The value of L&S As Dean of the largest college at UW-Madison, I have been talking all year about the values, intentions and unique strengths of L&S. Here are a few ways that L&S stands out from smaller liberal arts colleges, and from other schools and colleges on campus: •
We are big and proud of it. More than 135 departments, centers, institutes and programs, from African Cultural Studies to Zoology, means we are a wellspring of ideas, collaboration and knowledge creation.
Our faculty seek to better understand the physical world, the way society is organized and what it means to be human. L&S faculty invite undergraduates to join them in the lab, the archives or the field, offering endless opportunities to make exciting discoveries.
We offer an unparalleled “Wisconsin Experience.” There are many opportunities to learn and grow outside the classroom. Students can graduate from L&S with experience in global travel, service learning, writing for publication, leadership and government, social justice and – perhaps most important – networking and career preparation.
And that brings me to one of the most critical strengths of L&S: the Letters & Science Career Initiative (LSCI). The LSCI helps our students effectively, purposefully use their time at UWMadison, articulate their academic skills to potential employers, develop networks that lead to internships and job opportunities and build connections with passionate, supportive Badger alumni.
This means that in addition to graduating students who possess the breadth and depth of a diverse education; an understanding of our world and its history; varied perspectives and critical thinking skills; and the ability to share their ideas in clear, coherent language, we are also graduating students who are ready for the job market. With the LSCI, we are leading the way among large public universities in preparing our liberal arts students for life after graduation. I am enormously proud of this effort and the people who make it happen. Your support is critical to our endeavors on behalf of our great students. Visit allwaysforward.org/ls to learn more about opportunities to give, mentor and volunteer. On, Wisconsin!
John Karl Scholz Dean and Nellie June Gray Professor of Economics
L&S Annual Review 2015-2016