roles that religion plays in human life. Students of religion use different methods for different goals. These include historical methods to understand how religions change in time; critical literary methods to understand religious ideas; aesthetic methods to understand religious art; social-scientific methods to understand the relationship between religion and society and culture.
Director: Tom DuBois
Campus Address: 7143 Sewell Social Sciences, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Scandinavian Studies, Department of
The Department of Scandinavian Studies, established in 1875, is the oldest such department in North America. It offers comprehensive study of the language, literature, and culture of the Nordic countries at undergraduate and graduate levels.
Courses in the following areas are currently offered by the Department on a regular basis: Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, and Old Norse-Icelandic language; Scandinavian linguistics, Scandinavian literature, Old Norse-Icelandic literature; and Scandinavian folklore.
Department Chair: Julie Allen
Campus Address: 1306 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-2090
Science and Technology Studies, Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for
The Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies seeks to understand how science and technology shape human lives and livelihoods and how society and culture, in turn, shape the development of science and technology.
By focusing scholarly attention on science and technology as human institutions, situated in wider historical, social, and political contexts, the Center provides insights into the relationship between science and technology and such basic categories of social thought as race and gender, poverty and development, trust and credibility, participation and democracy, health and pathology, risk and uncertainty, globalization, and environmental protection.
Director: Samer Alatout
Campus Address: 6317 Social Science Building, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-2927
Second Language Acquisition, Doctoral Program in
Second Language Acquisition (SLA for short) is the scholarly field of inquiry that investigates the human capacity to learn languages other than the first, during late childhood, adolescence, or adulthood, and once the first language or languages have been acquired. SLA studies a wide variety of complex influences and phenomena that contribute to the puzzling range of possible outcomes when learning an additional language in a variety of contexts. The doctoral program in Second Language Acquisition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison prepares students to research and teach in the rapidly growing interdisciplinary field of SLA.
Director: Junko Mori
Campus Address: 1322 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-1473
Slavic Languages and Literature, Department of
The Department of Slavic Languages and Literature teaches courses in Czech, Polish, Russian, and Serbo-Croatian. Instruction in Slavic languages and literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison traces its roots back to 1935.
Department Chair: Karen Evans-Romaine
Campus Address: 1432 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-3498
Social Science Computing Cooperative
The Social Science Computing Cooperative provides computer services for the Social Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Cooperative proper is made up of research agencies, departments and one School which contribute to the cooperative and receive services in return. However, the SSCC also provides some services to anyone in the Social Science Division of the University, including an instructional computer lab.
Director: Nancy McDermott
Campus Address: 4226 Sewell Social Science Building, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-2182
Social Science Data and Computation Center
Director: Jack Solock
Campus Address: 3308 Sewell Social Science Building, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-0750
Social Science Research Services
Social Science Research Services (SSRS) serves social science researchers in the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The central function of SSRS is to provide specialized, high quality services to advance interdisciplinary social science research at the UW-Madison. SSRS provides an administrative "umbrella" to coordinate a variety of service-providing units. Any social science researcher or unit wishing to utilize the services provided through SSRS is welcome to contact us to determine the services that are available to them.
Director: Jeff Peterson
Campus Address: 4412 William H. Sewell Social Science Building, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Social Structure and Social Change, Havens Center for the Study of
Established in the Sociology Department in 1984, the Havens Center for the Study of Social Structure and Social Change is dedicated to promoting intellectual reflection and exchange in the critical traditions of social thought, both within the academy as well as between it and the broader community. By fostering such interaction, the Havens Center seeks to contribute to the development of a society openly committed to reason, democracy, equality, and freedom. The Center is named in honor of the late Professor of Rural Sociology, A. Eugene Havens, whose work and life embodied the combination of progressive political commitment and scholarly rigor that the Center encourages.
Director: Erik Olin Wright
Campus Address: 8117 Sewell Social Science Building, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-1420
Social Systems Research Institute
The Social Systems Research Institute (SSRI) was created in 1960 and provides research support to the faculty in the Department of Economics at UW-Madison. SSRI provides both logistical and administrative support for research related activities such as the SSRI Working Paper Series, the Workshop (lecture) Series, the submission of research grants to funding agencies and the organization of conferences. SSRI is supported by contributions from the UW-Madison College of Letters and Sciences and a sub-budget of the UW-Madison Department of Economics.
