Programs & Centers


In its pursuit of innovative intellectual dialogues and educational exchanges, the English Department collaborates closely with other academic programs and interdisciplinary centers on the UWM campus. These collaborations allow students to take courses outside the department, study abroad, work with diverse community organizations in Wisconsin, have access to different types of grants/fellowships, and attend events (e.g., talks, conferences, performances) that greatly enrich their college experience in the context of liberal arts education.

Interdisciplinary Programs

Cultures and Communities

Cultures and Communities is a UWM program office that sponsors undergraduate classes, community partnership grants, faculty research, and special events.

Cultures and Communities Program

Film Studies

The College of Letters and Science offers a unique, interdisciplinary major and minor in Film Studies. The program is founded on a broad, international perspective on media forms, texts, industries, and cultures and combines the critical, historical, and theoretical analysis of the most significant and globally influential media forms with an emphasis on film, television, the internet, and other areas of popular culture.

For the BA in Film Studies, visit the Film Studies Program

Indigenous Literary Studies

Boozhoo / Bozho / Pōsōh / Aho/ Shekóli/ Koonamansi!

Greetings in the languages of Ojibwe / Potawatomi / Menominee / Oneida / Ho-Chunk/ Mohican – All the nations of Wisconsin!

Scholars of indigenous studies at UWM are rewarded with a rich, interdisciplinary experience that is couched in both theory and practice. In addition to our English department faculty, students in the program are able to study with esteemed scholars in anthropology, urban planning, and the arts. Students on our campus can study Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe), Oneida, Ho-Chunk, or Menominee in addition to taking a range of Native Literary courses that focus on comparative indigenous theory, creative writing, literary transnationalism, postcolonial studies, and postindian survivance.

The UWM experience is not limited to coursework however and students have an array of opportunities to contribute to the field through publications, conference participation, and creative work. Our faculty are heavily involved in the cultivation of indigenous studies at the convergence of language and culture.

Few urban centers in the United States compare to Milwaukee with regards to indigenous studies and the UWM campus reflects the region’s strong and vibrant connection to its first peoples. A large and thriving Native student population here on campus has formed numerous student groups including the Word Warriors, the American Indian Student Association, as well as the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. In addition to these student-run organizations, those interested in indigenous studies are invited to explore further at the Electa Quinney Institute.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Program

LGBT Studies explores questions about sexuality as well as identity, community, representation, diversity, assimilation, and discrimination that are both academically and socially significant.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Program

Women’s & Gender Studies

Women’s & Gender Studies, established in 1974 as the Office of Women’s Studies, facilitates research and course development about women and gender-related issues, coordinates the interdisciplinary WGS undergraduate and graduate instructional program, and works with local, state, and national groups on issues of importance to women.

Women’s & Gender Studies

Research Centers

Center for Celtic Studies

The Center for Celtic Studies provides interdisciplinary, international educational opportunities for UWM students. The program includes on-campus instruction by UWM and visiting international faculty, as well as study-abroad options in Ireland, Great Britain, and Europe.

Center for Celtic Studies

Center for International Education

The Center for International Education (CIE) fosters new areas of scholarly inquiry into internationalism and globalization by strengthening the connections between research, teaching, and outreach programs on the UWM campus. CIE is deeply engaged in on-campus and oversees curriculum development, research conferences and scholarly publication, public programming, and professional development for teachers. CIE is home to Wisconsin’s only World Affairs Council, The Institute of World Affairs, as well as a UW System office, the Institute for Global Studies. Because the insights and perspectives offered by students and scholars from other countries greatly enhance our campus, CIE also provides international admissions and immigration advising services.

Center for International Education

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) develops, supports and promotes teaching, research and outreach about Latin America and the Caribbean. Services and resources are available to UWM faculty, staff and students; K-12 teachers and post-secondary educators; professional groups; and the community. CLACS seeks to promote informed, culturally sensitive perspectives for Wisconsin, the upper Midwest and the United States. Established in 1965, CLACS is designated a National Resource Center for Language and Area Studies by the U.S. Department of Education, jointly with the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program at UW-Madison.

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Center for 21st Century Studies

The Center for 21st Century Studies, a UW System Center of Excellence at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus, is a postdoctoral research institute founded in 1968 to foster cross-disciplinary research in the humanities.

Center for 21st Century Studies