University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

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College of Letters & Science

The UWM College of Letters & Science (L&S) is the heart of the University – the largest and the most diverse of all its colleges and schools. L&S provides the core education and skills necessary for careers in today’s marketplace, or in the most competitive graduate and professional schools.

The College of Letters & Science is deeply committed to providing students with a high quality education in a supportive learning environment and it is our mission is to seek out, preserve, transmit and create knowledge. Alongside excellent instruction, L&S is home to extensive research in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Through a liberal arts education students gain the ability to think critically, communicate clearly and solve problems creatively.

To ensure that we continue to prepare students to enter the world as informed, responsible citizens with the skills necessary to adapt to an increasingly complex world and to contribute meaningfully to their communities and workplaces, we ask for your support in the following areas:

For more information on each department, center or program, click here to explore the L&S website.




Faculty Excellence

Endowed Chairs and ProfessorshipsOutstanding faculty members are key to maintaining and improving the level of academic excellence at UWM. Talented academic staff attract top-notch researchers and students. Recruiting and retaining a distinguished faculty requires support for their teachings, scholarly, and service endeavors. To compete successfully for top educators and scholars, the College must establish more endowed professorships. Endowed and names positions bring prestige, attract the best scholars in the field, and ensure the long term viability of particular areas of study.


College-wide Faculty Research SupportA critical component of every faculty members’ ability to maintain excellence and stay on the cutting edge in their field involves research and engagement within in their discipline. Creating and preserving knowledge is the goal of every liberal arts faculty member. Even relatively small sums can make all the difference to a scholar’s pursuit of academic excellence. Creative of a fund that provides such research support is an important L&S goal.

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Undergraduate Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships

UWM has the highest percentage of students within the UW-System who need financial aid and scholarship support to attend the University.

New Directions Undergraduate Scholarships
This scholarship program focuses on outstanding students who are seeking degrees in the liberal arts. This scholarship opportunity has become so critical in recruiting and retaining academic talent, that it is funded in part each year by our own faculty and staff who are devoted to supporting students.

Departmentally Based Scholarships
Throughout the college our individual disciplines provide scholarships to graduate and undergraduate students within their specific fields of study. The rapid rise in tuition cost and the associated increase in debt many of our students bear upon graduation has greatly increased the need for scholarship assistance.

Graduate and Undergraduate Student Travel and Field Research AwardsMany graduate students must complete field experience to finish their studies. Undergraduate students often benefit from engagement in academic conferences or seminars as a capstone to their education. However, such opportunities often come at a price that most UWM students simply cannot afford. Your gift makes this critical part of their education possible.

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Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Letters & Science

The Undergraduate Research Opportunity (UROP) pairs students with leading academic researchers. Building on a strong tradition of undergraduate research at UWM, UROP helps students participate first hand in the University's research mission.

UROP pairs students with faculty members based on shared interests and gives them the opportunity to work side-by-side with the faculty mentor on research projects in all areas of Letters & Science: humanities, social science and natural science.

These research opportunities provide students with invaluable collaborative experiences that dramatically impact a student’s chances in being accepted into graduate programs and other career tracks. The UROP demonstrates how knowledge is not simply learned but made at UWM.

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Honors College

The UWM Honors College is open to qualified undergraduates enrolled in all UWM schools and colleges. The Honors format offers small seminars and individualized instruction in the humanities, arts, social sciences and natural sciences.


Honors College is an active learning environment in which students are taught to think critically and improve their writing and speaking skills. It provides students the personalized education of a small liberal arts college without sacrificing the unique opportunities available at a major research university.

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For more information on giving opportunities contact:


Anne Panter

Director of Development, College of Letters and Science
Phone: (414) 229-3296
Email: anpanter@uwm.edu