The largest of UWM’s schools and colleges, the College of Letters & Science is home to a diverse array of courses in the humanities, natural sciences, and the social sciences. In a world where the next generation of leaders can expect to not just change jobs but to also change careers multiple times, every L&S student graduates with knowledge in their chosen field plus the flexible skills that will last a lifetime regardless of job or career: critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication. – College of Letters and Science 

Students that are part of the College of Letters and Science have a wide range of countries where they can choose to study abroad. With a wide range of majors, minors and certificates, students can study abroad where their academic path takes them, or allow for new opportunities and experiences to enrich their studies.

With the College of Letters and Science’s various majors, minors and certificates, CIE compiled information on some areas of study below. If you don’t see your major please contact the CIE at for more information.

Considerations While Abroad

If you choose a non-UWM program, you will receive transfer credit, and you are responsible for making sure your official transcript is sent to CIE.

Electives can be easily completed while abroad. Another option for students is to have some of the courses taken abroad be counted as degree or certificate requirements or upper level electives. Check out the Course Equivalency page.

There are some courses within each major that need to be completed on the UWM campus. It is recommended to meet with an academic advisor to determine the courses that need to be completed on campus before deciding to study abroad.

Asking the right questions is very important when deciding what program works best for your major, minor and/or certificate. The Study Abroad team recommends talking to your Academic Advisor, your Study Abroad Coordinator and a Financial Aid Specialist.

With the College of Letters and Science’s various majors, minors and certificates CIE compiled information on some majors below. If you don’t see your major please contact the CIE at for more information.

African and African Diaspora Studies
Students majoring/minoring in African and Diaspora Studies will learn to view complex situations from multiple perspectives; synthesize known information and hypothesize about the unknown; apply lessons from the past to problems of the present; and critique past practices. African and African Diaspora Studies is relevant to everyone, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, nationality or religion.

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Anthropology is a unique field that combines elements of social science and natural science. Students will find themselves in all types of settings – out in the field collecting physical samples, in a lab analyzing fossils and specimens, interviewing individuals and groups to collect oral histories, in the library and community researching and in the classroom learning how to fit all of the pieces of evidence into a cohesive theory.

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Classics is an original liberal arts field and is designed to prepare students for any type of profession that emphasizes critical analysis, reading of dense texts and oral and written communication. Law school is a popular destination after college, though certainly not the only option. A student’s career choices after college will be guided by how they applied their coursework to real world applications during college.

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Communication students at UWM not only graduate with top-notch communication skills, but they also have a thorough understanding of communication as a process and as a system. They are the individuals who can work with all types of people, bringing out their best. Communication majors go on to all types of work, but the common denominator is that their work most likely involves lots of interaction with others.

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English students learn to think critically, write persuasively, argue logically, delve deeply into history and explore their own creativity. Students are challenged to examine their own assumptions, sharpen their writing and learn how to read and understand even the most difficult works, from fiction to philosophy.

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Foreign Languages

There are many Foreign Languages offered at UWM, below is a not a comprehensive list of languages and the programs offered within CIE. If you do not see a language that you are studying or  if you are in a country that is not listed please contact CIE at 

Knowledge of the Chinese language and culture is becoming increasingly important as China continues to be a super power in world economics, manufacturing, technology, and politics.There are currently around 1.4 billion speakers of Mandarin, which is the official language of the People’s Republic of China and of Taiwan.

Check out all of the programs featuring Chinese Language here!

French and Francophone Studies

Fluency in French can provide a career advantage in all types of professions including business, medicine, law, the arts, politics, government work, and more. The country of France is a leader in science and high-tech, architecture, fashion, and cuisine, making French fluency valuable in these industries as well.

French is a romance language with many similar roots to Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. Many students find it beneficial to also study these related languages to broaden their knowledge and skills.

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German is the third most studied foreign language in the world, and, at UWM, we offer more than just instruction in the language. In addition to German fluency, students learn how to apply that fluency by studying German culture, literature, customs, and history.Fluency in German can provide a career advantage in all types of industries where Germany and other German-speaking countries are leaders: finance, marketing, manufacturing, politics, government work, electronics and technology, chemical and biochemical, environmental science, and architecture.

