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

Nursing Education Building
Room 101

Phone: (920) 424-1222

Dean's Welcome


Welcome to the College of Letters and Science web site. I hope you will find it useful in providing information about the many fine programs and opportunities that we offer.

I strongly believe in the value of a liberal arts education as a means to developing well-rounded individuals with critical thinking and problem solving skills. 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 exceptional campus to see firsthand the wealth of educational and social experiences to be had at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

– Colleen McDermott, 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.