The following resources provide important academic, financial and student life information for current COLS students.
UW Oshkosh’s liberal arts college, the College of Letters and Science prepares undergraduate students to be effective communicators, critical thinkers and lifelong learners. More than 40 majors and minors, as well as numerous emphases and pre-professional programs — ranging from art to urban planning, mathematics to English — provide limitless academic options.
The college’s distinguished faculty are not only active in their speciality but also take time to challenge and nurture students in the classroom and through one-on-one research projects. Collaborations with the community, such as internships, provide additional experimental learning opportunities.
Beyond the classroom, students actively engage in more than 40 student organizations, including the most successful Model United Nations team in America. Through our more than 50 unique study abroad experiences, students can explore the coral reefs in Bermuda, research animal behavior in Tanzania or study the art, culture and religion of ancient Rome.
The most expansive college on campus, UW Oshkosh’s College of Letters and Science consists of 31 departments — three of which have received UW System Regents Teaching Excellence Award honors — spanning the sciences, fine arts, humanities and social sciences.
Click here for more information on Student Organizations through the College of Letters and Science.
Individually Planned Major
- Students seeking an individually planned major will submit a request PRIOR to reaching 60 credits.
- Students seeking an individually planned major must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
- The Individually Planned Major (IPM) is not be used to create a major for which the University has no curricular authorization or to duplicate a major available at another state institution.
- Student must select three committee members who will advise the student on the IPM and approve the course plan before it is submitted to the Dean for final approval.
What should the Individually Planned Major Proposal look like?
The proposal should contain:
- A cover sheet with the title of the major, the student’s name, the names of the members of the committee and the date the proposal is to be submitted.
- A proposal for the major that meets the requirements listed above.
- The Course Plan Sheet, which is a curricular plan listing all the courses the student will complete for the major (with the classes that have already be completed in bold) and a spot for signatures of your committee members and the Dean of the College of Letters and Science*
- A copy of the student’s most current STAR report and/or unofficial transcript.
The proposal should be written by the student after consultation with the committee during the conferencing stage of the process. The proposal should be no longer than one page. It should contain:
- A summary of what the student plans to study and how the courses work together to create a major
- A statement showing that this course of study is not available at UW Oshkosh OR at any other campus within the University of Wisconsin System
- A statement of the how this course of study will assist the student in reaching career or graduate school goals
*See Course Plan Sheet below
One your committee has approved your plan, you should submit it to the Dean of the College of Letters and Science (COLS). When that approval is obtained, you and your committee members with receive a copy, as will the Graduation Examiner for the College of Letters and Science. When you receive the copy of the approved proposal, you should fill out the Major/Minor Declaration from in the UARC, Dempsey 130, declaring the Individually Planned Major. Check your next STAR report against your approved proposal for accuracy.
Just prior to the start of classes in the fall, syllabi for your courses can be accessed on Desire2Learn (D2L) or via a link from the department’s webpage. These course syllabi outline all assignments, required textbooks, grading policies, and attendance policies.
Accelerate your Degree with Summer Session Courses
Earn credits to help you graduate on time or early during the UW Oshkosh Summer Sessions. Courses are open to UW Oshkosh students, as well as students at other UW System colleges.
Undergraduate Advising Resource Center (UARC)
The UARC is here for students to guide them in the right direction. That direction may be choosing a major, signing up for classes, reading their STAR, and more.
Costs and Financial Aid
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh strives to provide affordable education so that any qualified student — no matter his or her financial need — is able to pursue a high-quality college education.
Student Academics Affairs Office
The Student Academic Affairs Office of the College of Letters and Science (COLS) assists students with academic status and questions about academic policies and procedures, including requests for academic exceptions from the standard rules and requirements set by UW Oshkosh. The steps provided on the UARC website for responding to or requesting an academic exception apply both to students pursuing a major within the College of Letters and Science as well as students enrolled in individual COLS courses.
The following forms and policies can be found on the Registrar’s website.
- Late Drop/Add
- Term Withdrawal
- Curriculum Modification
- Credit Overload
- Appeal to Repeat
- Suspension and Probation Policies
Click here to download a Forms and Policies Reference Sheet regarding commonly used forms.
Please stop by the Registrar’s Office in Dempsey Hall, room 130E for more information.