Director: Ananth Seshadri
Campus Address: Department of Economics, Sewell Social Science Building, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-0446
Social Work, School of
The School of Social Work seeks to enhance human well-being and promote social and economic justice for people who are disadvantaged to achieve an equitable, healthy, and productive society.
The school aims to:
- Create, advance, strengthen, and integrate interdisciplinary knowledge for students and the profession through research, scholarship, teaching and practice.
- Educate students to become highly skilled, culturally competent and ethical practitioners who will provide effective leadership for the profession of social work within the State of Wisconsin and nationally.
- Promote change at levels ranging from the individual to national policy, including empowering communities and populations that are disadvantaged and developing humane service delivery systems.
- Create and disseminate knowledge regarding the prevention and amelioration of social problems.
Director: Jan Greenberg
Campus Address: 1350 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-3660
Sociology, Department of
The Department of Sociology consistently ranks as one of the top Sociology departments in the country. The department excels in a wide variety of intellectual pursuits, including research, teaching, and public service.
Students have a wide range of interests reflecting disparate kinds of expertise in aging and the life course, class analysis, demography, economic sociology, education, ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, family, gender, organizations, political sociology, social psychology, stratification, science and technology, and many other arenas of inquiry. Methodologically, students choose to do sociological research in many different ways, whether through direct observation, archival work, analysis of recorded interactional data, ethnography, large-scale sample surveys, secondary data analysis, or theoretical inquiry.
Department Chair: Pam Oliver
Campus Address: 8128 William H. Sewell Social Science Building, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-2921
Space Astronomy Laboratory
The Space Astronomy Laboratory (SAL) is a unit of the Astronomy Department at the the University of Wisconsin - Madison. SAL designs and builds instruments for the Department of Astronomy. These instruments help the Astronomy Department's faculty to do research in both space-based and ground-based astronomy.
Campus Address: Chamberlin Hall, 1150 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-4680
Spanish and Portuguese, Department of
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is dedicated to the study and teaching of the languages, literatures and cultures of the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking worlds. It is one the largest departments of Spanish and Portuguese in the United States, and offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate courses and areas of specialization in literature, culture, and linguistics.
Department Chair: Luis Madureira
Campus Address: 1018 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-2093
Speech and Hearing Clinic
The Speech and Hearing Clinic in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers evaluation, treatment and consultation services for children and adults with speech, language, hearing, and related communication needs.
The Speech & Hearing Clinic is a training facility where services are provided by graduate students under the guidance and supervision of state licensed and nationally certified Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.
Campus Address: Department of Communicative Disorders, Goodnight Hall, 1975 Willow Drive, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-3951
State, Local, and Tribal Governance, Wisconsin Center for
The Wisconsin Center for State, Local and Tribal Governance began in 1995 to house, in one spot, the numerous outreach efforts provided by La Follette School of Public Affairs professors who work with mayors, communities, tribes and others on issues such as youth violence, intergovernmental relations, leadership, personnel policies and more.
Director: Dennis Dresang
Statistics, Department of
The Department of Statistics offers a broad range of both undergraduate and graduate instructional programs to fulfill needs of students at many different levels. At the undergraduate level, several introductory courses may lead to many more advanced courses. The Department undergraduate major in statistics has an option to concentrate coursework in an area of application, including biological sciences, computer sciences, economics, or engineering. The graduate M.S. and Ph.D. programs, with options in either statistics or biostatistics, stress a balance between statistical theory and practical applications, preparing students for careers in academia, industry, medical research, business, agriculture, and government.
Department Chair: Yazchen Wang
Campus Address: 1220 Medical Science Center, 1300 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-2598
Student Academic Affairs
The Division of Student Academic Affairs (SAA) in the College of Letters & Science is dedicated to the success of L&S undergraduate students both inside and outside the classroom by supporting student learning and personal growth.
