Aerial photograph of Bascom Hall and surrounding buildings. Photo by Jeff Miller, University Communications
About the College of Letters & Science
The College of Letters & Science teaches students to make a good living and lead a good life. We are the largest academic unit at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the heart of this great institution.
The strength of Letters & Science is the people. L&S is home to more than 800 faculty, 22,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 190,000 living alumni.
Gary Sandefur, Dean
College of Letters & Science
Fast Facts: An Overview of the College of Letters & Science at UW-Madison
- More than 800 Faculty
- Total students: 20,836 (2012)
- 16,606 undergraduates (2012)
- 4,191 graduate students (2012)
- 640,414 Total Hours (2011-12)
The College of Letters & Science is comprised of 39 departments, 22 non-departmental academic programs, 70 interdisciplinary research centers and institutes, and five professional schools across three broad divisions: arts and humanities, physical and natural sciences, and the social sciences.
- Undergraduate majors
- Master's, Doctoral and Professional degree programs
UW Madison's five most popular majors are in L&S.
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*The Biology major is offered jointly with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Total Degrees Conferred
- 3,416 undergraduate degrees (2011-12)
- 1,160 graduate and professional degrees (2011-12)
Total living alumni: 181,655 (2012)
Total Extramural Research Awards: $140.2 million (2011-12)
Federal Research Awards: $112.2 million (2011-12)