Dean’s Message

Headshot of Simon BronnerUWM’s College of General Studies is a special place, and I am happy to share my enthusiasm for it with you. The college is a student-centered destination for starting your higher education and for engaging your future and connecting to community through campus life.

The college’s easily reachable locations in Waukesha and Washington County place you in a culturally vibrant, growing region with many career opportunities. We are well-situated to combine the resources of a large world-class research university with the proven benefits of small classes taught by seasoned teacher-scholars and a close familiar environment where one can build a life-affirming sense of belonging. It is also a special place because of the dedicated faculty and staff who are devoted to serving your needs and equipping you for success.

UWM’s College of General Studies is attractive, too, because of its affordability and accessibility. You can establish a foundation in general education and choose from an array of programs for an academic “emphasis” that will create smooth avenues to advanced degrees and occupational opportunities close to home or far away. Along with a wide array of courses offered during the day, you can choose from evening and online classes, as well as courses that mix online and in-class experiences, to suit your schedule and learning style. Internship and experiential learning opportunities also are available.

The College of General Studies can be especially valuable to students who want to explore or combine different areas of study before committing to a major, and you can expect more pathways in the future as we actively build collaborations with the UWM campus in Milwaukee.

Wanting to attend part-time? Returning to college after a hiatus? Worried about balancing work and school? Older adult? Veteran? Honors? Needing accommodations or advice? We are definitely the place for you.

We are committed to inclusion and diversity and respecting every student’s background — and aspirations. On your journey with us, you can count on professional guidance, support and encouragement from welcoming faculty and staff. You have an open line of communication to me and my office, so do not hesitate to contact me with your questions and concerns. I pledge myself and our campuses to making your experience with us specially rewarding.

Simon J. Bronner, Ph.D.
Dean, College of General Studies