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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
College of Letters and Science
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901-8660

Front Office:
Sage 4449

Phone: (920) 424-1222

Dean's Welcome



Welcome to the College of Letters and Science website. I am the new interim Dean of the College. I have been at UW Oshkosh for 25 years, serving in many roles froclassroom professor of medieval history and chair of the Department of History to interim Associate Dean and now interim Dean. I have always valued the varied opportunities the College provides for our students to discover the most fulfilling area of study for them while honing the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills necessary to flourish in an ever-changing world. We strive for excellence in all facets of the College to promote and enhance these skills in our students and to provide them with a firm foundation of knowledge for life beyond the University. We encourage achievement, social responsibility, and lifelong learning among our Letters and Science graduates, equipping them with transferable intellectual and practical skills that serve them in the workplace and in life. 


Thank you for visiting our website. Please feel free to send your questions or comments to me at I invite you to visit our thriving campus to see firsthand the wealth of educational and social experiences to be had at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. 


– Kimberly Rivers, Interim Dean 

The College of Letters and Science


The College of Letters and Science boasts award-winning programs, nationally recognized faculty and talented students in the largest and most varied college at UW Oshkosh. The College offers 40 undergraduate majors as well as numerous minors, emphases, certificates, pre-professional programs and graduate programs spanning the sciences, the humanities, the fine and performing arts, social sciences and engineering technology.

Central to the mission of the college is a broad-based liberal education that challenges students to explore a wide spectrum of knowledge about the human experience and the natural world, to enhance their skills of communication, critical thinking and problem solving, to understand and bridge cultural difference, and discover their own capacities for creative expression.

Through an exciting array of powerful learning opportunities – including hands-on community-based projects, internships, student/faculty collaborative research, global learning and study abroad, among many others – COLS equips students for specific careers while also preparing them to be responsible citizens who understand and contribute to the complex and changing world in which they live.