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Mastering another language such as Italian can open up a world of professional and personal opportunities. Italian is a classic Romance language spoken by more than 180 million people worldwide, and Italy is one of the ten largest economies in the world. As a Romance language with Latin roots, students often complement their studies in Italian with the study of another Romance language such as French, Spanish or Portuguese. Individuals who are bilingual or even tri-lingual can find career opportunities in any industry that conducts business across borders and cultures

Check out all of the program featuring the Italian Language here! 

Studying Abroad in Japan can help enhance student understanding of both traditional Japanese culture, as well as Japanese popular culture, through the first-hand experience of venues connected with traditional and popular culture. Though Japanese language skills are not requisite, students with Japanese language training will have an opportunity to further develop their Japanese language skills in an authentic environment, and a chance to ascertain their strengths and weaknesses so that they may address them in their study of Japanese language at UWM.

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Russian & East European Studies
In recent years, Russia has become an even larger global influence on politics, the economy, security, and international trade. Understanding the language and culture of Russia has become increasingly important, and the value of knowledge and skills in this area is anticipated to continue to grow. Only about 15% of the colleges and universities in the U.S. are able to offer a Russian major, and UWM is among this small group. This Slavic language is growing in importance and in value as the political and economic dynamics of Russia and the region are evolving. Russian is one of the five official languages of the United Nations and has more than 200 million speakers around the world. The U.S. State Department has deemed Russian to be a “critical language” and has many programs to encourage students to join this needed area of study.

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Spanish is spoken by 400 million people worldwide and is an official language in 21 countries and a number of international organizations. Spanish is among the three most spoken languages in the world and, by some estimates, has more native speakers than English. Fluency in Spanish opens countless career opportunities for students.

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Global Studies

At UWM, Global Studies is a rigorous program that incorporates classes across disciplines, a required study abroad experience and extensive foreign language requirements. This challenging but rewarding program prepares students to excel in a job market that demands knowledge across subject areas and a culturally sensitive and savvy approach.

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History is an original liberal arts field and is designed to prepare students for any type of profession that emphasizes critical analysis, reading of dense texts, creative problem-solving and oral and written communication. History majors collect and analyze evidence to construct arguments, propose new interpretations, formulate conclusions, test hypotheses and communicate new ideas.

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International Studies

Understanding the nuances of globalization in our personal and professional lives, speaking the languages of others and appreciating cultural diversity are essential skills for living and working in the world today. UWM’s program is based on the principles of the liberal arts with an emphasis in abroad knowledge of people, places and institutions and the skills to be an adaptable career-changing in a fast-moving marketplace. International studies majors have the ability to interact across cultures, converse in more than one language, analyze problems across cultural or national boundaries, adapt to new and foreign situations, appreciate differences in people and processes and problem solve across different areas and formats.

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Political Science

At UWM, students take coursework from four broad areas of political science in order to obtain a well-rounded education in the field: American politics, international relations, comparative politics and political theory. With this background, students leave UWM ready to enter graduate school or the world of work in government, international organizations, campaigns, business, consulting, non-profit and more.

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Students who are planning on entering a professional school are able to study abroad just like every major within UWM. CIE highly recommends working with your Academic Advisor and a Study Abroad Coordinator to decide on the best possible program that fits with your academic plan.

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Psychology is a science that seeks to understand the thoughts, emotions and behavior of people. The major can be used as a springboard to any type of career that involves people.

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The field of Sociology aims to understand human actions – how they influence and shape society and how society collectively influences and shapes human behavior. Sociological theory can touch on almost every topic conceivable because everything involves people: personal relationships, workplace structure, the communities where we live, social movements, the global reach of media and business and more.

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Urban Studies

The Urban Studies major draws from classes in sociology, geography, history, political science, economics, urban studies and urban planning to explore issues related to cities, suburban communities and metropolitan regions such as transportation, education, housing, population shifts, crime, discrimination and more.

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