Director: Gery Essenmacher
Campus Address: 420 South Hall
Survey Center (UWSC)
For over 25 years, the University of Wisconsin Survey Center (UWSC) has provided a broad range of high quality survey research services to the UW faculty, staff and administrators, governmental agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. The Center helps design and implement all components of a survey ranging from questionnaire design and layout to data collection to report writing and analysis. In addition, the Center collects qualitative data through focus groups and in-depth interviews
Director: Nora Schaeffer
Campus Address: Sterling Hall Fourth Floor, 475 Charter St, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-9032
Theoretical Chemistry Institute
The Theoretical Chemistry Institute is part of the Physical Chemistry Division. Students ordinarily work toward Ph.D. degrees in physical chemistry, in an environment that emphasizes interactions among all theoretical research groups and faculty. Shared facilities include the TCI Library, seminar and conference rooms, and computational resources. The Institute interacts with groups that have primarily experimental interests and strongly enhance the environment for theoretical research.
Director: James Skinner
Campus Address: 8305 Chemistry Building, 1101 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-9918
Upper Midwestern Cultures, Center for the Study of
The Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures is committed to the languages and cultural traditions of this region's diverse peoples. The Center fosters research and the preservation of archival collections, while producing educational and outreach programs for a broad public audience. It also assists community groups, classrooms, and scholars with projects involving Upper Midwestern Cultures.
Director: Joe Salmons
Campus Address: The University Club, 432 East Campus Mall, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-8180
Urban and Regional Planning, Department of
For nearly 50 years, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning has been active in the core missions of teaching, research, and outreach. Since inception in the 1960s, the department has granted over 1000 graduate degrees and forwarded a progressive and interdisciplinary approach to the theory and practice of planning. As a department of both the College of Letters and Science and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, its faculty, affiliates, and students provide links between the array of academic disciplines and knowledge bases necessary to address key planning problems found in the real world.
Department Chair: Ken Genskow
Campus Address: Old Music Hall, 925 Bascom Mall, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-1004
Visual Cultures, Center for
The Center for Visual Cultures develops and sustains vital connections and collaborations between the study and practice of the visual with bridges across the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. As a leader in the field since 2002, we support cutting edge creative production and interdisciplinary research, programming, and community outreach activities in the new and developing field of visual cultures studies.
Director: Theresa Kelley
Campus Address: 218 Memorial Library, 728 State Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 890-3930
Wavelet IDR Center
The Wavelet Center for Ideal Data Representation (IDR) is a consortium of nine institutions involved in wavelet research. The goal of the Center is to develop new theories and technology for data representation based on redundant multiscale/wavelet representations, and to serve as a national center for the entire wavelet community. A primary component of the project are the application areas in image and signal processing, large scale computation, and computer graphics.
Coordinator: Amos Ron
Campus Address: Computer Sciences and Statistics Building, 1210 W. Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53706
Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy
The mission of the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy (WISL) is to promote literacy in science, mathematics and technology among the general public and to attract future generations to careers in research, teaching and public service.
Society makes progress in addressing critical issues by having both a skilled, creative, and productive work force and a citizenry able to judge the risks and enjoy the benefits of advances in science and technology. WISL seeks to boost opportunities for educational success for all students, especially those from under-represented groups, and to empower adults to participate responsibly in our cherished democratic institutions. WISL aims to enhance the development of talent for careers in science and for careers in science teaching and to advance the level of appreciation of science among the non-practitioners who are its beneficiaries. WISL advocates the exploration and establishment of links between science, the arts, and the humanities. WISL promotes the elevation of discourse on significant societal issues related to science, religion, politics, the economy, and ethics.
Director: Bassam Shakhashiri
Wisconsin State Cartographer's Office
The State Cartographer’s Office (SCO) is Wisconsin’s resource for information about maps, cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), land information systems (LIS), and geospatial technology. The office supports the state's geospatial community through presentations and educational workshops, technical consulting, print and digital publications, web-based catalogs and data services, and information about events, jobs and emerging trends.
Wisconsin State Cartographer: Howard Veregin
Phone: (608) 262-3065
Campus Address: 384 Science Hall, 550 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center helps undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines become more effective, more confident writers. The Center's methods - multi-faceted, flexible, and collaborative - reflect respect for the individual writer, whose talents, voice, and goals are central to its endeavors.
Director: Bradley Hughes
Campus Address: 6171 Helen C. White Hall
Phone: (608) 263-1992
Zoology, Department of
Research and teaching within the department of Zoology focuses on all areas and all hierarchical levels of biology, including cell and molecular biology, neurobiology, genetics, organismal biology, ecology, evolution, and behavior.
Department Chair: Jeff Hardin
Campus Address: 250 N. Mills Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-1051