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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Letters and Science has created a new 12-credit humanities certificate program designed to provide students with a broad set of skills that indicate a well-rounded individual.

Studies have shown that while employers value technical skills among their employees, they care less about a college major and more about a worker’s ability to think critically, communicate clearly and collaborate effectively. The new humanities certificate signifies to future employers that UWO students have a varied skill set beyond the specialized skills within their area of study.

“The Humanities Certificate is designed for students who wish to learn about themselves and their world through perspectives that might be very different from those obtained in the many great STEM or pre-professional programs UWO has to offer,” said Stephen Kercher, history professor and interim director of the Office of Student Research and Creative Activity.

Larry Herzberg, philosophy department chair and Elizabeth Wade-Sirabian, professor of German, both believe the certificate will enrich students personally and professionally by providing expanded perspectives, sharpened critical thinking and increased empathy.

Starting in the fall 2020 semester, students interested in completing the certificate are able to create their own plan of study that’s tailored to their interests, choosing from over 200 courses across five areas of humanities.

To officially enroll in the certificate program, speak with an adviser at the Undergraduate Advising Resource Center (UARC) or visit for more information.

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